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Question DetailsAsked on 5/21/2017

I need a structural engineer in Vienna, VA

I need a structural engineer in Vienna, VA, who works independently.

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I presume you mean one who does not work for a general contractor- like a house building company, which a few do.

With respect to residential and small commercial construction, almost all Structural Engineers would be considered "independent" - working with for Architect/Engineer firms (Architect is the Angies List Search the List category for that), or for a Civil Engineering firm - also sometimes totally independently as part of a small or one-man structural shop. AL has no category for civil engineering firms (who would also typically have site development, geotechnical, and maybe transportation engineering capabilities) - look under Structural Engineer.

If you are not sure the question at hand is Structural (i.e. might be foundation or soils or groundwater related) then you might google for general civil engineering firms and then choose one from that lisat which has good AL ratings and reviews under the Architect or Structural category, so you get a firm with all those capabilities in one vendor, if needed.

If you are looking for a second opinion, separate from your builder if this is a new build case, be sure to identify when you call them who the builder is and that you are looking for a second opinion, so they can identify if they have a conflict of interest from pre-existing relationship or job history with the contractor or builder in question.

If your question happens to deal with removing a load bearing wall, or with foundation stability or cracking issues, you can also find a large number of previous questions with answers about those two types of issues in the previous questions by putting the following search phrase into the ASK box above - as you type it will bring up a half dozen or so related questions, which may also have more related questions link with in or under them:

load bearing (for load bearing ewall removal issues)

For foundation issues, look in the Home > Foundation Repair or Home > Basement Waterproofing links under Browse Projects, at lower left.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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