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about us

The structural consulting firm of Ritchie Engineering, P.C. (RE) was established July 1, 2000 as a professional corporation with Mark C. Ritchie as President and Lisa A. Ritchie as Secretary and Treasurer.

RE is one of the largest building structural consulting firms in Central Pennsylvania with a total staff of seven including six engineers, three of whom are registered. The total combined project experience of the firm's staff exceeds 55 years and over $1 billion in construction value.

design
& construction

Ritchie Engineering provides professional structural engineering services for building and facility projects to Architects, Owners, and Contractors using the latest in computer aided design and drafting technology. RE offers 3D modeling capabilities, including Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)/shop drawing preparation. The work experience of the RE staff includes both design and construction experience for new construction, renovations/additions, and feasibility studies.

ensured success

Ritchie Engineering ensures project success by working closely with clients to clearly define the project goals and objectives during the initial meeting. RE then takes a very detailed approach to complete project tasks by providing intimate involvement and quick response through project completion. This proactive approach to quality assurance reduces the review process and provides a high level of client satisfaction.

Mark and Lisa

Mark Ritchie

president

Lisa Ritchie

Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Ritchie is a practicing structural consulting engineer experienced in all aspects of engineering work and has worked on many building and facility projects. His professional experience has included both design and construction work. He has performed civil and structural design, detailing, computer aided drafting, specification and report writing, field inspections, and shop drawing review for governmental, commercial, industrial, office, transit/highway, and institutional projects. Mr. Ritchie has also provided technical support for litigation and expert witness testimony. Mr. Ritchie has been involved in the design and construction of projects totaling over $1 Billion Dollars in construction value.

about our team

The Ritchie Engineering staff is experienced in completing effective designs using all building materials such as steel, concrete, masonry, and timber. RE routinely provides seismic, wind, superstructure and foundation analysis for new and existing structures. RE has LEED accredited staff to assist in producing a new generation of high performance, sustainable buildings.

experience
& excellence

The RE philosophy of providing senior level staff dedicated to the project from the initial investigation stage to completion has shown value to the projects on which RE staff has been involved. 95% of RE clients are repeat clients or have been referred by previous clients, which indicates the level of service provided by Ritchie Engineering, P.C. The central PA location provides easy access to projects along the entire East Coast.

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location

Bryn Athyn College, Bryn Athyn, PA

cost

(Overall project) $22.0 Million ($560/SF)

project contact

Daniel L. Harrigan AIA, NCARB (610) 865-2621

Structural engineering services for a three-story, 39,000 SF building, which serves as a classroom and research center for the scientific community at Bryn Athyn College. The project consists of a structural steel frame with composite steel/concrete floor construction and concrete masonry curtain walls. The exterior façade features stone veneer and substantial glazing. The roof structure consists of a concrete slab on metal deck and supports mechanical equipment screened by timber mansard trusses. The subject project achieved LEED silver certification. The project was completed in Fall 2009.

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Bryn Athyn College, Bryn Athyn, PA

cost

(Overall project) $20.0 Million ($525/SF)

project contact

Daniel L. Harrigan AIA, NCARB (610) 865-2621

Structural engineering services for the construction of a two-story, 38,000 SF addition to an existing classroom and administrative building at Bryn Athyn College. The subject building features exposed heavy timber roof purlins and trusses supported by a combination of steel framing and load bearing masonry piers. The project also features two entrance towers with an approximate height of 60 feet above grade, a colonnade that connects an entry tower with the main building addition and several structural brick masonry arches and brick soffits. The building incorporates unique features throughout that match existing structures on campus that were built in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The project was completed in 2009.

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Bryn Athyn College, Bryn Athyn, PA

cost

(Overall Project): $11.0 Million ($340/SF)

project contact

Daniel L. Harrigan AIA, NCARB (610) 865-2621

Structural engineering services for a three-story, 32,000 SF residence hall. The floor plan includes residence rooms, bath facilities, lounge areas, storage / support space, and apartments / townhomes. Additional features of the building include a two-story “open” lobby / meeting area with curved feature staircases, a covered porch at the main entrance, masonry chimneys and an approximate 9,000 SF basement level. The exterior building finishes consist of a combination of stone veneer and cement plaster. Construction consists of a combination of load bearing metal stud and masonry walls and structural steel. The project was completed in Spring 2011.

