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Structural Engineer

Job Description Schuchmann Structural Associates, a full service structural engineering firm, is currently searching for a high quality, motivated structural engineer to join our team.  As a structural engineer at the firm, you will work alongside other engineers and staff in our office in the development of construction documents for our projects.  Types of projects include public and private schools, large and small retail buildings, low rise multi-story offices buildings, as well as large manufacturing, distribution and industrial facilities.  Many of our buildings incorporate the design of tilt-up concrete wall panels for vertical and lateral load resistance. In a collaborative effort, you will work closely with other members of the design and detailing team to prepare high quality structural construction documents. Other responsibilities will include preparation of project specifications; coordination with other engineering disciplines; review of structural submittals, RFI responses and construction field observations. Since many of our projects are design-build, you may work directly with the contractor/client in coordinating project requirements and therefore should have some experience with this type of project delivery method. The ideal structural engineer will be passionate about their career and willing to invest the time and energy to develop and design the cost-effective and efficient structural solutions required by our clients for their projects. Additional Responsibilities:
  • Versatile, and able to design an entire building–including both vertical and lateral loads (wind & seismic) –as well as proficient with a variety of project types.
  • Work closely with design team to ensure drawings are accurate and completed on time.
  • Prepare clear concise design calculations using handwritten or computer generated calculations.
  • Coordinate structural project work with geotechnical, architectural, process, mechanical and other engineering consultants.
  • Provide project review at various stages throughout project design.
Desired Skills & Experience Successful candidate may be required to manage several projects at one time, paying particular attention to time management, budget and project scheduling requirements.  The ideal candidate will have 5 to 10 years of structural engineering experience in a design/consulting office and will possess the following skills and qualifications:
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in Florida, or the ability to become registered.
  • Bachelors or Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering with structural emphasis.
  • Technical knowledge of relevant design codes such as IBC, ASCE, ACI, AISC & NDS as required for the design of steel, masonry, concrete and wood structures.
  • Proficient in the use of AutoCAD.  Experience with Revit is a plus.
  • Excellent leadership skills, computer skills, technical skills, and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong technical background with firm grasp of design concepts without relying on software. Where appropriate, RISA 3D, RISA Connection, RetainPro, and other software and spreadsheets may be used for structural design.
  • Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship.

Company Description

Since 1982, Schuchmann Structural Associates has offered high quality structural engineering, consulting and professional design services worldwide. Our team strives to continually offer high value innovative design and engineering solutions to save our clients time and money while still maintaining the level of quality and practicality expected from leaders in Tilt-Up design. We work with owners, architects, design-builders and contractors on professional projects scaling large international distribution centers, large complex retail centers, multi-story office buildings, and industrial/manufacturing facilities to bring professional projects from concept to completion. We provide a full array of structural engineering services and specialize in tilt-up and precast concrete projects. The talented team at Schuchmann Structural Associates has the comprehensive professional expertise and experience necessary to develop and design the cost-effective and efficient structural solutions required to consistently deliver successful engineering projects for our clients. For additional information about Schuchmann Structural Associates, please check our website at www.SSA-Engineers.com. If you are a qualified and motivated professional who wants to join our team, please send a cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements to Careers@SSA-Engineers.com.

