Design and Engineering

Stearns has over three decades of experience taking on both Design-Build and Design-Assist roles.  We use our knowledge of systems (including structural steel, cellular and castellated beams, open-web joists and metal deck, pre-manufactured metal building components, and light gauge) and creative engineering to best match the structural system to each specific project.  Our ability to integrate the best combinations of structural systems and material alternatives is what makes Stearns truly unique. 

Stearns designs for safety.  Regardless of contractual approach (Design-Build or Design-Assist), we engineer safety into the design.  By considering how a project is going to be erected, the stability of the structure during erection, necessary access for the workers and equipment, and opportunities to do subassemblies and prefabrication, we're able to create a safer and more efficient project from the inception. 


Design Build

Stearns is a pioneer of the Design-Build project delivery method and has a team of Professional Engineers with expertise in structural steel.  We work with our client during the conceptual phase to design the most appropriate and economical system for their unique project.  This allows fabrication, mobilization, and construction to begin early while finalizing the design, shaving months off the construction schedule. 

By consolidating planning, design, engineering, and construction responsibilities, our clients can realize improvements in collaboration, quality, schedule, and significant construction cost-saving benefits.     


Design Assist

Stearns' commitment to offering our clients superior project results includes providing and self-performing key technologies and construction systems.  Technologies selected enhance our clients' design and cost options, building durability, seismic ductility, project schedule, and risk management. 

Stearns provides extensive project delivery experience for numerous applications.  Improving a structure's performance consists of combining appropriate technologies and materials to optimize the complex relationships between components and configurations. 

Our design and construction approach in the prevention of multi-hazard failures accounts for potential impacts of seismic forces and vulnerable areas to strengthen building performance.

Improving seismic performance has the added benefit, beyond safety, of increasing revenue, lowering operations and maintenance costs, and greater product durability, ultimately reducing life cycle cost.