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Carlisle Area School District, Carlisle, PA

cost

(Overall project) $1.0 Million

project contact

Thomas J. Horton, Sr., PRSBO, (717) 240-6800

Ritchie Engineering, P.C. provided construction drawings and project specifications for upgrades to the existing CASD High School Stadium. The planned upgrades include providing ADA access to the existing grandstands, providing a new press box and video platform, and modifying existing railings to comply with the current building code. Modifications to existing facades and re-coating of the existing grandstands are planned to minimize long term maintenance. A new restroom building is also planned. RE provided 3-Dimensional modeling of the stadium as part of the construction documents to assist the school district with material/color selection. The project was completed in Fall 2010.

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Carlisle Area School District, Carlisle, PA

project contact

Thomas J. Horton, Sr., PRSBO, (717) 240-6800

Structural engineering services for new scoreboard support structure at the CASD stadium. RE provided construction documents indicating the steel supports and concrete foundations for the manufactured sign. The project was completed in August 2009.

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Carlisle Area School District, Carlisle, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $140,000

project contact

Stephanie G. Douglas, Technology Coordinator (717) 240-6800

Ritchie Engineering, P.C. provided structural and electrical review of the existing antennas at eight buildings for the CASD. The purpose of the review was to confirm code compliance of the existing conditions. RE provided construction documents indicating modifications to the existing conditions where required for code compliance. The project was completed in Summer 2010.

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Bryn Athyn College, Bryn Athyn, PA

cost

(Overall project) $1.8 Million

project contact

Daniel L. Harrigan AIA, NCARB (610) 865-2621

Structural engineering services for the construction of a 2000 SF balcony addition inside the existing chapel. The scope of work included an investigation of the existing conditions and a feasibility study of multiple schemes. To achieve the desired seating capacity within the owner’s budget, the scheme selected for the project consisted of providing a tiered balcony structure in addition to removal and replacement of the existing concrete slab on grade with an ADA compliant sloping floor slab. The balcony floor consists of concrete slabs on metal decking supported by structural steel framing that cantilevers above the existing chapel. The project was completed in 2009.

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Bryn Athyn College, Bryn Athyn, PA

cost

(Overall project) $9.0 Million

project contact

Joseph N. Biondo, AIA (610) 865-2621

Structural engineering services for a two-story, 20,000 SF addition to the existing three-story Dining Facility. The existing structure was built in 1904-1905. The addition consists of (2) two-story dining pavilions, with one pavilion addition on each side of the existing building. A utility tunnel was incorporated to join the pavilion additions below grade. The dining pavilion construction consists of architectural grade timber glulam trusses and rafters supported by architecturally exposed structural steel and shallow spread footings. Lateral stability is provided by two-directional steel moment frames. Extensive renovations to the original construction were also provided including removal of portions of the existing floor structure for a new atrium and removing portions of the existing limestone bearing walls. The project was completed in Summer 2008.

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Bryn Athyn College, Bryn Athyn, PA

cost

(Overall project) $5.0 Million ($225/SF)

project contact

Joseph N. Biondo, AIA (610) 865-2621

Structural engineering services for four, two-story “Student Unit” and one, two-story “Family Unit” cottage style structures with a total of approximately 22,000 SF. The structures consist of timber roof and floor framing with timber load-bearing exterior walls and interior steel beams and columns. “Bent” steel beams were incorporated into the roof structure to accommodate the architectural feature roof design. The project was completed in Spring 2008.

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Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA

cost

(Overall project) $12.0 Million ($90/SF)

project contact

Benedict H. Dubbs (717) 234-2581

Structural engineering services for two, four-story buildings, with a total of 130,000 SF, for new student housing at Pennsylvania College of Technology. The project consisted of two four-story masonry wall bearing structures comprised of hollow core plank floors. The curtain wall system is comprised of a combination of masonry and metal stud / EIFS. The structures are founded on shallow spread footings. The roof structures are sloped and are comprised of wood trusses. The project was completed in August 2003.

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Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

cost

(Building Shell) $700,000

project contact

Frank Laquitara (717) 245-1212

Structural engineering services to provide a 6,000 SF building addition to house three boiler units and one cooling tower. The roof structure was designed to accommodate future rooftop cooling towers. Lateral stability is provided by steel braced frames. Architecturally exposed structural steel and aluminum wall screening was provided for the project. The project was completed in 2006.

