A successful project is a host of assets brought together with great engineering value, timeliness, and good sense. A project manager listens well to client needs, and asks the right questions to help prioritize efforts to speed, cost, or innovation. Then he or she brings the right resources to the forefront: skills, expertise, construction talent, estimates, design. From there, it’s a choreographed integration of it all, with room for flexibility as natural elements bring new challenges. Team members contribute a wide variety of timelines and considerations—from computer drafting to designers to field suppliers, the project manager makes sure that everyone’s time is well spent.
At EastPoint, we’re blessed with a team of people with work experience that spans huge projects and simple ones, and within engineering firms that are boutique as well as multi-national. With that perspective, we work together to manage projects with the intention of getting work done simply and straightforwardly. We pull each other into brainstorming sessions, collaborate spontaneously through the day, and share a mutual ownership and enthusiasm for our work. We move people around easily, and without a lot of barriers or formalities. Since we operate as an extension of our clients’ team, they witness the way we work: composed and consistent.
Mechanical engineers think like entrepreneurs, always seeking the best blend of resources and solutions for optimal profitability and efficiency. When it comes to the life force of a building or structure—systems that use electricity, propane, fuel, or natural gas on a daily basis—a dollar saved is a dollar earned. Efficient design makes businesses and the buildings they operate more of an asset than a liability.
To reduce energy consumption in a way that capitalizes on space or structure, we consider all the advantages of one technology over another, and mitigate costs by coming up with solutions that are highly constructible. Ease of construction and maintenance is a counterpoint to finicky bells and whistles—and makes the kind of good sense that helps organizations to not only obtain but run a solid and reliable home base for the long term.
There’s a wonderful simplicity to what it takes to harness electricity—like the incandescent bulb, the core principles haven’t changed much since its discovery. You don’t see electricity—you only see the effects of it when it spills off to where it shouldn’t. Electrical engineers work very hard to make sure that the proper safety measures and due diligences are wrapped around electrical systems. In this discipline of engineering, safety and reliability go hand-in-hand.
Good electrical engineers are wary of overdesign—to keep an electrical system suitable and manageable, we keep focused on the intended application. We design for components that are exactly what’s necessary, and no more. Every project is unique, and every design is custom. By hitting the perfect mark of not overpowering or under-powering a structure, we create long-term value.
Structural engineers see things built on a huge scale: buildings, bridges, big steel, concrete. When engineering of that magnitude is not done well, it creates huge-scale problems. Good engineering starts with good listening skills and an analytical, calculating mind, followed up with an unwavering focus on the approaches and innovations that make the best sense.
When our EastPoint engineers visit a job site with an existing structure, system, or problem, our goal is to strike a carefully considered balance. We listen well, assess collaboratively and with a wealth of expertise, observe the environment, conditions, people, and problems, and come back with a solution that takes all those elements into account. The best solutions are thorough solutions—good ideas executed well for long-term performance, safety, and well-addressed needs.
There’s more to roads than asphalt. The arteries of a city or community form an intricate system of technology and function that requires care and good design from many disciplines—mechanical, electrical, structural. Consider all that lies within a road—pipes in the ground, electrical wires below and above, drainage, culverts, sidewalks. When civil systems come together well as a result, cities operate healthfully and taxpayers move throughout their community safely and smoothly.
The flow of our communities also includes large-scale projects beyond roadways, including bridges, canals, and dams. In every application of civil teamwork, engineers consider how to best protect waterways, integrate elevation changes, and ensure driver safety. Then there’s all the service systems: fire water, potable water, septic water, storm sewers, pathways, retaining walls. The end-goal of civil systems, beyond the obvious time/cost balance, is predictable, reliable community services that are designed and built in a predictable, reliable way.
Ocean structures are exposed to the harshest of elements—wind, waves, salt, storms, freezing temperatures, and heavy loads. On land, you can assume that as long as your math is correct, vertical structures will stay true. But the ocean fights anything being vertical. Marine engineers, faced with a fluid element, have almost no constants. There’s significant power in the sea.
In this environment, projects need to last for 50 years or more—and the ocean, where Mother Nature is at her most unpredictable, doesn’t make it easy. Marine engineers take what we know of steel and concrete and apply those materials in a manner that’s instinctive, with cumulative wisdom about how the ocean behaves. We create large-scale stability that’s built to withstand everything from a hurricane to the most ordinary of tides—for us, steadfast reliability is our reward.