McNeil Engineering builds long-lasting client relationships

Client RelationshipsAt McNeil Engineering, we’re always in search of new projects, but we also like to make sure that our clients know that we are available to them after the completion of their first project. We like to build lasting relationships with the people and companies that hire us for any of our services, including structural engineering, civil engineering, landscape architecture, building information modeling, laser scanning, and roofing consultation.

A firm foundation of trust

A wonderful example of a landscaping architecture client we have a close relationship with is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We have been the prime consultant on new church constructions for the LDS Church all over the western United States. We built their trust by creating award-winning drought-tolerant designs for their churches in desert areas so that their members can see their home churches as comfortable and safe places to be. Because of this, they now continue to trust us to work on new designs for them, and we hope to continue to fulfill their engineering and consulting needs for a long time.

Helping craft first impressions

Another example of a long-term client is Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. We started our relationship with them by being contracted to help redesign the entrance to the Student Services Center, which is the first part of WSU that potential students encounter We created an open, welcoming design that gave students a glimpse of how comfortable and homey WSU could be, and the success that they could have there. Since then, we have been working with WSU throughout the years to redesign most of their campus to present themselves to students visibly as the wonderful university they are.

A partner you can trust

If you’re an architect or a developer, or if you own a business, we at MeNeil want to build a close professional relationship with you, because we believe that is the best way that we can help you make your structural and architectural plans come alive and have your building (or whatever structure we’re helping you with) help to present the intended message. We want to take whatever you have in mind and use our expertise to help make it safe, structurally sound, environmentally friendly, and beautiful.

At McNeil Engineering we also specialize in building information modeling, which means that we have the best technology to be able to help you plan and visualize your project before it is constructed. This helps to minimize having to make expensive corrections once construction has started. Building Information Modeling is one of the reasons we like to keep clients long-term because once you work on a project assisted by BIM, we think you’ll want to keep using it.

Getting to know each other

Of course, another reason we like to make ourselves available as long-term partners to our clients is that the longer we work with a client or corporation, the better we can understand them. The more projects we assist you with, the better we understand your goals, mission, and preferred aesthetic. And, as we get to know you better, you get to know us better as well, and we hope that makes you feel at ease and comfortable trusting us to help with your projects. Building professional relationships is important to us because we know how difficult it can be to get into the groove of working with someone new, especially when you’re passionate about the project at hand. Architects, we know your designs are like your children, and you would probably rather leave your child with a babysitter you know than a random one you found on Facebook!

Bringing your vision to life

Basically, if you’re in need of landscape architecture or civil and structural engineers for a project, we would like you to know that we’ll do our very best to help you bring your vision to life, whether you plan to only have us help with one project, or you plan to work with us indefinitely. However, we hope we can show you that if you have long-term design goals, we can absolutely be a long-term asset to each of them.

Ultimately, at McNeil Engineering, our clients are our top priority, and we want to be able to do the best work for them we possibly can. We want to be an asset in creating beautiful spaces and growing infrastructure in a way that is aesthetically pleasing, safe, structurally sound long-term, and respectful to the natural landscape. If that resonates with you, that already gives us a head-start on understanding each other, and we can only grow together from here.

If you’re interested in viewing some of the designs we’ve created for long-term clients, please feel free to check out the Landscape Architecture Projects page on our website here. We welcome your questions and inquiries.


Iconic green spaces to inspire your next project

Green SpaceGreen spaces have tons of positive effects. They’re known to improve mental health and stress to bring communities together and even increase consumer buying. Whether it’s a community center to college to an apartment complex, green spaces are critical for successful businesses. Our landscape architecture can help you create, design and install the best green space for your business.

But first, let’s take a look at all the benefits of green spaces and what defines them.

What are green spaces?

When we’re talking about green spaces, we mean more than just an unused plot of land or grassy knoll. Green spaces are deliberately designed and manicured spots that are open and free to the public. Think of things like local parks, gardens, playgrounds and fields.

These spots are meant to integrate the natural world with our urban environment. Since the first civilization, urban planners have inspired nature and incorporated natural elements into their designs. And since we developed modern cities, green spaces have become even more essential.

Why are green spaces so important?

Studies have shown that green spaces have numerous positive effects on mental well-being, physical health and even commerce.

