BC Engineers Provides Structural Engineering

As we move forward in the process for the Grandview build, structural engineering is required for the lateral shear and point loads.

BC Engineers is sponsoring the project and has completed the engineering required for the home.  The firm specializes in structural engineering and works with a variety of commercial and residential designers. Brent, Eli and the team from BC Engineers has been generous with their time and exceeded our expectations, so we would like to send a special thank you for their help!

Foundation Notes
BC Engineering provided notes and details on the plan which were translated to the        Chief Architect drawings as text annotations, CAD details, and the 3D Model

Specific Engineering Edits:

  • Foundation Notes – the design initially had the floor joists hung from the foundation stem wall. The engineer and builder suggested a framed 2×4 bearing wall around the entire foundation instead. An advantage to bearing the floor joists on the furred pony wall according to the builder – a less likelihood of floor squeaks.  Using the furred bearing wall made the framing typical for the entire foundation due to the retaining wall already designed for portions of the foundation.
  • Foundation edits included relocating the crawl-space venting and adding access points for the furred bearing walls in the middle portion of the foundation.
  • Footings to bear posts, beams and to support the point loads from the girder trusses were increased and added to the plan.
  • Header, Beam, and Post Sizing – BC Engineers provided the proper sizing for the headers, beams, posts for point loads. For example, some of the headers were increased from two to three 2 x 10 or to 2×12.
  • The balcony above the garage will be supported by steel posts and a 14” ibeam. The engineering details included the steel thickness for the posts the details for connecting posts beams and joists.
  • Shear Walls with Holdowns – A Shear Wall plan was added to the drawings that specifies the lateral shear with the required holdowns for the structure in addition to the annotations and wall hatching  that was added to the plan a schedule was  included denoting the details of these structural elements.

Shear Wall Notes

  • Custom CAD Details – For elements that required more than a Text Note, we referenced the engineering team’s sketches to produce CAD Details that were added to the drawing. We blocked all of these new CAD Details so they can be saved and edited for future projects.

Detailed Structural Sketch


View the updated Grandview plan set.