Preferred Parking: New Ramp Brings Relief to Morgantown

Morgantown, West Virginia, Parking

Preferred Parking” was featured in the December issue of Modern Steel Construction.

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia, excels at natural beauty and football, among other things.

Home to West Virginia University and its acclaimed Mountaineer football team, the town of roughly 30,000 (twice that when WVU classes are in session) sits amongst the rolling hills of northern West Virginia along the banks of the Monongahela River.

But one thing the town lacks is public parking, particularly in the downtown area. (more…)

How Necessary is a Geotechnical Report When Designing A Building?

What Owners & Developers Should Know:

Notice that the title of this discussion doesn’t start with, “When is it Necessary”? I would also take it a step further and say that the title of this discussion should have an exclamation mark at the end of the title in lieu of a question mark.  Truly, a wise man will build his house upon a rock.

The stark reality of the matter is that no one knows what is underneath the ground until you drill down and analyze the soil condition.  For example, below the site, there could be an old mine shaft, large amounts of pyrite, global instabilities due to topography, etc.


A common misconception shared by many is that structural engineers analyze and determine the soil properties on a given site for their foundation design.  A structural engineer’s scope of work encompasses the design of a structure down to the bottom of the foundation.  The soil conditions are to be determined by a licensed professional geotechnical engineer.  Therefore, in order to design a foundation for a structure, there must be soil recommendations for that particular site.  (more…)