Category: Residential Engineering

Improperly Designed Garage Foundation Leads to Failure at 15 Years Old

We sometimes are in the unfortunate position of observing structural failures. Some, like this one, aren’t dramatic because the building has not (yet) collapsed. But we see and remedy the consequences of building elements that are improperly designed. This building, a two-stall, two-story detached garage built in 2003, included a foundation wall that retained about… Read More »

Properly Installed Lally Columns

Check out the new lally column and concrete footing installed in a recent basement renovation we helped engineer.  It doesn’t look like much from the surface but, too many times, we’ve seen this simple installation performed wrong. If you see your contractor installing adjustable jack posts instead of lally columns (hollow steel tube filled with… Read More »

Building Permits and Safety

“We don’t need a permit for this, we are only ______.”  We’ve all heard this sentence many times over the years.  It is sadly driven by the desire to save construction expense and increased property taxes associated with the improvement in value after completing upgrades to real estate.  However, skipping this important step in a… Read More »

Welcome Kelly Alessi to our Team!

Team Engineering is proud to bring on our newest member, Kelly Alessi. Kelly is licensed as a Registered Architect in Massachusetts and is certificated as a LEED Accredited Professional. Her background includes over 10 years of designing and documenting commercial senior living buildings and construction projects using AutoCAD and Revit. Her skill set and expertise… Read More »