Catena Consulting Engineers

Catena Consulting Engineers catena consulting engineers is a structural engineering firm deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest. catena consulting engineers is all about connections.

The firm was formed by three partners with a long-standing connection with each other. Our team has grown due to our long-standing relationships - connections - with our clients. It is this connection that enables our team to work on incredible projects while at the same time having a lot of fun. Our firm is experienced in providing design services to a variety of clients including those from heal

The firm was formed by three partners with a long-standing connection with each other. Our team has grown due to our long-standing relationships - connections - with our clients. It is this connection that enables our team to work on incredible projects while at the same time having a lot of fun. Our firm is experienced in providing design services to a variety of clients including those from heal

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Today is National Take Your Dog to Work Day! We would say it's a special day here, but it's not much different than any ...
06/26/2021

Today is National Take Your Dog to Work Day! We would say it's a special day here, but it's not much different than any other day for us. Our doggos are a big part of our office! Anyone else love taking their pet to work?
#catenaoffice #catenapets #dogsrule #takeyourdogtoworkday

Why catena? How did our firm come to be? It all started when the three founding partners – Chris Thompson, John McDonald...
06/23/2021

Why catena? How did our firm come to be? It all started when the three founding partners – Chris Thompson, John McDonald and Paige Viehouser – shared an entrepreneurial spirit and desired to own their own business. Having been in the structural engineering field in Portland, the three wanted to be able to run their own practice and still nurture the relationships they had developed throughout their careers. As structural engineers, Chris and John wanted to spend more time as “working” Principals, spending less time with administrative responsibilities and more time providing design services to clients.

The three came together and developed a vision for what they wanted this new firm to be – relationships being at the core of that vision. In July 2005, catena was formed and began building and strengthening those connections we value so much.

#whycatena #ourbeginnings #catenaoffice #structuralengineering #pnwstructuralengineer

Wishing a Happy Father's Day to all the dads. We hope you feel appreciated today!
06/20/2021

Wishing a Happy Father's Day to all the dads. We hope you feel appreciated today!

Wishing a Happy Father's Day to all the dads. We hope you feel appreciated today!

Construction is making way on the De Paul Treatment Center in SE Portland. This new headquarters for De Paul, honored wi...
06/09/2021

Construction is making way on the De Paul Treatment Center in SE Portland. This new headquarters for De Paul, honored with the 2019 Design Excellence Award from the Portland Design Commission, is made up of hybrid steel and wood podium with wood shear walls. The structurally challenging aesthetic roof provides a visual statement that reflects the community impact of the building. The center will unite adult addiction treatment programs and administrative offices in one central location. Spaces will include residential, outpatient, and detox programs.

Holst
R&H Construction Co.
De Paul Treatment Center
#structuralengineering #catenaprojects #healthcaredesign #healing

We want to give a huge thanks to 503 Distilling for taking the time to hang out and chat with us yesterday. We enjoyed l...
06/03/2021

We want to give a huge thanks to 503 Distilling for taking the time to hang out and chat with us yesterday. We enjoyed learning about these delicious craft cocktails and enjoyed drinking them even more! It's local businesses like you that make Portland so great!

#catenaoffice #teambonding #catenaculture

Today we are taking time to remember all of those who gave their lives to protect our freedom. May we never take their s...
05/31/2021

Today we are taking time to remember all of those who gave their lives to protect our freedom. May we never take their sacrifices for granted. Our office is closed today in honor of the holiday.

#catenaoffice #memorialday2021 #happymemorialday

Today we are taking time to remember all of those who gave their lives to protect our freedom. May we never take their sacrifices for granted. Our office is closed today in honor of the holiday.

#catenaoffice #memorialday2021 #happymemorialday

The key for an efficient mass timber building is to reduce the amount of wood fiber in the structure; the cost of timber...
05/27/2021

The key for an efficient mass timber building is to reduce the amount of wood fiber in the structure; the cost of timber projects is all based on wood fiber volume. To ensure a cost-effective design, understanding the building’s programming requirements and construction type will influence the panel thickness and member sizes needed, and therefore, can greatly influence the cost of the project. Check out our blog for more info on this topic!
https://www.catenaengineers.com/blog/mass-timber-wood-fiber-volume/

#masstimber #structuralengineering #masstimberdesign

The Somerset West Park project is looking great! Nearly complete and waiting for final inspection (per Tualatin Hills Pa...
05/18/2021

The Somerset West Park project is looking great! Nearly complete and waiting for final inspection (per Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s website), this project included the completion of a master plan and site upgrades. Improvements include concession and restroom facilities, pool building improvements, picnic shelters, a universal play area, additional parking to meet site improvement needs, and retaining walls.

Design Architect: 2.ink Studio Landscape Architecture
#parkprojects #structuralengineering #catenaprojects

Congrats to Oregon State University on the unveiling of their new gymnastics practice facility to the student athletes a...
04/29/2021
Oregon State Athletics Unveils New Gymnastics Practice Facility - Oregon State University Athletics

Congrats to Oregon State University on the unveiling of their new gymnastics practice facility to the student athletes and public this week!
The facility includes an increased studio space, a 2,000-square-foot team area, all new training equipment, and a lobby that includes spectator seating and history of the program’s success. We are proud to have been a part of this project.

