Home > Susie's Anniversary Pergola: Cleveland Park

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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.
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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.
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During ConstructionMethods of construction are deliberate and intended to maximize the safety of all individuals on the site, and the longevity of the structure.
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Engineeering CalculationsStructron Engineering in Rockville are my favorite engineers; we worked closely on this project.
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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.
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Steel FabricationThe pergola was constructed in steel, coated with a rust inhibitor, then wrapped in decorative lumber.
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Safety First!Tom is welding the final cross beam in place.
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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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