Green spaces provide an opportunity for outdoor recreation and exercise. Some studies show that people who live near green spaces even live longer. A recent study from the World Health Organization found that 3.3{ffa1fb9a833dbe70b91c2563ca2a54067368c324c18ffac54b9412388222efff} of global deaths resulted from lack of physical activity due to poor walkability and limited access to recreation areas.

These spaces spur better mental well-being and a sense of peace and even increase employee productivity or help hospital patients recover faster.

These spaces are essential to businesses, too. Studies have found that greenery and flowers attract shoppers and residents. Further, customers associate well-landscaped businesses with quality goods. Studies show they are willing to pay a 12 percent premium for goods purchased in retail establishments that are accompanied by quality landscaping.

So, now that you know their importance, it’s time to start thinking about cultivating your own green space. But if you need a bit of inspiration to get you started, check out these iconic green spaces that changed the way we do things. Even if you have a small space to work with, we think these projects will inspire you.

Atlanta BeltLine

Built on an old railroad track, the Atlanta Beltline is a 33-mile, multi-use trail that winds through Atlanta. It connects nearly 45 neighborhoods across the city.

The Beltline is an excellent spot for people looking to get back to nature, take a walk or go for a bike ride. But it also provides several other perks, like free exercise classes, parades, affordable housing and an arboretum. You can also view murals and other local art along the way.

Railroad Park, Birmingham, Al

Similarly, Birmingham has transformed its downtown into a 19-acre park. Previously, the land was used for a cross of old railroad tracks that went out of use. The land was transported into a downtown oasis (which can be especially essential in the humid Southern summers) that showcases the city’s history.

The park features more than 600 trees, multiple skate parks, and a history wall and sculptures, highlighting civil rights struggles and victories. It also features several sustainable elements, like a bio-filtration wetlands area.

The High Line, New York City
You may see a reoccurring theme of turning old industrial things into modern green spaces. The high line is no exception here. This above-street park is also formed along the lines of an old railway.

Previously, the space was home to elevated train tracks. But after a transportation freeze in 1980, the spot became abandoned. Decades later, neighborhood locals banded together to transform the track into a public space.

It features an array of native plants that function as a green roof with both plants and porous pathways absorbing water and limiting stormwater runoff. It also uses drip irrigation, composting and integrated pest management. It too features art, sculpture and vendors. This 395-acre space reopened as a park in 2009.

Chicago’s Lake Front

Chicago’s lakefront is unique to most cities for one straightforward reason. Written in the plans for the city is the idea that the lake will be forever “free and open” to the public. This means that no skyscraper, condo, or private business can build to the beach. Instead, the space from the major road to the water will forever be a public beach.

This is a relatively simple but revolutionary idea: keep public spaces public.

Another bonus is Chicago’s Millennium Park, situated between the beach and downtown. The land used to develop the park was initially deemed an “urban wasteland” and housed a winding spiral of train tracks. Now, it’s home to native plants, sculptures, walkways and water features. What’s even more remarkable is that some of it cover an underground parking garage.

So, are you ready to get started on a landscaping project?

Our landscape architects have decades of experience in both public and private realms. We can provide design and technical direction all the way from concept to construction phase services. We also work on a broad range of projects including everything from small roof gardens to university campuses, residential and commercial/retail developments and everything in between.

Visit our Landscape Architecture section for more details.


History’s most famous structural engineers

When we think of the incredible engineering feats of the world, we often think of mighty dams, towering buildings and expansive bridges. These images may also concur with architects who drew up these plans or the brave construction workers who risked their lives during the building. ut we sometimes forget about the unsung heroes of the projects — the structural engineers.

What is a structural engineer?

Structural Engineering is a specialty within Civil Engineering. These professionals are responsible for several critical aspects of projects.

They’re designers. They’re the individuals who design strong, supportive, and stable buildings to withstand natural elements like wind and storms.

They’re also safety experts. They make sure buildings are safe for everyday use and withstand the worst elements like hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes.

And they’re problem solvers. They’re tasked with using everything from basic math calculations to cutting-edge tech.

In fact, the term engineering comes from the Latin words “Ingenium” meaning cleverness and “ingeniare” meaning to devise.

They create drawings and specifications, perform calculations, write reports and evaluations, and observe construction sites. They work on the most beautiful, awe-inspiring architecture problems, bridges, skyscrapers, homes, artwork and even rollercoasters.