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Central Pennsylvania College, Summerdale, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $5.0 Million

project contact

Darrell Sunday (717) 766-2200

Structural engineering services for the design of 55,000 SF three-story structural steel frame classroom building. The floor system is comprised of composite beams and girders. Lateral stability is provided by steel moment frames. The ground floor level has perimeter reinforced concrete retaining walls. The project was completed in 2001.

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location

Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

cost

$800,000

project contact

Frank Laquitara, Associate Director for Projects, Facilities Management (717) 245-1212

Structural engineering services for the modifications to the existing energy plant and, terrace additions, photovoltaic systems and connector to the existing quarry building. The replaced with three framing levels. A new concrete roof cap was provided along with a terrace/seating level, planters and photovoltaic panels and aluminum grilles/screens. Temporary protection of the electrical gear serving most of the campus was required throughout construction. IPE decking was provided at the terrace levels. The project was completed in 2010.

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location

Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

cost

$800,000

project contact

Kenneth Shultes (717) 245-1212

The project consists of renovations to an existing 80,000 SF manufacturing facility to include classrooms, faculty and other supportive services. Renovations began in 2005 and have continued through 2011 as needed to accommodate Dickinson College requirements. Renovations have consisted of the installation of roof mounted solar panels and skylights, modifications to structural walls, replacement of roof decking, roof mounted mechanical unit installation and soil remediation. Structural engineering services have included a review of the lateral load resisting systems, analysis of existing roof framing for support of new equipment, preparation of construction documents for the roof deck replacements and professional consultation for the soil remediation.

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location

Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

cost

$400,000

project contact

Frank Laquitara (717) 245-1212

The Center for Sustainable Living “Treehouse” project incorporated a renovation of three existing row-homes and a 2,000 SF building addition. As the project name suggests, the ultimate goal throughout the design was sustainability. The project pursued LEED certification and successfully achieved a Gold rating while receiving thirty-nine points. Structural engineering services for the Center of Sustainable Living consisted of foundation and framing design for the new addition as well as remedial repairs to the original row-homes. Ritchie Engineering worked with the project architect to define local sustainable materials for use in the building structure. Concrete masonry units, concrete and wood framing were used throughout the renovations and addition. The project was completed in 2006.

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location

Eldred, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $2.9 Million

project contact

Craig Zimmerman, AIA (717) 458-0272

Structural engineering services for incorporation of a one-story 2,330 SF addition to an existing one-story 55,000 SF facility. The structural system consists of a combination of structural steel/ masonry bearing walls. Exterior bearing/curtain wall system consists of masonry backup with brick veneer. The roof structure consists of open web joist sloped to interior roof drains or perimeter gutters. A complete renovation to the MEP systems is included. RE provided design and coordination for new MEP including new rooftop equipment. The project was completed in 2010.

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location

Carlisle, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $300,000

project contact

Reverend Jon Black (717) 243-4612

Structural engineering services for an investigation of the sanctuary roof structure built in the late 1800’s. Construction documents and construction phase services were provided for significant reinforcing of the heavy timber framing. Strict tolerance requirements were maintained to achieve an approved substrate and warranty for the new Eco-Star roofing. The project was completed in 2003.

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location

Auburn, NY

cost

(Overall Project) $1.3 Million

project contact

Nathan J. Book (717) 580-1640

Structural engineering services and Life Safety Code review for the design of an 8,500 SF fertilizer storage building. Roof construction consists of composite decking supported by pre-engineered purlins, structural steel rafters and load bearing reinforced concrete walls. A series of 26 feet high concrete walls were provided to allow for separated bins for storage of different types of fertilizer products. The concrete walls are founded on shallow concrete footings. Coordination for mechanical catwalk access tower and conveyor/equipment support was provided. The project was completed in February 2009.

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location

Milford, DE

cost

(Overall Project) $6.5 Million

project contact

Nathan J. Book (717) 580-1640

Structural engineering services for the design of a new blend plant and associated support buildings. The blend plant/fertilizer storage building is approximately 24,000 SF and is comprised of 32 feet high concrete walls founded on shallow concrete spread footings. The concrete walls support the steel roof framing and act as separation walls between adjacent product bays. The approximate ridge height is 45 feet above the floor elevation. Coordination and design was included for owner provided conveyor systems and associated elevated catwalks. The support buildings consist of two storage buildings with an approximate combined footprint of 20,000 SF, an 18,000 SF maintenance shop (with mezzanine) and a 2,000 SF office building. The project was completed in August 2007.

