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Project Green Spotlight: Courtyard Marriott

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The Courtyard by Marriott at Irvine Spectrum, which opened in the Summer of 2013, featured a number of sustainable design site elements. In conjunction with the City of Irvine and the Irvine Ranch Water District, the hotel is taking steps towards water conservation through the use of a dedicated recycled water service to exterior landscape features. In addition, the hotel included the use of artificial turf for the approximately 2,000-sf event lawn as a substitute for the water-thirsty natural grass.


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A Message of Kindness

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Happy Holidays from DCI Engineers

Happy Holidays from all of us at DCI Engineers. We are thankful for the friends, family and colleagues who have made this a great year for all of us at DCI. In honor of that, we've put together a video message of kindness that we hope you enjoy. Please help us spread kindness with our Pay It Forward Campaign and win an iPad mini! All you need to do is visit our Facebook page and we will make a donation on your behalf AND enter you into a contest!


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Expert in the Spotlight: Damon Smith

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Although pervious concrete has been around since the 1800’s, we wanted to learn more about this unique and sustainable alternative to traditional concrete. As our resident pervious concrete pro, we sat down with Damon Smith to discuss the basics.

What is pervious concrete?


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Project Close-Up: Irvine Spectrum

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When we were approached for the new Courtyard by Marriott project at the Irvine Spectrum, the team wasn’t seeking just another hotel in their vast international list of properties. They imagined a structure that would represent the Southern California debut of Marriott’s latest Gen Next design.  This Gen Next concept is Marriott’s response to next generation travelers seeking choices and flexibility.  Marriott’s answer provides great room lobby experiences with style, comfort, convenience, and entertainment.


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Project Close-up: Grand Solmar

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On Baja California’s southernmost tip, a granite mountain crashes into the Pacific Ocean. This is the site for the majestic Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort and Spa, located in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. From the magnificent ocean side infinity pools to the breathtaking ocean views, this entire development feels like an oasis. Building such a luxurious facility presented some unique and stimulating challenges.   


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Message from the Prez

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Dear Friends, Colleagues, Clients, and Employees:

As our annual charity golf tournament is fast approaching and we are experiencing the beautiful summer weather in Seattle, it would seem an appropriate time to use a golf analogy to discuss the recent success at DCI. On the golf course I am always trying, (and rarely succeeding) to make birdies and achieve a great score. Unlike my golf game, as the President of DCI Engineers I am seeing success is all around me. 


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Expert in the Spotlight: Troy Bean

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When you think of modular construction, you might think of boring repetition and lack of originality. However, with stimulated interest over the last five years, modular construction is making a name for itself in the A/E/C world, allowing for unique and cost-effective structures to be built. As a resourceful and efficient off-site method to constructing code compliant buildings, we asked our Principal and resident modular guru, Troy Bean about this construction type. 

What is Wood Framed Modular Construction? 


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Back to Basics

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Little do people know, civil and structural engineering is all around us in our everyday lives.  On your commute to work, you are traveling down roads and over bridges until arriving at the building where you’ll spend the work day.  All of these pieces of infrastructure are made possible by a civil engineer off somewhere in Cubicle Land spending long, hard hours cranking away in order to meet a project deadline.


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