April 1st, 2015 marked the two year anniversary of the merge between DCI Engineers and Structural Design Engineers (SDE), a San Francisco firm founded by Raj Sahai in 1984. Now as part of DCI’s leadership team, Principals Raj Sahai and Jack Laws provide valuable insight into San Francisco’s architectural and engineering community and culture. This blog begins a series of posts about their structural engineering achievements for the city.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) and green building design are two trends in the A/E/C industry that show no signs of slowing down. Both are becoming more and more common in the work that we do as structural engineers, and we think it’s important to understand that they are mutually beneficial components of the design process. They are both important concepts that can reinforce and support each other. That’s why we’ve created a Top Five list of ways that BIM and green building design go hand in hand.
DCI may be headquartered in Seattle, Washington in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, but we have seven other offices in the United States that serve clients all over the country. And we’re still growing! Look for us in eastern Washington, sunny California, beautiful Oregon, and thriving Texas – we have offices in all four of those states.
The Building Industry Association of Washington named the Port of Kennewick’s Clover Island Lighthouse their Community Improvement Project of the Year for 2010. Then, in 2011, the Port received the Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association’s first-ever Concrete Community Award! As a member of the DCI Structural team in Spokane, Matthew Thomas played an important role in this unique and challenging project. We sat down with him and asked a few questions about the lighthouse. He was happy to explain what made this project so special!
Kris Swanson has been working a lot with the new Diversakore framing system, and we asked him to explain it a little more in depth. Thanks to him, we were able to gather some more information about the framing system and explain how DCI’s experience with it is valuable for certain projects.
What is the Diversakore system?
It's an alternate composite steel and concrete framing system utilizing conventional reinforced concrete encased in custom shaped steel plate shell, which acts both as steel reinforcing and a stay-in-place concrete form.
Our friends at CollinsWoerman have been working on a concept known as Sustainable Living Innovations (SLI), which is a new approach to design and construction that would appeal largely to cost-conscious developers and consumers.
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