BE Structural’ s team works with building designers, building owners and facility engineers to achieve optimal solutions for educational facilities.. Our clients include private universities, public school districts and contractors who provide modular construction classrooms for schools. We are licensed in every U.S. state except Alaska.
Memorial Hall Expansion
BE Structural worked on the addition of a long span structure to clear span a new natatorium, gymnasium and auditorium. The project included a structural interface addition with the existing structure and the addition of a new classroom and cafeteria, as well as the renovation of an existing space to modify the function.
Pennsylvania State Police Academy
BE Structural worked on the addition of classroom and barracks space to the existing police barracks. The structure consists of metal deck roof over long span steel joints. The second floor is formed with a concrete topping over metal deck supported by steel joints and structural steel beams. The lateral system consists of structural steel frames in both directions supported by concrete spread footings.
Messiah Old Main, Admission Building
Location: Grantham, PA
BE Structural provided structural engineering and design services for the addition of offices to an existing building on the campus of Messiah College. Framing consists of structural steel frame with bar joist and metal deck roof, and a second floor framed with structural steel and concrete over metal deck and bar joist supported in spread footings.
Messiah College, Greenhouse
Location: Grantham, PA
BE Structural worked on the addition of a greenhouse to Kline Science Hall. The project required the analysis of an aluminum-framed structure supported by a half height masonry wall. Snowdrift from the adjacent structure required tighter spacing of frames adjacent to the existing building.
Milton S. Hershey School, Founder’s Hall, Air Handling Unit Replacement
Due to the renovations required in portions of Founder’s Hall, new Air Handling Units needed to be installed, as well as new vent grills to allow for high outside air requirements. Structural analysis and modifications were required to accommodate the new vents and installation of the new mechanical equipment. Installations of long span lintels were designed to limit the deflection of the exterior masonry stone and to anchor the stone at the opening perimeter to the structural steel frame.
Milton S. Hershey Schools
BE Structural conducted a Central Plant Study in an effort to examine the feasibility of utilizing the plant in the renovation of an existing school. Structural considerations were made in the running of piping from the central plant over a pedestrian bridge crossing a small stream.
Fink Elementary School
University of Hawaii, Nursing Building Renovation
Location: Manoa, Hawaii
BE Structural worked on the renovation of an existing four-story classroom and office building on the campus of the University of Hawaii. The existing structure is cast in place concrete with precast beams, cast in place slabs and columns. Due to the increase in floor loading in some areas the main girders needed to be strengthened to meet the current code requirements for shear strength. The project included the addition of a new mechanical building adjacent to house the new chillers and cooling towers for the air condition system.
We offer schematic design consultation, structural engineering analysis, foundation design and construction document review for new facilities. BE Structural employs field engineers in various states that can assist with onsite monitoring inspections once construction is underway. BE Structural’ s team has unique project experience designing and engineering ancillary structures such as tornado shelters, safe rooms and modular classroom options for educational facilities.
Existing Construction/Building Failures
If a building failure occurs, our field experts can perform forensic assessments to identify structural deficiency. At BE Structural, we are parents first. We understand the gravity of what can happen when schools are not engineered properly. Our team is committed to protecting life, safety and building serviceability for teachers, students and school staff.
We offer due diligence assessments to evaluate any one of the following conditions:
- Water infiltration issues
- Building Envelope/Flashing failures
- Design flaws
- Foundation failures
- Roof system deficiencies
- Modular design/construction defects