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Our Charlotte Office is Moving!

We are thrilled to announce our Charlotte team is moving to The Offices at Carson Station located at the edge of South End and uptown!

Formally known as Morehead Square, this space has been renovated with some exiting new features. The interior changes include a tenant lounge and coffee bar, a 9,700 SF restaurant space with an enlarged patio that overlooks the Carson Street light-rail platform and a cascading staircase that gives access to the light rail, as well as a pedestrian rail-trail bridge over Interstate 277 that will link South End and uptown. A two-story mural inside the lobby was designed to reflect the energy of South End.

Read more about the project here.

Phase 3C of the Anne M. Lynch Homes at Old Colony has been awarded “Best Low-Rise Multifamily Building” by Phius #2

EM Structural is proud to have been part of Phase 3C of the Anne M. Lynch Homes at Old Colony located in Boston, Massachusetts. 

We appreciate the kind words of Nate Thomas AIA CPHC with The Architectural Team. 

“The ownership consistently sings the whole team’s praises for how well that phase went, in particular Phase 3C. As some of you may already know Phase 3C has won “Best Low-Rise Multifamily Building” at the 2022 Phius Passive Projects Design Competition which recognizes the best passive projects in North America and beyond. That win is a testament to how well the entire team did, so congratulations to all of you!” 

Phase 3C provides a completely affordable apartment community for seniors and those with disabilities. Fifty-five highly efficient, resilient, and accommodating units allows members of the community to age in place and continue to live within their community. 

Sustainability features include solar panels, high-efficiency LED lighting, low flow and high-efficiency plumbing features, all within an air-tight envelope. 

Project partners include The Architectural Team Inc, Boston Housing Authorities, and Beacon Communities. 

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2022 ULI Award for Excellence in Civil/Institutional Development Award!

A huge congratulations to the Atlanta Mission Restoration House project team as they are the winners of the 2022 ULI Atlanta Excellence in Civil/Institutional Development Award!

The construction of this 44,385 SF innovative shelter for women and children experiencing homelessness provided an overnight shelter, meals, resource referrals, and medical care and has allowed the Mission to expand its day services by 30% and create 102 shelter beds for those in need. The new facility has allowed Atlanta Mission to serve more women and children while expanding its services and fulfilling its mission.

EM Structural was honored to donate services to such an impactful and meaningful project.

A big thank you to our partners at Atlanta Mission Nelson for allowing us to be a part of this great project!

  • Atlanta Mission
  • Nelson
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Impact Development Management
  • Lose Design
  • Ellinwood-Machado
  • J & A Engineering
  • Confluence

Design Resources for Homelessness Click the link to view all winners! 

View more of our civil development projects here.

Community Enhancement Award

2022 Triangle CREW Award for Community Enhancement

A huge congratulations to the Willard Street Apartment project team as they are the winners of the 2022 Triangle CREW’s Community Enhancement award! 

As the state’s first transit-oriented affordable housing project, this 6-story, mixed-use development features 82 units and 5,000 SF of commercial space. 75% of units have been set aside for those with household incomes 60% or below Durham’s average. Among other amenities, the development includes Local Start Dental, a nonprofit that provides dental services to low-income residents, a picnic shelter, a playground, a fitness center, a kitchen, and laundry facilities. 

A big thank you to our partners Cline Design for allowing us to be a part of this great project! 

Click the link to view all winners!  

AIA 2022 Housing Award for One- and Two-Family Custom Residences

The Highland Park Residence project team was honored to receive the AIA 2022 Housing Award for One- and Two-Family Custom Residences! 

This stunning custom residence was completed over the course of 30 months, with strong partnerships with the owners as well as a landscape architect to ensure cohesiveness of design and execution. The main concept behind this home was to create a unique setting for an active family, with an expansive collection of contemporary art and three young children.  

Thank you to our partners at Alterstudio Architecture, LLP for allowing us to be a part of this beautiful residence! 

