We offer a broad range of design and consulting services for new construction and work on existing structures, including building expansion, modifications, and change in use/code upgrades.
For clients that wish to obtain a professional opinion or need to categorize known structural problems and their causes, we perform cursory (limited scope) site investigations and consultations. This service also includes brief recommendations for possible solutions or scoping of the overall magnitude of a problem in order to assess the extent of further engineering.
An evaluation report is required by code for any change in use, significant alteration or addition to any existing structure. Such report is written for clients who want to assess an existing structure as part of a proposed building improvement project to see what potential impact new work may have on the building. Services typically include a field survey to document the existing structure, a review of existing plans when available, a narrative describing the structural systems, an identification of problems with recommended solutions, and potential construction budgets.
This service is offered to clients for new construction and projects undergoing significant changes to the structure. Our highly skilled engineers bring a wealth of knowledge and years of practical experience to preparation of formal construction drawings and specifications suitable for permits and construction of all types of building structures. Plans are developed in CAD/Revit format in conjunction with architects and other consultants in phases from schematic design, design development, and final contract documents.
Professional services rendered during the construction phase of a project to verify work is proceeding in conformance with design plans and specifications. Services typically include periodic site visits to observe construction progress, reviewing contractor's shop drawings and submittals, reviewing contractor's invoices and claims, resolving technical disputes, and making a final inspection of the completed work. This service is usually required by the governing building authority.
Massachusetts requires the Structural Engineer of Record to set up a program to review structural inspections and materials testing of building construction. This is a service provided in addition to construction administration and often contracted directly with the owner. Boston Association of Structural Engineers provides a free publication on this topic at their website. States under the IBC codes have similar requirements.
Preservation of historical buildings is one of our specialties. Among our projects are numerous National Historic Landmarks and properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our work with historic sites has emphasized preservation, sensitive additions and renovations, code compliance upgrades and accessibility. We take special care and interest in the analysis of these magnificent older structures because we understand their significance for the local community and for society as a whole.