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location

Laurel, DE

cost

(Overall Project) $2.5 Million

project contact

Nathan J. Book (717) 580-1640

Structural engineering services for the design of a blend plant/fertilizer storage building. The blend plant/fertilizer storage building is approximately 22,000 SF and is comprised of 32 feet high concrete walls founded on shallow concrete spread footings. The concrete walls support the steel roof framing and act as separation walls between adjacent product bays. The approximate ridge height is 45 feet above the floor elevation. Coordination and design was included for owner provided conveyor systems and associated elevated catwalks. The project was completed in August 2006.

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location

Spring Grove, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $300,000

project contact

Project Contact: Mike Tuckey (717) 249-8111

Structural engineering services for construction of 2,500 SF facility that houses (2) new Rotex Screens. The project includes coordination with all process conveyors, equipment, and owner site constraints for installation of steel framed structure with metal roof and wall panel enclosure. The project was completed in Summer 2002.

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location

Clayton, Delaware

cost

(Overall Project): $520,000

project contact

Nathan J. Book (717) 580-1640

Engineering services included the design and preparation of construction documents for repairs to approximately 4,000 SF of an existing two-story building at the food processing and packaging facility. The building structure was heavily damaged by constant exposure to water from the food processing operations. Services included a detailed structural evaluation of the existing building structure and developing remedial repairs to the facility. RE worked with the client to define construction operations that would minimize downtime of the food processing lines, as well as meet the specialized health requirements for a food processing facility. New galvanized and stainless steel structure was installed to reinforce the existing second floor and a majority of t he old structure was encased to strengthen the building and to meet health code requirements. The project was completed in September 2008.

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location

Glen Rock, PA

cost

(Overall Project): 2.2 Million

project contact

Cory A. Shover (717) 766-0262

Engineering services included the preparation of construction documents for a 20,000 SF hazardous warehouse addition to the existing facility.  The building consists of a one-story pre-engineered structure with a footprint of 100’ X 200’ and an eave height of 33’-0”.  Exterior walls consist of metal panel with CMU foundations walls.  The building utilizes high rack storage and is separated into fire areas for the storage of hazardous chemicals.  Engineering services included complete structural design for the earth retaining walls, building foundations, fire walls and slab-on-grade design for the high rack storage system.  RE worked closely with the client to define project requirements including reviewing the handling and storage procedures for more than 30 different hazardous, non-stable chemicals.  RE also provided design of containment systems for the hazardous chemicals. The project was completed in Summer 2008.

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location

Hanover, PA

cost

(Overall Project): $120,000

project contact

Nathan J. Book (717) 580-1640

Engineering services included the design and preparation of construction documents for a 1,000 SF Curing Room addition to the existing facility.  The room is used for heat curing of plastic and fiberglass products and has sustained temperatures reaching 180 degrees (F).  The addition consisted of exterior CMU walls for durability and to resist the intense heat.  Steel joist and metal roof deck were selected for the roof framing.  RE worked closely with the client to define project requirements, including equipment support and an upgraded building insulation system to save energy costs.  RE utilized existing building structure to support new roof framing and to lower construction costs. The project was completed in February 2008.

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Biglervile, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $650,000

project contact

John Kilroy (717) 677-3143

Structural engineering services for the installation of a new equipment line.  Construction documents were provided for equipment foundations, installation of a temporary bridge and modifications to the existing building structure.  Consideration was given to equipment tolerances, project phasing and facility operations.  The project was completed in Spring 2011.

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location

Carlisle, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $200,000

project contact

Tim Patchett (717) 245-7087

Structural engineering services and construction documents for rooftop steel dunnage support of a 14,000 lb calcium storage hopper. The steel dunnage spans 40 feet and is supported by existing reinforced steel building columns. A braced steel frame enclosure is provided above the dunnage level framing to house and protect the hopper. The subject hopper is provided to store product and feed a mixing tank and increase production.

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Location

Mechanicsburg, PA

cost

$500,000 (Structure) $12-15 Million (Overall project including equipment)

project contact

Ray Bell (717) 766-0211

Structural engineering services for the preparation of construction documents for the installation of a new press and mezzanine structure. RE worked closely with the client to define project requirements for vibration sensitive equipment. The presses are located on both the slab on grade and the mezzanine levels. The mezzanine consists of cast-in-place reinforced concrete to minimize vibration. RE reviewed the existing roof structure and designed supplemental steel framing to support new ink piping. The project was completed in Fall 2011.

