We provide advanced analysis and design for complex structures that incorporate challenging geometries and materials. Special structures require engineering creativity to realize the vision of the designer. Some are stand-alone projects: a sculpture, lightweight pavilion or a paper bridge. Others are components of larger, more conventional projects such as a glass staircase, a lightweight canopy or a movable structure. All require unconventional analysis or construction approaches to achieve very specific aesthetic and performance criteria. Our engineers and computational designers work collaboratively with architects, combining imaginative design with cutting-edge modeling and analysis, to invent artful solutions to the complexities of these projects.
Depth of Experience
Is there any structural design we won’t tackle? Probably not. Our expertise in special structures includes tensile membrane structures, cable nets and tensegrity structures, lightweight structures, sculptures and artwork, movable structures, temporary structures, composites, material research and pedestrian bridges.
A Multidisciplinary Approach
Special structures often transcend the boundaries between disciplines, combining structural evaluation and design, façade engineering, sustainability analysis and construction support engineering. Our unique suite of practices and services cover all these needs. Our multidisciplinary professionals are supported by our CORE studio, which provides the cutting-edge modeling and analysis capabilities required by the complexities of these projects.
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