When a 200-year-old building is failing and the public’s safety as well as the value of the historical structure is at stake, only certain engineering firms are called to the rescue. ADC is one of those firms. ADC was instrumental in our ability to save the building. Emergency projects like this one require a team of dedicated, responsive and experienced firms and I have yet to work with a structural engineering firm better than ADC.
A Structural Engineering Team that Has Your Back
All Projects Experience Problems—What Matters is How You Deal With Them
The worst problems are the ones with no solutions. ADC reacts quickly to unforeseen conditions during construction and provides timely and cost effective solutions. Our difference? We know what questions to ask so that we can anticipate problems before they occur. That’s how we’ve helped clients across the country save time, money, and resources.
Raising the Bar for Our Clients
What to Expect From ADC’s Structural Engineering Design Team
1. Unmatched Knowledge of Codes and Regulations
Code compliance is vital to the construction of safe and sound buildings.
Designs that include multistory atriums, large expanses of architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS), longer spans and special structural details require a structural engineer with a firm grasp on the building code and performance criteria to solve these challenges with a creative yet technically sound solution.
Buildings with moveable high density file storage systems, MRI machines, CT Machines and other heavy medical equipment require special structural attention. ADC has extensive experience with structural loads and floor vibration analysis on all multi-story science, medical and commercial buildings.
2. Responsiveness to the Client and the Contractor
ADC’s principals and project managers answer your calls and keep you in the loop throughout the project.
When ADC’s structural team received a call about an emergency project, ADC immediately responded. ADC designed and a support system to prevent a 200-year-old building from falling in downtown Charleston and it was in-place in only 78 days. That kind of response makes a difference on any project.
Communicating the cost during the design process is important and when conditions represent an uptick in cost over a basic design, ADC provides that feedback so the client knows the more expensive nature of the condition.
Clients never feel confused or “out-of-the-loop” during the project. From start to finish, ADC remains fully engaged in project delivery up until the keys are delivered to the owner.
3. In-Depth Investigations and Field Work
The only way to properly identifying problems with a building’s structure and properly recommend appropriate and cost effective repairs is to start with a thorough analysis.
ADC’s structural engineering department has assessed some of Charleston’s oldest and most precious structures for upfits and repairs.
The cost of updating historic buildings to meet current code requirements is expensive. Performing analysis meetings with code officials and completely understanding what kind of upgrade is required gives the engineers the necessary information to make sensible design decisions that can reduce the construction costs. Knowing what questions to ask and what solutions make the most sense comes with experience.
ADC’s Track Record Speaks for Itself
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Structural Engineering Services
ADC Engineering can provide the following services for your structural engineering project: