DCI Engineers' project, the "M" was featured in the Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine in an article written by Rose Bechtold, Communications Specialist. The M, formerly a Macy’s department store, is now a readapted 370,000-sf mixed-use building. The single structure comprises of retail levels on the first two floors, and a combination of commercial and residential levels for the above-grade floors. One building section is 11-stories (former Macy’s building), while another section (Wraight building) is eight-stories.
A community or city is in constant change when it comes to population growth, job availability, and living situations. Structural engineers are often faced with generating designs that accommodate those changes through urban expanse and maximizing tenant space. As dense neighborhood living grows in popularity, what should structural engineers consider in their designs? More importantly, how will structural engineers improve their services to their clients as the market demands change?
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