Structural Engineering

“Architects make buildings look good. We make them stand up.” So says one of BCRA’s structural engineers.

Safe and Beautiful

While keeping a structure supported and safe may sound simple, structural engineering is a nuanced discipline that artfully weaves science into solutions. Subtly out of sight, or exposed for viewing, structural engineering is the literal backbone of building design.

Safe and Beautiful

While keeping a structure supported and safe may sound simple, structural engineering is a nuanced discipline that artfully weaves science into solutions. Subtly out of sight, or exposed for viewing, structural engineering is the literal backbone of building design.

Pagoda at Point Defiance Tacoma, WA

Reinforcing a classic

Ideal structural solutions balance function and form and must be specified in very different ways depending on a project’s goals. In 2011, a fire destroyed portions of the Pagoda at Point Defiance, a beloved events venue often used for weddings. The facility, originally built in 1914, needed extensive work not only to repair damage, but to bring it to current safety standards through structural design. BCRA’s structural team understood the thinking of the Pagoda’s users; the decorative trusses inside were one of the most distinctive interior elements and needed to be preserved. The dance floor needed to be strengthened and brought up to code without sacrificing square footage. The historic unreinforced masonry that comprised the exterior was attractive but would crumble in an earthquake. Our team had to find creative ways to fix all these safety issues without affecting programming or aesthetics. A creative combination of structural steel, shotcrete, and rebar doweling hidden in walls and floors achieved all identified goals simultaneously and stands as one of BCRA’s favorite structural solutions.

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