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    Because we were concerned about the safety of our garage floor, we did some research and found out that the expert to call is an engineering consultant. I then went to Angie's List and read all the reviews. Provider name locked. stood out with the most and the best reviews.  I called and   made an appointment in less than a week .  The engineer's name was Provider name locked.Provider name locked.   was wonderful!  He took his fancy tools and his many years of experience and did a thorough inspection.  He listened patiently about our concerns of possible compromise of our garage floor. He  examined a crack in the floor and  explained that it  was due to a tree outside. He used a laser and measured the floor and said it was rising rather than falling.  He checked the foundation surrounding the garage and found no structural damage to the foundation. He advised us to do nothing and assured us that the floor would continue to be structurally sound.  He even sat around the kitchen table after and once again answered all of our questions and concerns.  We found him to be a very pleasant,  honest and trustworthy person.

     

    Obviously, Provider name locked. was more focused on the scientific evaluation than on trying to drum up foundation work. Jays' experience and credentials were excellent as was the quality of his work. We recommend Provider name locked. .   The money we paid was well worth it. I would advise anyone who is looking for peace of mind to contact him. 


    - Julie M.
  • We have a 60's-era split level on a hill. A small crack developed in our garage wall running from the corner of a window to the floor. This winter, we noticed some water leaking onto the floor after a heavy rainstorm. I never had to deal with a problem like this before, so like anyone, I turned to Google. The best advice I found recommended having a structural engineer check the problem before getting a repair estimate.
    One of our neighbors recommended Summit and Provider name locked. , one of their principals, was able to come out the next day. She took nearly a half hour to do a very thorough study, taking measurements and photos inside and out. She came back with a comprehensive, detailed written report in less than a week. 
    As it turned out, this crack was structurally a minor issue and something we can probably seal ourselves when the ground dries out this summer. However, she pointed out some drainage issues that are bringing a flow of water uncomfortably close to our foundation. She recommended that we get these remedied fairly soon.
    Provider name locked. was responsive, extremely professional and a clear and concise communicator. She is very familiar with the area and the kind of issues that are often seen here. I should say that this represents a fairly small job for Summit. Their resume includes very large residential and commercial structures.
    - RIC G.
  • In April, I contacted BKE Structural Engineering regarding calculations I needed so that I could obtain city permits legalizing the conversion of an attic to living space.  At the time I made the appointment for Provider name locked. to view the converted space, I asked if someone in his office could prepare site drawings based on my preliminary drafts and any information gathered from visiting my location.  Provider name locked. said he had a person to recommend for the drawings, and he brought Provider name locked. with him.  During the three weeks  of my project, the communication was extremely poor and for approximately 10 days, I wasn't sure if I was going to get the deliverables I hired them to do.  The quotes for my project required clarification, and when Provider name locked. changed the date she planned to deliver the site plans--without telling me, despite my having said at our first meeting that I needed the drawings at the end of April because I was going on vacation--I scaled back the project.  Ultimately I did get the drawings and calculations at the end of April.  
    However, after my contractor questioned the work, I hired another structural engineer, Provider name locked. , Provider name locked. Engineering, who noted errors in the dimensions, assumptions, and calculations.
    At the beginning of December, which is how long it took to get the city to approve the work needed, I sent Provider name locked. and Provider name locked. a copy of Provider name locked. 's review of Provider name locked. 's report and a summary of e-mails (including one in which showed Provider name locked. said did not have the expertise needed for my project) that showed and asked for a refund of half of the fees I paid.  I explained that I was asking for a refund of only half because I shared the responsibility for not terminating their services despite some red flags.
    Both declined.  In Provider name locked. 's response, he said I had given him incorrect information about a load-bearing wall and cuts to joists.  I don't recall giving that incorrect information.  I do recall saying, "I don't know," with regard to some technical questions.  I hired Provider name locked. and Provider name locked. because I felt they were skilled professionals in an area for which I did not even know what questions to ask.  
    In terms of clarifying and confirming our shared understanding of the project, I grade them F.  Also, when Provider name locked. brought Provider name locked. to the meeting at my home (at that point, I had not received a bid from or confirmed that I was going to hire BKE), neither Provider name locked. nor Provider name locked. mentioned that Provider name locked. was already on the clock., So I was surprised when I received her bid three days later and found that I was already billed $250. In terms of changing the deliverables deadline--well, my mistake for not making sure that the deadline was noted in the bids.  As regards Provider name locked. 's assumptions, at no time did Provider name locked. suggest an additional visit to confirm them, and since I was not aware of his assumptions, I did not suggest an additional visit.
    Provider name locked. and Provider name locked. are pleasant people, but poor communicators, and I found their work to be inadequate and unprofessional.  However, I recommend Provider name locked. highly, and I would hire him again if I needed a structural engineer.
    - JP C.
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