A wide range of engineering services

Engineering ServicesHere at McNeil Engineering, we provide comprehensive design services that include civil engineering, structural engineering, land surveying, high-definition scanning (HDS), landscape architecture and consulting services to the private and public sectors. We also offer consulting services for cities, urban designers, urban planners, and others in the Utah construction market. With so much on offer, we figured now would be a good time to go into greater detail regarding our services and what they entail.

Civil Engineering in Utah and other states

Let’s start with the core of what we do. We are civil engineers first and foremost. But what exactly is it that civil engineers do? Well, in short, civil engineers work closely with others in the construction industry, from architects to contractors, to ensure construction projects progress as they should. Many of their tasks include site surveying ground condition tests, inventory, and materials and equipment maintenance and support. Civil engineers are also responsible for coming up with solutions that take the weather and other geologic factors into account.

Structural Engineering for Long-Lasting Projects

Structural engineering of the type we do fits specifically into the wheelhouse of civil engineering. Structural engineering in this context focuses mainly on the framework of a structure. Engineers design the structures to ensure they can withstand whatever stresses or pressures they may encounter in their environment. The key for structural engineers on projects like ours is to ensure that the buildings and structures we work on remain safe, reliable, and secure at all times.

Land Surveying Where You Need It

Another big part of what we do is land surveying. It’s a critical part of any construction project. There are different types of land surveying, but civil engineers utilize this technique in specific ways. Surveying in civil engineering represents the collection and analysis of specific data regarding the land under survey. Specific measurements of the horizontal and vertical lengths between points will also be recorded. Details will be documented regarding specific aspects of the land, such as size, shape, formation, and soil. Quality and accurate land surveys can set the foundation for a successful project.

Landscape Architecture for Beautiful Grounds

Another important aspect of what we do includes landscape architecture. Put simply, landscape architecture is described as designing specific outdoor spaces that integrate well within an overall project. In our case, we design large landscape architecture projects, such as those for green spaces, a town square, municipal playground, and so much more. Keep in mind there are significant differences between landscape architecture and landscape design. Landscape architects have a degree and they generally work on larger public works projects, whereas a landscape designer often works on residential and smaller-scale projects. Landscape architects are experts in their field.

Consultation Services for Companies Who Need an Expert

We also provide a wide range of consulting services to companies that require a committed and knowledgeable professional to help them with their engineering needs. These are often companies that do not have the in-house expertise they need to get the job done successfully. Our consulting civil engineers advise our clients on the design, development, and construction of projects of all shapes and sizes. We pride ourselves on offering consulting services that ensure safe, efficient, and fully resourced project completion. When you need a consultant you can count on McNeil Engineering.

Other Services We Offer

Now that you’ve learned more about the human aspect of our resources, take a few minutes to learn about some of the other services we offer. We provide a wide range of engineering, surveying, and consulting services. But these services would not be nearly as effective were not for our technologies. We use the latest technologies suitable for engineering projects.

One such example is laser scanning. 3D laser scanning has become an industry norm. Advancements in hardware, software, and workflows have made laser scanning a viable option for projects of all sizes. Laser scanning allows our surveyors to collect tremendous amounts of precise data at high speeds. We use the most advanced, high-definition laser scanners, total stations, and modeling and point cloud software to provide comprehensive, record surveys, 3D CAD models and detailed 2D isometric drawings.

We also have extensive expertise in BIM 3D modeling. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is essentially a technological solution that allows engineers to view a digital representation of a building as well as specific characteristics of its functionality. BIM is a model-based process that provides insight to help you plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.

And guess what? That’s not all. If you need consulting services for roofing, paving, and even construction administration, we have the people and experience you need to ensure the job gets done right the first time, every time. We invite you to take a moment to peruse the various projects we have completed in Utah and around the country. Let’s work together!


What is the difference between urban planning and urban design?

Urban PlanningHere at McNeil Engineering, we are proud of all of our projects that focus on urban planning and design. We often work with state municipalities on projects and developers working on designs that must be approved by cities or counties. We create concepts involving pedestrian, car, and public transportation needs. These mockups and designs are created to help get things approved quickly by a city. That’s what we’re good at.

A Closer Look at the Differences Between Urban Planning and Design

Still, there are big differences between urban planning and urban design. It is important for companies like us to understand these differences. This is how we deliver excellent service to our engineering clients. Let’s first examine the basic definitions.

  • Urban Design: The design and creation of certain city features, from green spaces to infrastructure, public transportation, landscape architecture, and community-use facilities.
  • Urban Planning: The planning of a city or municipality and the use of its structures, as well as policies, procedures, zoning, neighborhood planning, infrastructure, and overall standards and building codes.