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Structural Detailer

Job Description Schuchmann Structural Associates, a full service structural engineering firm, is currently searching for a high quality, motivated structural detailer to join our team.  As a structural detailer at the firm, you will work alongside engineers and staff in our office in the development of construction documents for our projects.  Types of projects include public and private schools, large and small retail buildings, low rise multi-story offices buildings, as well as large manufacturing, distribution and industrial facilities. In a collaborative effort, you will work closely with other members of the design and detailing team to prepare high quality structural construction documents. In many cases, these documents will include tilt-up and precast concrete panel layout drawings, rebar placing drawings, and lifting and bracing drawings. Since many of our projects are design-build, you may work directly with the contractor/client in coordinating project requirements and therefore should have some experience with this type of project delivery method. The ideal structural detailer will be passionate about their career and willing to invest the time and energy to develop highly detailed construction documents required by our clients for their projects. Additional Responsibilities:
  • Work closely with design team to ensure drawings are accurate and completed on time.
  • The ability to read and interpret construction documents prepared by other firms in order to develop field use tilt-up panel layout, rebar, and lifting/bracing drawings.
  • Coordinate structural project work with geotechnical, architectural, process, mechanical and other engineering consultants.
  • As our office transitions to Revit, the structural detailer will be a key resource in providing guidance on best implementation practices.
Desired Skills & Experience Successful candidate may be required to be involved with several projects at one time, paying particular attention to time management, budget and project scheduling requirements.  The ideal candidate will have 5 to 10 years of structural detailing experience in a design/consulting or fabrication office and will possess the following skills and qualifications:
  • AA/AS degree and/or technical certifications in structural detailing.
  • Proficient in the use of AutoCAD 2017.  Experience with Revit is a plus.
  • Excellent leadership skills, computer skills, and written and verbal communication skills. Must be willing to keep an open dialogue with the design team to properly develop and coordinate the construction documents.
  • Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship.

Company Description

Since 1982, Schuchmann Structural Associates has offered high quality structural engineering, consulting and professional design services worldwide. Our team strives to continually offer high value innovative design and engineering solutions to save our clients time and money while still maintaining the level of quality and practicality expected from leaders in Tilt-Up design. We work with owners, architects, design-builders and contractors on professional projects scaling large international distribution centers, large complex retail centers, multi-story office buildings, and industrial/manufacturing facilities to bring professional projects from concept to completion. We provide a full array of structural engineering services and specialize in tilt-up and precast concrete projects. The talented team at Schuchmann Structural Associates has the comprehensive professional expertise and experience necessary to develop and design the cost-effective and efficient structural solutions required to consistently deliver successful engineering projects for our clients. For additional information about Schuchmann Structural Associates, please check our website at www.SSA-Engineers.com. If you are a qualified and motivated professional who wants to join our team, please send a cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements to Careers@SSA-Engineers.com.

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VISTAKON RESEARCH LABORATORY

OBJECTIVE:

Design and build a 154,662-square-foot facility that would serve as an advanced research and development lab as well as consolidate Vistakon’s different disciplines. Completed in 2002

DESCRIPTION:

This project involved attaching site-cast Tilt-Up concrete panels to a structural steel frame. Tilt-Up was selected because of its ability to meet the tight schedule and cost constraints. Also, Tilt-Up offered the same architectural appeal as the precast design.

INNOVATION:

This building was originally designed as a precast building, but by switching to a steel-framed building with Tilt-Up cladding, the design and construction team was able to expedite the schedule. The structure was planned to allow maximum flexibility since the ratio of lab to office space varied significantly from group to group. The flexible space allows the “double-stack” of laboratories to convert to a combination of lab and open office space where appropriate. Panels had to be set-up, bolted and welded before they could be released by the crane. Further, because of their size and magnitude, the panels were erected on top of each other. A decorative form-liner lines the top portion of the panels around the entire three-story building. White concrete is accented by a blue-tinted glass to give the facility a modern look.

This project was a 2004 Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) Achievement Award Winner in the Manufacturing/Industrial category.

SERVICES

  • Tilt-Up Panel Shop Drawings
  • Tilt-Up Panel Reinforcing Design
  • Panel to Panel Connection Design
  • Panel to Structure Connections
  • Tilt-Up Panel Lifting Engineering

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MILITARY TRAIL PARKING GARAGE

OBJECTIVE:

Design and build a four story parking garage capable of parking 543 vehicles that would complement the adjacent 4 story tilt-up office building.

DESCRIPTION:

This project involved design and construction of a four story parking garage constructed using tilt-up concrete bearing walls, precast concrete columns, precast-prestressed floor beams and cast in place supported concrete floor slabs.