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Location

New Kingstown, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $3.5 Million

project contact

James E. Hall (717) 766-4033

Structural engineering services for the design and construction of a 24,000 SF addition with renovations to 8,500 SF of the existing building. The project featured an eight-bay garage addition (160’x75’) with clear span steel joist and a combination of load bearing masonry walls and structural steel. A two-story portion was provided for future expansion. A mezzanine was included for storage, and feature entries and a watch command center were also provided. The project was completed in Summer 2010.

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Location

Carlisle, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $2.6 Million

project contact

Leroy R. Scholl, Jr., AIA (717) 258-1700

Structural engineering services for the design and construction of a new 20,000 SF Police Department structure. The structure features load bearing, insulating-form concrete walls founded on shallow footings. The project was completed in October 2004.

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Location

Boiling Springs, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $800,000

project contact

Leroy R. Scholl, Jr., AIA (717) 258-1700

Structural engineering services for renovations to a 19,500 SF Municipal Building. Services consisted of the analysis of existing roof joists for new roof-supported equipment, foundation design for new concrete masonry walls and repairing of existing concrete slabs. The project completed in August 2010.

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Location

Hampden Township, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $2.0 Million

project contact

Benedict H. Dubbs (717) 234-2581

Structural engineering services for construction of a 25,000 SF, two-story steel frame structure with a wood truss roof. The project includes light metal stud curtain walls with a brick veneer. Stability is provided by steel moment wind frames. The project was completed in Summer 2002.

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Location

Boiling Springs, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $2.5 Million

project contact

Leroy R. Scholl, Jr., AIA (717) 258-1700

Structural engineering services for the design and construction of a new 26,200 SF Public Works Building. The structure features a pre-engineered building and concrete masonry curtain walls founded on shallow spread footings. The building also includes a 3400 SF mezzanine, mechanical platforms and hoist support. The project was completed in June 2010.

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Location

Graterford, PA

cost

(Overall project) $100,000

project contact

John A. Azemar, P.E., LEED AP (717) 240-0344

Structural engineering services to determine the feasibility of reinforcing or replacing a deteriorated reinforced concrete framed stair built in the 1920’s. The top of the subject stair is exposed to the exterior elements and connects a utility tower and mechanical room below. Construction documents were provided to re-support the existing stair with structural steel framing to extending the life of the existing construction while minimizing the cost. The project was completed in Fall 2009.

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Harrisburg, PA

cost

(Overall project) $750,000

project contact

Andrew Williams (717) 540-3902

Structural engineering services for the construction of a one-story, 6,000 SF office space and 5,000 SF shop. The office space consists of long-span, pre-engineered timber trusses supported by timber wall framing and shallow concrete footings. The shop area consists of a pre-engineered steel frame with partial height masonry curtain walls founded on shallow concrete footings. The project was completed in 2008.

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location

Harrisburg, PA

cost

(Overall project) $3.5 Million

project contact

Andrew S. Williams, P.E. (717) 540-3902

Structural engineering services for the construction of a 28,000 SF addition to an existing building. The addition consists of a two-story steel frame with a partial basement. Basement walls consist of reinforced Ivany block. Light gage curtain walls with brick veneer were provided. Roof construction consists of fire-retardant treated pre-engineered timber roof trusses and standing seam metal roofing. Lateral stability is provided by steel braced frames and moment frames. The project was completed in 2007.

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location

Carlisle, PA

cost

(Overall project) $900,000

project contact

Robert B. Cianfichi, P.E. (717) 258-1700

Structural engineering services for the addition to the Murata Business Center. The project is being funded through the Capital Region Economic Development Corporation (CREDC) and the Cumberland County Urban Redevelopment Authority. The project includes demolition of existing 13,000 SF portion and construction of 17,000 SF Flex-space addition. The project was completed in 2004.

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location

Harrisburg, PA

project contact

Larry Bosak (717) 260-9690

Structural engineering services for the visual inspections of the 13-story building to determine the extent and severity of the façade deterioration. Multiple drops in swing scaffolding with the specialty restoration contractor were provided to document the façade condition and to provide repair recommendations. The project was completed in 2007.

