SMALL TO LARGE STRUCTURAL DESIGN
SECB certified in the Practice of Structural Engineering, Duke BSE (Civil '75), Texas P.E. ('81), Texas Windstorm Insurance Program Engineer, Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Structural Engineering Certification Board (SECB), the Foundation Performance Association (FPA), the Structural Insulated Panel Associations (SIPA), the US Green Building Council (USGBC), Greater Houston Builder Association (GHBA), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
Structural engineering with detailed design for residential and commercial projects.
We work on projects ranging from sizing a single beam, to designing the framing for an addition, to a engineering a new dwelling, to design developing a 10 acre site.
We work with innovative builders, architects, homeowners, designers, developers, remodelers, solar providers, and other engineers.
ECO's experienced CAD staff will create new permit ready structural blue prints and construction documents.
Our skills have been honed by Houston's highly expansive soils and by many projects within 100 Year Flood Plain. Our experience is equally split between slab-on-fill and elevated crawl space types.
We are active members of Houston's FPA (Foundation Performance Association) where we benefit from the shared experience of the many foundation engineering structural and geotechnical engineer members
We have design for UFAD (Under Floor Air Delivery), and for SIP floors (Structural Insulated Panel). We have excellent experience with foundations for masonry construction including AAC, ICF, or CMU.
FRAMING DESIGNMost of our residential projects are custom homes applying traditional wood frame design.
Complex projects may include steel portal designs like this Lake Conroe project.
Most of our projects apply 2x6 walls with 3" of foam or cellulose insulation with zero waste.
ECO has also consulted for wood products organizations including the APA, Southern Pine, & Southern Forest organizations
We are also members of the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA - Did you know that a 4" SIP wall is more energy efficient and stronger than a 2x6 wall? SIPs also have less thermal bridging with better sealing.
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING TO SUPPORT ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
When you see a pole mounted solar array; or roof mounted soalr array on your neighbors roof; or a ground mounted solar array covering acres of fields; or a wind farm covering miles of mountain, you know that these energy sources did not just grow in those locations.
There was a signficant amount of design and engineering required to manufacture each piece of each component of each project.
Then a whole other effort to finance, distribute, and market each system. Then it gets to a consumer, agency, or company with a site or a building on which to install it.
Finally it gets to an engineering firm like ECO to marry the product with the site's ground or with a new or existing structure. In the the below project, we applied our structural engineering services for the Solar Array now installed on the City of Houston's own permit office adjacent to downtown Houston, just off of Washington Avenue. That's a certainly a nice skyline isn't it? (FYI, we don't do skyscrapers)
We have designed many wind storm zone projects Many of these use driven piling foundations for coastal projects. ECO piling projects have been in Seabrook (these 2 photos), Galveston, and Bolivar.
Our Galveston island SIP project went through Hurricane Ike's storm surge with no structural damage.
We have also used permanent wood piling foundations in non coastal locations (Tomball).
ECO has applied piling types including treated wood, fibergless, precast concrete, and site poured concrete.
ALTERNATE SYSTEM DESIGN
We are also experienced with design of custom trusses and built up beam framing. These are often used in combination with alternate framing systems like Structural Insulated Panel construction (SIP).
This truss framing was designed for the Seabrook Sailing Club designed using structural insulated panels for floor, walls, and roof.
One of our other early SIP residential projects on Galveston went through Hurricane Ike wind and storm surge with no structural damage.
This confirmed once again the high wind resistant capability that SIP constructed structures have traditionally offered.
BULKHEADS & PILINGS
We assist coastal projects with bulkhead structural design, inspection, and certification services. We worked with most common bulkhead systems (treated wood, concrete panel, vinyl sheet).
This photo is of a vinyl sheet piling formed bulkhead that will protect a new coastal residence we also engineered.
The house is designed using AAC (aerate concrete) wall lower storage level due to being located in a flood zone
This image is a rendering of a boat house we designed in 3D using Autodesk Revit Structure.The design process modeled the owner's boat size and flying bridge elevation. The boat hoist, mean sea level, predicted storm surge sea level were all incorporated. This allowed us to provide adequate framing clearance for the worst case storm surge into the design.
Although the majority of our engineering is for dimensional 2x4 or 2x6 wood framed projects, if you contact us for discussion you will quickly learn that ECO has more in house experience with alternate residential building systems, than other local residential engineering firms, builders, or design architectural firms.
Our project experience includes all of the alternate concrete building systems that are available. This includes AutoClaved Aerated Concrete block (AAC) construction, Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) systems,
Structural Concrete Insulated Panels (SCIP) and advanced Concrete Masonry Systems (CMU).
ECO's direct project application and installation experience gained from multiple projects with each of these systems can be invaluable your alternate concrete system project.
ASCE "Best In Session" AwardThis experience allows ECO to explain or compare the 'real world' advantages and disadvantages of each system for different project types. We can explain structural performance, energy performance, material cost, labor cost, durability, supplier accessibility, and ease of use. Gary Beck won this 'Best in Session' award for our presentation on this very subject to other Texas engineers at the American Society of Civil Engineers 2008 Conference in Dallas.