Eric Roeder, PE, PSP

Senior Engineer and Arlington Office Manager, Security Design

Eric Roeder has 10 years of experience providing expert consulting on security, fire protection and life safety systems. Since 2016, he has served as the Operational Manager at the Arlington office, where he oversees staff and administrative duties in addition to project and business development. He specializes in the coordination of security objectives and life safety requirements, often working with jurisdictional authorities to justify performance-based design approaches and to address prospective permitting or approval issues before they arise. In his current position, Eric serves in a primary technical support and project management role on security and fire protection projects of high complexity and value, with a focus on transit, education, federal and Virginia Division of Engineering and Buildings (DEB) clients. He is responsible for client interfacing and negotiation, technical team leadership and development of approach strategy. As the Operations Lead for the School Safety initiative, Eric provides international business development support to that market and resources to the firm where needed.

Eric is well-versed in the design and construction lifecycle. He has provided facility condition assessments, design consultant services, and bid and construction support on buildings and campuses in many vertical markets, including government, commercial, educational, transit, institutional, correctional, cultural, industrial, storage and retail. He has also managed the design of access control, video surveillance, intrusion detection, fire alarm, water-based and alternative fire suppression, mass-notification and emergency communications, and life safety systems. He has supervised a team of consultants working on structural blast assessments, the implementation of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) philosophies, atrium smoke evacuation systems, egress modeling, fire modeling, and security and policing policies and procedures.

In addition, Eric has served as Project Manager on significant security designs for the Boston Public Library Rare Books Department. While keeping an eye on the special requirements for the client’s unique operational needs, he designed security systems for the new department facilities. Eric also helped to update policies and procedures to strengthen the protection of irreplaceable objects while still allowing staff to work efficiently. He has also been involved in campus-wide security assessments for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Boston and the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. For both projects, he conducted interviews with security and operations stakeholders; assessed the existing systems and facilities; reviewed operational, security and policing procedures; and developed a prioritized list of security recommendations with cost estimates.

Previously, Eric managed the Staff Augmentation Project for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Association (WMATA). He served as the Lead Fire Protection Engineer, overseeing the implementation of changes to meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 130 Standard for Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems following a critical incident that necessitated Federal Transit Administration (FTA) safety oversight.

Eric earned his Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Science degrees, both in Fire Protection Engineering, from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Fire Protection Engineering in Florida, Missouri, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. Eric is VFA certified and trained in fire suppression, fire alarm and electronic security systems. He is also a certified Physical Security Professional (PSP) through ASIS International. He is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).