Photo by Casey Dunn. 

Click the link to read more! 


EM Structural Upgrades Atlanta’s Lab Space

EM Structural recently purchased and are in the process of refurbishing a Satec HVL tension and compression machine to upgrade the Atlanta Lab Space  testing capabilities.


This machine can produce up to 300,000 pounds of tension and compression force on a specimen and will allow EM Structural to perform our own testing on on a variety of materials.

Testing for the modulus of elasticity for different concrete mixes, verification of elongations on post tensioning strands and performing concrete compression tests up to 14,000 psi are just some of the capabilities.

We look forward to using this knowledge to improve our designs, make them more cost effective, and then be able to share that improvement and pass those savings on to our clients.

EM Structural Celebrates 10 Years!


This month Ellinwood + Machado celebrates 10 years of business.

What started with Brad and Rafael working on a folding table out of their homes has grown into 35 employees over 3 offices and still growing!

EM Structural would like to thank all of the clients; past, present, and future for all the continued support that has helped us grow to where we are now.

EM Structural would also like to thank the employees without whom we would not be able to accomplish everything that has been done in the past decade.   We look forward to the future and many more years to come!



Shaping the Future Generation of Engineers

EM Structural Shaping the Future Generation of Engineers!

On Thursday November 14th 2019, EM Structural was invited to continue shaping the future generation of engineers by  presenting on structural engineering at the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter Elementary School in Washington D.C.

To those outside of the construction industry, the subject of structural engineering is quite mysterious. Introducing your job to 4th and 5th graders has its own complexities. The goal of the presentation was to show these young students that they can understand and solve structural engineering problems even at their age and experience level. The challenge was to explain complexities using language and concepts that they were already familiar with.

The presentation consisted of images of buildings during construction, a short video of an ETABS model in motion, and a few sets of construction drawings to pass around. We discussed design considerations of gravity, lateral loads, and serviceability. And we discussed different building materials such as concrete, steel, wood and masonry. A comment and question portion of the presentation ensued. The questions were unlimited.

I was very surprised with how many important considerations were covered throughout the Q&A portion of the presentation. The first 30 questions whittled out what is the responsibility of the structural engineer relative to the rest of the design/build team. We had questions about contractors and sub contractors, owners, building uses, risk categories, forensics, fireproofing, fire walls, and fire safety, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, interior design considerations, offset structural columns, bearing wall stacking, construction practices, and geotechnical considerations. By the end of this Q&A, I surprisingly covered more detail than I ever thought I would have had the chance to explain. Admittedly, it was very fulfilling to have had the opportunity to communicate in great detail how the construction industry functioned as a whole. After the Q&A, we had to move on to the design example.

For the final portion of the presentation, we pulled open Revit, and modeled a wood beam supporting a floor system. The students were tasked with calculating the load on the beam using a worksheet which walked them through the process. The kids split up into smaller groups and I had the chance to walk around and help answer questions about the calculations. Once the students had the load on the beam calculated, we opened up design software and sized an LVL beam that could support the floor joists.

Figure 1: The Revit model in which students took part in laying out a wooden frame floor system supported by two 20’-0” long beams

Figure 2: The worksheet used to walk the students through calculating the load on the 20’-0” beam

The group of students in Ms. Maisie’s 4th and 5th grade class could not have been a better audience. They listened, asked so many questions, and were generally excited to hear about what goes into building design.

Overall, I think the young students understood that they could do this job. I have a good feeling that at least one engineer will emerge from this classroom in years to come!

Written by: Jan Dokonal, E.I.T.



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Welcome John Griffith!

EM Structural would like to welcome John Griffith, PE  to the team!

John comes to us with 12 years of experience in the Washington DC market.  He has a Civil Engineering degree with a structural concentration from Virginia Tech.

He will be based in the Raleigh office as an Associate Principal.

See more on the information about EM Structural’s staff here:  EM Structural People

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