This $25 million, 71,600 sf project houses instructional areas and specialized academic labs for automotive, carpentry, manufacturing, and welding. PSM used Revit Modeling of all components to enhance coordination. LEARN MORE Green River College
Trades Instructional Center
Magnuson Park Building 30 was constructed over 75 years ago. With the recent completion of this renovation and upgrade it will continue to serve the needs of our community in the 21st Century. LEARN MORE Magnuson Park Building 30
Seismic Upgrade
PSM recently completed a seismic upgrade for this important Seattle cultural institution. We remediated most major seismic deficiencies identified over the years. The museum was originally designed with skylights over the galleries. This design resulted in large ceiling openings, which resulted in a weak structural diaphragm. PSM designed a steel horizontal bracing system, which was carefully integrated in the existing steel roof truss framing. LEARN MORE Seattle Asian Art Museum PSM was called in as prime consultant on an “emergency” basis, to complete seismic upgrade work that was inadvertently omitted in Tenant Improvement design. Using ASCE 41, we determined load paths and appropriate shear wall and drag connection elements to provide a Life Safety upgrade to this multi-tenant facility. LEARN MORE Magnuson Park Building 11
Seismic Upgrade
This historic building was purchased by a private business for conversion to office use. The owner chose to perform a complete seismic upgrade to ensure ongoing business operations. Using ASCE 41, we used Enhanced Safety as our Performance Objective. In addition to seismic upgrade for Immediate Occupancy, we provided extensive Tenant Improvement design for various spaces. LEARN MORE Seattle Urban League
Seismic Upgrade
This new $40 million facility will provides airline service to north Puget Sound and helps travelers avoid congestion in Seattle and at Sea-Tac Airport. Direct access to parking, short security lines, food and beverage service, and quick baggage retrieval will enhance passenger experience. LEARN MORE Paine Field Terminal PSM’s well developed ability in Building Information Modeling was instrumental to the success of this fast-track project, which integrated mechanical and food processing equipment, precast concrete elements, and steel framing in limited spaces. LEARN MORE Lamb Weston ConAgra Foods
Processing Facility
Structural design for this extensive addition and renovation. The new classroom building is a three-story steel-framed structure. We modeled the structure in Revit and worked closely with the contractor, with the result that we provided a design economical to build, with very few RFIs, and large steel submittals returned quickly. LEARN MORE Clark Elementary School This new concept in cold storage facilities promises to change the industry by increasing efficiencies and maximizing use of available land. PSM’s expertise in cold storage design played a large part in the success of these projects, as did our analysis and production capabilities. LEARN MORE Newcold Freezers This project included a $13.2 Million dollar modernization and expansion project for two science labs, four classrooms, and expanded core facilities. It also included a $3.9 million dollar renovation to the existing school. LEARN MORE Maywood Middle School A gas explosion destroyed several existing one-story historic buildings in this Seattle residential neighborhood. This $11 million replacement project will be consistent with the historical fabric of the neighborhood, and will provide commercial spaces at the street level, below 70 residential units. LEARN MORE Greenwood Apartments PSM provided a seismic upgrade for this 50 year old, five story concrete building. Seismic challenges included discontinuous shear walls, irregular building masses in the studios and office wings, and inadequate precast concrete diaphragms. LEARN MORE Kiro Seismic Upgrade The Seattle Parks Department asked PSM to evaluate the two tallest towers at the south end of Gas Works Park. The towers serve as an attractive target for spontaneous climbing, and there have been multiple instances of injuries in the years since the park was opened. Seattle Parks wants the public to have direct access to the base of the towers. LEARN MORE Gas Works Towers Updates PSM designed two extremely complicated projects at this site. Initially, we were called in to Value Engineer another design for the overbuild of an existing roof. We came up with a lighter, less expensive solution, and proceeded with final design. LEARN MORE McCain Foods Potato Processing Facility

Our Expertise

PSM’s Structural Expertise developed over 95 years means that our clients benefit from a deep knowledge base of engineering experience and client-oriented service.

In addition to structural design for all types of structures in the public and private sector, we have developed special capabilities in rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of existing buildings, upgrading buildings for seismic forces, and providing Design-Build services.

Additional areas of expertise include design for the Food Processing and Distribution Industry, where we have a 60 year history, and structural work for the Telecommunications Industry, where we have provided services for over 20 years.

PSM has over 70 years of experience in providing structural engineering for local school districts and colleges, including new buildings, remodeling projects, and seismic analysis and upgrade services.

FOOD PROCESSING AND DISTRIBUTION

FOOD PROCESSING AND DISTRIBUTION

PSM has a long history of providing structural design for food processing plants, distribution centers, and commercial freezers. We have specialized knowledge of construction types, methods, and local codes.

K-12 AND HIGHER EDUCATION

K-12 AND HIGHER EDUCATION

PSM provides a variety of engineering services to school districts and college and university campuses, including new design, value engineering, remodeling, and seismic analysis and retrofit.

SEISMIC ENGINEERING

SEISMIC ENGINEERING

PSM has been providing seismic upgrade of existing buildings for over forty years. More recently, we have upgraded Essential Facilities with Enhanced Performance Objectives.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

PSM has been the preferred provider for structural engineering services for the telecommunications industry in the Northwest for over 25 years. Our experience spans varied projects.

MULTITENANT BUILDINGS

MULTITENANT BUILDINGS

PSM has many years of experience in the structural design of multiunit residential projects. Our deep knowledge of wood and concrete systems for above and below ground construction aids the design team in determining optimal solutions.

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Our Clients

Clients are the lifeblood of any design firm. Fundamental to PSM’s success over 95 years of work is our reputation and delivery of outstanding client service.

We find and address needs rapidly and directly-whether it is a desire for the most economical framing system, or the development of multiple structural options, or rapid response to field questions – we deliver on our reputation.

  • Architects

    We use Building Information Modeling for new construction projects. Our services using BIM can range from simple models for visualization and production of 2-D documents, to more detailed models for use in detailing packages. We provide a variety of services for the analysis and rehabilitation of existing facilities. We have been active in seismic remediation work for over 40 years, beginning with early work for the Seattle School District. We are frequently involved in the rehabilitation of other facilities that have deteriorated because of environmental exposure, including food storage facilities and waterfront structures.

  • Contractors

    One of PSM’s largest areas of expertise is providing structural design for design/build teams, usually contractor-led. Because of our experience on these teams, we can rapidly focus in on critical design issues and come up with solutions for evaluation by the team. During construction, we understand and respond to the need for quick answers and solutions to field issues. PSM also uses Building Information Modeling for our projects. BIM aids the contractor by helping in the estimating, detailing, and field construction process.

  • Facility Owners

    PSM works directly with owners of facilities, both in the private sector (for profit and non-profit), and institutional owners in the public sector. Facility owners look to us to ensure that structural work for any new or existing building is done to reflect their priorities. We have extensive experience in rapidly providing focused and useful analysis and reports for existing structures for seismic hazards and general structural condition issues. We work with facility owners regularly, our high level of services adds to the effectiveness of all team members to reach project goals.

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