Pickett, Kelm & Associates, Inc. (PKA) is a consulting engineering firm formed to
provide professional structural engineering services to clients in the public, institutional,
industrial and commercial market sectors.
PKA was founded in February, 1993, as a partnership by Gary Pickett and William Kelm,
professional engineers with combined experience of over 60 years in the design and
project management of facilities that include schools, office buildings, advanced
technology manufacturing facilities, churches, retail developments, industrial facilities,
parking structures, sports facilities, public works facilities, vehicular and pedestrian
bridges, retaining walls and site structures, small dams and water quality structures.
The firm incorporated as Pickett, Kelm & Associates, Inc. in December, 1995. Larry
Wu was promoted to principal of the firm in February, 2008.
The firm occupies leased office space at 4100 Duval Road, Building 4, Suite 103 in
northwest Austin, Texas.
PKA emphasizes the use of technology for communications, planning, engineering production
and general business functions. Applications encompass a library of both general
purpose and specialized structural engineering analysis and design programs, including
those for finite element analysis, building system analysis and design, and the analysis
and design of structural steel, composite concrete and steel, reinforced and post-tensioned
concrete, pre-tensioned prestressed concrete and wood structures. Drawing production
is based on the use of AutoCAD computer aided design and drafting software. Business
applications include Microsoft Office for word processing, spreadsheet and document
publishing, and Google Applications. An integrated project management and bookkeeping
system provides timely, accurate tracking of project costs and invoicing.
PKA currently has 5 licensed structural engineers on staff.