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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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Tom Talks: Year in Review

01.05.22 by Tom Hendrick

Happy New Year everyone! As we started into 2021 a year ago, one of the biggest things we were looking forward to was putting the…

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Year-End Blog Review

12.22.21 by Kyle Haskett

Another year is coming to a close and so it is natural to reflect on the past year. We have had quite a year here…

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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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The Importance of Existing Drawings

11.17.21 by Kyle Haskett

The Importance of Existing Drawings I am sure all of you have seen it in movies or TV shows but maybe you never really thought…

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A Day in the Life of a Structural Engineer: Kyle Haskett, PE, Associate

11.03.21 by Kyle Haskett

What’s it like to be a structural engineer? This week, one of Wallace Design Collective’s newly promoted Associates, Kyle Haskett, PE, shares with us the…

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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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Cold-Formed Steel – Who We are and What We Do

10.06.21 by Kyle Haskett

At the start of the year, we developed this blog series to spotlight the various services Wallace offers. On June 1, our 40th anniversary, we…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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