What Do Structural Engineers Do?

What Do Structural Engineers Do?

When you walk across a bridge, do you worry about it falling down? Whenever you ride an elevator in a skyscraper, do you hold your breath as you watch the floor numbers light up, hoping you make it all the way to the top? After you leave your car in a parking...
Do You Need a Commercial Structural Engineer?

Do You Need a Commercial Structural Engineer?

Commercial construction projects are all around us. From roads, bridges, and tunnels to parking structures, hospitals, and shopping centers, commercial construction is an industry that affects everyone on a daily basis.  If there’s one thing a commercial...
Foundation Inspection by a Structural Engineer

Foundation Inspection by a Structural Engineer

Why would you want to bother hiring a structural engineer to look at a property before you buy it? Isn’t that what the home inspector’s report is for?  We looked at the foundation of a $600,000 second home here in Blowing Rock and found that approximately one quarter...
Architect vs. Engineer vs. Contractor

Architect vs. Engineer vs. Contractor

This sounds like some kind of pickup basketball tournament, but it’s probably not going to be as popular as March madness! The question people ask about architect vs. engineer vs. contractor is whether you need one or the other, or two, or all three. In terms of...
How Much Does a Structural Engineer Cost? 

How Much Does a Structural Engineer Cost? 

This reminds me of a story G. K. Chesterton told of two men having a conversation. The first man said, “It’s raining.” The second replied, “What’s raining?” There ensued a violent conversation ending in a wonderful friendship.  So the question is, “How much does...
What Is a Building Engineer? Do I Need One?

What Is a Building Engineer? Do I Need One?

In Great Britain, a building engineer fulfills the roles we give to architectural engineers here in the U.S. The Chartered Association of Building Engineers, or CABE, is a British organization to unify the profession there. They have their own website: Chartered...