Healthcare projects encompass many types of facilities including hospitals, surgical centers, skilled care, outpatient and dental clinics. The common thread with all of these building types is the high level of coordination and collaboration required from project inception. From project kick-off to construction administration; teamwork, communication, and coordination are essential to address the complex functions and systems occurring in these structures.
The main goal of corporate projects is to provide a comfortable, efficient working environment for the building occupants… but it is so much more than that. From minimizing floor vibrations to designing a grand stair, it is all about exceeding the needs and expectations of the client. Another important aspect of corporate design is flexibility. Building uses and occupancies change, both during the design phase, as well as during the life of the building. We’re here to work with building professionals to accommodate these changing building uses.
Financial projects are built to represent a sense of quality and security to the public. These are the same basic building blocks of a good structural consultant… producing designs that are safe, functional, and efficient. As with buildings, however, it is that which goes a step beyond that makes that which is good, great. It’s the philosophy we take… we go beyond the typical service of a consultant and serve as a proactive member of the design team; providing creative, responsive, and quality ideas and results.
Industrial projects support uses including manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, and storage. In these types of buildings, the structure of the building is usually the easy part. The complicated parts are the other functions occurring within the building including specialty foundations, crane support, machine bases, slab on grade design for racking and equipment loads, and piping support… to name a few. To successfully accommodate all of these needs, communication between the design team and the building user needs to be constant to get information and results out in a timely manner.
Retail and mixed use facilities have various uses and functions, including retail, shopping centers, restaurants, recreation centers, gas stations, and automotive dealerships. Displayed by the diversity of this list, the key to working in this sector is experience. We’ve seen a lot of different building types and have an understanding of what systems and approaches are best applied to each type of structure.
Education projects consist of several types of facilities including daycare, K-12, higher education and religious education. The first thing learned when working on education projects is that it is an interactive process. Many interested parties are involved and it takes a true team player to take part in the process. We’re able to be a key component in that process, providing creative and constructive ideas and solutions to meet the structural needs of the end user.
Housing projects include apartment complexes, condominiums, hospitality, and student residences. This is a building type that requires a depth of experience and a thorough knowledge of the building construction as it relates to building codes and life safety issues. In tackling all of these issues, teamwork becomes critical to ensure that all of these important topics are discussed and addressed. We’re here to provide that knowledge and work with the project team to produce a successful project.
Religious projects are extremely diverse, with each building design striving to differentiate itself from other building types and represent its’ distinctive belief system. This leads to unique, expressive structures which require creativity and flexibility from the structural consultant. We’re able to provide that service and collaborate with the rest of the design team to ensure that the vision of the structure is fulfilled.
Adaptive reuse challenges the design team to breathe new life into existing facilities. It all begins with a knowledge and understanding of historical building construction, leading to investigation and evaluation of the existing structure. With this knowledge, the process then requires creativity in working with these existing conditions to accommodate the desired building use. With renovation and reuse, however, the project only truly begins when design drawings are completed. Construction administration is where we earn our keep… dealing with unexpected conditions and being responsive to contractor issues and addressing these opportunities in an interactive manner with the rest of the design and construction team to keep projects on schedule.