Structural Engineering

WDY is a group that thrives on the challenge of new projects. For each new project, we try to capture the client’s vision with innovative design solutions.

From start to finish, we stress clear communication between architect and engineer to achieve success. Our clients have direct contact with a “hands on” principal who can respond to their needs.

From schematic design through construction service, we focus on providing the right solution with respect to budget and schedule.

Structural Engineering Services

  • New Construction / Remodels / Additions
  • Seismic Evaluation / Rehabilitation
  • Historic Preservation
  • Tenant Improvements / Specialty Structures
  • Structural Audits / Due Diligence
  • Sustainable Design

WDY Specialties

Seismic Evaluation / Rehabilitation

Onsite investigation is the first step in the seismic evaluation process. Our engineers use the most current methodology to systematically assess building hazards and seismic deficiencies. We use state-of-the-art computer software and modeling techniques to predict the seismic performance of existing buildings.

Sustainable Building Design

WDY encourages environmentally responsible design and construction of both residential and commercial projects that will result in healthier places to live and work. We support sustainable design and building practices through the use of localized guidelines based on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) rating system.

Building Remodel /
Tenant improvement

To ensure a successful remodel, we first identify how the structure will interact with the proposed modifications to the building. WDY helps the client to explore options that allow for flexibility in making the desired changes. The end result is a sound building that will perform well for future tenants. We are experienced in ceiling clouds and grids, mezzanine additions, mechanical unit anchorage, mechanical grid systems, wall openings both interior and exterior, sprinkler system bracing, temporary shoring, window systems, site walls, loading docks, ADA access, decks, balconies, exterior stairs and more.

Historic Preservation

WDY loves the challenge of designing renovations to historic structures. It is a rewarding accomplishment to maintain the original fabric of a structure while strengthening it to comply with modern building codes. Our methodology for evaluation and rehabilitation works well with historic structures. We isolate the strength and weakness of the vintage structure. We add strengthening elements to inconspicuous areas and exploit the opportunities provided by ADA improvements and other architectural modifications.

Specialty Engineering

Fiber Reinforced Composite (FRC) Strengthening

WDY pioneered the use of a state-of-the-art method for repairing and strengthening concrete and wood elements. The ductility of vintage concrete frame buildings can be dramatically improved with FRC strengthening techniques. Because of our interest in cost-effective materials and the preservation of existing structures, we have recommended FRC for many upgrades and repairs rather than tear down a weakened structure.

Craft Style Timber Frame Design

WDY’s positioning in the Pacific Northwest has provided the necessary experience to engineer heavy timber craft style homes and commercial facilities for over ten years. As consultants for such companies as Timberpeg, Timbercraft Homes and BC Timber Frame, we assisted in developing specifications for the construction of timber home kits. In addition, we have engineered a wide array of full frame designs.

Mesh and Cable Structures

WDY has become a specialist in mesh and cable structures. In 1996 the Oregon Zoo needed repairs to an Aviary that had a mesh failure during a snowstorm. We found a practical solution to accurately predict the nonlinear behavior of the damaged aviary. Since then, we have engineered twelve mesh and cable structures for zoos in Florida, New York, Nevada and Oregon.

Ready to talk about your project?