How Structural Engineering Wins the Battle Against Wind

Despite how it may sound, architectural engineers are not Don Quixote. Wind can be one of the largest enemies when designing the framework of a skyscraper, considering that they often reach hundreds of feet into the air. In Florida, these buildings must be built in accordance with the Florida building code, which specifies that they need to be able to withstand winds of nearly 200 miles per hour in areas like Read More

What to Look for in a Structural Engineer

The foundation and framing of your project is the last place you want to cut corners. It’s important to hire a professional structural engineer you trust and rest easy knowing that the framework of your structure is being constructed properly. Finding the right engineer for your project can be a difficult process if you’re unfamiliar with what to look for, but finding a great engineer is invaluable to making your Read More

What Are The Main Causes of Foundation Failure?

Few outcomes are more catastrophic for a structure than foundation failure. Depending on the reason, remediation measures can be highly expensive and, in extreme cases, the structure may have to be relocated. Below is an overview of the main causes of foundation failure and how they may be anticipated and/or avoided. Masonry Settles Unequally Mortar joints can shrink and compress, causing unequal settlement of the Read More

4 Common Causes of Construction Project Delays

The bigger the construction project, the more likely that contractors, architects, engineers, and designers will encounter delays. Any construction professional who has been involved in at least a few projects knows this inevitability all too well. Through planning, experience, and a little luck, construction professionals can mitigate delays in a project. Being able to mitigate delays, however, requires project Read More

Wood or Steel for Your Commercial Building?

For decades now, steel has been the material of choice for construction project owners and developers. This is mainly true for commercial buildings, as property owners and investors typically want the real estate to appreciate over time. There are also more obvious benefits of steel over wood, including protection against water damage (rotting and warping) and fire. The fire risks for wood can obviously be mitigated Read More

40-Year Building Inspections in Broward County

Most commercial structures in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties must undergo a comprehensive inspection 40 years after its completion and every 10 years thereafter. This inspection requirement began in Broward County in 2005, while Miami-Dade buildings have been subject to 40-year inspections since the 1970s. In addition to a structural inspection, qualifying buildings must undergo an electrical inspection by a Read More

Wet Vs. Dry Floodproofing Non-Residential Buildings

Weather and climate experts have forecasted Atlantic hurricane activity in 2021 to be above average. Even without devastating straight-line winds and spawned tornadoes, flooding is a very real possibility for structures across the Sunshine State. Due to the state’s unique vulnerability to storm surges and other flooding events, Florida and local building codes have robust floodproofing requirements for Read More

What is the ‘Bridging’ Method of Project Delivery?

As we have covered before, the design-bid-build (DBB) and design-build (DB) project delivery methods are two of the dominant methods for bringing a construction project to fruition. There are a number of nuances and tweaks that parties can implement in either method to account for unique goals and circumstances. One technique that’s effectively a hybrid of these two methods is bridging.  There are a number of Read More

What the Memphis Bridge Crack Shows Us About Structural Engineering

The Hernando de Soto Bridge spanning the width of the Mississippi River near Memphis has flipped the script on Simon & Garfunkel’s legendary song and album, Bridge over Troubled Water. A recent inspection of the bridge revealed a significant fracture on the underside of a beam. A more appropriate song for this bridge would be Troubled Bridge over Water.  An inspector with the Arkansas Department of Transportation Read More

3 Reasons the Construction Manager-at-Risk Project Delivery Method Could Be Useful

After decades of dominance by the design-build and design-bid-build project delivery methods for construction projects, many alternative delivery methods are starting to curry favor with construction professionals. When getting the project done for the lowest possible price isn’t the most prominent concern for project owners, there are several delivery methods that should be considered. One we’ll take a look at today Read More