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Legacy Park Wakefield Apartments

Legacy Park Wakefield Apartments Make Use of Podium Design Overview The following case study outlines work done on the Legacy Park apartments located at 101 Hopkins Street in Wakefield, MA. Work began on the two, four-story structures in 2011 after

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Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union

Commercial Building Case Study: Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Overview The following case study showcases the transformation of property located at 585 Merrimack St. in Lowell into the new home of Jeanne d’Arc Credit Union, a 100+-year-old full service, member-owned community-based

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Favorite Foods

Industrial Building : Industrial Building Design Favorite Foods Overview Summit Engineering provided an industrial building design to modify the existing warehouse’s frames to allow for an interior office expansion onto a mezzanine.

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L-3 Communications

Industrial Building : L-3 Communications Industrial Structural Engineering Project Overview Summit Engineering helped L-3 Communications with their OSHA compliance by providing load rating studies and safety improvements in their industrial facility.

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New Balance

Industrial Building : New Balance Industrial Engineering Services Project Overview Summit Engineering has provided a variety of structural engineering services for New Balance factory located in the former Ayer Mills building along the Merrimack River. This 6-story brick building was

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High Liner Foods

Industrial Building : High Liner Foods Industrial Engineering Project Overview Summit Engineering has aided this major provider of frozen fish products with small industrial engineering project support at various facilities throughout New England. Most recently, High Liner Foods was experiencing

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Department of Justice Toro Building

Municipal & Federal Buildings : Department of Justice Toro Building St. Croix, USVI Overview Summit Engineering is providing the structural design for this four-story 60,000-SF building. The building structure consists of a structural steel framing with concrete floors. Exterior walls

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Brentwood Fire Station

Municipal & Federal Buildings : Brentwood Fire Station Brentwood, NH Overview Summit Engineering was the structural engineer for Brentwood’s new 9-bay fire station as part of the design/build team of Ricci Construction. Included within the foundation of this 14,000-SF building

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New Castle Fire and Police Station

Municipal & Federal Buildings : New Castle Fire and Police Station New Castle, NH Overview As part of a design/build team with Ricci Construction, Summit Engineering provided structural design for this public safety building. Included within the 9,400-SF building are

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US Coast Guard Pier Analysis

Municipal & Federal Buildings : US Coast Guard Pier Analysis Newport, RI Overview Summit Engineering analyzed an existing Coast Guard pier using 3-D analysis software. The pier had undergone significant deterioration to its concrete encased pipe piles. The analysis looked

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Derry Salt Storage Shed

Municipal & Federal Buildings : Derry Salt Storage Shed Derry, NH Overview Working on a design/build team with Ricci Construction, Summit provided the design for the foundation of a pre-engineered fabric structure. In addition, Summit designed the large retaining walls

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Nottingham Fire and Rescue

Municipal & Federal Buildings : Nottingham Fire and Rescue Nottingham, NH Overview Summit Engineering provided the structural design of the municipal building foundation and slab for the 9,000-SF fire station. The design included the office space and apparatus bay slab.

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NHDOT Salt Storage Facilities

Municipal & Federal Buildings : NHDOT Salt Storage Facilities Belmont, Cornish, and Franconia, NH Overview Summit Engineering provided the structural design for three 3,600 to 8,400-SF, salt storage buildings with additional covered space for related equipment storage. The design implemented

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Rochester Salt Storage Facility

Municipal & Federal Buildings : Rochester Salt Storage Facility Rochester, NH Overview Summit Engineering provided the structural design for a 10,000-SF salt storage building with additional covered space for related equipment storage. The design implemented site-fabricated scissors trusses and cantilevered

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Agatha James Townhouses

Agatha James Townhouses Kennebunk, ME Working with Lassel Architects, Summit Engineering provided the structural design for four 10,000-SF, four-unit townhouses for this residential structural engineering project. The wood framed structures are three stories tall. The buildings were constructed with pre-fabricated

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Lake Residence

Lake Residence—Wolfeboro, NH Expanding the Single Family Residential Design of a Lakeside Home The single-family residential design of this home in Wolfeboro, NH began with the demolition of 60% of the existing structure. The new 6,000-SF addition brought the total

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Lakeside Home

Lakeside Home Residential Structural Engineer Project Summit Engineering provided structural design for this 6,000-SF home, which is a mixture of traditional wood framing and heavy timber construction. Working with the architect, Summit Engineering helped provide a green building using structural

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New Life Church

Institutional: New Life Church Raymond, NH Overview Summit Engineering designed the structure for a 3,400-SF expansion to the original building. The new design incorporated long-span wood scissors trusses, heavy floor loads, and classroom space below the sanctuary.

