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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of our frequently asked questions. Feel free to contact us if you have additional questions!

Why should I call a structural engineer rather than an architect or designer?

A structural engineer is an integral part of the home-building process. When a structural engineer designs a home, they plan for the structural needs of the home even before the engineering, which helps limit design changes that can be costly for the client. At PSE, we provide both home design and structural engineering. This makes us the perfect one-stop-shop for the design and engineering of your custom home.

Is your work residential or commercial?

We provide our services for both residential and commercial needs. In fact, our portfolio includes industrial and municipal projects as well. Our wide range of services allow us to bring any project to life.

What existing home issues might I have that require a structural engineer?

The most notable home issue you may find is cracking in the foundation. You may also see settling issues, which are common in older homes. Calling in PSE for a home inspection will ensure the most thorough and accurate inspection is done. You also need a structural engineer for seismic upgrades or solar upgrades.

Can you help me if I don’t have or want a sustainable home?

Of course! While we are experts in many sustainable building materials and practices, we also have a great deal of experience with a wide range of traditional construction methods. This includes wood-framed buildings, light gauge steel buildings, ICFs (Insulated Concrete Forms), and more.

Where can PSE work?

We are licensed in all 50 states, along with the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario & Saskatchewan. We have also worked in many different countries. Oftentimes, whether we can work in your area depends on the code requirements and licensing.

What can you design out of shipping containers?

Homes, ADU’s, restaurants, hotels, event set up’s—you name it! The possibilities are endless with shipping containers. However, you want to make sure you are using them efficiently. Otherwise, they can become a very expensive way to build something. Calling the experts at PSE will ensure you are making the best decisions for your shipping container project.

Are shipping containers the right choice for my project?

It really depends on what you have in mind for your project. The best way to answer this question is to contact our team. We can discuss your needs and design something for you.

I’d like to ask more questions or discuss my project with you. How do I get in touch?

Please contact us by filling out the “request a quote” form, sending us an email, or calling us at (541) 850-6300.