How a Structural Firm Transformed Itself into an E/A Firm Engineeriing

by Eugene E. Dallaire, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 1, Pg. 52-56

Document Type: Feature article


During the past decade, there have been a number of structural engineering firms that have broadened their scope to become engineer/architect firms. This article is an in-depth case history of one of those firms, Duchscherer Oberst Associates, of Buffalo, New York. At one time, a key part of the firm's work was structural engineering, done for architect firms designing schools. But when school work began to dwindle, DO Associates decided to build its own inhouse architectural capability and to seek out clients on its own. It sought architectural projecte where good engineering was of major concern. This approach led them into the design of industrial buildings, warehouses, small office buildings, and bus maintenance facilities. Case histories of these projects illustrate the current state of the art.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Building design | Commercial buildings | Industrial facilities | Architects | School buildings | Education | Client relationships | New York | United States

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