DC Engineering is our ‘go to’ structural engineering firm. Over the last eight years, we’ve done over sixty projects with them at a combined in-place construction valuation of over $500M. Their fees are competitive, and they provide an integrated delivery approach so they can hit multiple schedule deadlines and deliver on aggressive client commitments. They are our partners in design and engineering, and their professional staff takes care of our needs and the concerns of our clients, quickly and succinctly.


Doug Gibson, A.I.A.President and Primary Architect,
DG Group Architecture


Structural Department Purpose
To proactively manage material use through collaborative problem solving and idea-sharing of engineered systems in order to meet our client’s needs.

Collaboration is the cornerstone of DC’s Structural Team. For many projects, the structural design establishes the foundation for other design work. Our team members are very aware of this, and listen carefully to understand project goals, and also assess and communicate the project’s challenges, opportunities and risks. This approach helps to refine design expectations, and sets a project off on the right foot. We then put our skills and expertise to work, utilizing industry leading tools and technology to enhance our collaboration efforts.  

Commitment to our client’s success means our collaborative efforts continue well beyond a solid initial design. Our understanding of various project types and familiarity with the agendas of different stakeholders helps us navigate throughout the lifecycle of the project. Whether it’s a design build project where we are working directly for a contractor, or a bid build project where we part of a design team are answering directly to the owner, we have the expertise to effectively address the various challenges that will inevitably arise. We then strive to deliver a set of construction drawings that are code compliant, accurate, and communicate clearly for contractors use in accurate bidding and sound construction. Finally, we collaborate with the construction team to work through challenges and unforeseen issues.

Structural Department Services

  • Expected building performance
  • Serviceability evaluation
  • Remaining useful life
  • Feasibility of change to existing structures
  • Structural system evaluation planning, and selection
  • Structural component and subsystem design
  • New projects and existing retrofits
  • Strengthening and retrofit design
  • Material deterioration analysis
  • Understanding of historic structural systems
  • Understanding and compliance with specialty building code requirements
  • Constructability and cost assessment
  • Support and bracing of non-structural components
  • Equipment support and anchorage
  • Foundation design systems
  • Finite analysis
  • Environmental design (ACI 350)
  • Explosion control/ relief structures.
  • Peer reviews
  • Specialized safety related system design
  • Steel platform, stair, and handrail designs
  • Retaining walls
  • Support and bracing of components
  • Vibration analysis
  • Helical anchors

Material Specialties

  • Concrete piers/caissons
  • Pre-stressed concrete piers
  • Helical anchors
  • Grade beams and mat slabs