Creativity, analysis, ingenuity and a touch of technical genius combine to deliver exciting, efficient structures that go beyond expectations
Our reputation with architects, contractors and specialists means we offer outstanding design solutions and outstanding value.
Sophisticated structural testing techniques and meticulous analysis of materials, methods, costs, risks and sustainability – working with our structural engineering experts, you can achieve your vision without compromising on practicality and efficiency.
BuroHappold partner, Wolf Mangelsdorf: “When designing complex three dimensional shapes and geometries, structural engineering has to be a creative contribution to the design process, so that a full integration and coordination of aesthetic and physical aspects can be achieved. This relies completely on the development of engineering concepts that understand and facilitate the design, and at the same time close collaboration with the architect, manufacturer and other design disciplines.”
We find creative solutions to complex challenges, endorsing BuroHappold’s holistic approach to engineering time and time again. And it’s a proven method. You only have to look at spectacular projects like the Glasgow Riverside Museum. Zaha Hadid’s vision was to create a giant metal extrusion without columns to interrupt the space. This meant creating a structure that was tensioned by its foundations, a hugely complex challenge. Or consider the roof of Médiacité Retail Centre in Liege, Belgium for structural complexity.
Access to award-winning engineers
Work with us and your project will benefit from the knowledge and experience of multi award-winning engineers. BuroHappold garnered SEAoNY awards for two of its most prestigious projects: Yale University School of Management and the National 9/11 Memorial Pavilion (winning the New Buildings over $100M and the New Buildings $30M to $100M categories respectively).
Innovative structural design played a successful role on Yale University’s 242,000-square-foot building, while the unprecedented challenge with the National September 11 Memorial and Museum came in the form of a unique Snøhetta design, with limited structural support, constraints on all sides, security requirements, and complex geometry.
Creativity of structural design as well as complexity of criteria, sustainability, innovative application of new techniques and the efficient use of materials and labour are all under scrutiny during the judges’ deliberation over which projects should take the titles.
Stunning design that withstands natural disasters
BuroHappold provided structural engineering services for the Beach and Howe mixed-use Vancouver Tower in Canada by BIG Architects, working in collaboration with renowned local engineer, Glotman Simpson.
Typically, buildings have bulkier bases than tops, but the reverse is true here. The tower’s small triangular base curves away from the bridge to let light and air into the lower apartments. Rising to the top, the building’s shape becomes larger and more rectangular, eventually reaching a square top. The designers describe the tower’s shape as “a curtain being drawn aside, welcoming people as they enter the city from the bridge.” Yet the highly creative solution still manages to meet the tower’s structural and seismic requirements. Our experts designed a concrete core with post-tensioned walls, which can protect against damage in case of an earthquake.
Specialists working with specialists
When you work with us, you have access to highly experienced structural engineers. Better still, by working hand in hand with other BuroHappold specialists, such as building services, facades, lighting, acoustics and many more; we can design an integrated solution that lifts the execution and benefits to another level. To see the integration of our teams, explore our EnginuityTM tool.
Our structural engineering services include:
- Employing sophisticated techniques to test buildings and their performance
- Meticulous analysis of every detail, from materials and building methods to costs, risk and sustainability
- Building in even the most demanding of climates
- Temporary structures, art installations and iconic landmarks