Their work is so varied they may be tasked with making sure a bridge can support hundreds of tons of steel and ensuring a dance floor doesn’t vibrate when people jump on it.

For centuries these experts have used a combination of creativity and design and intelligence to solve problems.

You may know some of their work, but do you know the most famous structural engineers of all time? We want to highlight a few of the most impactful structural engineers of the last century. Without them, our most iconic structures would not be possible.

Holmer Malcolm

You may not have heard of Holmer Malcolm. But you’ve seen his greatest creation— the Empire State Building.

This iconic Manhattan structure is 102 stories and 1,250 feet tall, making it one of the world’s tallest buildings for over 40 years. It uses more than 200,000 cubic feet of limestone and granite.

This impressive feat would not be possible without Malcolm. Malcolm designed the building during the early 20th century. Malcolm was called a genius after taking just over one year to build. It was hailed as the Eighth Wonder of the World during its 1931 debut and became one of the most recognizable skyscrapers in the world.

The structure also put New York on the map within the structural engineer community, proving engineers in the city were daring and imaginative.

Malcolm’s design advanced several innovative design concepts during his building design. For example, he made tall buildings stable and safe when exposed to lateral forces. He also began an expert in wind stresses on high-rises, designing unique foundations that eliminated vibrations in structures.

Today, many of his methods are still considered design and engineering standards.

Peter Rice

In Peter Rice’s obituary, author Jonathan Glancey wrote, “Rice was, perhaps, the James Joyce of structural engineering.”

Some called Rice one of the most imaginative and gifted structural engineers of the 20th century. He was known for his adventurous designs and ingenious buildings.

Rice combined geometry, analysis, and a computer program for the Sydney Opera House roof for his first project.

The Sydney Opera House is instantly recognizable. Considered a masterpiece of architecture, it uses unique and unparalleled design and cutting-edge architectural and technological achievements.

As a gifted mathematician, Rice did most of the geometrical work for the roof. Rice took over the project when his partner, Ian MacKenzie, fell ill. He went on to work with the well-known engineering firm Ove Arup who used his intellectual insight and boundary-pushing ideas for numerous architectural projects.

Gustave Eiffel

You can probably guess Gustave Eiffel’s most famous creation. But, of course, he was the engineer who designed and oversaw construction on the Eiffel Tower.

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognizable and beloved feats of architecture. It combines strength and airy lightness.

Even 125 years after its development, it stands as a symbol of structural engineering. During its construction, it pushed architectural and structural boundaries. It’s twice as tall as the Great Pyramid in Egypt. Its design created and symbolized advancement in the engineering industry, developed new construction materials and techniques and helped cement better structural engineering knowledge and experience.

Today, it is one of the most-visited places in the world.

Eiffel was responsible for advancing these ideas. He was known for engineering the sound support frame structure. He used the same idea to create the Statue of Liberty and the iron framing for the Notre Dame cathedral. His goal was to build simultaneously lighter, cheaper, and stronger structures.

Ready to start your own structural engineering project?

Our expert structural engineering staff, backed by many years of experience, are uniquely qualified to offer specialized expertise in the planning, designing, and constructing structures for buildings and civil works projects.

We analyze and design specialized structures and solve structural and foundation problems. We provide an unprecedented level of professionalism, understanding of the construction process and a commitment to quality. This gives our clients the most efficient, economical and safe structures.

We provide design services for structures involving low to mid-rise commercial, institutional, medical, residential and governmental buildings. Visit our website to learn more about our work: https://mcneilengineering.com


Structural Engineering Feats: Rush Street Restaurant and Sugarhouse Crossing

Structural Engineering Feats: Rush Street Restaurant and Sugarhouse CrossingEngineer: Someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had in a way you don’t understand.

Jokes aside, we know probably more than anyone that engineering can feel complex. (After all, it’s what we live and breathe every single day.) For those who don’t work in the engineering world, it might seem a little confusing that engineering isn’t a one-size-fits-all industry. In fact, numerous disciplines fall under the engineering umbrella – civil, mining, mechanical, biomechanical, electrical, landscape – and they are all different. The stark truth for businesses that need to contract an engineering firm is that hiring the right kind of engineer with the right experience and level of licensure is the key to a successful project. You wouldn’t want a biomechanical engineer designing and overseeing the plans for your school, apartment complex or hospital, right?