Urban design is used to focus solely on designing individual city features. This could be a transportation system, city park, or wastewater treatment facility. Urban design is for those who want to do creative work. People who want to work on quality of life, population resilience, and sustainability will find a rewarding career as urban designers. Today’s urban planners often work within neighborhoods to create designs that benefit and inspire the community

Urban planners are more strategists. They need to evaluate factors that may not necessarily be in their control. From the technical endpoint to political considerations, urban planners need to have a real “big picture” view of what a neighborhood needs. One area where both urban designers and urban planners overlap is in the area of sustainability, long term resilience, and individual quality of life for residential and commercial land tenants

Core Skills Required for Urban Designers and Planners in Salt Lake City

Core skills necessary to work as an urban planner or designer are similar but also have distinct differences. Both designers and planners work on projects with similar outcomes, but their roles are quite different. Urban planners require great communication and negotiation skills. Urban designers need to have strong technical skills, but they also must be good communicators so that they can fully understand the end user’s experience.

Urban planners are generally passionate about the cities they live in. In general, planners will have a high degree of passion for what works and what doesn’t in their city. Urban planners have a good idea of what needs to be improved and what doesn’t. This could pertain to everything from green spaces to bike paths or affordable housing. But the passion displayed by urban planers goes beyond the urban landscape they reside in. Just like other residents of their town or city, they want to share in the growth and well-being of their neighborhood and enjoy utilizing their skills to meet that end.

Urban planners also generally have a strong sense of connectedness. They share a strong sense of collective values with those they live and work around. But even more, they take a look at the broader community as a whole. Urban planners generally want to live in a society that offers sustainable development, plenty of public transport options, and a stable housing market for buyers and sellers.

Urban designers, by contrast, are more technical in nature. You will find designers to be an interesting mix of individuals who are both people-centric and technologically-inclined. Excellent urban designers are very good at meeting the technical outcomes and requirements in a plans, while also also responding to the shifting needs of the contractors and neighborhood-dwellers.

Which Career is Right for You?

If you love improving society and making a positive impact on individual lives, then urban planning is for you. Urban planners also require skills obtained in many other professions, from teachers to project managers and environmental scientists. Urban planners are great communicators, effectively use evidence to support their arguments, are self-reflective and have great analytical skills.

Conversely, if you are passionate about upgrading the user experience and building on your technical skills, urban design is or you. Urban designers are very good at thinking organically and utilizing architectural and environmental design skills. They are driven by a strong set of core values, can imagine and visualize a plan, and are adept at translating abstract data into a vision.

Here at McNeil Engineering, we work with urban planners and designers day-in and day-out to ensure their jobs are completed quickly and by the numbers. Want to learn more about job opportunities here at McNeil? Simply follow this link, and thanks for reading!


21 and View and Hightower Apartments

21 and View and Hightower ApartmentsIn the West region of the United States, we’re known for our sterling architectural engineering consultation services. We have performed such services for a plethora of different institutions and businesses, and on a variety of different property projects — whether that be for development, redevelopment, or assessment needs. Whatever your institution and/or business needs when it comes to architectural engineering, we’re here to provide it.

Indeed, among all those various development and redevelopment projects, we’ve tackled a host of apartments, apartment properties, and other residential properties. The design and implementation of the 21 & View mixed-use apartment and commercial development project in the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah was indeed one of these projects. Hightower Apartments was another.

21 & View

21 & View is a sustainable mixed-use apartment and commercial development in the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah. McNeil Engineering was able to utilize our landscape architectural consulting expertise in order to enact a vision for this contemporary site and the landscape design found within this prime piece of real estate, which overlooks the locally famous Sugar House Park.

The 21 & View site, which currently consists of two buildings containing 29 luxury apartments – and roughly 3,500 sq. ft. of commercial space connected by an open-air walkway is complimented by the sustainability of its structures.

Additionally, this site consists of a permeable parking lot, water-wise plant material, and a highly efficient drip irrigation system we here at McNeil Engineering developed.

Hightower Apartments

The Hightower Apartments property, which was originally constructed in 1963, is in fact one of the earliest and tallest residential towers in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Hightower Apartments abuts the “prominent” Avenues district, which makes it ideally located near the University of Utah, Salt Lake Medical Center, and the Downtown Business District in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Hightower Apartments and landscape remodel project began, at least for us here at McNeil Engineering, when we were commissioned all the way back in 2013 to re-design the site’s overgrown, outdated landscaping. This property also included the monument sign and porte-cochere.

