On November 11, CEO Structural Engineers turned 16 years old, and we’ve made some bold, exciting changes this year…maybe 16 is our lucky number?

  • We’ve added two new bright young EITs to our staff, and both have proven to be worth their weight in gold!  They bring with them experience in road and bridge work, intensive wind design, and blast-resistant structure design.  CEOSE is always striving to provide the best service to our clients in the most expeditious manner, and growing our staff is proof of our commitment to you.
  • We’ve also finally expanded our office into the space next door, and boy does it feel good to stretch the ol’ legs out.  In addition to the facelift we received (fresh paint and carpet), our expansion gave us a second, spacious conference room with an interactive TV, and new office furniture throughout (our engineers are beside themselves with glee!).  Our address is the same but we now have double the space…drop in and check out our new digs!



  • The Commercial Real Estate Revolution: Nine Transforming Keys to Lowering Costs, Cutting Waste, and Driving Change in a Broken Industry by Rex Miller, Dean Strombom, Mark Iammarino, and Bill Black

Recommended to us by Jonathan Arnold of Arnold Development Group, The Commercial Real Estate Revolution sheds long-overdue light on the inefficiencies swirling around the construction industry, and then goes a step further to provide techniques to improve the process.  It doesn’t just involve processes, however; it includes shifting your mindset to transform the industry’s archaic norms.

A great read for anyone along the chain: developers, owners, engineers, architects, contractors, suppliers…everyone!

  • Number: The Language of Science by Tobias Dantzig

We also recommend Number; a fascinating trip back in time to the ancient origin of numbers and their evolution from the stone ages to the present.  You don’t have to be a math geek to enjoy this one – you’ll quickly develop a sense of wonder when reading how commerce, philosophy, and even religion contributed to and revolutionized the complex theories and evolution of numbers.

This is a fun book – accessible to the masses while providing some real thought-provoking and enlightening information!




Bryant Building Redevelopment

Owner: Amerimar Enterprises, Inc.

Architect: Mark T. Curfman, AIA – Urban Architecture Studio, Inc.

Structural Engineer: Christopher E. Orlando, CEO Structural Engineers, Inc.

Photo courtesy of Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City Missouri

We’re very excited to see the national spotlight placed on Kansas City’s historic Bryant Building redevelopment. As Engineer of Record, CEOSE has been working tirelessly with the owner, Amerimar Enterprises, Inc., and architect, Urban Architecture Studio, Inc., to transform this classic, 1930's Art Deco office building into one of the most technologically robust and dependable carrier hotels in the United States.

The Bryant Building, constructed in 1931, is a historical gem in the heart of downtown Kansas City. Retrofitting the existing structure to accommodate a state-of-the-art data center while preserving the building’s original Art Deco style, has been a truly stimulating design challenge for architects and engineers. From the immense rooftop cooling towers to the massive new 30,000 lb Megawatt generators installed on the ground level (and everything in-between!), this is a keystone project CEOSE is extremely proud to have in our portfolio. Check out the links below for more press coverage on this fascinating rehab project:

Amerimar Enterprises Acquires Key Telecom Carrier Hotel in Kansas City
(Commercial Property Executive

Carrier hotel's location is a key to its success
(The Kansas City Business Journal KCBizBeat)

New Ownership Commences Redevelopment of 1102 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, MO
(The Wall Street Journal MarketWatch)

We also recommend dropping by 1102 Grand’s website (you know, in case you’re a data center searching for a new hub):

1102 Grand Midwest Internet Hub & Colocation Facility

Monumental thanks to our partners, Amerimar Enterprises and Urban Architecture Studio, for allowing CEOSE to be an integral part of this surprising high-tech conversion of one of Kansas City’s most notable historical treasures.



Working Lunch

An engineering meeting with the folks at GE Transportation culminated in a BBQ feast at Perry Foster BBQ in Warrensburg Missouri.  When the 3" tall, plate-sized smoked-pork and brisket sandwich landed on the table with a thud, we felt it was such an amazing structural feat that it was worthy of proper documentation and blog-note.  Just another reason to love Kansas City; terrific BBQ all over the place.


CEOSE client Tim Sylvester of Integrated Roadways LLC will be performing a real life test of his innovative modular paving product Resilient Roads.  Working in conjunction with Kansas Department of Transportation, the new test slab will be installed in place of a conventional, cast-in-place concrete road patch.  If successful, this new method of repair will greatly reduce down-times and lane closures on our congested interstate highways.  Future Resilient Road slabs will include electronic data transmission capabilities, LED signal lighting and someday, wireless electric vehicle charging capabilities.  Not surprisingly, Integrated Roadways is hoping to leverage additional opportunities for their product line involving Google high-speed fiber installations in and around the Kansas City area.