Of course, the complexities don’t stop there. Even within each engineering discipline, there are specialties and advanced licensures that are important to understand. We want to make things simple for you, so today we want to focus on just one sub-specialty – Structural Engineering.

What is Structural Engineering?

Structural engineering is a specialty within the civil engineering field. Where a civil engineer has the education, certifications and experience to plan, design, construct, maintain and operate infrastructure, structural engineers take things a step further. Structural engineers must have several years of professional experience post-graduation and are required to take and pass the Professional Engineer’s license test in order to practice. In many states, a specific Structural Engineer’s license is also required.

This engineering specialty “focuses on the framework of structures, and on designing those structures to withstand the stresses and pressures of their environment and remain safe, stable and secure throughout their use.” LiveScience.com

Basically, while we tend to take simple things, like buildings and bridges not collapsing, for granted, the truth is every single day we have structural engineers to thank for the integrity of the infrastructure around us.

Structural Engineering at McNeil Engineering

Now that you have a basic understanding of structural engineering, you have a little more insight into how critical it can be for your project. The good news is, at McNeil Engineering, we are professionals in this arena.

Along with our sterling architectural engineering consultation services, we are also more than qualified to provide stakeholders and their various properties with structural engineering consultation services as well.

Rather than just tell you about what we can do, we’d love to show you by taking a look at two of our past projects: The Rush Street Restaurant in Los Angeles, California, and Sugarhouse Crossing in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Rush Street Restaurant in Los Angeles

The Rush Street Restaurant project in LA involved the conversion of a 75-year-old sign/welding shop into a high-end restaurant. We were able to investigate the site in order to determine the existing building’s structural elements – along with carrying out a seismic structural analysis of the 75-year-old un-reinforced masonry structure. It was a challenging project with a limited budget and due to a change in occupancy, the entire structure had to be retrofitted to meet building codes. We performed these while staying in compliance with various municipal requirements.

Sugarhouse Crossing in Salt Lake City

As for the Sugarhouse Crossing project in Salt Lake City, Utah – this mixed-use structure has three levels of below-grade parking, one level at grade commercial with 5 levels of apartments (200 in total).
The design team here at McNeil Engineering used CAD software (Revit) – in order to create a usable analytic model for complete Building Information Modeling (BIM).
This Sugarhouse Crossing project was thus constructed with post-tensioned floors for the parking structure and commercial areas with concrete walls and columns and 2x timber walls with plywood web joists for the upper floors and prefabricated trusses for the roof structure.

Are you looking for Structural Engineering Consultation Services?

Of course, these are just two examples of projects we’ve been privileged to be part of. Want to see more? Click here.

If you are seeking structural engineering consultation services, McNeil Engineering has you covered! While it is true, we are regionally famous within the western United States as architectural engineering consultation experts, this is far from the only consultation service we are currently able to provide.

We would be happy to sit down and discuss your structural engineering needs. This is in addition to any development, redevelopment, and/or civil engineering projects you and/or your various properties require as well. If you’re ready to get started, reach out to us, and then sit back and relax in the comfort and confidence of knowing that your group’s various properties are in good hands.


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.


Existing condition reports and recommendations

Landscape ArchitectureWhile we’re best known regionally for our patented architectural engineering consultation services, this is far from the only service we offer at McNeil Engineering. We also provide existing condition reports and recommendations for businesses’ and organizations’ properties.

Every year, McNeil Engineering’s clients – both our newer clients and our existing clients – commission our office to help them when it comes to assessing their existing facilities – such as parking lots.

This could be because they need help when it comes to developing a maintenance budget for their stakeholders for the coming year, or because an existing owner is looking to sell the property. This would mean they are required to provide a due diligence report to their prospective buyer(s).

The nuts and bolts of existing condition reports and recommendations

For the past 30 years, we have been providing existing facilities reports of all types.

A common existing condition reports and recommendations project will involve one of our representatives meeting with the owner and/or on-site maintenance personnel for a property. This is in order for us to be able to get better handling of what they know of the history of their specific property – along with any peculiarities/special treatments necessary for the continued maintenance of the said property.

