Sharing our wooden yurt building experience and more.
As part of building our yurt from Smiling Woods, we were lucky enough to get our engineer stamped plans from Precision Structural Engineering. They are based out of Klamath Falls, Oregon and and one of the few U.S. companies that specialize in green design. It may seem like a small thing but building a cedar yurt is not a typical thing in King County, Washington. They made getting our building permit not only possible, but go without a hitch. For anyone looking for this kind of service, I can highly recommend them. They worked closely with Matthew of Smith’s Design Build, in making sure all of our custom designs had the proper specifications and requirements for our county’s stringent building codes. For those of you, like myself, who didn’t know what went into structural engineering, it has to do with the math behind any structure that supports or resists loads. It’s a safety thing folks.
Or as the Structural Engineers Association of Ohio website states:
“The architect or design-builder comes up with a building layout, and then it’s the structural engineer’s responsibility to calculate the loads (such as snow, wind and earthquake forces), fit the structure to the architecture, and decide on what structural systems to use. The structural systems include steel, concrete, masonry, wood and other materials from which the engineer selects beams, columns, and other members that make up the building support. If one considers the human body as analogous to a building, structural engineers would be the professionals that design the skeleton so that the body can support its weight and other forces that act on it.”
PSE has worked on some really cool projects including: Rammed Earth, Shipping Containers, Straw Bale, Yurts, Earth Bag, Bamboo, Insulated Concrete, Domes and so much more.
You can see photos here:
From their website:
“PSE has extensive experience in traditional structural engineering services; however, we have taken a definitive lead in sustainable commercial and industrial structural engineering, as well as green residential designs.
Licensed in over 25 states, PSE is dedicated to developing green alternatives for every project.”
They can be contacted at (541) 850-6300.
Thanks to Nabil Taha and Sarah Johnson for their part in helping us get our dream home built!