THEY ARE VERY EXPENSIVE AND ONE WOULD PROBABLY ONLY USE THEM IN THE FACE OF POSSIBLE MAJOR PROBLEMS. I FOUND THEM TO BE VERY INFORMATIVE AND GOOD WITH ANSWERING QUESTIONS AND MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS. THEY SENT US A FOLDER DESCRIBING WHAT THEY DO AND GIVING THEIR TERMS OF BUSINESS. BEFORE TAKING ON THE JOB SO WE WOULD KNOW WHAT THEY DO AND WHAT IT MIGHT COST.
- Anne P....
ARene Mugnier Associates
Rene is Awesome. He met me at the property. We spent just over an hour. I had concerns about the structure of the house we were interested in purchasing. After having Rene come and see he confirmed my suspicions. He sent me a report 3 days later that was scary when reading about the condition. From there I forwarded the report to some General Contractors who gave me quotes. We ultimately decided to pass on the house. I thank Rene very much for report. I will use him in the future. I'm a realtor who always needs good people.
- David A....
AANNETTE DEY ENGINEERING LLC
The experience was quite good. Andrew responding to my request immediately and was quite flexible with scheduling (came that day). He is very professional and went beyond his call of duty, yet did not charge more. We wanted him to provide a structural assessment in our home that was first built in 1976 and then had some remodeling mainly because of steep sloping that occurred in the floor on one corner of the house. The sloping occurred where extensive remodeling was completed. Andrew was quite investigative and thorough in his review, even crawling in a small crowded crawl space of the home. He also removed ceiling tiles to get a view. All the time he was very professional in his opinions. In the end, we were quite satisfied with his approach and assessment. He was quick to turn around a summary e-mail of his findings as well. I would recommend Andrew and use them again, which is a testament to his work.
- Ryan M....
ASiegel Associates Structural Engineers
I am an architect, and I first worked with Siegel Associates about 15 years ago as a part of a larger firm. Now, as a solo practitioner, I work only with them for the additions and renovations I design. They are extremely professional, personable, and reliable, and I completely trust their extensive experience.
- Patricia K....
AANNETTE DEY ENGINEERING LLC
I found him on Angie's List; they had good recommendations there. They were great and I will use them again in the future.
- Peter R....
AROOME & GUARRACINO LLC
I was very happy with the results. The first iteration required a bit too much reconstruction in my opinion so we worked further and found an ideal option to insure the structural integrity of the project. I have found engineering firms difficult to deal with in the past. My experience with Roome & Guarracino was a positive one and I was satisfied with the value.
- Christian F....
Mr. Ayer was very responsive and helpful. He drew up plans and conferred with us about different options. He helped us choose a contractor by providing a list of names with ones he worked with and he checked their work along the way. He is a very nice person and we appreciate his help.
- Usha G....
ARene Mugnier Associates
Mr. Mugnier's staff is professional, competent, and respectful, even accommodating a compressed timeline in our case (which may not always be possible). His structural assessment and plan for correction was conservative, but eminently sound. When we passed it on to the builders, and I asked if they thought it was the best approach, they paused, then said: "you got the opinion of the best structural engineer in the region, of course it's the best approach". Our primary inspector frequently asked, after pointing out a fault in the building, "what did Rene say about X". It is clear he holds Mr. Mugnier's judgment and opinion in high esteem. We didn't know at the time, but have since learned Mr. Mugnier is the structural engineer Boston turns to when it seeks advice on preserving architectural works. I have worked with structural engineers on two other occassions. Unfortunately, common sense, reason, and sound judgment are not always present the case in this "cover your a**" industry. Given that Mr. Mugnier's price is very competitive, and his work more thorough and comprehensible to builders responding to his advice, you have every reason to try to book with Mr. Mugnier first, if he is available.
- Lucas S....
Ken was great to work with. He had just built a deck for me and I was very pleased. I asked him to build 3 walls in my basement. His workmanship was great and he got the job done fast. Ken is a very good communicator which is not easy to find.
- Michael M....
AStructural Response LLC
My client needed a structural engineer to complete an affadavit of structural integrity for a foundation issue in order to close on the house she wanted to buy. This was an unexpected hurdle that the underwriter required. We did not have a lot of time to get this done. I had warned my client that structural engineers can be very pricey. Scott Nelson was excellent. He came out promptly, provided some additional advice on what needed to be done, provided the affadavit and actually charged my client LESS than what he had originally quoted. That never happens! I've added him to my contacts and know that should any of my clients have a structural issue I will be calling Scott.
