By Chris Herron, Senior Vice President, Practice Leader, Structural Engineering
Structural engineering is an integral part of any new building or structure. Structural engineers design buildings to support the structure’s own weight in addition to the forces of nature and the people using them. By considering the principles of structural engineering throughout the entire creative process, we can build incredible structures together – and have, throughout the state and the southeast. As we celebrate Structural Engineering Appreciation Week, July 15-21, we’re highlighting those who are driving us forward and making an impact across the community every day – our very own structural engineers and the projects they’ve worked so hard on.
Throughout Structural Appreciation Week, we’ve showcased our structural engineering projects and our employees who make them a success. Our structural engineering group is working hard every day, and it shows! We asked them, “What does structural engineering mean to you, in just a few words?” – and here’s what they had to say:
Seeing It in Action: Projects We’re Proud of
From the Charlotte Douglas International Airport Concourse A addition to ECU’s Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, our structural engineering group has made a true impact across the state. Here’s a glance at just some of the projects we’re proud to share with you during Structural Engineering Appreciation Week:
We recently moved in to our new home, The Dillon – and not only is it our new home, but our firm played a key role in the creation of the space. Located in the vibrant Warehouse District of downtown Raleigh, our structural engineering group helped preserve and restore the existing historic Dillon Supply Co. warehouse façade, maintaining the unique personality of the former warehouse while reinforcing the existing infrastructure. We’ve moved in and now call The Dillon our firm’s headquarters, and are proud to look around every day and see our fingerprint throughout the building.
Another landmark project is the Local Governmental Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) project in Raleigh. Finished in 2015, the complete renovation of the four-story, 92,000 square-foot steel-framed building included a new façade, parking deck, glass atrium space, two new stair towers, a monumental stair, an architectural roof-top wall system and a pedestrian bridge. An intensive analysis of the existing structure was conducted and several modifications were made to the existing structure.
Our structural engineering group also helped renovate Atlantic Packaging in Charlotte, renovating the existing office and manufacturing facility, and adding an office mezzanine inside the existing plant. Atlantic Packaging will use this space to bring clients in and demonstrate how goods can be safely packaged. Included in these renovations is a potential client viewing space and specialty equipment to demonstrate Atlantic Packaging’s ability to meet any needs. Our group has made a true impact in Charlotte, including with The Refinery – Charlotte’s newest office building located on the outskirts of the city, with an excellent view of uptown Charlotte. The five-story building is designed to coordinate and enhance the current soundings in the area and, with a prime location at the intersection of I-77 and Morehead Street, the iconic building is very visible to travelers. The extensive glass and open space within the building will make this space highly desirable in the city’s active office market.
Learn more about our structural engineering group and the projects we’re proud of here.