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Rutgers University Dormitory

Institutional Building Design in New Brunswick, NJ Creating an Institutional Building Design to Compliment Future Student Housing Facilities The goal of this Rutgers University project was to create a program study for a new dormitory project to ensure all future

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UNH James Hall

UNH James Hall — Durham, NH A Shoring Design Scheme That Improves The Overall Institutional Building Design The shoring design elements of the University of New Hampshire James Hall project allowed for not only an increased institutional building design, but

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Bournewood Psychiatric Hospital

Bournewood Psychiatric Hospital — Brookline, MA Institutional Building Design Using Cold-Formed Steel Framing The institutional building design of this 20,000-SF psychiatric care facility allowed for enough room for 30-beds to fit all underneath a single story structure. The facility, which

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Harvard University – Holden Green Residence Hall

Reinforcing a Historic Dormitory Using a Concrete Retaining Wall Design Harvard University: Holden Green Cambridge, MA Overview Renovation of this Harvard University residence hall in Cambridge, MA required a careful concrete retaining wall design so as to ensure the three-story

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UNH Turbulence Research Facility

An Innovative Approach to Institutional Building Design University of New Hampshire Turbulence Research Facility Durham, NH Overview This one-of-a-kind building project at the University of New Hampshire Durham campus represents a truly innovative approach to institutional building design. Completed in

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Camp Yavneh

A Youth Camp With A Unique Building Structural Design Camp Yavneh Multi-Purpose Building Institutional Building Design Overview Construction of this this multi-purpose building for Camp Yavneh in Northwood, N.H. involved a building structural design capable of accommodating many uses and

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Salem State University Marsh Hall

BIM Modeling Project – Salem State University Marsh Hall A Residence Hall Project Made Possible Through BIM Modeling Overview Construction of Salem State University’s Marsh Hall in Salem, MA, required a complete BIM Modeling process utilizing Revit Structures software. This

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Emergency Medical Services Building

A Medical Services Facility Made of a Steel Frame Design Emergency Medical Services Building St. Thomas, USVI Overview This Emergency Medical Services Building constructed in St. Thomas, USVI features a mixture of structural engineering elements such as a steel frame

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68 South Main Street Rochester, NH

68 South Main St. — Rochester, N.H. Building Structural Design At Its Best This 11,500-SF wood-framed building constructed in Rochester, NH in early 2011 features a building structural design that allows for residential living opportunities on the upper floors, a

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Danversbank

Two New Branch Locations Featuring a Cold Formed Steel Frame Design Overview The construction of two new branch locations for Danversbank required a cold-formed steel design and façade design to mimic the many other existing banking institutions located throughout Massachusetts.

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Elliot Medical Center

Commercial Building : A Health Care Facility Made of Steel Frame Design Overview Phase 3 of Elliot Medical Center’s campus expansion involved the addition of a completely new building, made of a steel frame design and an inviting facade, to

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Willow Creek Golf Academy

Steel Truss Design and Light-Framed Wood Construction Overview Erected in 2008, the Willow Creek Golf Academy represents a truly unique engineering feat featuring a hybrid of cold-formed steel truss design for the roof and light-framed wood construction. The 10,000-SF state-of-the-art

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Young’s Pier

Marine Structure Design An Innovative Approach to Waterfront Structural Building Design in Bar Harbor, ME Overview Innovative structure design helped turn this dream project into a reality. The project, which took place in 2009, involved two new structures being erected

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Portsmouth, NH Commercial Building

Commercial Building Design Portsmouth, NH Innovative Commercial Building Design and Masonry Restoration Overview This 1970s era building underwent a complete transformation from a commercial building design standpoint. Located in the heart of downtown Portsmouth, this structure experienced a major facelift,

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51 Islington Street Portsmouth, NH

Structural Engineering Services A Structural Engineering Success Story at 51 Islington Street in Portsmouth, NH Overview As a start from scratch project, the structural engineering for this exciting 45,000-SF building was special from the get-go. The five-story mixed-use building was

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The Outlet Mall of Kittery

Quality Restoration with a Focus on Façade Design Overview The Outlet Mall of Kittery located along Route One in Kittery, Maine required a major restoration effort focused on exterior façade design and overall building improvement. As one of the smaller

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580 Main Street Reading, MA

Commercial Building Design 580 Main Street Reading, MA Building Design Overview In 2008 Summit Engineering completed the renovation of the 1960s era building in Reading, MA, as a consultant for McHenry Architecture. The two firms, both based in Portsmouth, NH,

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Ri Ra Irish Pub

Commercial Building: Ri Ra Irish Pub Portsmouth, NH Overview Restoring this historic building and converting it into the home of a new restaurant required creative thinking and some innovative design engineering. Formerly the home of First National Bank of New

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Retail Strip Center Somersworth, NH

Commercial Steel Frame Design Building : High Street Retail Steel Frame Design Somersworth, NH Overview Built in 2009 this retail strip center located on the Dover/Somersworth line was constructed using a design build delivery method. The large shopping center is

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Fresenius Medical Care Center

Commercial Building Design and Construction: An Exercise in Effective Building Design and Construction Overview This medical office building for Fresenius Medical Care Center, the largest provider of dialysis products and services in the U.S., is a great example of how

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Alamo Fireworks

Alamo Fireworks Steel Frame Design A Safe and Sturdy Steel Frame Design Overview Known as the Fireworks Capital of New England, Londonderry, N.H. was the ideal place for this new retail store owned by Alamo Fireworks, a fireworks seller based

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Tremont Yard

Commercial Building Design An Example of Excellent Engineering and Commercial Building Design in MA Overview From the ruins of the former hydroelectric plant to a shining example of excellent commercial building design, the property at Tremont Yard has certainly come

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