Charlie Colvin, PE, SE

Principal, Structural Engineering


Bachelor of Science, Structural Engineering
University of California, San Diego


Structural Engineer, California #5544
Professional Engineer, California #69787
Professional Engineer, Texas #104130
Professional Engineer, Arizona #51182
Professional Engineer, Nevada #021442
Professional Engineer, Colorado #0047562


Treasurer, Structural Engineers Association of San Diego (SEAOSD)
Member, Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)


Charlie serves as President of BWE and also leads the Structural Engineering Department. He is experienced in designing almost all code acceptable structural mediums, including wood, masonry, concrete, structural steel, and light gage metal. His design responsibilities include providing design, construction administration, and project management on a wide spectrum of project types. Charlie’s project experience includes biotechnology and life sciences facilities, military, educational facilities, industrial, historic restoration, commercial, hospitality, residential, and retail. His approach to every project is to work with all stakeholders to design the most efficient and constructible structure possible while meeting the owner’s programmatic and cost objectives. He ensures close attention is paid to any potential challenges that may affect a project’s design at each stage. Charlie continues to facilitate the requirements of several large institutions and Fortune 500 companies for structural design of new construction, retrofit, and repair needs on an as-needed basis.

Get to know Charlie

What motivates you?

“Challenges, variety, success, puzzles, reasonable solutions, engagement, adventure, coffee, bacon, and hugs from my kid.”

What professional achievement are you most proud of?

“I am proud that BWE, the company’s board, and my department all trust me to lead them.”

Who are your heroes?

“My wife and Dad.”

What are you most thankful for?

“My opportunities and my ability to act on them.”

What is your hidden talent?

“Trick question. If I divulge, the talent is no longer hidden!”