Nevins Engineering designed the foundation and framing to support a group of commercial office structures in Katy, TX.
The Eye Site project was a 20,000 sq. ft. office design. This design was wood-framed with pre-manufactured floor trusses on a post-tension reinforced slab-on-grade foundation.
The Oceanfront Apartments project included the evaluation of 408 units on the coastline of Texas. Saltwater has a corrosive effect on building materials. Nevins Engineering evaluated the effects of saltwater corrosion on structural members throughout the complex. Remedial repairs were identified and communicated.
Nevins Engineering can evaluate and determine the structural performance of slab-on-grade foundations. Recommendations for remedial repairs and/or releveling, as necessary, are communicated.
Nevins Engineering can design structural members to support changes in a remodeled structure.
Nevins Engineering can observe and determine if new/existing framing is satisfactorily supporting design-service loads. Changes are communicated quickly if corrections need to be completed.
Nevins Engineering can evaluate and determine the structural performance of pier-and-beam foundations. Recommendations for remedial repairs and/or releveling, as necessary, are communicated.
Nevins Engineering can observe and determine if pier, grade-beam and slab excavations are consistent with the design depth prior to the completion of foundation work. They also can determine if the design reinforcement is properly installed. Changes are communicated quickly if corrections need to be completed.
Tornadoes can damage structures. Nevins Engineering studied and evaluated the effects of tornado damage on residential structures. Recommendations for remedial structural repairs are communicated.
Got a question?
What information is required before design?
The design process requires architect’s design drawings and a geotechnical report that analyzes the strength properties of the soil.
Do you design new foundations?
Yes. We can provide design services for residential or commercial foundations.
Do you evaluate new construction?
Yes. We provide foundation pre-pour and framing observations.
What is your fee?
Our fee is dependent on the size of the foundation and the issues afflicting it. Generally, our fee schedule begins at $425 for a typical residential foundation with a 1500 sq. ft. footprint.
How long does an evaluation last?
It depends on the size and complexity of the job, but a typical residential inspection will last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.
Why should I hire an independent professional engineer?
A licensed real estate inspector can determine if a foundation or structural member is inadequate, but they cannot formally (or legally) inform you as to why it is inadequate or what remedial measures are required. He or she will often recommend that the structure is evaluated by a P.E. (professional engineer). A P.E. will be able to determine the reason why the structural member is noncompliant and, if necessary, what remedial repair options are available. Only a P.E. can legally inform you of the structural condition and integrity of a building. By hiring a P.E., you will not have to pay twice. A further benefit is that the opinion in the report is independent, as Nevins Engineering does not have an interest in prescribing an expensive repair.
What are your recommended repairs?
It depends. It could range from simple cosmetic repairs (caulk and paint) to drainage and landscaping improvements to foundation underpinning repairs.
When should I call?
You should contact a foundation repair company after it has been determined by an independent professional engineer that remedial repairs are required.