Year: 2020

Old Versus New: Does Old Growth Wood Really Make a Difference?

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Lumber today is not the same as it was 100 years ago. Due to the high demand for lumber, sturdier old growth trees experienced over-harvesting, which drove forests to near extinction. Lumber farms, where trees grow at a much faster…

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Wall Removal 101: Removing Load-bearing Walls

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Homeowners often wish to remove a wall for a variety of reasons, including to enhance style or function. However, removing a wall isn’t as simple as pulling out a sledgehammer and knocking it down. Removing a wall requires the right…

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Understanding the Construction and Renovation Permit Process

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At Russell Rowland, we frequently receive questions about the permit process for construction and renovation projects. Each state and local municipality has specific permit requirements that vary, so we understand the confusion! The complexity and timeframe for the permit process…

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5 Things to Know When Hiring a Structural Engineer

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Embarking on construction projects when you do not have prior experience working with a Structural Engineer might feel overwhelming. In fact, we find many homeowners don’t even know what services Structural Engineers offer or the fact that they can hire…

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What’s the Difference Between an Architect and a Structural Engineer?

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At Russell Rowland, our clients frequently ask about the difference between an Architect and a Structural Engineer and how to know which to hire for their project. If you find the distinction unclear and need help clarifying the roles between…

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Why You Need a Structural Engineer for a Foundation Crack

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It’s unnerving to find a crack in your home’s foundation and not know the level of seriousness. Oftentimes, homeowners don’t even know a crack exists until they discover deterioration in the concrete slab or soil erosion below. Don’t ignore a…

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Tips for Choosing the Right Engineer of Record for Your Project

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Engineer of Record (EOR) means a professional engineer who seals drawings, reports, or documents for a project. The seal shall acknowledge that the professional engineer prepared, coordinated, or had subordinates prepare under the direct supervision of the professional engineer, drawings,…

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What You Need to Know About Load Bearing Walls

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Load bearing walls provide critical weight support for your home. However, load bearing walls can also provide a challenge for construction projects, especially home renovations. Thankfully, structural engineers offer the expertise needed to remove load bearing walls that meet your…

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When to Hire a Structural Engineer

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Construction projects require the right team to ensure the completion of the project with accuracy and integrity. Structural engineers offer vital insight throughout the construction process, including the design, planning, and execution of the project At Russell Rowland, we support…

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How to Submit Permits During COVID-19

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As our nation battles COVID-19, the majority of local governments have been required to make shifts in their standard procedures to protect the public health while also continuing essential operations. With construction being declared an essential business, permits are also…