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location

Carlisle, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $150,000

project contact

Tom Ludwig (717) 258-1700

Structural engineering services for the investigation and stabilization of the existing structure’s brick masonry façade, chimneys, roof structure and foundations. Ritchie Engineering provided construction documents and construction phase services. The project was completed in 2009.

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location

Carlisle, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $2.0 Million

project contact

Kenneth Tuckey (717) 249-3733

Structural engineering services for the stabilization and reconstruction of portions of the subject building located in the Carlisle Historic District. The original construction dates to 1875 when it was built as the Methodist “Centenary Church”. The building is currently occupied with retail and up-scale residential spaces. The project was completed in 2004.

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location

Carlisle, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $150,000

project contact

Daniel Barney (717) 440-2786

Structural engineering services for a façade investigation. Ritchie Engineering assisted the owner in obtaining bids and completing a façade restoration of the subject facility. The existing building was constructed in the early-mid 1900’s and the façade is comprised of brick and block backup with a glazed terra cotta veneer. The façade failure resulted from original construction details and was exacerbated by lack of maintenance. The project was completed in 2006.

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location

Carlisle, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $1.8 Million

project contact

Robert B. Cianfichi, P.E. (717) 258-1700

Structural engineering services for the design of a new multi-tenant office building. The two-story facility consists of a 14,000 SF first floor and a 3,500 SF second floor. The building features load bearing wood walls supplemented by structural steel framing. The project was completed in Fall 2005.

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location

Camp Hill, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $100,000

project contact

Paul Williams, (717) 540-3902

Structural engineering services for the preparation of construction documents for the support of a broadcasting antenna tower. RE interfaced with the vendor to gather design loads applied to the support structure. The subject radio tower extended 60 feet above the ground elevation. RE performed a site investigation to verify the footprint of the existing building and to determine the appropriate structural support system for the tower. RE performed a lateral analysis of the existing building structure to determine if wind loads from the radio tower could be added to the existing structure. RE provided recommendations and construction documents for the tower support structure. The project was completed in July 2005.

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location

Carlisle, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $300,000

project contact

Leroy R. Scholl, Jr., AIA (717) 258-1700

Structural engineering services for the design and construction of a one-story, 1,200 SF wood framed addition to the existing one-story clubhouse building. Roof construction consists of timber framing. Exterior wall construction consisted of timber framing, a brick veneer wainscot and EIFS finish. Lateral stability is provided by steel framing located in the exterior walls and tie-ins to the existing construction. A Mechanical rooftop equipment is provided. The project was completed in Summer 2009.

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location

Harrisburg, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $1 Million

project contact

Andrew S. Williams, P.E. (717) 540-3902

Structural engineering services for the design and construction of a 3,500 addition to the existing kitchen including the addition of a dumbwaiter and upgrades to the existing kitchen equipment. The renovations included the addition of steel beams / columns to increase the load capacity of the existing second floor framing, framing repairs to the attic/roof area to reinforce existing members that showed distress, and design and detail of lintels for new penetrations through the existing masonry walls and existing bearing walls. The project was completed in Summer 2008.

location

Country Meadows, Hampden Township, PA

cost

(Overall project) $150,000

project contact

Carl Helman (717) 533-2474

Structural engineering services for the addition of a 2-story wood framed carriage house and wood framed porches and vestibule additions to the West Shore Campus. Masonry walls and concrete footings were provided. The project was completed in May 2009.

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location

Allentown, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $2.0 Million

project contact

Carl Helman (717) 533-2474

Structural engineering services for preparation of drawings for a temporary shoring system for earth retaining walls at the facility. Ritchie Engineering also provided a structural and life safety code review of the construction documents that were prepared by other design professionals. Ritchie Engineering aided the owner in preparation and review of remedial repair details for design deficiencies. The project was completed in 2011.

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location

York, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $200,000

project contact

Carl Helman (717) 533-2474

Structural engineering services for the preparation of construction documents for the roof framing, vaulted ceiling construction and shallow concrete foundations of the Dining Room addition. Ritchie Engineering detailed and coordinated the planned construction with existing conditions. The project was completed in February 2009.

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location

Bethlehem, PA

cost

(Overall project) $1.8 Million ($200/SF)

project contact

Carl Helman (717) 533-2474

Structural engineering services for the addition of a 9,000 SF Dining Area and Building Connector. The Dining Area joins and serves two 34,000 SF existing buildings and features a clerestory. Fire rated construction was provided to separate the existing structure. Lateral stability of the clerestory is provided by a structural steel frame. The project was completed in 2004.

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location

Frederick, MD

cost

(Overall project) $5.5 Million ($90/SF)

project contact

Carl Helman (717) 533-2474

Structural engineering services for a three-story, 60,000 SF addition to an existing three-story Assisted Living Facility. The project consists of an interior steel frame structure with exterior load-bearing masonry walls founded on shallow spread footings. The sloped roof structure is comprised of fire-retardant treated timber trusses. Lateral stability is provided by reinforced masonry shear walls. The project was completed in 2007.

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Chambersburg, PA

cost

(Overall project) $2.5 Million

project contact

Carl Helman (717) 533-2474

Structural engineering services for a four-story, 8,000 SF addition to an existing Assisted Living Facility. Roof construction consists of metal deck on steel joist. Framed floor construction consists of concrete slab on composite metal decking and steel joist. Roof and floor framing is supported by load bearing masonry walls founded on shallow concrete footings. Lateral stability is provided by masonry shear walls. The project was completed in 2006.

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location

Robbinsville, NJ

cost

(Overall Project) $16 Million

project contact

Howard J. Shergalis, AIA, LEED A.P., (216) 752-4300

Structural engineering services for the construction of 142,000 total SF, 3-story apartment building, community building and assisted living building which will be connected by walkways/canopies. The subject buildings will be comprised of wood stud bearing walls. The roof structure will consist of wood trusses sloped to exterior gutters. The floor framing will consist of wood framing comprised of open web wood joist bearing on wood framed bearing walls / beams. Schematic Design has been completed. Construction documents planned for Spring 2012.

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location

Quincy, PA

cost

(Overall project) $5.0 Million

project contact

Howard J. Shergalis, AIA, LEED A.P. (216) 752-4300

Structural engineering services for a 36-unit, 3-story apartment building of approximately 40,000 SF. Exterior finish of the building is combination of brick veneer and vinyl/cement board siding. Wall and floor construction consist of wood framing and roof construction consists of pre-engineered wood trusses. Steel framing was used to supplement the wood structure. Project was completed Spring 2013.

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location

University Park, PA

cost

(Overall project) $11 Million

project contact

Richard J. Seitz (717) 234-7041

The project scope included lowering the existing ground floor elevation of the 100 year-old building by two feet. Structural engineering services were provided to assist the contractor in providing a temporary shoring scheme to support the existing four-story building while the existing brick and cast iron columns and footings were removed and replaced. Ritchie Engineering determined dead loads and construction live loads to be supported by the shoring towers and provided temporary bracing details for the exterior walls while the existing concrete slab was removed and replaced.

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location

Lancaster, PA

project contact

Daniel J. Flickinger (717) 441-9392

Structural engineering services to assist the contractor in providing steel relief angles for new student housing construction. The subject relief angles for the brick façade were not clearly defined on the construction documents. Ritchie Engineering worked closely with the contractor, sub-contractors and project architect to determine the most appropriate attachment details. The project was completed in 2007.

location

Moreau, N.Y.

cost

(Overall project) $17.5 Million

project contact

Howard J. Shergalis, R.A., LEED A.P. (216)752-4300

Structural engineering services for 144 unit townhomes and a 2,200 SF community building. Total "gross square footage" for the project is approximately 207,500 SF. Exterior finish of the buildings consists of a combination of simulated stone wainscot and vinyl siding. Wall and floor construction consists of wood framing and roof construction consists of pre-engineered wood trusses. Phase I was completed in 2013. Phase II is ongoing.

location

York, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $4.0 Million

project contact

Howard J. Shergalis, R.A., LEED A.P. (216) 752-4300

Structural engineering services for 28 unit townhomes and 1,900 SF community building. Total "gross square footage" for the project is approximately 47,000 SF. Project includes four different "building footprints". Townhome structures are three stories in height. Exterior finish of buildings consist of combination of brick veneer and cement board siding. Wall and floor construction consist of wood framing and roof construction consists of pre-engineered wood trusses. Project was completed in 2013.

location

Cumberland, MD

cost

(Overall Project) $4.0 Million

project contact

Ron Lloyd, AIA (216) 752-4300

Structural engineering services for 25 unit townhomes and clubhouse. Total "net leasable square footage" is approximately 41,000 SF. Project included total of six different footprints including the clubhouse unit. Structures vary from two to three stories in height. The exterior finish of the buildings consists of combination of brick veneer, EIFS, vinyl and cement board siding. Wall and floor construction consists of wood framing and roof construction consists of pre-engineered wood trusses. RE Project was completed in 2012.

