design thinkers

Structural Engineering

Having an integrated Architectural/Structural Engineering Studio, our design thinkers can get and receive critical structural design input during all phases of a project, from architectural planning and preliminary design to final preparation of construction documents. Our engineers use state-of-the-art technologies to analyze, design and specify structures, while respecting schedules, collaborating across disciplines, and remaining sensitive to sustainability issues. Our project experience includes structural design, building renovation and rehabilitation, structural evaluations, historic renovations and peer reviews.

Ensuring a smart structural design translates to an efficient and safe structure for its occupants.  By creating an “early detailing package” during the design phase, we provide clients much tighter bids, reduced detailing time, faster shop drawing turnaround time and approvals, and reduction of structural system construction time and cost.



Check out some samples of our work below.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Park
Home Field of the Hartford Yard Goats
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Sacred Heart University
Center for Healthcare Education
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Chapel Haven – Aging in Place Building
Schleifer Adult Independent Living Building (SAIL)
#Structural Engineering
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A dream job for this structural engineer

When I was a kid, I knew that I was destined to be a structural engineer.  I was the one kid on my block with the largest Lego set who enjoyed building structures out of them and determining best ways to construct them. In high school, during one of my physics classes, the teacher taught us that a truss is an assembly of beams that creates a strong rigid structure. - Robert Zygmunt

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Greener Tools for Better Designs

I grew up around handsaws and hammers, two-by-fours and plywood, saw dust and the fresh scent of clear pine.  Thirty years later, I am an architect and design thinker at SLAM advocating for mass timber structural solutions, in part, because my grandfather was a woodworker, lumberjack, and union carpenter.  – Tim Applebee

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Climate change – material selection matters

As a specification writer and architect, I spend a good deal of my time reviewing and learning more about new and existing building materials. But my real passion is finding materials that support and push sustainable design forward. I use my expertise and passion to help project teams, make their projects greener and ultimately combat climate change. - Ross Spiegel


Douglas Graham
Principal / Structural Engineer

“In our Studio, the premise of good Structural Engineering is striving to achieve the highest level of design, a safe structure for its occupants, design accountability to all members of our team, and financial consideration of the final project, all while providing our Architects and Clients with exceptional service that is meant to exceed their expectations.”

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