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School’s Out! How are Your Facilities Holding Up? – Part I: Why Your School District Needs a Roof Consultant

06.15.22 by Krista Looney

School might be out for summer, but we have a multiple choice test for you: Which school budget category should receive increased funding for the…

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1 + 1 > 2: KSi Structural Engineers Joins Wallace Design Collective

05.31.22 by Krista Looney

First Impressions Matter On a stormy summer night in 2011, Kurt Swensson, PhD, PE, and founder of KSi Structural Engineers, boarded a puddle jumper for…

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Why is the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa? It’s Really the Only Logical Choice.

05.10.22 by Krista Looney

When you hear “Bob Dylan,” what words come to mind? Iconic? Unique? Timeless? Tulsa? Up until recently, Tulsa would likely have never been included on…

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Tornado Season is Here: How Safe are Storm Shelters and Safe Rooms?

04.20.22 by Krista Looney

As tornado season approaches, you might hear the terms “storm shelter” and “safe room” advertised as areas to take shelter during a storm. But what…

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4 Ways Landscape Architects are Helping Bring the Stress-Relieving Wonders of Nature to All

04.06.22 by Krista Looney

Have you stopped to smell the roses recently? It’s the time of year when trees are flowering and wafting their sweet scent through the air….

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Women in Construction: Advice for Female Engineers Facing Sexism in the Field

03.09.22 by Krista Looney

Sexism in the construction industry. Is the concept real? Or overblown?  Women in construction have historically been perceived as having a harder time gaining respect…

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Construction of New USA BMX Headquarters in Tulsa Creates Racing and STEM Opportunities for Kids

02.23.22 by Krista Looney

Lately, downtown Tulsa has been buzzing with new construction and…BMX bikes? That’s right, as of February 15, 2022, the city that’s known for hosting the…

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Drilling Down into AEC Specializations: Structural Engineering with Dan Popp, PE, SE

02.09.22 by Krista Looney

When it comes to architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC), the “architectural design” and “physical construction” parts are pretty easy to wrap your head around.  But…

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Conquer the Career Fair: Insider Resume and Interview Tips for Engineering Students

01.26.22 by Krista Looney

College career fair season is in full swing! Does the thought of suiting up and heading to campus to introduce yourself to recruiters in hopes…

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40 Acts of Service: Making Lives Better Through Community Involvement

01.12.22 by Krista Looney

Happy 2022! What’s your New Year’s resolution? A bit cliche? Maybe. But you can’t deny that a new year equates to a fresh start, making…

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Redefining Progress in the Tulsa Arts District

12.08.21 by Krista Looney

Is progress still progress if there’s an ugly side to it? As a recently replanted Tulsa transplant (one who moved to Tulsa almost ten years…

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Spotlight on OSU CEAT 2021 Hall of Fame Inductee Carrie Johnson, PE, SE

10.20.21 by Krista Looney

This year, we’ve been fortunate to be able to celebrate 40 years of success as Wallace Engineering and toast the company’s current and future progress…

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Concrete Combat Review: The Competitive Reality Show Designed for AEC Nerds

09.22.21 by Krista Looney

Everyone’s got that one reality tv show they’re just a little bit embarrassed to admit they like to watch…  Mine used to be Holiday Wars….

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Just Your Standard Engineer DIY Project: Above-Ground Storm Shelter Footing and Anchorage

09.08.21 by Krista Looney

Normally, new homeowners get indoctrinated into the cult of “homeownership” with the standard DIY projects: painting, caulking, building IKEA bookshelves, etc. Unless the new homeowners…

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Structural Engineering Terms 101: Top 3 Commonly Confused Structural Engineering Terms

08.25.21 by Krista Looney

Every profession or industry has its own lingo. And if you’re an industry insider, you may not give some terms a second thought – they’re…

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Five Tips for Taking Better Photos for Your Assessment or Inspection Report

07.14.21 by Krista Looney

As an engineer, when you’re on site for an assessment or inspection, you’re confident you have a good handle on the issues. You take notes…

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Champlain Towers South Condo Collapse: An In-Depth Look at Concrete Spalling

07.07.21 by Krista Looney

The collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo in Surfside, FL has left us with a number of questions. Most importantly, what caused this 12-story…

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40 for 40: 40 Insights from Tom Wallace to Celebrate 40 Years – Part 5

06.30.21 by Krista Looney

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know a little more about Wallace Design Collective’s founder, Tom Wallace! This week, we wrap up our “40 for…

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40 for 40: 40 Insights from Tom Wallace to Celebrate 40 Years Part 4 – Success