Business Description: We do mainly Baths, Kitchens and Basements renovations, starting with demolition till the finish work, including carpentry, electric, plumbing, tiling, painting and cabinets installation. However, any kind of renovations are welcomed. Architect and Structural Engineers available. Our professionals are all Licensed and Insured.
Recent Review: I worked with a draftsman to develop plans for a second story dormer and bath. The last round included framing plans with "to be verified by a structural engineer" marked in several places. The draftsman was no longer available to make further changes to the plans. I wanted to move forward with the project and knew that the town building inspector would require a licensed structural engineer to review the proposed framing. I contacted 4 different structural engineers. One estimate was far too high ($3500+). Mr. Cowen's estimate was at the lower end of the range quoted by the remaining 2 and was not as vague about potential final cost. Fred made a site visit; took notes and mentioned area of concern. For a price that was as low as the lowest estimated range, they were able to complete the structural analysis and update the original Autocad documents, provide pdf versions of the sealed plans. I highly recommend Cowen Associates.
Business Description: Bento Construction, Inc. is a family-owned business and has spent nearly 10 years designing, planning and executing all types of patios, driveways, walkways and retaining walls. We provide all of our clients with fair pricing and exceptional craftsmanship. We have built our reputation on an uncompromising level of quality and craftsmanship. We continually strive to offer innovative products and services with endless styles. So no matter if you are creating an outdoor living space, kitchen, driveway, pool deck, fire pit, seating wall or something else entirely you are sure to find the attention to details and the quality you expect. We are here to create Beautiful Outdoor Architectural Landscaping, Specialty Masonry and Hardscape Construction for residential home owners, builders, architects and designers. We can work with you or your team from full design plan to complete construction and installation of all hardscaping and landscaping elements of your project.
Recent Review: LARRY COTTON REFERRED ME TO ANOTHER MAN WHO WAS AN ASSOCIATE OF HIS NAMED MIKE. BOTH OF THE MEN ENDED UP BEING VERY RUDE, UNPROFESSIONAL, AND VERY UNWILLING TO WORK WITH ME IN THE END. BOTH MEN ALSO HUNG UP ON ME AS I WAS ASKING ABOUT GETTING THE INFORMATION THAT I HAD PAID FOR. I ENDED UP HAVING TO PUT A STOP PAYMENT ON MY CHECK BECAUSE I NEVER GOT THE INFORMATION AND GRAPHS THAT I PAID FOR ON THE DAY HE CAME OVER. MIKE ALSO SAID HE WOULD CALL THE POLICE ON ME AFTER HE SAW I STOPPED PAYMENT ON THE CHECK, WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY CRAZY.
Recent Review: CINDY IS INCREDIBLY THOROUGH, PROFESSIONAL, AND HELPFUL. HER REPORT WAS EXTREMELY DETAILED AND VERY NICELY DONE. SHE WORKED ALL WEEKEND OVER A HOLIDAY WEEKEND TO COMPLETE IT, SINCE WE WERE UNDER TIME PRESSURE. SHE IS VERY SYMPATHETIC, AND MAKES SURE YOU UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING AT EACH STEP IN THE PROCESS. SHE IS EXTREMELY RECEPTIVE TO QUESTIONS. I CAN'T IMAGINE HAVING A BETTER EXPERIENCE WITH STRUCTURAL ENGINEER (I'VE WORKED WITH 2 OTHERS, AND CINDY IS LEAGUES ABOVE THEM). OVERALL, I'M EXTREMELY HAPPY WITH THE WORK SHE'S DONE!
Business Description: Design and Engineering services performed by Robert Johnson. Professional Engineer in Structural Engineering. Robert Johnson has over 30 years experience in the Structural Engineering field, including the design of numerous buildings and residences throughout the Commonwealth of Mass.
Recent Review: Rene is Awesome. He met me at the property. We spent just over an hour. I had concerns about the structure of the house we were interested in purchasing. After having Rene come and see he confirmed my suspicions. He sent me a report 3 days later that was scary when reading about the condition. From there I forwarded the report to some General Contractors who gave me quotes. We ultimately decided to pass on the house. I thank Rene very much for report. I will use him in the future. I'm a realtor who always needs good people.