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...

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? 

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?

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...

Structural Engineer Building Inspection

Building inspectors generally will look at most properties that are being bought or sold to give the buyer peace of mind and the seller some freedom from liability if there are problems discovered with the home soon after the sale. But building inspector’s reports...