Following this historical sleuthing, we will then perform an extensive visual inspection of any roofs on the property, parking lots, or other designated areas of concern. This is in order for us to gain our own impressions of the existing conditions of each property. Further investigation may become warranted, in which case, our office has maintained positive relationships with local testing agencies, who are able to provide destructive testing and laboratory investigations.

How we provide such reports and recommendations

Once all pertinent data has been gathered, we would be able to evaluate the existing conditions and offer property stakeholders professional opinions of causes for any deficiencies. We would then offer recommendations for repairing any issues we encountered during our investigation of the property.

Following on from these opinions and recommendations, we would either complete our property reports with rough estimates for probable costs of the repairs or file a report on any further maintenance on the property we may recommend.

Next, our clients make certain development, redevelopment, or sale decisions based on future property maintenance needs or lack thereof. Following the completion of said decisions, our clients will then take whichever actions they feel may be in their best interests.

We here at McNeil engineering aren’t contractors, so our examinations consider what we believe are the actual problems on a property – and solutions to those problems – as opposed to a contractor, who may conveniently argue their contracting firm’s specialization is the solution to any problems discovered during a property assessment.

Looking for existing condition reports and recommendations?

If you are the stakeholder in a business, organization, and/or institution currently looking high and low for a firm to provide you with existing condition reports and recommendations for your business, organization, and/or institutions’ property – you’ve come to the right place!

We here at McNeil Engineering are more than capable of providing you with such sterling existing condition reports and recommendations. You and your organization/institution/business will be more than prepared for whatever sorts of development and/or redevelopment projects you may have planned for such properties down the road.

When the time does eventually arrive for redevelopment and/or development projects to occur on your property, please also consider the additional assistance from our regional experts in landscape architecture. If we’ve already drawn up the existing condition reports and recommendations for your property and your potential redevelopment and development projects on the said property, it’s a no-brainer to continue using McNeil Engineering as a trusted expert resource. We will help you complete 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 needs are more than taken care of.


Intermountain Healthcare Alta View Hospital

Architectural engineeringWe, the architectural engineering consultation services experts at McNeil Engineering, are known throughout the western region of the United States as the elder statesmen when it comes to either the development or redevelopment of properties. Whether these consultations occur for municipalities, institutions, organizations, and/or businesses within that grand and vast western region of the United States.

Among all those various development and redevelopment projects, we’ve tackled a host of hospitals, hospital properties, and hospital campuses. The job at the Intermountain Healthcare Alta View Hospital was a simple yet satisfying one for us.

Intermountain Healthcare Alta View Hospital

The Intermountain Healthcare Alta View Hospital site and landscape remodel project began, at least for us, when we were commissioned by NJRA Architects as the architectural engineering consulting firm for the project. The project was first envisioned all the way back in 2014.

The Intermountain Healthcare Alta View Hospital site is a 39-acre campus located at the corner of 1300 East and 9400 South in Sandy, Utah. This magnificent site was at the time in the early stages of a massive, multi-year remodeling project. Phase One of that project involved our architectural engineering consultation services, including civil and/or structural engineering planning and development.

This phase of the remodel project also involved the relocation of the main entry road into the site from 9400 South, which would transform the weed-filled lot west of the campus into a beautiful new approach road to the hospital. Additionally, the project would also add parking spaces and clear the way for building and service expansion, while at the same time, helping to beautify the surrounding neighborhood of Sandy within Salt Lake City, Utah.

How We Did It

Firstly, in collaboration with NJRA Architects, we developed concepts for the new entry road and the primary monument signage feature for the Intermountain Healthcare Alta View Hospital campus. On top of these active development plans, we, the team at NJRA Architects and the staff at Intermountain Healthcare Alta View Hospital, developed concepts for the steep hillside along 1300 East. This would set the tone, character, and aura for future expansions for the hospital campus.

Along with these two teams, we also drew up illustrative renderings, and computer-aided three-dimensional graphics were developed in order to help convey our design intent to the staff at Intermountain Healthcare Alta View Hospital.

We also gave careful consideration to the development of a proposed plant palette and irrigation equipment for the project and campus, in an effort to not only conserve water and help reduce maintenance costs but also to provide seasonal color and texture. We here at McNeil Engineering firmly believe aesthetics and auras within microclimates are a dearly underrated aspect of architectural landscaping and structural engineering.

