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Nobody at Core States Group works alone. We consistently exceed expectations for our clients because we support each other and collaborate across disciplines.

David Balma, PE, P.ENG.

Director of Engineering, Structural


David was our first structural engineer when he joined Core States in 2010. Today, he manages a national team throughout the U.S. and Canada.


Drawn early to “work you can touch and see,” David began his studies in agricultural engineering at Virginia Tech—a special challenge for a New Jersey boy who’d never been to a farm. He enjoyed learning about mechanics, but was most interested in the soil with structures in the ground and he went on to specialize in structural engineering. In writing his thesis for his master’s degree, he researched wood-plastic composites as well as bolted connections on docks and marine structures for the U.S. Navy.


Today, David is excited about pushing our team to do work internationally and loves watching his engineers reach their goals and grow as people and engineers.


  • Craziest thing he’s done: Swimming with sharks in Mexico
  • If he could meet anyone living or dead:  Ben Franklin
  • Off-the-clock: Guitar, video games, remote-control cars 


Washington State University | Master of Science, Civil Engineering

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University | B.S. in Engineering


Professional Engineer (PE)

National Council of Examiners for Engineers