Our Approach

The following represents our approach, services, and values:

  • We strive for excellence and success with all projects, endeavors, and relationships.

  • We focus on “adding value” to each and every project.

  • We hope to not only satisfy our clients’ expectations but to actually exceed them.

  • Timely, personal, and thorough responses at all levels of  design, pre-construction, permitting, and construction.

  • Complexity is costly.  Simplicity is not only elegant but pragmatic.

  • We have the ability to “start from scratch” with the existing architectural and structural drawings or simply “red-line” existing drawings with a pdf editor.

  • Extensive library of existing standard details as well as custom AutoCAD details.

  • DWG or PDF files e-mailed will typically receive an engineering estimate within one day.

  • We are committed and passionate about “green projects” that effectively leverage and optimize the planets resources.  This includes, but is not limited to, advanced framing, green vegetative roofs, resourceful foundations, and in general optimizing material usage.

  • We take into account structural elements that are often over-looked (e.g. wall, floor, roof diaphragms, wall box beams, double top plates, interior walls, etc.) in order to minimize material usage and generally make the structure as economical as possible.

  • We know pretty much every “trick in the book” with respect to structural engineering and will employ various techniques and materials in order to be cost-effective and practical.

Our Structural Engineering Guidelines (Internal Guidelines Only)

  • Did YOU build it in your head? *

  • Is this how YOU would build it if you were building it yourself?  If not, why?

  • This includes lifting the beams too?

  • Are the drawings clear and unambiguous to someone who has absolutely no experience with this structure and is seeing it for the first time?

  • Is it consistent through-out? This includes associated red-lines too?

  • Is it in substantial compliance with the code?

  • Did you “value engineer” it?

  • Did you step back and do a reality check on it?

  • Are ALL of the structural info and details provided?

  • Are there extra unnecessary details that should be deleted to avoid confusion?

  • Strive for the Goldilocks zone – not over or under engineered.

                         * We can’t expect someone else to build it in the field if we haven’t already built it in our head.

Definition of Value engineering: A systematic and organized approach to provide the necessary functions in a project at the lowest cost. Value engineering promotes the substitution of materials and methods with less expensive alternatives, without sacrificing structural integrity.

Always ask yourself:

Is there a better way?

Is this necessary?

What is the purpose of this?

Does it all make sense?

How would the actual customer view this?

[For jobs which the contractor has extensive experience and the structural risk is low we may be able to deviate from the above guidelines – this requires quite a bit of discretion and judgment]

The buck stops with us!!

Take the long view. Good ethics makes good business sense. To err is human but to forgive is divine.