Two Views: the Engineer and the Architect

by Tom Moore

An often-overlooked partner in the home building process is that of the Engineer. Clients understand the need for a reputable Architect and Builder, and usually have a clear understanding of the architects’ process.Their task is to create a form that suits the clients’ every need. Their design is to be aesthetically pleasing, functional and customized to the client. Architects are the rock stars, loved and admired.

As with rock stars, if Architects don’t have roadies and a reliable support crew, their work becomes very difficult. The ability to stay in the public eye becomes close to impossible. You might say Engineers are the roadies to the Architects. A variety of engineers may be associated with a project: civil, structural, mechanical and soils engineers are several that come immediately to mind. These are the ones we work with the most.

The Engineer makes sure the Architect’s beautiful creation doesn’t fall on your head. Or roll down the side of the mountain. Or sink into a quagmire. Engineers spend many dedicated years in college and with continuing education to keep you safe and sound. Things that cannot be explained in numerical equations simply don’t exist in the world of the Engineer. They can put a numerical value to a type of soil, a bolt or a piece of wood.

A Builder’s relationship with an Engineer can sometimes be touch and go. We at Semmes & Co Builders, Inc. have been very fortunate to maintain good relationships with just about every Engineer with whom we’ve worked. We may run into unforeseen problem, then work out a solution with the Engineer. They’ll put a numerical value to it and we are off and running again.

Little known fact: an Engineer invented the bolt. Without bolts, skyscrapers could not be possible since engineers could not place a numerical value upon a hammered rivet.

It takes all kinds of professionals to complete a successful building project. And, I take my hat off to the Engineers.

Architects View