Structural Engineering & Building Envelope Specialists

Vital Structures LLC Serving Boston, Massachusetts and throughout New England. 

BUILDING ENCLOSURE, CONCRETE RESTORATION, WATERPROOFING AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

 

Structural Engineers and Building Envelope Consultants

Vital Structures LLC is a structural engineering and building envelope consulting firm located in Massachusetts. Our approach identifies the root of your structural and building envelope issues — we do more than address symptoms. The specialists at Vital Structures recognize specific aspects of your building or property, from frames and foundations to windows and roofs.

Our experts specialize in comprehensive structural engineering and building envelope solutions that get to the heart of your building, restore its vitality and greatly extend its lifetime. Our engineering company offers modern and innovative solutions to help you prepare your building for tomorrow’s demands.

Our structural engineers based in Boston serve the greater Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont areas. We focus on addressing issues with many different types of properties, including:

  • Buildings
  • Commercial, industrial, institutional, historic and educational
  • Condominiums
  • Oceanfront structures
  • Apartment complexes
  • Parking garages
  • Plaza decks
  • Retaining walls
  • Utility structures
  • Residential

We also provide limited structural, concrete and building envelope support testing services for many types of properties.

Why Vital Structures?

Our engineering consulting firm works to get the job done correctly the first time. With our expert diagnostic and building assessment capabilities, we get to the core of your issues and develop an appropriate resolution. We may not propose the easiest solutions, but we take a comprehensive approach to save you money in the long run.

Our staff at Vital Structures LLC has many years of focused and applied experience in the building envelope and structural engineering disciplines, involving a uniquely custom approach to solve your building restoration needs. We’ve worked on countless historic and new buildings alike, giving us a breadth of experience to apply to every property we evaluate. We also incorporate destructive testing, material testing, field testing and in-depth forensics with many of our evaluations to better define the true cause of your problematic situations. We identify the source of your structural and building envelope issues based on your symptoms and address the problem at the root.

The experts at Vital Structures address building problems with various origins. Our engineers evaluate leaks, roof concerns, foundation failures, structural distress and more.

What Structural and Building Envelope Engineers Do

Structural engineers and building envelope engineers identify the origins of your building weaknesses before proposing solutions and resolving the problem. We review your building’s external features and supporting structure, carefully checking for weak links that threaten its integrity. Our approach helps you build better short-term and long-term options, phasing and project improvements and keep your vital structures vital.

Evaluation

An engineering evaluation is one of the most important defining steps to a successful project outcome. Diagnosis done properly is paramount for supporting the development of an accurate engineering design. Our experts will evaluate your property and identify potential areas of your asset’s rehabilitation that may be addressed.

Design

Our designs address your building’s weaknesses and provide you with a road map to get the job done correctly the first time. We plan ahead to reduce the likelihood of unexpected and expensive change orders, and include phasing or sequencing options to complement your funding goals.

Construction Administration

After your design has been completed and construction has begun, we police your construction to make sure your end product matches the original design intent. We offer ongoing engineering support as your construction progresses, providing quality assurance through detailed reporting.

Our Structural Engineering and Building Envelope Services

At Vital Structures, we provide a wide range of structural engineering and building envelope solutions and carefully oversee your entire restoration process. When you contact us, you can inquire about the following services:

 

  • Building forensics
  • Structural and envelope restoration
  • Structural strengthening
  • Concrete restoration
  • Forensic analysis
  • Masonry and stone
  • Rainscreens and cladding
  • Roofing
  • Fenestrations
  • Waterproofing

Evaluation

From problem to diagnosis.

Proper diagnosis of your property is the critical first step to a successful resolution. An improper diagnosis can misdirect engineering design, lead to accelerated deterioration and/or loss of building functionality, serviceability and resilience, and result in excessive long-term cost.

Design

From diagnosis to plan.

Construction change orders are expensive. Unexpected changes can be avoided with thorough design documentation that includes drawing details, material testing results and evaluation-fed repair quantities. A bit more engineering planning prior to construction goes a long way to a successful project.

Construction Administration

From plan to cure. 

Policing construction helps our clients maintain design intent. Having an engineer on-site verifies that pre-approved materials and quality assurance are in check. Professional observation and detailed reporting combined with corrective actions keep the project quality, schedule and costs managed. A successful project is one in which the entire team (client, engineer and contractor) all prosper.

Structural Engineering and Building Envelope Technology Solutions

Structure

  • Restoration
  • Structural Strengthening
  • Forensics/Analysis
  • Design
  • Foundations

Enclosure

  • Roofing
  • Masonry & Stone
  • Cladding & Rainscreens
  • Fenestrations
  • Façade Ordinance
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Concrete Restoration

  • Tunnels
  • Parking Garages
  • Seawalls & Retaining Walls
  • Tanks
  • Precast Systems

Waterproofing

  • Remedial
  • Foundation
  • Plaza Deck
  • Coatings & Flooring
  • Garages & Balconies

Vital Affiliations

What’s it like working with Vital Structures?

You will be heard.

We listen first, talk second. We offer options.  If we are not a correct fit for a client and their needs, we acknowledge the fact and move on.

You'll work with people who adhere to the highest ethical standards.

We educate on the importance of “standard of care.” We are transparent even if it means losing the job.

You'll feel the passion of what we do and how we do it.

We take pride in being the boots in the trenches. We love what we do. Our approach is interactive and informative—NOT condescending.

You'll experience a partner who will deliver what they promised.

Our communication is consistent and maintains quick and effective response time. 

You'll find that we are worth the price.

We will not reduce price by providing low quality work.  As a result, our price MAY be higher than the competition but our value to the client will be best in class.

“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”

Ben Franklin

Evaluate. Guide. Revitalize.

Let's Do Something Vital Together!