location

Streetsboro, OH

cost

(Overall Project) $3.0 Million

project contact

Howard J. Shergalis, R.A., LEED A.P. (216) 752-4300

Structural engineering services for 28 unit townhomes and a clubhouse. Total "net leasable square footage" is approximately 35,500 SF. Project included total of eight different buildings with a clubhouse unit. Structures are a maximum of two stories in height. Exterior finish of buildings consists of a combination of brick wainscot and vinyl siding. Wall and floor construction consists of wood framing and roof construction consists of pre-engineered wood trusses. Project was completed in 2013.

location

Millcreek, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $4.0 Million

project contact

Howard J. Shergalis, R.A., LEED A.P. (216) 752- 4300

Structural engineering services for 30 unit townhomes and clubhouse. Total "net leasable square footage" is approximately 46,000 SF. Structures are two stories in height. Basement levels are included. Exterior finish of buildings consists of a combination of vinyl and cement board siding. Wall and floor construction consists of wood framing and roof construction consists of pre-engineered wood trusses. Project was completed in 2012.

location

Sharon, PA

cost

(Overall Project) $4.0 Million

project contact

Howard J. Shergalis, R.A., LEED A.P. (216) 752- 4300

Structural engineering services for a 34-unit, 3-story, L-shaped apartment building for approximately 43,500 SF in addition to scattered site, single family residences. Exterior finish of building is a combination of brick veneer and cement board siding. Wall and floor construction consists of wood framing and roof construction will consist of pre-engineered wood trusses. Project was completed in 2013.

what we

offer

Given our diverse talent and experience, Ritchie Engineering is capable of meeting your consulting needs in virtually every scenario. With approximately 1,300 projects completed in our twelve year history, and over 100 projects currently in progress, Ritchie Engineering is the largest exclusively structural firm in Central Pennsylvania.

new building design

detailing

sustainable building

design & renovation

feasibility
designs

expert witness

testimony

residential

new & renovations
projects

lateral/seismic

Analysis

renovation

of existing buildings

new building
design

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RE staff is experienced in the design of new buildings using all building materials such as steel, concrete, masonry and timber. RE provides building design for all sectors including Educational/Religious, Industrial, Governmental, Commercial and Healthcare & Senior Living.

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detailing

RE offers detailing services for preparation of shop drawing submittals for structural and miscellaneous steel. RE also provides detailed signed and sealed calculation packages for “delegated design” items.

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sustainable building

design & renovation

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RE has LEED accredited staff who are experienced in providing structural designs in coordination and conjunction with sustainable systems and materials for sustainable buildings including, but not limited to, water preservation and solar energy systems.

feasibility
designs

RE provides detailed investigations of existing structures to advise our clients of appropriate repairs, maintenance and/or potential to accommodate desired additions, etc. RE provides descriptive summary letters and sketches to outline objectives and conclusions..

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expert witness

testimony

RE has completed over two dozen projects dealing with various claim situations from fire damage to water damage and/or negligence in construction. RE provides professional review of documentation and applicable codes, litigation support and expert witness testimony for mediations, arbitrations and court cases.

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RE provides services to homeowners for both new construction and additions/renovations to existing homes and ancillary structures. RE has extensive experience with the International Residential Codes to ensure project success.

Residential

new & renovations
projects

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lateral/seismic

analysis

RE routinely provides seismic, wind, superstructure and foundation analysis for new and existing structures. Lateral stability and code reviews are provided for renovation and rehabilitation projects and new construction in conformance to the applicable building code(s).

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RE works closely with the Architect, Owner and/or Contractor of existing buildings to plan project requirements. RE coordinates the structural design with the project requirements to determine the most cost-effective structural systems and solutions for the project.

renovation

of existing buildings

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Hello!

contact us

  • 72 West Pomfret Street
    Carlisle, PA 17013
  • Phone: 717-243-9555
  • Fax: 717-243-1001
  • Email: mark(at)ritchie-eng(dot)com

want to work with us?

Ritchie Engineering is always looking for talented new members to add to its team. RE offers a competitive salary as well as full health benefits.

If you're interested in working at Ritchie Engineering please send a resume to Mark Ritchie at:
mark(at)ritchie-eng(dot)com