John Kells, PE, SE


John Kells is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) and a registered Structural Engineer (SE) in Illinois. He has attained the distinction of Model Law Structural Engineer (MLSE) as designated by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. John is also a Certified NACE CIP Level II Coating Inspector. John has over 15 years of experience in structural engineering design, investigation, and drafting for buildings and specialty structures.

Since joining Fleming and Associates in 2009, John has been the Engineer of Record or lead design engineer for a broad range of structural and high performance coating projects up to $35 million in construction cost. John has also performed forensic work including assessments of commercial and residential structures following settlement, fire, explosion, and tornado damage. He has a particular interest in stabilizing and renovating historical structures and has worked on multiple projects in historic downtown Fayetteville.

Prior to joining Fleming and Associates, John was the Residential Division Manager and a licensed General Contractor at Tower Engineering Professionals, Inc. in Raleigh, NC. At Tower Engineering, he gained experience in all aspects of residential design and construction while completing more than 400 projects for over a four year period. 

Professional Registration
  • Registrations held in NC, AL, FL, IL, KY, LA, VA, GA.
  • NACE International CIP Level II Coating Inspector, Certified
Professional Affiliations
  • American Institute of Steel Construction
  • NACE International Institute

MCE, Concentration in Structures, NC State University, 2009

BS, Civil Engineering, NC State University, 2006

BS, Engineering-Physics, Elon University, 2006


Spending time with family, casually running, and golfing.

Interesting Facts

John and his wife Lacy both grew up in Fayetteville, having met in the 5th grade. They have twin daughters and a son and currently reside in the family home that her great-grandfather built in 1940’s.