Finally, in conjunction with NJRA Architects, we completed the design and construction documents for the Intermountain Healthcare Alta View Hospital campus redevelopment project, during the fall of 2014. Construction commenced during the spring of 2015.

Searching for Architectural Engineering Consultation Services?

You need to look no further! As a member of an organization, institution, and/or business currently searching for architectural engineering consultation services, we here at McNeil Engineering can imagine you are probably nearing the end of your rope. It is not easy to discover a firm capable of guiding you and your organization, institution, and/or business when it comes to the redevelopment of your properties. But, there’s no need to search any longer! You are in luck! McNeil Engineering is more than capable of providing you, your business, institution, and/or organization’s properties with the needed architectural engineering consultation expertise you 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 atmosphere. You can finally relax in the comfort of knowing your architectural engineering needs are more than taken care of.


Women in engineering

Women in EngineeringThroughout modern history, working in math and science was not a typical career path for most women. But as times have changed, the sciences have become more inclusive, and more women are pursuing careers in science than ever before. For example, while only 21.8{ffa1fb9a833dbe70b91c2563ca2a54067368c324c18ffac54b9412388222efff} of undergraduate engineering students were female in the last year, that number dramatically increased from only 5.8 percent in the 1980s — and far fewer than that in decades before.

In recent history in the Western world, educating women in the sciences was thought to my harmful to their health. However, many women challenged these gender roles to have careers in civil engineering — ultimately changing the course of history forever and opening the door for women engineers today.

There are a great number of women trailblazers in the history of civil engineering. Here are just a few women who continue to inspire us. Let’s take a look at some famous women civil engineers throughout time.

Sarah Guppy (1770- 1852) Guppy was an English engineer and inventor. In 1811, she was the first woman to patent a bridge. She went on to become an inventor and designer and developed a range of products. For example, she patented a device to prevent barnacles from forming on the bottom of boats, earning a lucrative contract with the British Navy. She also invented the safe piling of bridge foundations. Thomas Telford later used the Clifton Suspension bridge in his bridge over the Menai Straight and by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. She patented ten well-known products during her time, including a bed with built-in exercise machines, a candle that would burn longer and a breakfast device that would brew coffee while steaming eggs. She was clearly ahead of her time!

Edith Clarke (1883 – 1959) was a pioneer in electrical engineer. She was the first woman to be professionally employed as an electrical engineer in the United States and was a renowned professor and inventor.

In 1921 she patented her most well-known invention — the Clarke Calculator. The graphical calculator simplified the calculations necessary to determine the electrical characteristics of long electrical transmission lines. Later she taught at the University of Texas, becoming the first female professor of electrical engineering.

Elsie Eaves (1898 – 1983) broke several glass ceilings for women in engineering. In college, she was already a pioneer for women engineers. She was the first woman to earn a degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and while at the school was elected as the first female president of the school’s student engineering society– an event that garnered national media attention!

Eaves went on to some other first, too. She was the first female member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She also helped found the American Association of Cost Engineers. Along the way, she earned many other notable awards and accomplishments. She went on to worked in several national public works programs, including the Colorado State Highway Department and the Deven and Rio Grande Railroads.

Emily Roebling (1843 – 1903) was an unexpected pioneer for women and did not set out for a career in science. However, she went on to be well-known for her contribution to the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Her husband originally worked on the project as the chief engineer but became ill and bedridden.

Because Roebling was the only one who could visit her husband, she took over his work. From there she worked as the liaison with the engineering team. Through this work, she developed an extensive knowledge of the materials, stress analysis, and calculating catenary curves. She became so proficient in the day-to-day operations that she became the standing leader for the bridge’s construction. She worked on the bridge’s construction for a decade.

Lillian Gilbreth was a prolific woman. She was one of the first female engineers to earn a Ph.D. For four decades she worked to combine the study of psychology with that of scientific management and engineering. She also worked as a professor and inventor. Today, she is widely known as the “mother of modern management.”

Throughout her career, she worked in time and motion studies. She is most well known for her work with General Electric, where she improved household appliance designs. She later became the first female member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Stephanie Kwolek (1923- 2014) changed the modern landscape with her innovation. Kwolek is the inventor of the widely-used substance Kevlar. Kevlar is widely used in bullet-proof vests today and many everyday products like helmets, camping gear and cables. Kwolek worked as a chemist for most of her life and her study and analysis of long molecule chains led to her invention.