06.23.21 by Krista Looney

What does success look like? Find out about the philosophies and influences that Tom Wallace believes contributed to his professional and personal accomplishments. Plus, get…

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40 for 40: 40 Insights from Tom Wallace to Celebrate 40 Years Part 3 – Structural Engineering and Technology

06.16.21 by Krista Looney

A lot has happened in 40 years – especially when it comes to technology. This week, we get Tom Wallace’s thoughts on how technology has…

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40 for 40: 40 Insights from Tom Wallace to Celebrate 40 Years Part 2 – Entrepreneurship

06.09.21 by Krista Looney

This week, we’re continuing our “40 for 40” series with eight insights from Tom Wallace on the subject of entrepreneurship. Find out more about Tom’s…

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40 for 40: 40 Insights from Tom Wallace to Celebrate 40 Years Part 1 – Evolution of Wallace Engineering

05.31.21 by Krista Looney

In 1981, a young structural engineer purchased a $15,000 HP-85 computer with a 6 inch screen and 16KB internal memory, rented a 500 square foot…

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Journey to Doe Mountain

05.19.21 by Krista Looney

When I graduated with my master’s degree in civil engineering, one of the first things I did was send a copy of my thesis to…

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Structural Forensics Engineering Breakdown: What are building owners’ top structural concerns?

05.12.21 by Krista Looney

In a previous post, I presented an overview of various routine forensic structural engineering projects our team tackles and broke down our forensics work to…

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Engineer-Contractor Relations Part III: Teamwork in action at OKPOP

04.28.21 by Krista Looney

The past few weeks, we’ve explored what goes into a positive, effective engineer-contractor relationship. We asked engineers what qualities they like to see in their…

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Engineer-Contractor Relations Part II: What Your Contractor Wishes You Knew

04.21.21 by Krista Looney

As engineers, we know what we like to see when it comes to contractors, but the engineer-contractor relationship works both ways. What qualities do contractors…

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Engineer-Contractor Relations Part I: Enhancing your engineering career through quality contractor connections

04.14.21 by Krista Looney

Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees. Harry Potter vs. Voldemort. Hatfields vs. McCoys. OU vs. Texas. Engineers vs. Contractors. Some epic rivalries will just…

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Workout Like a Professional (a Professional Engineer….)

04.07.21 by Krista Looney

The Quarantine-15 struggle is real. Summer’s coming up, and everyone is trying to shed some unwanted pounds and fit into their bathing suit after a…

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All Aboard The STEAM Engine: Inspiring Oklahoma’s Next Generation of STEM Professionals

03.31.21 by Krista Looney

Have you ever witnessed an “ah-ha” moment? That moment when a lightbulb turns on and someone, especially a child, suddenly realizes their potential? A few…

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Who We Are and What We Do: Land Surveying

03.24.21 by Krista Looney

Long before a building is constructed, before any ribbon cutting, steel erection, concrete pour, or even the ground breaking ceremony, all you have is a…

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The Gathering Place: More than Meets the Eye

03.10.21 by Krista Looney

There’s more to Tulsa than meets the eye. But don’t be fooled, it’s not because there’s nothing to see at first glance. It’s because there’s…

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How to Prep for the 16-hour Structural Engineering Exam: Tips and Advice from Licensed SEs

03.03.21 by Krista Looney

If you’ve looked into taking the NCEES PE 16-hour Structural exam (usually referred to as the “SE exam” in structural engineering circles), you have probably…

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You Can’t Be What You Can’t See: Unlocking Hidden Potential in the Next Generation of STEAM Professionals

02.24.21 by Krista Looney

On an average day at Stanford University in the late 1970s, Sally Ride, then a PhD student in physics, was paging through the university newspaper…

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Tune Into Forensic Structural Engineering

02.17.21 by Krista Looney

Sounds like it would be a great TV show, doesn’t it? Picture it: a bunch of nerds (cool nerds, mind you) running around in their…

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How to Calcuate Snow Weight from Depth and Density

02.10.21 by Krista Looney

Last week, the Northeast got another heavy dose of snow when a winter storm dropped more than 17 inches in Central Park and upwards of…

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Who We Are and What We Do: Structural Engineering

02.03.21 by Krista Looney

If you’re familiar with the TV show “How I Met Your Mother,” you might remember the episode “Mosbius Designs” (S4E20), where Ted Mosby, Architect (*wink*),…

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Krista Looney

Structural Engineer

Ms. Looney has over nine years of experience in the field of structural engineering. Krista has performed structural assessments, inspections and roof evaluations on structures across the United States. She has also performed rapid assessments of and designed repairs for structures damaged by high winds, earthquakes and other natural phenomena. She has been a licensed engineer since 2015.

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