Architects & Engineers

There are instances when you must have a professional's help on your project. Some examples include:
  • When you are constructing a new building or addition in the foothills area where engineered foundations are required along with Soils and Geology Reports to substantiate all design assumptions
  • When the design of your structure requires engineering calculations, i.e. when you are using prefabricated trusses or glued-laminated beams or you are not designing by conventional standards
  • When you are building a retaining wall over 48 inches in height; measured from the bottom of footing to the top of the wall or the retaining wall has a surcharge i.e. slope greater than 2:1, structure
There are instances when you are not required to but should seriously consider retaining a professional to help you with your project. Some examples include:
  • When the size or the complexity of the project exceeds the time you can devote to it. A rushed job on the drawings or a lack of experience can lead to errors, which may be costly to fix during construction.
  • When the cost of the project justifies the expense. Professionals can assist you in accomplishing the design goals using the most efficient methods/materials at a cost within your budget.

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    Phone: 707-822-5956
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    Arcata City Hall
    736 F Street
    Arcata, CA 95521

    Phone: 707-822-5956


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