Tim was recently featured in two Wall Street Journal articles: Entrepreneurs Dream of Jumping on Super-Fast Network and Ready to Move to Kansas City?  Think Again. 



We scored a big assist last April for "Heavy Metal", an Architectural Record Record House of  2012.  The house, located in Joplin, Missouri, was designed by Kimball Hales, Managing Director, Hufft Projects, with the structural design provided by our very own Walter Greiwing and Chris Orlando of CEO Structural Engineers.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe famously stated "God is in the details".  CEOSE project engineer Walter Greiwing went a bit further when he added that "yes, God may be in the details but the devil is in the design".  This was truly one of the most detailed steel structures we've ever conceived.  Congratulations to architects Matthew Hufft and Kimball Hales for receiving this highly coveted and well-deserved professional accolade.



West Peculiar Fire Protection District Celebrates Dedication of Fire House #2

Architect: Jeff Shinkle AIA - BCS Design

Structural Engineer: Christopher E. Orlando, CEO Structural Engineers, Inc.

General Contractor: Jahnke & Sons Construction

Mr. Jason Norman, West Peculiar FPD Board Member, holds the brass plaque at the dedication of the new fire station.

The new Peculiar, Missouri fire station utilized CEO Structural Engineers' Accelerated Building System which required only 32 pieces of red-iron and used no proprietary steel parts such as bar-joists or pre-manufactured steel bents.  The frame was erected in record time allowing subsequent phases of construction to commence ahead of schedule.

We congratulate the people of Peculiar, the West Peculiar Fire Protection District and the general contractor, Jahnke & Sons Construction, for a job well done.



Risen Savior Lutheran Church, Leavenworth County, KS

Congratulations to Architect Mark Curfman for completing construction of Risen Savior Church!  We worked closely with Mr. Curfman to design the structural frame of the building including the spectacular tied arches and glue-lam trusses that form the roof over the nave, north and south transepts, choir loft and alter.  Mr. Curfman povided the following synopsis of the project:

"In the fall of 2009, Urban Architecture Studio was hired to design a new church for Risen Savior Lutheran Church in rural Leavenworth County, Kansas.  The congregation wanted a very traditional church and had  looked to Lutheran churches in Germany for inspiration.

The design is based on the principles of Sacred Geometry and utilizes the layout, materials and detailing of a  traditional reformation-era Lutheran Church in conjunction with structural steel framing and glue-laminated  wood timber trusses, gothic design and detailing.

The sanctuary seats 250 people with a choir loft for a pipe organ and a 20-person choir.  Urban Architecture Studio was responsible for the design of all of the Liturgical Furnishings including the cast stone Altar and  Baptismal Font; the Communion Rail; the Pulpit and Lectern and the Reredos and Gradine behind the Altar. Construction began in July 2010 and the church was first used on Christmas Eve, 2011." 

Contractor:   J.M. Frese Construction

Project Budget:  $2,000,000



New Cornucopia and the BIG IOU - Sculpture Installation by John Salvest

CEO Structural Engineers designed the foundation and connection details for artist John Salvest's monumental sculpture installation entitled New Cornucopia and the Big IOU.  The sculpture installation was sponsored by Grand Arts and installed on the south lawn of Liberty Memorial Park in Kansas City, Missouri.  The project was expertly administered by Project Managers April Pugh and E.J. Holland.  We had a great time working with April, EJ and the artist and congratulate Grand Arts on the great success of this interesting project!



CEOSE recently sponsored a Geotech Seminar: The Geotechnical Engineer's Bag of Tools, presented by:

Kevin Miller, PE PG, Chief Engineer, PSI Engineering

The seminar was well attended and the speaker, Mr. Miller, was knowledgeable and engaging. Topics discussed included: Site reconnaissance; number, location, method, and depth of soil borings; sampling and lab test procedures and evaluation and reporting.

The seminar also included discussion of some of the tools the geotech employs to probe soils including the Core Penetration Test (CPT), the Pressuremeter (PMT), Dilatometer (DMT) and RiMi test.  These tools and testing procedures extend the geotech's ability to understand the material makeup, bearing qualities and behavior of earth materials.  Mr. Miller also discussed the physics of slab design.  


Refraction Microtremor Test (RiMi)

The PSI Refraction Micro Tremor (RiMi) test utilized Geophones and seismographs to detect micro-tremors created by the naturally occurring pressure of passing traffic.  In the example above, Mr. Miller inserted Geophones into the soil in an array along a busy roadway.  The pressure-waves propagated by the traffic were measured by seismographs and mathematically analyzed which resulted in this 2-D graphic image revealing the exact location and depth of a buried concrete stem-wall.  

Fun Note: Geophones are commonly used by water department technicians to trace leaks in buried water mains.