Specialty Structural Engineering

Whether your project involves uniquely curved glass structures, walkable skylights, or other exceptional features, our team has the expertise and experience to help attain your vision.

What sets RDH apart is how we integrate building science and enclosure consulting concepts with speciality façade structural engineering and a focus on the full building enclosure. This has allowed us to work on some of the most complex structural glazing projects throughout western Canada, including the Pearl Tower (Edmonton, AB), PARQ Resort & Casino (Vancouver, BC), and the Olympic Oval (Richmond, BC).

Design and Analysis

Our team designs façade systems and components using traditional construction materials as well as the more innovative elements of aluminum, glass, stainless steel, and fiberglass. Thermal modeling, energy performance, durability, and cost optimization are all key considerations in our designs. We develop specialized details that are designed for comfort and energy-efficiency and are buildable and cost-effective.

Shop Drawings

We produce shop drawings, specifications, and related documents for a variety of systems, including:

  • Curtain wall and window wall
  • Storefront
  • Total vision
  • Canopies and skylights
  • Structural glass: walls, stairs, floors, and railing and guard structures
  • Commercial and residential windows

Field Review and Testing

RDH’s research laboratories in Waterloo, ON, and Vancouver, BC, allow us to test mock-ups and façade systems in-house for:

  • structural performance,
  • watertightness,
  • airtightness,
  • condensation resistance,
  • vapour permeance,
  • heat flow,
  • temperature cycling,
  • and a variety of other nonstandard

This work can be project-specific to explore what can be done for a particular design, or it can be related to a new system design that a fabricator wants to bring to market. Testing façade components and fenestration systems can efficiently assess existing construction and is often an effective alternative to gathering field information for analysis.

Site visits and field testing help ensure that the construction meets the design intent and will provide good in-service performance.