Twin Peaks Engineering Ltd. provides dedicated customer service from the conceptual and planning phase of a project, for overall best results in design and efficiency, while also meeting any specific requirements of the client.
Structural Engineering planning
Planning during this early phase of the project also involves liaising with building contractors to discuss buildability and the cost of materials to ensure an economical design.
Generally, the planning process takes 2-3 months, after which the construction schedule can begin. New construction in Whistler has a seasonal building period with new projects largely underway in spring, summer and fall, while building in Squamish can usually commence at any time of year. For this reason, planning should be initiated at the start of the year around January for a timely building permit approval in Whistler and realistic construction start date in spring. For building permits in Pemberton or Squamish, there is less of a strict timeline for planning and construction.
Depending on the type of project, and specifically its complexity and size, it can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months to bring a job from planning to conception. For example, a residential renovation will likely take less time than new construction work.
Efficient designs for efficient builds
We aim to produce efficient designs whilst still utilising leading and innovative construction materials and design methodologies.
We achieve efficiencies through structural engineering in the Sea to Sky Corridor by analysing alternative framing methods, which can both reduce the cost of building materials and save time in the construction stage, thus reducing labour costs for the client.
Twin Peaks Engineering Ltd. also creates efficient design by liaising with architects and building designers to develop floor plans and layouts that assist with transferring loads, which simplifies the building’s structural system.
Working together throughout the planning process
During planning, we meet with other consultants such as architects to determine efficient framing methods in order to coordinate the design. We regularly work with geotechnical engineers, and services consultants such as electricians and plumbers.
Typically, during this phase, conceptual or preliminary structural drawings or sketches are produced to allow coordination and review between other consultants and building contractors. We use this and details about the scope of the project to create plans for all projects throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor.