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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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Wallace Design Collective Intern Spotlight 2021

08.11.21 by Kyle Haskett

Almost any professional will tell you that school can only teach you so much – nothing can replace real world experience! Wallace Design Collective understands…

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Engineers Can DIY Anything (Or We Think We Can)

07.28.21 by Kyle Haskett

Several years ago, when I was studying to take my licensing exam, I decided to blow off some steam and one thing led to another….

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Retro-Fit Structural Analysis: Prelim Lateral and the 10% rule

05.26.21 by Kyle Haskett

Some of my favorite projects involve retro-fit, or modifying an existing structure for a new tenant’s use. One thing I try to stress to architects…

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Engineers’ Alliance for the Arts

05.05.21 by Kyle Haskett

By now you have most likely heard of “STEM” or “STEAM”, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics. There has been quite a push…

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Heave or Settlement? Digging into the Cause of Slab on Grade Damage

03.17.21 by Kyle Haskett

Slab Investigations As a structural engineer, I get called to investigate all kinds of damage, and I’ve especially seen my fair share of slabs on…

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2020 – what a year!

01.05.21 by Tom Hendrick

Happy New Year, everyone! I think we’re looking forward to the start of a new year now more than ever. We all want to put…

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Let’s all be a part of bringing change

06.09.20 by Tom Hendrick
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COVID-19 Update

03.24.20 by Tom Hendrick

In these challenging times, we’re committed to doing our part to make lives better and flatten the curve. Please read how we’re responding to the…

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A look back at 2019

01.09.20 by Tom Hendrick

Happy new year, everyone! As we look forward to the start of a new year – and a new decade! – it’s a great time…

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A look back at 2018

01.03.19 by Tom Hendrick

Happy New Year! 2019 looks to be a busy year and as we move forward, it’s worthwhile to look back at the highlights from 2018….

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2017 was one for the books.

01.03.18 by Tom Hendrick

As we enter into 2018, I’d like to reflect back on some our accomplishments of the past year. We started 2017 by welcoming two new…

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The World is Right Again.

09.09.14 by Darren Burns

The world is right again. At least for the next four and a half months. I know it’s pretty minor in the grand scheme of…

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Freedom

06.30.14 by Doug Fredeen

I spent vacation last week at home and got the chance to visit with my oldest daughter and her husband. He is a Marine stationed…

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Stop and Smell the Roses

05.14.14 by Win Rice

Stop and smell the roses…sure it’s an old cliché, but do we really stop and do it? As engineers and architects, we create structures that…

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What Bunny Slope? An Update from Allison Taylor

03.07.14 by Allison Taylor

Here’s an update to my post from December: A week ago today, I found myself at the highest altitude I’ve ever been to – on…

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Together We Make A Family

02.04.14 by Danny Baldwin

My wife and I had a wonderful life-changing experience ten years ago when we adopted our first child through DHS and began our family. We…

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Getting Off the Bunny Slope

12.31.13 by Allison Taylor

The definition of a New Year’s resolution is a promise to do an act of self-improvement starting on New Year’s Day. Reflecting back on 2013,…

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A Global Experience

12.23.13 by Mondher Labbane

Very often in my dealings with clients, colleagues, or people I haven’t met before, I am asked where I am from. No one seems to…

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Top Ten Reasons I’m Thankful to be an Engineer at Wallace Engineering

12.02.13 by David Schoell

You can just imagine my delight to see the last Origin entry, ‘Be Aware of Your Surroundings’, expertly penned by our own Sam Ray, was…

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Structural Condition Assessments

10.29.13 by Justin Hartman

There are several issues that arise when modifying existing structures that differentiates these types of projects from ground-up design and construction. One such issue is…

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Metamorphosis

10.01.13 by Lance Woolsey

It’s August in Oklahoma; hot, sticky and you still have the lawn mowing to look forward to this weekend. It can’t be helped, right? Well,…

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Green with Envy

08.20.13 by Lise Kifer

A while back I was perusing articles about the physical office spaces and campuses of “way out there” companies like Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon. …

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