Our structural engineering consultation services range from building design and analysis, repair and rehabilitation, facade restoration, and a variety of specialty engineering projects such as monumental staircases, railing systems, and zoo and museum exhibits. In addition to consulting, we also serve as the Prime Professional on projects, many for notable institutions. Other services we offer include prepurchase condition surveys, failure analysis, and expert testimony for litigation.
Design and Analysis
The essence of Barber & Hoffman (B&H) is that we are problem solvers. Our in-depth structural engineering knowledge provides a solid foundation for our success. We’ve coupled that with our passion for developing safe, reliable, and creative design solutions for new and existing structures. B&H prides itself in developing innovative and efficient solutions that are economical and constructable. We are prepared to perform design from concept through to construction documents and provide construction administration services from start to finish.
- Structural System Selection
- Building Design
- Construction Documents
- Construction Administration
- Assessments and Evaluations
- Sealed Calculations
- Peer Review
- Code Compliance
Repair and Rehabilitation
B&H has extensive experience in the repair and rehabilitation of existing buildings. These range from commercial and residential buildings, parking garages and plazas to warehouses and industrial facilities. We take pride in strengthening these buildings and preserving them for their communities. Project services include remedial repairs, building enhancements or modifications, complete adaptive reuse, and historic preservation.
We initiate each project through communication with the Client and the Owner to understand short- and long-term goals. After performing an initial site observation with the facility stakeholders, we provide preliminary opinions and consultation. Subsequent measures may include conducting a condition survey/assessments, evaluating existing documents, recommending selective investigative openings, engaging appropriate testing, and performing an analysis of the existing structure. These efforts culminate in an evaluation report that defines the findings. We invite the Client to review our recommendations to confirm that the project solution meets their expectations and goals.
- Building and Garage Restoration
- Historic Preservation
- Adaptive Reuse
- Facility Surveys and Condition Assessments
- Distress Investigation
- Emergency Stabilization
B&H has extensive knowledge of and experience in façade restoration. Our services include assessments, document development and construction oversight for building owners/managers, specialty restoration contractors, and design professionals. The façade projects to date have included a multitude of masonry and concrete materials and systems. These projects range from establishing cause/basis for localized distress to a comprehensive and historic façade investigation and restoration. We understand the balance between maintaining public safety and meeting Client expectations regarding cost and schedule.
- Concrete Masonry
- Terra Cotta
- Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete
- Precast Concrete
Have an unusual or particularly challenging project? B&H can provide non-standard design services that require unique approaches and innovative solutions. These capabilities are built upon our philosophy of critical thinking, our passion for problem solving, and our experience with technically challenging projects.
- Failure Analysis
- Fall Arrest/Protection Systems
- Shop Drawings
- Temporary Bracing
- Expert Witness
- Structural Product Development
While we often work as sub-consultants to architecture firms, B&H also directly serves Clients on projects when the design focus is specific to structural condition assessments and distress investigation. These project types include masonry façades, parking garages, pedestrian bridges, utility tunnels, and site structures. B&H has successfully served as a Prime Professional on well over 100 projects, working directly for notable institutions such as The Ohio State University, Ohio University, Cleveland State University and more. We understand the importance of balancing the project goals with cost and schedule.
- Masonry Facade Stabilization and Restoration
- Building Feasibility Evaluation
- Load Analysis and Enhancement
- Settlement Investigation and Remediation
- Equipment Supports
- Site Structures
- Signage and Screen Walls
- Catwalks and Mezzanines