We encourage you to take a look at the hundreds of other women who have worked to change the science and engineering field in the last hundred years. These women pushed against societal norms and paved the way for female scientists today.


Landscape architecture and drought tolerance

Landscape ArchitectureLandscape architecture maintenance for institutional and commercial property needs to become a priority for any institution or business. Particularly within the Utah of today, where water preservation is key to preserving an aesthetically beautiful – and environmentally sustainable – locale. Let McNeil Engineering be your architectural landscaping guide when it comes to drought tolerance and water preservation on your business/institution’s properties.

McNeil Engineering: Prime LDS Church Landscape Remodel Consultants

For institutions and businesses serious about such concerns of structural engineering and integrity – they need look no further than McNeil Engineering. Indeed, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which needs no introduction in the local area, relies on McNeil Engineering as the prime consultant on remodel and new church projects throughout the Western United States.

During McNeil Engineering’s time as the prime architectural landscaping consultant firm for the Church, their contemporary – and indeed drought tolerant designs, which we will get to momentarily – have garnered awards from both the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Henderson City Public Works Department. Atop these shining accolades, McNeil Engineering has also been highly recommended by the Church’s own Physical Facilities Department. Currently, McNeil Engineering works closely among several Facility Management and Project Management Groups to tackle a diverse range of landscaping, civil engineering, and site remodel projects.

The Perks of Drought Tolerant Designs

While in the past, water conservation may not have been a top priority for institutions and/or commercial entities seeking sturdy landscape architectural experts, water can no longer be taken for granted, particularly within the southwest region of the United States. This is why it has become vital to seek out the consultation of firms like McNeil Engineering, which have knowledge and expertise in the realms of water preservation and drought maintenance.

No wonder the LDS Church, the top property owner in the state, has commissioned McNeil Engineering for such an important role. Indeed, McNeil continues to work closely with the Church’s Landscape Architectural Division at Church Headquarters, in order to provide leadership and direction pertaining to innovative site management and water conservation solutions. All these systems, plans, and forethought will be a great boon to Facility Managers with various landscape needs – not just when it comes to water preservation – but when it comes to concerns such as cost reduction and preserving site integrity. McNeil Engineering doesn’t just know about drought reduction processes – but also about structural engineering solutions, too.

Updating Irrigation Systems

McNeil Engineering has consulted on LDS property management projects for many years now. These property management projects have involved on-site accessibility issues, the resolution of problematic drainage areas, the renovation of outdated irrigation systems, and converting water-loving landscapes to a more water-wise xeric design.

These vital remodels, repairs, and drought preparation procedures are all a vital part of water preservation on these properties around the western region of the United States. Without them, these properties would be headed for a world of hot water – or no water, more accurately!

As part of this Church consultation process, McNeil Engineering has also developed annual R&I budgets, generated bidding packages, and detailed cost estimates. This is in order for the Church, both institutionally and commercially, to know exactly what they are getting into. And out of!

Along with all these civil engineering services, McNeil Engineering also provided construction administration, which involved the inclusion of pre-bid meetings addendums, bid opening, and site inspections, all of which were provided throughout construction and maintenance. All in all, the future of the Church’s architectural landscaping is in good hands.

Institutional and Commercial Architectural Water Conservation

Are you a member of an institution or commercial entity, such as a business, locally within Utah, interested in commissioning the services of architectural landscaping experts?

If you happen to be searching for the highest of high-end structural engineering firms in this state, you don’t need to look any further than McNeil Engineering. As we noted above, McNeil Engineering doesn’t simply take care of your standard landscape architecture needs, either. As a firm, we understand that site integrity – things like structural engineering – is just as vital to creating and maintaining the desired aesthetic and feel for your property – as choosing what color fauna you’d like lining your entranceway.

Perhaps most intrinsically, however, is the question of water preservation and drought survivability. Even such a large and powerful entity as the Church is focusing on this growing problem in Utah. You and your institution or business need to also keep these concerns in mind as well. McNeil Engineering can help you do so. Just contact us to ensure your institution’s/business’s landscape architectural needs are not only met – but exceeded!