The details behind developing these properties

We here at McNeil Engineering, in our capacity as the landscape architectural advisors on the 21 & View development project, ensured a multitude of amenities were added throughout the site, including bike racks, garbage disposals, ash urns, benches, raised planters, trellises and site lighting in order to accentuate 21 & View’s landscaping. Additionally, this site lighting also gave the added benefit of providing security to 21 & View’s residents.

21 & View, which is situated on the most convenient and scenic corner in the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah, provides an exciting new lifestyle development. It is indeed an exciting addition to the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah. Even within this secluded Sugar House neighborhood, the Salt Lake City skyline is prominent, which offers picturesque views of both the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountain ranges.

As for the Hightower Apartments project, given tight budgets, our team of McNeil Engineering landscape architects envisioned a completed state of the Hightower Apartments and landscape remodel project which would rejuvenate the existing, outdated landscape. In turn, this redevelopment process would bring back the glory of this property’s mid-century modern style.

We provided computer-aided graphics, which helped the client visualize the proposed improvements to the Hightower Apartments and its surrounding landscape environs. This process also involved the seamless transition into the creation of construction documents.

Architectural engineering consultation services

If you’re in search of architectural engineering consultation services, you don’t need to look any further. McNeil Engineering is more than capable of providing your properties with the needed expertise you desire and deserve. Allow the western United States regional experts to help you develop your properties in the cheapest, most sustainable way possible – while also creating, curating, and sustaining an architectural engineering aura people wish to live, work, and exist within. Allow yourself to finally relax in the comfort of knowing your architectural engineering needs are more than taken care of. Give us a call at (801) 225-7700.


Kimball Plaza parking lot replacement

Kimball Plaza parking lot replacementWhile we are best known regionally for patented architectural engineering consultation services – which we have put to good use on thousands of projects around the American west regional area – we also have an arsenal of other consultation expertise beyond just architectural engineering too.

Take, for example, our consultation expertise when it comes to the tricky business of parking lot replacement. This particular sort of property redevelopment can be extra difficult to navigate for the stakeholders in institutions, businesses, municipalities, and any other sorts of organizations who have tenants in buildings utilizing said parking lot. It is vital for such entities to maintain civil relationships with their tenants, while also adhering to tight parking lot replacement/property redevelopment budgets.

This is exactly the sort of instance that occurred in Utah, during our consultation on the Kimball Plaza parking lot replacement.

The nuts and bolts of parking lot replacement

When it came to the Kimball Plaza parking lot replacement/property redevelopment project, we immediately understood the owners were dealing with a very tight budget for said project, along with disgruntled tenants.

The first challenge we faced on this project’s consultation was to get the property redevelopment drawings, sketches, and blueprints approved by the local city. The client’s goal was to increase parking for their development, which would improve circulation in and around the whole property altogether. The only hurdle was – the local city/county would require upgrading the existing storm drainage system if the project changed any of the hardscape square footage.

With these factors in mind, we here at McNeil Engineering were able to completely redesign the parking lot layout in such a way we were able to maintain the existing hardscape to landscape ratio, while simultaneously adding six parking stalls. Additionally, we simplified the circulation for patrons of local businesses. Seeing sense, the local county approved this plan, and we saved the client the expense of both a new treatment system and collection boxes.

Parking lot replacement on a budget

The design for this Kimball Plaza parking lot replacement/property redevelopment project called for the removal and replacement of both asphalt and base. We here at McNeil Engineering performed a study of the existing base course, determining it was in good enough condition we could leave it in place – simply removing the existing asphalt, demolishing some existing landscape islands, and installing new islands and asphalt paving without having to remove any existing base. Indeed, we only brought in asphalt as needed to meet the modified grading requirements.

When the project’s initial bid was suddenly canceled, we helped guide the client into finding a reputable contractor to perform a modified scope of this parking lot replacement/property redevelopment project. We worked very closely with the said reputable contractor in order to accomplish every single one of the client’s goals- while staying within budget, fulfilling the tenants’ desires, and not breaking any local county zoning laws.

The client was beyond ecstatic we here at McNeil Engineering, along with the reputable contractor were able to help keep their parking lot replacement/property redevelopment project within their tight budget while also helping them to maintain a positive relationship with their tenants at Kimball Plaza in Utah.

In need of a new parking lot?

Are you the stakeholder in an organization, business, and/or institution currently searching to replace your property’s parking lot? Perhaps you’re just looking to redevelop the said property in some other dynamic, business savvy, budget-friendly way? Well, you don’t need to look any further – you’ve come to the perfect place! We here at McNeil Engineering are more than capable of providing you with such sterling parking lot replacement/property redevelopment consultations and recommendations. We can aid you in your goal of completing your desired results in the cheapest, most elegant, and most ecologically sustainable manner humanly possible. Allow yourself to finally relax in the comfort of knowing your architectural engineering/property redevelopment needs are more than taken care of.


