Structural Analysis

Structural Analysis and Engineering

Boundary Water provides commercial and residential structural engineering services for architects, contractors, and public agencies, as well as homeowners and those planning to relocate to the San Juan Islands. Since inception, Boundary Water has been a trusted source for basic as well as complex structural engineered solutions.

When necessary, our ability to combine both civil and structural engineering capabilities allows a “turn-key” approach to a project. In addition to structural gravity calculations and seismic/wind shear analysis, other commonly required services such as surveying, site development, and construction/permanent stormwater planning are available.

Large Residential Project, San Juan Island, WA
This mountain top residence was designed for an internationally known musician. Boundary Water was retained as engineers of record to address a variety of structural requirements. The demanding building program included a variety of engineered components beyond the scope of typical residential design, including long span steel beams, a complex shear wall system, and composite steel floor decking integrated with the foundation retaining walls. One interesting engineered feature is an inter-floor equipment lift system servicing a lower level recording studio.

Typical Residential Project
Boundary Water regularly provides residential engineering. Due to increasingly restrictive codes and ordinances, most local authorities mandate that even the most basic of designs is certified for structural compliance. Our comprehensive structural and lateral calculation packages expedite this often time consuming aspect of the building department review process.

Special Engineered Structure for San Juan Island Port Authority, WA
This unique structure addressed the need for a shelter to store, remove, and return refuse containers located on a busy marina dock with heavy pedestrian traffic. The challenge was to provide a safe, structurally sound and efficient design with minimal footprint available. A cantilevered structure integral with the existing dock structure provided the perfect solution, and is typical of the attention to detail and creative engineering provided by Boundary Waters.

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