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.VIEW PROJECT
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.VIEW PROJECT
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.VIEW PROJECT
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 neighborhoodVIEW PROJECT
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.VIEW PROJECT
The owner desired to maintain operations after a significant seismic event. We used the provisions of ASCE 41, designing for an Enhanced Safety Objective of Immediate Occupancy.VIEW THE PROJECT
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.VIEW PROJECT
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.VIEW PROJECT
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.VIEW PROJECT
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 theseprojects, as did our analysis and production capabilities.VIEW THE PROJECT
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
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.
PSM has been providing seismic upgrade of existing buildings for over forty years. More recently, we have upgraded Essential Facilities with Enhanced Performance Objectives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.