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New Design

New Design

Modern Museum of Fort Worth, Texas
David Woo, Courtesy MAMFW

Designing structural frames for new buildings is the principal focus of our practice. We work collaboratively with architects, mechanical engineers, and contractors, to propose, study, and develop structural framing system alternatives for each project. Our integrated approach to developing the optimal structure considers not only material quantities, but also project economic, functional, and aesthetic needs.

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Modifications & Alterations

Modifications & Alterations

Gucci Flagship Store, New York
Courtesy Z. Jedrus

When construction ends, a building’s life is just beginning, and its uses, functions, technologies, and requirements change over time. Structural modifications and alterations, such as slab penetrations for new communicating stairs and shafts, beam and column strengthening for heavier loads, and new lateral load systems for improved seismic resistance may be required. We have extensive experience designing a variety of modifications, from 150-year-old brick arches to new carbon fiber reinforcement, for both contemporary and historical structural systems.

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Feasibility Studies

Feasibility Studies

Qwest Center, Omaha, Nebraska

Feasibility studies at project inception are essential to determining a building’s constructability. Often the most important design questions are the most basic: Are the plan dimensions of the proposed tower large enough for it to stand without taking extraordinary measures? How will cost and capacity be affected if the number of stories increases or the proposed tower is cantilevered over an adjacent building? Our compiled data on similar projects enables us to evaluate feasibility quickly and effectively before detailed calculations are performed.

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Peer Review

Peer Review

Convention Center, Hong Kong
Courtsey Wong & Ouyang

We approach peer reviews as we would want others to review our designs—offering observations and suggestions as helpful professional colleagues. From our broad design experience we know the key issues for each building type, and we focus on those issues in our reviews. Review scopes vary with design stage, project type, and the owner’s goals. Review during an early design phase will examine broad concepts, while review of a nearly-complete complex or unusual design may involve developing a parallel analysis model for comparison with the design intent. Safety, economy, and constructability always receive particular attention.

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Value Engineering

Value Engineering

UBS Warburg, Stamford, Connecticut
Courtesy Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

More than one reasonable, safe, and acceptable solution can often be applied to a particular design. Value engineering asks: “Which of the acceptable solutions is most economical?” This process also asks the more challenging question: “Does an entirely different, better approach exist?” To answer both questions effectively, depth and breadth of experience is required. Our structural design professionals are technically advanced and well-versed in a wide variety of project types, materials, and construction methods to offer value engineering recommendations on any project.

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