Tips for choosing the ideal roof type for your dream home

Roofing ConsultingTake a moment to consider this question. How would you want your dream home to look? Tall ceilings? A large kitchen? Open floor plan? Exquisite rooms? Landscaped front yard? Plenty of natural light? What else would you want?

But you know what? None of this will matter if your home doesn’t look aesthetically pleasing from the exterior. And there’s no way your building would look appealing without the ideal roof type.

The roof defines the overall look and style of a home. Given the many designs and shapes of roofs in the market, how do you select one that’s the perfect fit for your home? Let’s delve into some of the factors to consider.

By first, let’s look at the types of roofs.

Types of Roofs

Gable roof

These are classic pitched roofs with two sloping sides that originate from the center. For easy reference, they are the roof type most people pen down when asked to draw a house.

Gambrel roof

A gambrel roof is usually a symmetrical two-sided roof with two slopes on each side. The upper slope is positioned at a shallow angle, while the lower slope is steep.

Flat roof

As the name suggests, a flat roof is usually flat! However, most flat roofs are built to have a slope of up to 10 degrees to allow for better drainage.

Skillion roofs

This a distinctive roof consisting of only one isolated unvarying surface, as opposed to standard roofs that have two sloping sides which meet in a ridge at the center of the building.

Butterfly roof

Also known as a V roof, a butterfly roof is characterized by an inversion of a standard roof form, with the two roof surfaces sloping down from the opposite edges to a valley in the middle of the roof.

Types of Roof Materials

Some of the most common materials used for building roofs include:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Clay/concrete tiles
  • Metal
  • Slate
  • Wood shakes
  • Synthetic tiles

Factors to Consider When Choosing Roof Design

Location

The primary purpose of a roof is to protect your home from water, snow, wind, and other weather elements. And as you know, weather conditions vary vastly from location to location. That’s why you need a roof that’s perfectly suited for handling the range of weather conditions in your region.

For instance, a gable roof is ideal for regions with a lot of snow or water so the water can run off faster.

What’s more, you have to decide if you want your roof design to match the prevalent style in your neighborhood or if you want to be the oddball. But remember, it’s all about what you want.

Consider your house structure

Your roof design must complement the building. For instance, if you’re planning to change the roof of an old farmhouse, a modern flat roof might look kind of odd. Instead, a gable or gambrel roof might be better suited.

Determine other functional purposes you what to achieve with your roof

As an example, if you want a great deal of extra living space, mansard roofs are idle. This space can be used as a full attic or living quarters (commonly called a garret).

Another example. Flat roofs are usually used in commercial roof designs because they provide adequate space to place HVACs on the roof. Flat roofs are also conducive to installing PV solar panels for a more energy-efficient home.

Define your budget

It doesn’t matter how grandiose of a plan you have; if you cannot afford it one way or the other, then you cannot make it a reality. That’s why it’s important to define your budget. That way, you set a constraint for what’s possible and what’s not.

To give you a bit of perspective, the national average roof cost is between $5,100 to $10,000, but costs can easily climb to over $30,000 depending on what you want to accomplish.

Check the building codes

The purpose of building codes is to provide minimum standards to safeguard life, health, property, and public welfare by controlling and regulating the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings and structures within a district/region.

That’s why you need to check if there are rules when it comes to the type of roof design and materials that are permissible in your region.

Get Several Quotes

Installing a new roof requires sound technical expertise, so it might not be ideal as a DIY project. But before you work with any roofing company, ensure you get quotes from several companies so you can compare costs and timelines. But more importantly, assess their previous works as well as overall customer satisfaction with former clients. That way, you get to work with the best.

Contact us here today for more information. We look forward to working with you on your next roofing project.


5 Reasons you need construction administration

construction administrationMany construction projects undermine the importance of a construction administrator even today. When projects have a lot of money at stake and completion time and efficiency are of utmost importance, a qualified construction manager can help streamline and coordinate the construction activities. Thus, they can help the construction reach their end goal.

So, what is construction administration?

Construction administration services deploy a professional construction manager. The construction manager overlooks and supervises the entire project, right from planning to execution.

In this article, we give you 5 reasons you should absolutely get a construction administrator for your project.

1. Better Communication

One of the most rampant problems construction projects face and suffer are communication problems among its stakeholders. It is not uncommon for such projects to undergo delays and go over budget with their expenses because of poor communication.

