London, UK – February 23, 2021 – Warringtonfire, part of the Element Materials Technology Group, has appointed Kevin LaMalva to lead the US fire-engineering consultancy division as it expands into the region.
Kevin has over 13 years of experience as a fire and structural consultant with dual US registration in both fire-protection engineering and civil engineering. As principal fire consultant, he will work with the management team in the UK and lead the integration of Warringtonfire’s service offering into the North American market.
As Warringtonfire expands into the US, its service provision will include performance-based design; code consulting; fire testing and certification; fire systems design; and expert witness support.
Rob Veitch, EVP of Fire & Building Products at Element, said: ‘Kevin is our first hire in the US and we’re glad to have him on board as we grow our business in the Americas. Warringtonfire has a strong global footprint with presence across Europe, the Middle East and Australasia, and North America is a natural next step for us.’
Kevin said: ‘Warringtonfire is uniquely positioned to holistically solve challenging fire engineering problems through a combination of analytical, testing, and inspections capabilities and expertise. One of our key points of difference is our structural fire engineering experience, and ability to combine our extensive fire testing capabilities with performance-based design applications.
‘I am thrilled to join Warringtonfire in this capacity, and we look forward to serving current and future customers in this part of the world.’
Complementing his consulting work, Kevin is a member of numerous industry committees, including ASCE/SEI, SFPE, ICC, NIST, NFPA and others, which conduct research and develop standards for structural fire safety. Kevin has also become a leader for the development and proliferation of structural fire engineering in the US, notably as editor of the ASCE Manual of Practice No. 138, and as principal investigator and industry champion of the ASCE/CPF Structural Fire Design Guide.
Warringtonfire, part of the Element Materials Technology Group, specializes in providing a comprehensive range of independent fire testing, assessment, engineering and certification services to international markets from a network of accredited sites across the globe including Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.
We exist to help our customers to make certain that the materials, products and systems that they make are safe, quality, compliant and ultimately fit for purpose, leveraging our 40 years of testing experience and our global testing capabilities.
The Element Materials Technology Group is one of the world’s leading global providers of testing, inspection and certification services for a diverse range of materials, products and technologies in advanced industrial supply chains where failure is not an option. Headquartered in London, UK, Element’s team of more than 6,000 expert scientists, engineers and technicians operate from around 200 locations across five continents, delivering an extensive range of solutions to customers in critical industries including aerospace, connected technologies, construction, defence, energy, environmental, life sciences and transportation.