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Light and ShadowThe interplay of light and shadow animate the spirit. The pergola has a surprising repertoire of patterns that depend on the season, the weather, and the time of day.
Preliminary CalculationsMy background and interest in structural engineering allows me to test ideas before finalizing designs at the engineers' office; this saves everyone time and money.
During ConstructionMethods of construction are deliberate and intended to maximize the safety of all individuals on the site, and the longevity of the structure.
Engineeering CalculationsStructron Engineering in Rockville are my favorite engineers; we worked closely on this project.
Falling TreesDuring the design process, I was curious whether the imposing tree would eventually land on the pergola. The pergola was designed to sustain the weight of plant life, a two foot layer of ice, and a few individuals with ice picks -fortunately, the impact load of the tree was never tested.
Steel FabricationThe pergola was constructed in steel, coated with a rust inhibitor, then wrapped in decorative lumber.
Safety First!Tom is welding the final cross beam in place.
Susie and Bill Married 25 Years!Susie and Bill, their kids, and their dogs, and cat, were such a pleasure to work with. We worked closely together, and for weeks, arriving at the perfect design to match their needs and the house aesthetic.
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