A construction administrator facilitates communication between the design and the architectural teams, the engineer, and the contractor. By doing this, they can quickly identify and fill the communication gaps, thereby avoiding loss of time and money. Working with a construction manager also ensures the owner that he has access to accurate information regarding the project’s progress and completion right from the start. Thus, he/she can be ensured that the project is moving along within the budget and timeline constraints and the finished project is compliant with his/her expectations.

2. Expert Advice

Most construction managers have worked and supervised across various construction roles: subcontractors, general contractors, engineers, designers, and architects. Hence, they are equipped with expert knowledge on how to efficiently carry out the nuances of a construction project. They are familiar with most of the hurdles and difficulties the construction teams come across. On encountering one or more of these problems, such experts guide the team to carry out their tasks without causing much loss in terms of time and money. Hence, they ensure a smooth running of the project in fulfillment of all its objectives.

3. Better Risk Management

There is some degree of risk associated with every construction project. In fact, the more complex the project, the higher the risks, and the stakes. In such a scenario, the construction administrator can efficiently use their expertise to identify potential risks, sometimes way ahead of the timelines. One of the reasons for this is that construction administrators define a process to deploy the project in various phases. By adhering to this process, the construction team streamlines themselves better with the expected outcome and the way to achieve this within time and budgetary constraints.

4. Better Equipment and Tools Management

Equipment costs to a construction project go way beyond their monetary prices. If work gets delayed due to malfunction, projects end up paying a heavier cost in terms of time and labor. Construction administrators use their knowledge to supervise the equipment’s health. Thus, they prevent the equipment from frequent breakdowns and the need to replace them soon. Considering how some of this equipment makes up a significant portion of the project cost itself, an unexpected project setback due to equipment failure is unacceptable and can be avoided under the watchful eyes of a construction administrator.

5. Better Cost and Time Management

Perhaps everything in a construction project boils down to better cost and time management. Going overboard in terms of either time or money is unacceptable to most clients and ends up putting the construction firm and their team in a bad light. Owing to their expertise, construction managers map out exactly how a construction activity must go through. They identify potential risks at the start of the project, estimate the kind of equipment and labor, the subcontractors needed to pitch and streamline other factors right from the start so that the project can go about smoothly in its course. Even in case of unforeseen delays and cost over boarding, their expertise comes handy in communicating the same to the concerned stakeholders in a timely fashion and solve the problems to get the project going on its feet soon.

Conclusion

Some industry experts still argue against employing construction managers and administrators in their projects. They attribute this argument to the fact that even with all these difficulties, projects do get completed. In today’s competitive times, such arguments come off as lame.

Now, more than ever, clients, owners, and contractors need to value the credibility that comes with a construction project and must execute a fool-proof project to stand out in the market. In doing so, construction administration acts as a pillar of strength for them.

We understand that construction administration can be a complex process, but we exist to streamline the process for you. Please reach out to us here today to schedule a call with a professional. We look forward to working with you on your next project!


When do you need a roofing consultation?

Roofing ConsultationAre you currently in the market for a new roof for your home or office or any other property? Best to begin the process with a roof consultation to get the projected started on the right foot.

A Professional roofing consultation will thoroughly cover the following components regarding your next project update and implementation:

1. New roof system designs and construction oversight

Roofs also need unique and effective designs that can be fabricated and engineered to offer the property water-efficient protection along with the good exterior appeal. An expert is essential for the designing phase that can address the design according to the location, weather, architectural plan, material, budget, and other potential factors. They work with the architect to collaboratively agree on flashing, membrane components, attachment modes, compatibility with other products, installation sequencing, and the total layout all to offer adequate protection and proofing.

2. Design and Construction Oversight for Replacement of Existing roof systems

A roofing consultant can deduce the need for a new roof and the possibility of replacement of the current roof system. It is generally observed that roofing repairs incur only unnecessary expenditures, so an expert can give you direct insight into the mass total regarding the replacement and the following maintenance to keep roof life intact post a thorough verification of the situation.

Some of the aspects assessed by the roof expert are current roof system among other aspects:

  • life
  • location
  • occupant needs
  • construction mode
  • building use for a short or long term
  • cost
  • physical and technical aspects like the possibility of roof repair, moisture assessment, roof recovery and replacement of the roof.

Replacement of the roof is generally recommended by the expert when there is a mandated tear-off, deteriorated roof system beyond recovery, too much moisture, steel corrosion, and no possibility of safety.

