BUILD IT offers our clients professional engineering design build services, working with you to determine the crucial calculations that will inform your final design. Our integrated approach allows engineers to contribute to the construction process from the very first stages of planning, ensuring the structural integrity and overall safety of your building is second-to-none.
What does an engineer do?
In the world of construction, engineers are the guiding forces behind the structural design and technical requirements of a build. At BUILD IT, our engineering design build services lay the groundwork for structural integrity and safety, which is why these experts are often referred to as “structural engineers”.
Engineering design build services are typically required when a new building is being designed, or if any significant structural changes need to be made to an existing building. And while engineering design build services can sometimes be optional in the residential world, they are an absolute necessity for all commercial projects. Our BUILD IT engineers work very closely with architects to turn their vision into a structural reality. Once a design and layout has been finalized, an engineer will begin analyzing a series of load-carrying systems to ensure strict safety standards are being met.
Carrying the structural load
Calculating all the different types of structural loads impacting a building is one of the most important jobs of an engineer. In layman’s terms, “load” is used to describe the weight, stresses, and forces that press down upon a building’s structural elements, such as components like beams, joints, and columns.
If you’ve ever done some home reno projects, you’re likely familiar with the concept of “load-bearing walls” – and the same principles are applied to various different aspects of a building. It’s a lot to consider, but our BUILD IT engineers use a number of different industry standards, programs, software, and procedures to accurately calculate these factors and ensure the final design can withstand it all.
The different types of load systems
Generally speaking, loads can be broken down into three different categories:
The first category is called “dead loads” and refers to all the intrinsic structural weight of a completed building. These are the forces that stay the same – hence the name – including elements such as walls, stairwells, fixed installations, roofs and anything else that’s permanently built into the structure.
The second category is referred to as “live loads”. Live loads represent the weight of people and objects inside a building once it is occupied, including things like furniture, appliances or even vehicles. The term “live” is used because these forces are anticipated to move and change throughout the space, bearing different loads on different structural elements at different times.
The final category is “environmental loads”. As the name implies, these measurements analyze the impact of naturally-driven forces such as snow accumulating on your roof, wind force, or underground movement.
BUILD IT simplifies engineering for our clients.
Our in-house engineer design build services allow clients to meet strict safety standards without compromising on the overall design and beauty of your building – all the while saving money by avoiding the need to hire a third-party consultant or engineering firm.