Conceptual Design

Stearns has an experienced team of Professional Engineers on staff that use RAM, Tekla, and AutoCAD to design accurate preliminary models.  We are familiar with a broad variety of steel solutions and consider all system options before recommending the best system for the job.

Safety is an integral part of Stearns' way of doing business.  Our pre-construction services include a job-specific safety plan for every project.   

Additionally, we provide design recommendations, engineering evaluations, and appropriate equipment suggestions to simplify the construction process, thereby eliminating construction errors or disputes.  We remove unnecessary expenditures and bring our expertise to any complex project, providing clients with significant cost-saving and schedule advantages without compromising quality.   


Potential projects can be designed with the best intentions, but the selected systems can lead to substantial budget overruns.  Clients experiencing this challenge turn to Stearns to provide a structured problem-solving method.  Stearns' value-engineering provides both product and process improvement - delivering proactive results, innovative solutions, appropriate systems selection, and improved project functionality, performance, efficiency, and quality while enhancing construction processes and schedules, eliminating construction disputes, improving safety, and achieving early occupancy benefits.   


Stearns is equipped with an exceptionally experienced in-house estimating team.  Estimates can range from conceptual, "what if" analyses to detailed estimates from complete plans and specifications.  Clients benefit from receiving timely, thorough, and accurate information to make informed decisions about their unique project needs. 

Our estimating services include feasibility, performance criteria, conceptual design, detailed estimating, tailored budgets, and life-cycle cost assessments.  Stearns' estimating expertise provides our clients with cost certainty, opportunities to save on the cost of the structure, and valuable design and construction methods.   

  • Materials - From the estimate of a project it is possible to determine materials and quantities required so that proactive procurement arrangements can be made early.

  • Labor - The quantity and type of laborers and necessary equipment within each category employed to complete the project in the specified time can be determined from the estimate.

  • Schedule - The estimate of a project, coupled with past experience, allows us to estimate quite closely the schedule required to complete either an item of the project or the project as a whole.  The importance of understanding the probable costs is immensely useful in the planning and execution of any project.