Construction Engineering Draft

LBYD’s Construction Engineering Division bridges the gap between what is shown on the Contract Documents and the design needs of the General Contractor.

Our staff has intimate knowledge of how buildings and other structures are designed across all building materials. This gives us the unique ability to efficiently communicate with the Structural Engineer or Architect to bring their vision and design intent to fruition.

Working on the contracting side of the fence we are quite accustomed to react quickly to schedule demands.

LBYD has a team of specialty engineers with over 25 years of experience in the industry.

We can provide services as Specialty Structural Engineering Services (SSE) for Delegated Design items or work directly to support the General Contractor during construction.

Structural Steel Connection Design

Structural steel connections can have elaborate loading and complex geometry. LBYD has extensive knowledge of steel connection design, fabrication practices, and steel detailing. We work closely with steel detailers, fabricators, and erectors to provide designs that work well with the fabricator’s shop practices and can be erected in the field safely and efficiently.

Our staff has over 25 years of experience in the industry and have authored many publications and given seminars on connection design topics. Our capacity allows us to take on projects of any size and have a dedicated team for your project.

We employ the latest ‘state-of-the-art’ software in our design, however, our experience also allows us to work on highly-complex joints outside of the limits of any design software.

Our standards and deliverables have been proven to be cost-effective and easy to understand to the user – from the steel detailer to the Structural Engineer of Record (SEOR).

Structural Design of Stair and Handrail Systems

Stair and handrail systems are often a Delegated Design item that fall on the steel fabricator to deliver. LBYD has extensive experience in the design of stair and handrail systems. We can provide designs that are code-compliant and meet the intended performance requirements for strength and serviceability.

Considered as architectural components, stair and handrail systems must be designed to be attached to the primary building structure. We can leverage our structural steel connection design experience to do so safely and efficiently.


We can provide design of these structures in materials such as steel, stainless steel, aluminum, bronze, and glass.

Erection Engineering

Environmental loads, such as wind and seismic, are typically not considered by the Structural Engineer of Record during construction. LBYD has experience working with the General Contractor and the Steel Erector to provide engineering support for the stability of the structure during these temporary loading conditions. Below is a listing of our Erection Engineering services:  

  • Staging plans showing crane locations
  • Temporary bracing plans and connection design
  • Lifting plans and rigging
  • Critical lift plans
  • Shoring tower design & foundations
  • Dunnage/cribbing design
  • Lifting lug design
  • Spreader beam design