catena consulting engineers is a structural engineering firm focused on connections: Connection of our work to the greater good; Connection to our clients and their clients: Connection with each other. Since 2005, catena has grown due to the long-standing relationships we have with our clients that are reinforced by the strong connections within our team.

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catena consulting engineers is all about connections.

The firm was formed by three partners with a long standing connection with each other. The firm has grown due to our long standing relationships – connections – with our clients. It is this connection that enables our team to work on incredible projects while at the same time having a lot of fun.

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“We require our structural engineer to be

talented, experienced, creative and committed;

skills that catena brings to every project.”

Dennis R. Cusack, Principal | SRG Partnership Inc.

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“We have worked with the people of catena consulting engineers for many years…

they truly understand the creative nature of our design

and help us make spaces that truly express the integrity of construction.”

Jonah Cohen | Thomas Hacker Architects

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“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.”

Ali Sadri | Legacy Health System

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“While there are clearly many excellent structural engineering firms in Oregon,

catena is definitely one of the best I have worked with.

Fred Tepfer, Project Planning Manager | University of Oregon

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“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.”

Bart Ricketts | Lease Crutcher Lewis

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“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 | ZGF Architects, LLC

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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.”

Drew Park | Columbia Wire & Iron Works

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“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.

Craig Tompkins, Principal | SRG Partnership, Inc.

we believe in connections

With over $5.5 billion in construction volume in the Pacific Northwest, we look to connect with clients that value creativity and help us to establish new boundaries in structures. The firm is experienced in providing design services to a variety of clients including those from health care, higher education, civic, retail and commercial markets. Our ability to understand the issues that drive a project as well as the unique aspects associated with the owner and industry help the team connect with our design partners.

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