Woofter Bolch Architecture Lease Crutcher Lewis

Oregon State University Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes unveiled the new $7.15-million OSU Gymnastics Practice Facility to the program's student-athletes Monday. The 20,000-square-foot center, the largest in the Pac-12, is now a part of over $14-million of completed improvement...

Happy Earth Day!  Today is a great reminder to take care of our planet. Our team does that by designing sustainable buil...
04/22/2021

Happy Earth Day! Today is a great reminder to take care of our planet. Our team does that by designing sustainable buildings: PSU Karl Miller Center, OSU Cascades Edward J. Ray Hall, the Oregon Zoo Education Building, and OHSU Knight Cancer Research Building are just a few of our recent projects with many sustainable features. These features help meet the current needs while also preserving a way for future generations' needs to be met.

However, taking care of our environment doesn't always have to be a big project. It can be as simple as picking up litter or using reusable grocery bags. Today, we are encouraging our team members and all of you to take some time to think about one change you can make to be more sustainable and preserve our beautiful Earth for the future.
#EarthDay2021 #sustainabledesign #sustainability #sustainablearchitecture

As structural engineers in the Pacific Northwest, we take earthquake safety seriously. That's why we participate in annu...
04/16/2021

As structural engineers in the Pacific Northwest, we take earthquake safety seriously. That's why we participate in annual earthquake drills and make sure our team is prepared if one were to hit. But we also want to share our knowledge with you so you can be ready too. Here are a few tips to help you prepare:
• Create a family emergency communications plan that has an out-of-state contact, and plan where to meet if you get separated.
• Make a supply kit that includes enough food and water for several days, a flashlight, a fire extinguisher and a whistle.
• Secure heavy items in your home like bookcases, refrigerators, televisions and objects that hang on walls.
• Store heavy and breakable objects on low shelves.

Earthquakes can happen at any time without a warning, so don’t procrastinate putting a plan in place! The best time to prepare for an earthquake is before it happens. And don’t forget: Drop, Cover & Hold On.

#earthquakepreparedness #structuralengineering #dropcoverholdon

As structural engineers in the Pacific Northwest, we take earthquake safety seriously. That's why we participate in annual earthquake drills and make sure our team is prepared if one were to hit. But we also want to share our knowledge with you so you can be ready too. Here are a few tips to help you prepare:
• Create a family emergency communications plan that has an out-of-state contact, and plan where to meet if you get separated.
• Make a supply kit that includes enough food and water for several days, a flashlight, a fire extinguisher and a whistle.
• Secure heavy items in your home like bookcases, refrigerators, televisions and objects that hang on walls.
• Store heavy and breakable objects on low shelves.

Earthquakes can happen at any time without a warning, so don’t procrastinate putting a plan in place! The best time to prepare for an earthquake is before it happens. And don’t forget: Drop, Cover & Hold On.

#earthquakepreparedness #structuralengineering #dropcoverholdon

We’re happy to see the progress of the Oregon State University Cascades Edward J. Ray Hall! The university established a...
04/08/2021

We’re happy to see the progress of the Oregon State University Cascades Edward J. Ray Hall! The university established a net-zero energy target for this project. To reach that goal, the building was designed with an east-west orientation and tall windows with intricate metalwork shading devices that maximize daylighting and alleviate heat from the sun. The locally sourced mass timber used for the structural system enhances the sustainability aspect of this project (a renewable material with a low-carbon footprint) and also creates a warm, inviting environment for students and faculty. It’s exciting to think students will be using this space to further their education this Fall.

Architect: SRG Partnership, Inc.
Contractor: Swinerton
#masstimber #netzero #sustainabledesign #structuralengineering #underconstruction

Have you noticed the mass timber trend? There’s good reason for it! Not only is it a great sustainability option, but it...
04/01/2021

Have you noticed the mass timber trend? There’s good reason for it! Not only is it a great sustainability option, but it can also save time and money on a project. One way to streamline the mass timber construction process is to know your contractor and get the mass timber supplier on board early in the design process.

Currently, there are few standards for the size of mass timber Billets (the blank manufactured panels), which directly impact the structural framing layout and building rhythm. With little industry standardization, the design and construction community is quickly learning to work with and improve the process on each project. With the high variability in the products coming to market, we’ve learned it is best to work closely with owners to bring the general contractor and a mass timber provider during the early stages of the design process. Check out our blog for more information on this topic: https://www.catenaengineers.com/blog/mass-timber-early-onboarding/

* Did you know there are different types of Mass Timber? The term as a whole includes cross -laminated timber, mass plywood, dowel-laminated timber, glue-laminated timber, laminated strand lumber, laminated veneer lumber, parallel strand lumber, and nail-laminated timber. These Mass Timber products can be used in various combinations as beams, columns, floors, roofs, and walls. Mass Timber can be used on its own, in addition to other wood systems or in hybrid structures.

