Structural Design & Forensic Engineering
D’Huy Engineering, Inc. (DEI) has built a reputation for quality engineering services and sound engineering judgement provided by its experienced team of skilled experts. Our innovative design solutions combined with respect for traditional engineering practices create a versatile portfolio of new facility design, historic building restoration, structural system rehabilitation, and individual structural component upgrades and strengthening. DEI maintains a collaborative approach with the design team to deliver practical, creative, and cost effective structural design solutions.
Our many projects include educational, public, commercial, retail, industrial, and office facilities as well as over 300 brownstone and townhouse renovations in the New York City metro area. We specialize in new construction, renovation and adaptive reuse, existing building condition assessment, and non-conventional specialty structures and components.
DEI also provides forensic engineering services ranging from full investigations of large scale collapses to performance evaluations of specific facility components and building facades. Our emphasis on accuracy, attention to detail and commitment to integrity, as well as our innovative, yet practical approach to problem-solving have garnered DEI a national reputation in forensic engineering. We provide in-depth field surveys, detailed analyses, retrofit and repair solutions, expert reports, litigation support, and expert testimony for clients as needed.
New construction provides exciting opportunities for creativity and collaboration with Owners and design team partners. DEI is passionate about grasping the vision of a new project and turning it into a clearly detailed and integrated set of design documents. As an integral part of the design team, we offer engineering feedback in the early stages of the design in order to arrive at a functional, cost effective structural design solution. We are committed to a team approach and our multi-disciplined staff of engineers and project managers draw on decades of design and investigation knowledge to appropriately balance performance, reliability and cost. We often evaluate multiple design options to assist in selecting the best structural solution and continue to be actively engaged throughout construction to anticipate issues, solve problems and ensure the design intent is achieved in the completed project.
DEI works closely with the Owner, architect and often the contractor to define the structural requirements for each renovation and adaptive reuse project. Whether your project is the renovation of a brownstone residence, the adaptive re-use of a hospital, or the retrofit of a deteriorating industrial facility, DEI offers the experience necessary to successfully transform your building and extend its usable life.
An accurate study of the existing structure is necessary early in the design process to adequately assess the condition of existing structural components, evaluate existing structural capacities and weigh the challenges presented by the proposed building modifications. On these projects, DEI routinely solves design challenges such as reinforcing deteriorated floor and wall systems, restoring existing facades, rehabilitating masonry components, retrofitting deteriorated steel components, enhancing lateral stability systems, and integrating new construction with the existing structure.
DEI recognizes the difficulties Owners have in assessing building problems and long term maintenance. The goal of our condition assessment services is to work with our clients to provide realistic facility assessments so that budgeted resources may be utilized most effectively. Through our expertise in repair, retrofit and forensic investigation, D’Huy Engineering, Inc. is attuned to accurately assess existing conditions, recognize the magnitude of potential concerns, and determine optimum repair alternatives.
Our expert teams of professionals understand each pertinent building system which enhances our ability to assess, troubleshoot, and pinpoint component and system deficiencies. DEI’s components and systems services involve assessing structural adequacy and performance characteristics of various structural components and materials. Examples of previous component investigations include determining the causes of steel deck buckling, cast stone coping failures, metal wall panel delaminations, panelized EIFS system joint failure, concrete cracking, the collapse of steel framed scaffolding, water intrusion, and many other building component material deficiencies and failures.
D’Huy Engineering, Inc.’s technical expertise, attention to detail and comprehensive understanding of the design and construction process provides us with unique insight for evaluating and analyzing design and construction claims.With our staff of experts in the design, forensic investigation and construction management fields, DEI exercises integrity and sound judgement to analyze and evaluate project documentation as well as the performance of all parties involved in a construction project. Our understanding of the standards of care and regulations that define the design and construction industry enables us to develop effective strategies for fair resolution. As part of these services, DEI often prepares expert reports and when required provides testimony in litigation proceedings.