3. Roof overbuild design

Once the need for a roof is assessed, its design has to be framed and finalized to ensure that it fits the structural system either as a protective barrier or even as roof space. A roof is both functional and an aesthetic / designer appeal to the property, so certain aspects like the ones listed below will play a major role in the overall design of the building:

  • roof pitch/angle
  • roof shapes like flat or curved
  • with or without incorporated decks/garden
  • proper insulation in rafters/trusses
  • roof structure
  • types of trusses like Fink Truss Roof/Attic Truss Roof
  • loft coverage with fire escape and windows
  • different roof types such as Monopitch Roof, Duopitch Roof, Hip Roof, or Mansard Roof

4. Existing roof condition analysis

A roofing expert can offer an unbiased assessment by evaluating any defects, deterioration, damage and the underlying roof condition using an indexing system.

Fun fact: A scale is used in index systems from 0-100 where 0 to 30 implies replace, 50 imply restore and 70 to 100 implies repair following maintenance.

5. Project scoping and opinion of probable costs

The opinion of Probable Costs, also known as “cost estimate” will provide an idea on budget and flexibility regarding various cost-effective solutions based on which project scoping is carried out. It is also imperative to understand that this is an estimate and never an exact invoicing number. However, a knowledgeable expert can provide the closest and cost-effective estimate with low cost reworks.

6. Recommendations and instruction for roof systems maintenance

Once everything is finalized, a professional expert will also provide you different suggestions and cost-effective options for the maintenance of these new roofing systems for their longevity. This is essential to maintaining the functionality, operational performance, and overall effectiveness.

Follow the care instructions with timely or monthly maintenance, while adhering to necessary inspections to make sure the roofing protection is fully optimized.

7. Humidity / Condensation analysis

It is essential to remember that condensation and humidity meddle with comfort, resident’s health, and finishing the interiors, and while elevating costs.

A proper roofing system gives the right amount of insulation, avoids moisture, consists of the right humidity set point, and offers passive ventilation and flow of air with appropriate ventilation systems in place.

The appropriate humidity level is from 40-60 percent. Condensation can result in the growth of mold and occurs due to improper insulation. By minimizing humidity and using double glazing windows that are thermal efficient can curb condensation. Making use of composite frames made of timber or aluminum, fiberglass/uPVC, and inbuilt passive ventilation window frames will all collectively assist to curb condensation buildup.

Final Thoughts

A roofing consultation will save you money (especially in the long-run) and will also provide you solutions to get an efficient and long life from your roof.

Our roofing consultants here at McNeil Engineering offer a full service firm readily available to help our clients navigate the complexities of roofing and construction compliance. We understand that undertaking a new roofing project can be daunting, at best. By allowing our solutions driven team of experts to assist will not only mitigate risk, but will streamline the implementation process thus resulting in a successful completion.

If you have any questions regarding your current roof situation, please feel free to reach out to us today. We look forward to chatting with you!


Construction administration – What is it?

Land development and construction projects can be overwhelming and intricate, at best. Partnering with a knowledgeable administration and management staff could mean the difference between project bust and project success.

On a general level over-viewing the entire topic of construction administration and its individual place within a massive industry, this service can be niched down into an offering for pre-existing property owners. This consultative service can essentially be sub-categorized off into project management as well.Construction administration

Any land developer needs the organizational workflow that can be implemented by a professional construction administration team in order to keep the project both on budget and completed on time.

Service offerings and generalized breakdown of each are as follows:

  • Project Document Management: This is an optimized procedure used to confidently create and store any and all documentation needed before, during, and after a construction project.
  • Bidding Management and Oversight: The comprehensive management of bids in an organized manner in response to project development RFP’s (request for pricing).
  • Response to RFI’s and Issue Addenda: RFI is a construction acronym standing for “Request for Information”. RFI’s are essential within the industry and can be nuanced pieces of documentation. And an addenda (or addendum) is written documentation adjusting, clarifying, or making additions to a previously constructed contract document.
  • Construction Observation and Reports: Simply stated, these reports are detailed observations noted by an on-site inspector or contractor.
  • Periodic Construction meeting Administration: Touching base consistently throughout the process helps to keep everyone involved on the same page. Issues are almost guaranteed. Perioding meetings help to mitigate any unwarranted risk during project implementation.
  • Contractor Invoice Review and Approval: Invoices of any kind can be daunting and extremely meticulous at best. Construction invoices are even more tedious. Ensuring that every charge is accounted for and checked on can help guarantee your budget is not exceeded and nobody gets overcharged or double invoiced for a service.
  • Change Order Review and Recommendations: Our comprehensive review and recommendations come as just another way to facilitate the complexities of a construction project thus helping property owners navigate the labyrinth.
  • Quality Control/Quality Assurance Monitoring: Do you think it’s important for the manufacturing quality and products to adhere to a definitive set of criteria that you previously agreed upon? Yeah, so do we. This is where our quality control and quality assurance monitoring come in to play.
  • Substantial Completion Administration and Issue Punch List: Substantial completion is the point in time where a construction project is far enough along that the owner can use the property as originally intended. This punch list or check list is a document that will have been previously agreed upon by owner and contractor. The construction administrator helps to facilitate this relationship.
  • Final Inspection: The final inspection in essentially exactly as it sounds. A final walk through and comprehensive check to ensure all prior documents and agreements were upheld and finalized as previously agreed upon.
  • Coordinate Preparation of Record Documents (As-Builts): As-builts are drawings revised after the project has been completed. We coordinate these drawings with the contractor of the build to ascertain regulatory and compliant documentation on the matter. Click this link for more information regarding McNeil Engineering Construction Administration.

