As of January 1, 2016, Robert Shaffer Engineering joined Morris Engineering & Associates, Inc. to form Morris Shaffer Engineering, LLP. Together we have been providing engineering services for over 25 years to clients throughout the Bay Area. Our office consists of 6 licensed engineers, all with experience in diverse and unique projects.
Each year, we work on numerous projects throughout the Bay Area. While varying in scope and fees, each one of these projects presents its own set of structural issues that require practical and sound engineering approaches. We pride ourselves on not only providing structural solutions that meet the intent of the building code, but also providing creative solutions that allow for efficient execution by the contractor.
In addition to the more obvious above-grade structural framing solutions we provide, we also provide the structural insight and design for the most important structural element of the structure – the foundation. As local area experts, we have worked with dozens of geotechnical engineering firms to come up with the best foundation solution for each specific project. The Bay Area has a varying and challenging soil profile, and we believe our extensive experience working in the area can be beneficial in determining the correct structural solution for the best long-term performance of your house.
When making the important decision of which structural engineering firm to use for your project we recommend that you take some time to look behind the numbers. Not all contracts are created equal, and it’s important to verify that other proposals include the same scope of services and schedule, and factor in the total costs for the project. Typically, the engineer will be involved beyond the issuance of the permit, during construction, and these costs may not always be well documented on the proposal. While it’s difficult to predict some of these costs at the project onset, our firm tries to be as transparent as possible. Additionally, while no one desires for a project to go poorly, it’s important to protect yourself for the unknown. Our firm carries full Errors & Omissions Insurance (something a lot of our competitors do not which can allow them to quote lower fees). While we have never had to use it, it’s important to know that you are protected in the event that we do.
We encourage you to take the time to browse our website which showcases our work and demonstrates our experience and capabilities. We look forward to the opportunity to bring our years of experience to your unique project.