Archive for the ‘Portfolio’ Category

Seismic upgrade requirements: Time to follow Portland’s lead

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Southwest Washington should join its neighbor Portland by making building seismic safety a higher priority. Erickson Structural principal, Brandon Erickson, poses the argument for increased seismic upgrade requirements in an article published in the Vancouver Business Journal’s October 6, 2017 edition.

Another Satisfied Customer

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Erickson Structural recently completed a major restoration project for Kihei Surfside Ocean Front Resort Condominiums in Kihei, Hawaii, which included replacement of windows and lanai railings, structural strengthening of 10 elevated, large lanais utilizing fiber reinforced polymer (FRP), spalling repairs and restoration of the multi-story concrete structural columns and reinforcing steel within the columns. The building was temporarily shored while the columns were repaired allowing other trades to continue working on the building.  Click here to read the appreciation letter we received from our client.

Build or Renovate?

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Erickson Structural principal, Brandon Erickson, reveals five overlooked factors in the Vancouver Business Journal when deciding to “Build or Renovate” .  Click here to read article.

How NOT to Select a Building Design Consultant

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Erickson Structural principal, Brandon Erickson, offers advice on How Not to Select a Building Design Consultant in the Vancouver Business Journal.  Click here to view article.

Building “Failures” and How to Avoid Them

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Erickson Structural principal, Brandon Erickson, offers advice regarding building “failures” and how to avoid them in the Vancouver Business Journal.  Click here to view article.

Yale Elementary School Gymnasium

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Erickson Structural was retained to design the structural modifications and seismic upgrades to the existing Yale Elementary School gymnasium in Ariel, Washington.  The Woodland School District requested that the seismic upgrade be designed to meet an enhanced performance objective, namely Life Safety for the BSE-2 design earthquake, according to ASCE 41 standards.  Non-seismic structural modifications were designed to satisfy the applicable portions of the 2009 International Building Code (IBC) with Washington amendments.  The existing roof structure has been replaced with a new roof structure designed to support a snow load that exceeds the code minimum, based upon local reports of past snow accumulation for the area.

This project has successfully been completed and this refreshing upgrade to this existing building  will provide years of enjoyment and use to the children of Yale Elementary and the community.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Erickson Structural provided structural engineering services for the design of a new 6,200 square foot addition to the existing meetinghouse for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located in Jefferson, Oregon. Both the original building and the new addition are supported by a foundation system comprised of cast-in-place concrete piers and grade beams.  Erickson Structural provided structural engineering support during the construction of the addition by conducting structural site observations, responding to contractor’s requests for information and reviewing shop drawings and submittals from the contractor.  This addition was successfully completed in 2013.

Woodburn Construction Company is the contractor and McSwain & Woods Architects & Planners is the architect for this project.

Esther Short Park Bell Tower

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Erickson Structural designed the structural aspects of the improvements to the Esther Short Park Bell Tower, intended to provide the City of Vancouver employees with OSHA-compliant access to the bell tower for maintenance purposes.  The improvements included a new, steel-framed access platform and a ladder connecting the new platform to an existing platform, both of which are located near the top of the bell tower.  The new platform rests upon an existing tube steel frame used to support the bells within the tower.  The new platforms are accessed via an external lift crane to which employees tie-off, then step onto the platform while still clipped to the crane, and then clip onto a new D-ring on the bell tower to transfer.  This arrangement allows employees to remain harnessed in at all times, avoiding the need for a safety guardrail around the perimeter of the bell tower.

Woodburn High School Fire Damage

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Woodburn High School, located in Woodburn, Oregon, experienced a fire that originated in the shop and spread to adjacent areas of the school.  Concern was expressed regarding the structural integrity of the affected portions of the remaining structure, including the CMU and concrete walls.  Erickson Structural conducted a forensic investigation of the Woodburn High School, which included observation of the school building and documentation of the extent of structural damage caused by the fire.  Destructive and non-destructive testing plans were developed and supervised, and recommendations for structural repair were presented in a written report.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Erickson Structural personnel performed a structural and seismic evaluation for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse, located in Portland, Oregon.  The resulting structural evaluation report recommended multiple structural and seismic remediation measures for the  meetinghouse.  Erickson Structural’s proposed seismic upgrade scheme was develop in a manner that allowed for the improvements to be installed in multiple phases to accommodate the owner’s budget and schedule.  The initial phase of the improvements were installed in 2012.