The best way to make the world a better place is by starting with ourselves. That is why we make education and learning ...
03/12/2021

The best way to make the world a better place is by starting with ourselves. That is why we make education and learning opportunities a priority. When we learn, we better equip ourselves to produce even better work, in turn making the places we live, work and play better places.

“Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future.” -- Brian Tracy

The Sideyard project partners Key Development, Andersen Construction, and Skylab Architecture saw potential in this smal...
03/10/2021

The Sideyard project partners Key Development, Andersen Construction, and Skylab Architecture saw potential in this small hemmed-in site and recognized its prominent location and importance as a gateway to the newly created neighborhood of the Inner East District of Portland. Sideyard is also an outstanding example of utilizing several mass timber solutions to bring a project to life.

Read more about this project in Structure Magazine!
#masstimber #masstimberprojects #clt #crosslaminatedtimber

The burgeoning Inner East District of Portland, Oregon, has experienced a transformation within the past ten years and, with it, a surge of new multi-family and office construction. Within this activity lay a small 9,000-square-foot bermed site, an artifact of a newly completed roadway realignment to connect westbound traffic to the Burnside Bridge – a primary link over the Willamette River into downtown. While useful as a staging and lay-down area to facilitate new building construction around it, project partners Key Development, Andersen Construction, and Skylab Architecture saw potential in the small hemmed-in site and recognized its prominent location and importance as a gateway to the newly created neighborhood.

Read more...
https://www.structuremag.org/?p=17265

The Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall (formerly the Beaux-Arts James A Farley Post Office) is an inspiring structure to...
02/24/2021
SOM "evokes the majesty of the original Penn Station" with Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall in New York

The Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall (formerly the Beaux-Arts James A Farley Post Office) is an inspiring structure to some of our engineers. It is an expansion of Penn Station, providing access to nine platforms used by the Long Island Railroad and Amtrak. It stands above the tracks, across from Madison Square Garden. The goal of this project was to "evoke the majesty of the original Penn Station," yet serve as a solution to the issues that New York commuters encounter.

What buildings inspire you?

Check out this article for more information on this beautiful design:

SOM has converted the Beaux-Arts James A Farley Post Office in New York into the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall as part of the renovation of Penn Station.

It’s about time we introduce a few of our new engineers on staff (and what a better time than Engineers Week)! Please we...
02/23/2021

It’s about time we introduce a few of our new engineers on staff (and what a better time than Engineers Week)! Please welcome Greg Norton, Stefanie Schulze and John Murphy. We are happy to have them on our team.

Greg has his BS and MS degree from Portland State University. He first heard about catena a few years ago on campus and was drawn to the small office feel and mix of interesting projects.
Outside of engineering, Greg likes to play soccer, attend Timbers Games and go snowboarding. His favorite restaurant is Suburo’s in Sellwood.

Stefanie has a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University. She came to catena after a couple professors at OSU made the recommendation.
When she’s not working, Stefanie can be found spending time outdoors (hiking, backpacking, skiing, and mountain biking), or you might catch her crafting and making things with her hands. She recently finished knitting her first sweater!

John has his BS and MS degree from the University at Buffalo (UB). He heard about catena from a professor and one of our engineers, Damian Andreani. The two of them were classmates and PMs on UB’s Seismic Design Team.
Besides engineering, John likes to try different restaurants and bars with his friends (pre-Covid), play sports and build computers.

It’s about time we introduce a few of our new engineers on staff (and what a better time than Engineers Week)! Please welcome Greg Norton, Stefanie Schulze and John Murphy. We are happy to have them on our team.

Greg has his BS and MS degree from Portland State University. He first heard about catena a few years ago on campus and was drawn to the small office feel and mix of interesting projects.
Outside of engineering, Greg likes to play soccer, attend Timbers Games and go snowboarding. His favorite restaurant is Suburo’s in Sellwood.

Stefanie has a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University. She came to catena after a couple professors at OSU made the recommendation.
When she’s not working, Stefanie can be found spending time outdoors (hiking, backpacking, skiing, and mountain biking), or you might catch her crafting and making things with her hands. She recently finished knitting her first sweater!

John has his BS and MS degree from the University at Buffalo (UB). He heard about catena from a professor and one of our engineers, Damian Andreani. The two of them were classmates and PMs on UB’s Seismic Design Team.
Besides engineering, John likes to try different restaurants and bars with his friends (pre-Covid), play sports and build computers.

What’s a better way to start off Engineers Week than by celebrating the grand opening of La Center High School’s Climbin...
02/22/2021
The Swinerton Foundation and La Center High School Celebrate the Completion of Climbing Tower Project Years in the Making – The Swinerton Foundation

What’s a better way to start off Engineers Week than by celebrating the grand opening of La Center High School’s Climbing Wall? We can only imagine how happy the students at La Center High School are to have this new climbing wall as part of their Outdoors Club! Cheers to Bassetti Architects and Swinerton for helping bring this project to life.

The Swinerton Foundation’s Adopt-a-School program at La Center High School in Washington began in 2017, when La Center High School staff approached the Foundation about a climbing tower that they wanted to build. With a Swinerton project team building the nearby ilani Casino Resort, the partnershi...

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