SGM’s Structural Team has been meeting the needs of municipal and private clients for 15+ years, and shows no sign of slowing down. To add depth to SGM’s structural engineering capabilities, SGM brought Bill Swigert, PE, SE on board in 2000. Bill eventually started the Structural Engineering team, which has grown to a staff of eight. The team provides diversified design and support for:
Buildings. The original focus of the team was to complement SGM’s civil engineering services and provide building and infrastructure design. In the beginning the team primarily supported municipal water and wastewater treatment plant expansions and rehabilitations across western Colorado, including plants for the cities of Glenwood Springs, Salida, and Rifle. Now the team also designs private residences, civic buildings such as fire stations and town halls, and performs forensic evaluations.
Bridges. In addition to buildings, SGM also has deep expertise in civil structural design for bridges and retaining walls. Perhaps you have driven or rode your bike across an SGM-designed bridge in Mesa, Pitkin or Garfield County. This fall you will be able to drive across the new Catamount Bridge in Eagle County. This new bridge crossing the Colorado River replaces an outdated, single-lane bridge and exemplifies how SGM’s bridge capabilities “span” from small pedestrian structures to roadway bridges crossing one of the largest rivers in the state.
Tanks. Continuing to respond to client demand to address aging infrastructure, SGM recently added water storage tank design, inspection, and rehabilitation to our Structural line-up. Believe it or not, it’s a good thing to see a hazmat-suited engineer in a kayak enter your local water supply tank!
SGM’s Structural Team continues to find new opportunities. Bill Swigert shares, “One of our most recent projects involved the structural evaluation of 30 historic structures for the City of Victor, Colorado, which is to be used for an economic revitalization effort. To be directly involved with helping a community get back on its feet was extremely rewarding.”