INNOVATION:

This parking garage is unique in that all of the concrete members were cast on site. This included the precast beams and columns which are typically plant cast. The exterior walls of the garage were constructed using tilt-up concrete wall panels which combined the columns and spandrels into a

single panel, thereby eliminating steel connections that are normally

required to connect these items. Lateral loads were resisted by large tilt-up shearwall panels that were tied monolithically to large foundations through the use of wet cast concrete joints between the foundation and wall panels. In some cases multiple adjacent panels were connected together to act monolithically, also through the construction of a wet cast concrete joint between the panels. Architectural interest was achieved by recessing some panels behind adjacent walls to create shadow lines and depth to the outside of the building.

SCHEDULE

  • Completed in 2007
  • SERVICES
  • Engineer of Record
  • Foundation Design
  • Lateral Load Analysis & Design
  • Tilt-Up Panel Shop Drawings
  • Tilt-Up Panel Reinforcing Design
  • Supported Concrete Slab Design
  • Panel to Panel Connection Design
  • Panel to Structure Connections
  • Tilt-Up Panel Bracing Design
  • Tilt-Up Panel Lifting Engineering

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MIA SHOES, INC.

OBJECTIVE:

Design and construction of an 87,418-square-foot warehouse facility laden with style and flair. Completed in 2002

DESCRIPTION:

The building consists of load-bearing panels that support the precast concrete second floor and roof framing system. Precast double tees and beams are supported on continuous concrete haunches cast monolithically with the panels.

INNOVATION:

This facility is anything but a boxy warehouse and the architectural treatments that were utilized greatly enhance the visual appeal of the building. Tilt-Up was selected for this project because of its ability to provide both a functional workplace and architectural versatility. Special attachments were designed that would not disturb the exterior features of the facility. Panels were arranged in an eye-catching stair-step pattern and balconies extend from the second floor offices. Cast-in-place concrete eyebrows and canopies were cast after the panels were erected and are supported by the panels. Many of the outside faces of the panels are 75 percent covered with reveals and recesses. Further, the visual interest is enhanced by the corner feature panel that includes a 15-foot horizontal cantilever, reveals and eyebrows on each side.

This project was a 2004 Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) Achievement Award Winner in the Distribution/Warehouse category.

SERVICES

  • Tilt-Up Panel Shop Drawings
  • Tilt-Up Panel Reinforcing Design

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EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

OBJECTIVE:

Provide structural engineering services for a new 57,500 square-foot, two- story classroom and administration building at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach location.Completed in Summer 2007

DESCRIPTION:

This project included the use of interior structural steel framing along with load bearing exterior masonry walls to support the second floor and roof framing systems. The exterior utilized a combination of brick and Alucobond cladding to match the architectural theme throughout the campus.

INNOVATION:

Embry2This building utilized a cantilevered structural steel second floor framing system to allow the second floor to flare out over the first to achieve the desired architectural appearance. In addition, the building includes a two- story open atrium at the main entry with a cantilevered second floor balcony to allow for a voluminous area for various university functions.

SERVICES

  • Structural Engineer of RecordStructural Steel Roof Framing
  • Composite Steel Floor System
  • Interior Structural Steel Columns
  • Light Gauge and Steel Wall Framing at the Second Floor
  • Load Bearing Exterior Masonry Walls
  • Shallow Foundation System

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CORNERSTONE II PLANTATION

OBJECTIVE:

Utilize an extremely intricate process to construct this 116,367-square-foot five-story facility. Completed in 2004

DESCRIPTION:

The owner selected Tilt-Up because of its load-bearing capabilities, hurricane-resistance and architectural appeal.

INNOVATION:

Two interior shear wall panels, each four stories high, were lifted into place. After the exterior three-story panels were erected, the steel contractor installed the columns, beams and fourth floor deck. The contractor then poured the fourth floor concrete, which was followed by the erection of the second-tier panels. An additional 15 panels, measuring 18 feet by 26 feet and weighing 60,000 pounds each, were lifted into place by a crane to add the fourth and fifth stories.

