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Exceeding expectations in the design, development and execution of

building solutions.

At Taylor & Viola Structural Engineers, we go to extremes to anticipate our customers' requirements and embrace the opportunity to provide solutions with a team of experienced and skilled engineers committed to best industry practices, leading-edge technology and strong collaborative communication. We are knowledgeable about design requirements to comply with all applicable government codes and regulatory agencies.

SENIOR LEADERS

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Fun Facts About James...

1. Most unusual possession: I collect toy cranes.

 

2. What’s the last picture you took with your phone? My daughter playing high school volleyball.

3. Community involvement: I’m active at my church, Woodlawn Baptist in Conover, NC.

James Tate, P.E. 
President, Senior Managing Partner

jtate@taylorviola.com | 828.612.0477

University of North Carolina Charlotte, Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering.

 

James has worked at Taylor & Viola since 1998.

Josh Winchester, P.E., S.E. 
Vice President, Project Manager

jwinchester@taylorviola.com | 828.446.1511

 

North Carolina State University, Master of Science Civil Engineering & Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering

 

Josh has worked at Taylor & Viola since 2017

Fun Facts About Josh...

1. Where/what can you be found doing outside of work?  Working on our small family farm (which translates loosely to fixing broken things) or the occasional round of golf. But mainly just fixing things. 

 

2. Best compliment you’ve received? That I am a good family man.

 

3. Favorite quote: “Life is like riding a bicycle…to keep your balance you must keep moving,” —  Albert Einstein.

 

4. Best advice: Wear a helmet.

 

5. What’s something you’ve never done but want to? Master the guitar.

Jason Reep, P.E. 
Vice President, Project Manager

jreep@taylorviola.com | 828.612.8123 

University of North Carolina Charlotte, Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering

 

Jason has worked at Taylor & Viola since 2005

Fun Facts About Jason...

1. What are you most passionate about professionally? Being able to retire one day (haha). Actually, being a licensed PE and every responsibility that comes along with that.

2. Favorite quote: “When in doubt, make it STOUT!”

3. Any unique quirks? I water down my drinks.

4. What’s something you’ve never done but want to? WIN THE LOTTERY! 

 

5. Favorite place to take visiting friends or relatives: A Crawdads game or one of our great local restaurants.

Kirk Viola, P.E. 
Project Engineer

kviola@taylorviola.com | 828.381.0594

North Carolina State University, Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering

 

Kirk has worked at Taylor & Viola since 1989.

Fun Facts About Kirk...

1. Favorite quote: “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up!”— Jim Valvano.

 

2. Best advice: Treat all people fairly and always do your best to do what you say you are going to do. Service and quality are the keys to success in business.

 

3. Any quirks? I am very much a neat freak and like my stuff in an orderly fashion.

 

4. What’s something you’ve never done but want to? Play golf at Pebble Beach.

Vance Carrigan, P.E. 
Project Engineer

vcarrigan@taylorviola.com

 

North Carolina State University, Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering 

 

Vance has worked at Taylor & Viola since 2015

Fun Facts About Vance...

1. What’s something you’ve never done but want to? I always thought it would be exciting to pilot an airplane, although I’m not sure about taking off or landing so it would only be the flying part.

 

2. Best advice: You can’t always get what you want. But if you try, you might find you get what you need.

 

3. Most unusual possession: While not particular rare, I have a piece of the Campo del Cielo meteorite fall discovered in Argentina in 1576. As Argentina has recently passed a law prohibiting the exportation of meteorites, it is one of the more unusual things I own.

 

4. Favorite quote: “Why do we fall sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up,” — Alfred Pennyworth

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