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Engineering Team

Our Engineering team includes a licensed Engineer with a Structural license in California and Civil licenses in Colorado, Nevada, and Utah. 

Kevin Chappell
Kevin Chappell
Principal Engineer and Structural Supervisor

Education: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University
Master of Science in Structural Engineering, Texas Tech University

Registrations: Structural Engineer - California, Professional (Civil) Engineer - Colorado, Nevada, Utah

Experience: Over 20 years including 15+ years in the Truckee-Tahoe area.

Kevin’s responsibilities at MWA, Inc. include oversight of structural design as well as project management, standards, quality control, scheduling, and business development.

As a native Texan, Kevin grew up in the heat and wind. His graduate studies emphasized wind effects on
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Justin Curtis
Justin Curtis
Structural Designer/ Engineer in Training

Justin graduated from the University of California Davis with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in 2001. After several years working in the tech industry in the Bay Area, the lure of the mountains drew him to Tahoe and a job as a ski lift mechanic at Alpine Meadows. Two year... more
Rebecca "Becky" Thayer
Rebecca "Becky" Thayer
Associate Project Manager/ Designer

Becky grew up in Wisconsin, and moved to Michigan as a young adult where she met her husband. After working as a baker for many years, it was time to pursue new opportunities. She worked as a realtor for a while; then decided to go back to school.

Becky earned an Associate of Architectural Technol
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Hunter Caldwell
Hunter Caldwell
Structural Designer/Engineer in Training

Hunter is originally from Houston, Texas and joined MWA in May of 2018 after graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering. In his spare time he enjoys snowboarding, fishing, and canoeing. Hunter looks forward to furthering his knowledge and plans... more
Robert Hopkins
Robert Hopkins
Structural Designer

Originally from San Diego, CA, Robert earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. Robert joined MWA in July of 2019, and looks forward to furthering his knowledge in structural design, as well as earning his Professional Engineer l... more
Alexandra Corpora
Alexandra Corpora
Structural Designer

Alexandra was raised in the Owens Valley, after which she moved to the Bay Area to earn a BA in Literature from San Francisco State University. She spent 5 wonderful years in Japan, and after returning to the states, was guided by a deep urge to build. This led her to an internship with a master cab... more

I would be pleased to be a reference for MWA. You have designed two houses that I have been involved with.

The first on lot 137 in Lahontan was a custom house for my wife and me. This house was designed for our needs and to meet the stringent requirements of the Lahontan Design Guidelines. We achieved our program goals, Lahontan Design Review Approval, and a building permit. We sold the lot, building plans and the building permit to a speculative developer who built the house with some modifications.

Last year we purchased a house which was built on spec by a developer. MWA designed that house. We were not “in the market” for a house, but happened to walk through an open house. We fell in love with your design. The house was well sited for views and privacy, very bright inside (an unusual situation in Lahontan), and fit our life style perfectly. Twenty three days later we owned this house. My wife and I are moving to this house and Truckee full time as of November 1st.

I would strongly recommend MWA to anyone designing a house in the Truckee/Tahoe area.


-- Rick Stephens