Curtain wall features on the corners, front and rear of the building add visual appeal to the structure. The large glass area and specialty splatter coat that emulates stone are striking. A creamy neutral color scheme complements the existing facilities.

Although the project was constructed during a particularly active hurricane season in which Florida experienced an unprecedented four hurricanes, no panels were lost or damaged because of the engineer and contractor’s bracing expertise and attention to detail during preparation for the storm.

This project was a 2006 Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) Achievement Award Winner in the Office category. It was one of the first five-story Tilt-Up buildings in the United States.

SERVICES

  • Tilt-Up Panel Shop Drawings
  • Tilt-Up Panel Reinforcing Design
  • Tilt-Up Panel Lateral Stability
  • Design Panel to Panel Connection
  • Design Tilt-Up Panel
  • Lifting Engineering
  • Tilt-Up Panel Erection Bracing Design

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BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF FLORIDA

OBJECTIVE

Design and construct a 150,000-square-foot, four-story office building that is ready for occupancy within 12 months. Completed in 1996

DESCRIPTION

Interior load-bearing steel frame and exterior load-bearing Tilt-Up concrete panels.

INNOVATION

Although the project was originally conceived as a conventional load- bearing steel frame with precast concrete panels for the exterior cladding, preliminary estimates exceeded the project budget and schedule. Steinbicker and Associates was brought in to consult on a Tilt-Up option based on their previous multi-story experience.

The suggested solution included the use of 8-inch thick load bearing Tilt-Up panels for the exterior walls. The Tilt-Up panels replaced the perimeter steel frame and precast concrete panels, resulting in significant cost savings. Cast on site on the floor slab and casting slabs, the Tilt-Up panels were designed to be stacked vertically in a 3+1 arrangement. This allowed the fast-track project construction to be phased to meet the aggressive schedule. The final result was an attractive multi-story office building constructed within the required schedule and budget.

SERVICES

  • Tilt-Up Panel Shop Drawings
  • Tilt-Up Panel Reinforcing Design
  • Tilt-Up Panel Lateral Stability Design
  • Panel to Panel Connection Design
  • Panel to Structure Connections
  • Tilt-Up Panel Lifting Engineering
  • Tilt-Up Panel Erection Bracing Design

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St. JOHNS COUNTY AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER

OBJECTIVE:

Design and construct an air traffic control tower that is durable and resistant to hurricanes while meeting demanding time schedules and budgets. Completed in 2002

DESCRIPTION:

The walls were divided vertically into 25-foot-by-20-foot wide panels. In addition, interior floor slabs were constructed on site and then installed during construction.

INNOVATION:

Innovation was not limited to the design process, but applied during construction as well. The first four panels were tilted into place, and then two concrete floors – constructed on the ground – were slid down into place. The next four panels were then tilted into place on top of the original four panels and braced to the second floor slab. The next two floor slabs were then dropped into place prior to setting the next tier. The benefit to this system was the use of a smaller crane and braces, as the braces never had to handle more than 20 feet of panel.

The tower was designed for maximum durability – to include a 125-mile-per- hour wind load and exposure category D with an importance factor of 1.15, meaning that this tower should not only stay intact during a hurricane, but fully operational afterwards. The control tower cab, or working floor, was designed as a space frame to allow full assembly on the ground and was then lifted into place on top of the panels.

Both the owner and contractor were pleased that this project came in ahead of schedule and under budget. This project was a 2005 Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) Achievement Award Winner in the Special Projects category.

SERVICES

  • Structural Engineer of Record
  • Mat Foundation Design
  • Supported Floor Design
  • Structural Steel Design of Tower Working Floor
  • Tilt-Up Panel Shop Drawings
  • Tilt-Up Panel Reinforcing Design
  • Tilt-Up Panel Lifting Engineering
  • Tilt-Up Panel Erection Bracing Design
  • Masonry Wall and Wood Roof Design for Support Building

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