Okay, but what is it?

A relatively simple service concept but let’s start off with who provides the service. Architects, landscape architects, and engineers all have the necessary capabilities to offer compliant construction administrative and project management services to you.

This service offering, at its core, provides property owners with compliance, regulatory, documentation, preparation, and any other previously agreed upon service within the initial contract to be fully regarded and followed through to completion.

What the contract does not include:

The construction administration contract does not include comprehensive supervision of individualized construction activities, however, project management (a sub-sector) could cover any warranted organization.

Our goal at McNeil Engineering is to “provide enough construction oversight to bring in a finished roofing, paving or landscape project on budget and at the level of quality specified in the construction documents. By overseeing the bidding process, we can help the owner enter into an agreement with a reputable contractor for a competitive price. And, our periodic on-site observations, progress reports, review of submittals and other documents, and direct engagement with the winning contractor increases the likelihood that the finished project will meet or exceed the owner’s expectations.” [Click here for more direct information located on our site.]

We understand that construction facilitation and project implementation can be highly regulated and extremely complicated. We take pride in simplifying the process for our clients and harnessing the procedural burden.

If you have any specific questions regarding your next construction plan or construction administrative capabilities, please reach out to us HERE today. We look forward to speaking with you and offering applicable solutions to your development project.


Finding Structural Engineering Experts and Roofing Consultants

Roofing ConsultantsStructural engineers and roofing experts play a vital role in the construction industry. A viable structural engineer is knowledgeable in all types of architectural design implementations and can offer the help you need to ensure the structural soundness of a building or design.

A structural engineering professional will evaluate the impending behavior of a particular building under the influence of forces including gravity, wind and acclimatized pressures. The specialists will also assess the safety of a structure when exposed to such factors.

Specific Functions of Structural Engineering Experts

  • Checking Architectural Configurations – The architectural configuration of every structure should always be symmetrical and proportionate. A structural engineering specialist puts architectural configuration on the forefront of development in order for the design to be unconditionally sound. The symmetry of a structure is an indication of its stability and balance. Various symmetrical elements contribute to harmony and order in a space, thus a structural engineer can help you understand how asymmetry affects the longevity of a building.
  • Finalizing Structural Systems – When you hire an engineer, they will help to finalize the ideal structural system for your building. Then the engineers consider both a budget and availability of construction materials. A viable structural system comprises an assembly of physical elements applied to a building so they can adequately and consistently support presumed loads.
  • The Location of Expansion Joints – Expansion joints are used to overcome the effect of an earthquake or less invasive movements on a daily basis. The joints are designed to absorb any vibrations that may result from natural disasters and impending activities. Expansion joints are also employed to increase assurance that a particular structure can withstand any temperature variations and facilitate movements without cracks or breakages. A structural engineering expert will have advanced knowledge in reference to identifying the ideal location of expansion joints to safeguard a structure from future damage.
  • Preparing Structural Framing Plans – The structural engineering experts from McNeil Engineering meticulously prepare the framing plans for both gravity and horizontal loads to ensure that a structure is built according to the required standards. Structural framing plans specify the location of elements such as doors and windows.
  • Structural Analysis and Design – A structural engineer will choose the ideal construction materials for a building or outdoor project. The choice of the materials will variably depend on the architectural configuration and other previously detailed considerations. The engineers will also need to determine the forces acting on a building.

Hiring a Structural Engineering Expert

Evaluate the level of experience and qualifications of an engineer before hiring them. Take time to research the engineer’s recent projects and dive deep into the quality of their services. Look for references to understand how a structural engineer handles their clients.

Another important consideration when looking for a professional structural engineer is their licensing and certifications. Ensure that the experts have the required licenses and certifications from relevant bodies. The cost of services is also vital when considering the structural engineering expert to hire for your project. However, the cost should not be the only consideration. Some engineers may offer substandard work at lower prices.

But Do I Need a Roofing Consultant too? After All of That?

At the expense of sounding blatantly obvious – a roof is an integral piece of a building’s structural design.

