Matt Smith


Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer

When I look at the group of professionals that I collaborate with to deliver successful projects to clients, the common threads that I see are teamwork, strong work ethics, and a depth of talent and experience in the group.


  • 1995


  • Redmond, WA

When our clients are facing complex urban redevelopment challenges, they call Matt. As one of the geotechnical leaders in the Puget Sound region, Matt works on a range of complex foundation and seismic-design projects. He specializes in deep-shored excavations for urban redevelopment projects.

Over the years, he’s focused on urban multi-story commercial, hospital, parking garage, and multi-family residential projects along with various projects at Puget Sound Naval facilities. Matt and his team have developed recommendations for both shallow and deep foundations, geotechnical seismic design, temporary and permanent shoring walls, naval facilities and buildings that extend below the groundwater table.

“When I look at the group of professionals that I collaborate with to deliver successful projects to clients,” he says, “the common threads that I see are teamwork, a strong work ethic, and an incredible depth of talent and experience in the group.”

Matt takes the lead whenever complex shoring and foundation challenges are present, complex sequencing is required, and protection of adjacent infrastructure is critical. Matt is responsible for the geotechnical design of the Amazon Rufus 2.0 project (Blocks 14, 19, 20, 21, and 18), the award-winning geotechnical design of the VMMC Jones Pavilion, the ACEC National-Grand-Award-winning Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Campus, the award-winning Olive 8 innovative shoring design and more than 100 urban redevelopment projects with shored excavations in the Seattle and Bellevue area.

Outside of work, Matt actively supports his son and daughter’s sports teams, and enjoys woodworking, home remodeling, travel, boating, fishing, camping, skiing and backpacking.

  • Case History: “Investigating the Risks Associated with Allowing Temporary Tiebacks to Remain Stressed,” Matt Smith, Lindsay Flangas and Dan Ciani, Earth Retention Conference 3 Proceedings, August 2010
  • “Creative Shoring Solutions for a Tight Urban Site: Olive 8, Seattle, Washington,” David Winter, Matt Smith, King Chin and Robert Carnevale, Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations, October 2009
  • “Hybrid Shoring System for Seattle High Rise,” Foundation Drilling, Robert Carnevale, Matt Smith, Robert Smith and Lindsay Flangas, September/October 2007
  • “Real Time Monitoring at the Olive 8 Excavation,” R. Finno, M. Langousis, David Winter, Matt Smith and King Chin, Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Field Measurements in Geomechanics, September 24-27, 2007, Boston, MA
  • “Modified Newmark Model for Seismic Displacements of Compliant Slopes,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Steven Kramer and Matt Smith, July 1997

Selected Project Experience

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