Equipment Foundations Structural Engineering

Heavy equipment often requires designed foundations in order to prevent settlement issues, overturning and excessive vibrations.  Our office has designed foundations for buildings and equipment using multiple techniques including spread footings, mat slabs, drilled piers, driven piles, rock anchors and helical piers.

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Structural Engineering Projects

Industrial Bridge

Our office has designed a number of bridges carrying vehicles, pipes and pedestrians from point A to point B.  This 81’ bridge was designed to allow for offsite fabrication and easy installation.

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Industrial Conveyor

Our office did an extensive survey of the existing building, existing equipment and other existing infrastructure such as piping, conduit and ducting.  We then coordinated the team which consisted of the owner, robot designer, conveyor designer, electrical engineer and HVAC engineer to come up with a layout that worked for all parties.  After finding a layout, we went to work on structural engineering using moment frames in an open frame structure to support the moving conveyor loads.

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WasteQuip Crane Retrofit

In order to allow for new loads imposed by cranes, the existing pre-engineered metal building needed to be analyzed and retrofitted.  Our office worked with the plant to come up with options that were economical and that worked with their internal work flow.

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Metals Casting Facility

Pillar Consulting Group was the Engineer-of-Record for the expansion of an investment casting facility.  Structural engineering on the PEMB portion of the job included foundations and anchorage, but the total structural engineering job extended to many ancillary buildings, structures, bridges and equipment foundations.

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Whiteside Seismic

The Whiteside Theatre Foundation acquired this historic theatre with the purpose of preservation.  Pillar Consulting Group provided a preliminary seismic review to help identify potential seismic deficiencies and worked with the Foundation to develop a mitigation strategy.

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Pillar Consulting Group provided structural engineering services for this 6-story high-end commercial building in downtown Corvallis, OR.  The building uses micro-piles and a combination of braced frames and masonry shear walls for its lateral system.

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The Jax

Pillar Consulting Group provided civil and structural engineering services for this downtown mixed-use development.  The first floor commercial space uses concrete columns and walls to support a 2-way mild reinforced concrete podium slab.  The upper residential floors are wood-framed with heavy timber framing at exterior corridors.

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Laticrete Facility

When Laticrete wanted to build a new manufacturing plant in Lebanon, Oregon, they turned to a design-build team with experience. Pillar Consulting Group worked with the land owner, facility owner, city and contractor to complete this 80,000 square foot facility in less than 6 months.

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Water Street Market

Faced with a mandate to address seismic safety in a building over 90 years old, the owner turned to Pillar Consulting Group for assistance. We developed an investigation, testing and rehabilitation scheme to upgrade this URM building without displacing the building tenants.

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Sand & Coke Silos

Pillar Consulting Group was retained to investigate the structural safety of four aging bulk-material silos supported on structural steel towers at an industrial facility. Using advanced finite element analysis, Pillar zeroed in on not only potential problems, but solutions to keep our client's facility up and running.

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Peak Sun

When the owner approached our design-build team needing two hazardous industrial occupancy buildings designed within eight weeks, Pillar Consulting Group delivered. Working closely with the contractor to develop structural framing solutions which could be executed in a fast-track manner, our team successfully completed the design on schedule.

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Second and Washington

The building owner came to Pillar with the goals of raising the roof, providing a new façade, and upgrading the seismic system, without building a new building. Pillar’s solution was to remove the existing roof and exterior walls, strengthen the existing 2nd floor framing and put in new exterior walls and a roof system approximately 3’ higher than the existing. The owner was very pleased with the improved look and function of his building.

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