"catena’s ability to understand the project from not only a structural engineer’s viewpoint, but also that of the end users adds value beyond what we generally experience in consultants."
Legacy Health Systems
"Their reputation and subsequent performance has exceeded my expectations. catena has met every deadline. This commitment not only helps my team deliver a quality project to the owner but enables all of the consultants to work together to achieve our ultimate goal – a much needed state-of-the-art facility that heals ailing children."
Sue Ann Barton,
Principal, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, LLC
"Their innovative approach saved the owner $20 million in parking replacement costs. Additionally, the actual structural cost for the project is slightly below that which was estimated during the conceptual design phase."
Principal, SRG Partnership, Inc.
"While the creative thought in developing a structural system is critical to the project, the developed schemes need to be constructible and cost effective as well as accurate. catena provided structural schemes that addressed the site constraints and provided our contractor with flexibility to address unforeseen and changed conditions during the construction of the foundation of the building which we just completed. They also provided preliminary structural information at the conceptual level that withstood the test of time during the design process, without being overly conservative. The preliminary steel weight that they provided in conceptual design was within 2% of the amount of steel that we bid for the project, which helped us maintain the desired program within our fixed budget."
Director of Facilities Management, Maintenance and Construction, Shriners Hospitals for Children
"catena has always managed to meet or beat our schedule expectations. This includes a number of projects in which the schedule was accelerated through phased design packages in an effort to minimize the escalation ramifications. catena is always willing to work with the team to find a solution that is in the best interest of the project, not just the most convenient structurally."
Operations Manager, Lease Crutcher Lewis
"While there are clearly many excellent structural engineering firms in Oregon, catena is definitely one of the best I have worked with."
Project Planning Manager, University of Oregon
"We have worked with the people of catena consulting engineers for many years. Their attention to detail and ability to listen to and meet our needs is outstanding. They truly understand the creative nature of our design and help us make spaces that truly express the integrity of construction."
Thomas Hacker Architects
"SRG's practice is highly collaborative, with goals that include envisioning the extraordinary, creating special places for people, and enhancing the context. To achieve these goals, we work closely with our consultants, particularly the structural engineer, to develop designs that enhance the end product - your buildings. We require our structural engineer to be talented, experienced, creative, and committed; skills that catena brings to every project."
SRG Partnership, Inc.
"catena provided us with economical solutions on a challenging historic preservation project. Their team is willing to look at projects with the Owner's perspective, rather than being confined by the technical boundaries sometimes imposed by Code officials. They are effective at converting that perspective into their design and project support. On the DeSoto Building renovation, they helped create saleable space to appeal to a variety of prospective tenants while meeting the City of Portland's stringent design criteria. Their design was carefully planned and they really delivered throughout the construction process."
"So much of our business success revolves around timely problem-solving to meet our client's expectations. catena is a fantastic partner in this process. Lease Crutcher Lewis' successful project experiences with catena are the result of three hallmarks of their consulting services: structural solutions with constructability in mind, timely communication and well-staffed teams committed to the goals of the project."
Lease Crutcher Lewis
"We are working with catena consulting engineers on a very challenging hospital project located on a very challenging site. There have been many opportunities for surprises and added structural costs between conceptual design and construction documents. We have been impressed with the fact that catena's vision for and approach to the structure has helped to avoid those pitfalls. They are constantly looking for ways to improve the constructability and economy of the structure. The experienced staff at catena is an asset to any project. They design the structure like they are paying for it themselves - safe, yet efficient."
"The folks at catena understand the construction world revolves around schedules, not engineers. All of the fancy math in the world doesn't matter if you're late. At Columbia Wire and Iron we work under demanding circumstances and the engineers at catena always rise to the challenge when we call."
Columbia Wire & Iron Works