Our roofing consultations drive specializations in the following areas:

  • New Roof System Designs and Construction Oversight
  • Design and Construction Oversight for Replacement of Existing Roof Systems
  • Roof Overbuild Design
  • Existing Roof Condition Analysis
  • Project Scoping and Opinion of Probable Costs
  • Recommendations and Instruction for Roof Systems Maintenance
  • Humidity / Condensation Analysis

Our consultants with McNeil Engineering have acquired many years of experience in the industry and provide comprehensive insights that fit your need for your specific project. When hiring a roofing consultant from any company, ensure that they adhere to and observe all required safety roofing standards.

Roofing consultants have up-to-date information about different roofing options acquired in an ever-evolving construction design industry. Check the level of education and certifications to ensure they adhere to the required roofing codes. It’s important to note, roofing consultants who attend continuing education seminars and other educational forums remain compliant in all projects. By attending live forums and relevant conferences, the consultant is exposed to progressive trends relating to different products and technology created for roofing integration.

If you have any further questions regarding your structural configuration or building in need of an updated roofing design, reach out to us today.

McNeil Engineering – Leading the way in the roofing consulting and structural engineering industry.


Building Information Modeling – Features and Benefits

BIM, or Building Information Modeling, is a software that helps to generate 3D representations of physical structures and their individual characteristics. The software is commonly used in architecture and construction, as the two sectors primarily focus on building large structures.

Its tools have gained popularity among stakeholders as the 3D capabilities assist to provide granular results during drafting when compared to historical 2-dimensional designs. With 3D creations, property owners and managers can visualize the final implementation of a structure after completion.

Features of Building Information Modeling

  • Planning

The first step when using the software is drafting the initial design. With the software, multiple stakeholders in a construction project can work on a design simultaneously. As an optimized result, multiple collaborators will see the design before approval. Once the initial design is complete, BIM users can then present the designs to clients for approval before moving forward.

  • 3D Modeling

Contrary to popular belief, designing a physical structure is only the beginning iteration of uses acquired in BIM software. Users can simulate various parts of a building after the creation of a 3D model. The software offers insights into exactly how various elements will impact a physical structure after project completion. Modeling can dive into metrics and analysis as forecasted, such as providing solutions to help users see how sunlight will hit a building at different times of the year, or how sunlight will affect a building’s energy usage.

  • Construction

When actual construction is on deck for integration, BIM offers solutions to allow users to sequence steps and elements of the entire process. The elements include construction materials and direct personnel needed for work.

The construction crew can review the 3D model developed using the building information modeling to perform clash detection to mitigate risk and avoid problems during the implementation stage. With the BIM software, stakeholders in the construction process can analyze and resolve issues that may arise and ensure timely completion.

How Exactly will BIM Transform the Construction Industry?

  • Improved Project Outcomes

Designing physical structures is a complex process and requires input from experienced specialists. After the completion of the designing phase, engineers undertake structural assessments testing different strains.

Building information modeling allows users to facilitate the planning process in a near automated manner. Stakeholders can view, manipulate and edit all planning stages within various formats. BIM solutions help to streamline change requests, automate planning and allow users to share expertise.

BIM allows designers and architects to experiment with different construction materials and work closely with project collaborators to acquire ideal options for a particular project. Also, an interior designer can take radical approaches and alter iterations based on a client’s feedback.

  • Improved Quality Assurance

Designing physical structures using building information modeling involves more collaboration among stakeholders, but the chances of stifled progress is low. There is no need for users of the software to propagate changes manually in all plans as every user is editing the same data set.

Mistakes are far less likely to occur as a result of inadequate information in various parts of a design. As a result, BIM improves quality assurance and reduces the amount of time needed for verification.

  • Improved Accuracy

The software uses a wide range of advanced design and mapping tools. Investors within the construction industry are increasingly adopting the integration of 3D scanning to display the characteristics of a site and other existing physical structures.

At the beginning of a construction project, builders use aerial imagery and digital elevation to capture every detail accurately, and this helps to streamline the preparations stage. BIM allows users to access accurate input and model sharing.

  • Simulation

Building information modeling has tools that make it easier for specialists to apply real-life situations on different models. As a result, managers can evaluate whether they are building a structure according to initial standards and specifications.

For example, building information modeling users can examine the energy-efficiency levels of a structure and determine the best options to prevent energy loss in the future. Project managers can simulate the usage of different construction materials and find ideal options for a specific project.

We understand the complexities that come with technological advancements. We have the knowledge and expertise to take your project to the next level. If you have any questions about BIM in general or would like to speak to an expert, feel free to contact us today for more information.