Our Firm

Peterson Structural Engineers is a single-discipline structural engineering firm, incorporated in 1997, that offers a full spectrum of structural engineering services. We are based on the west coast with offices in Portland, Oregon; Tacoma, Washington; and San Diego, California. Our team of engineers are licensed in more than 30 states across the U.S., in Guam, and in two Canadian provinces. Our clients include public and private agencies, business owners, general contractors, and residential homeowners.

We are a long-established, well-respected firm that is serious about doing things right.  Our approach is simple - no nonsense, no hype, no grandstanding - just good solid engineering work for a fair price.

Our Focus

Truly speaking, we are generalists.  To be successful, we just need to be.  And moreover, there are just too many interesting projects out there to limit ourselves.  With that said we do, however, have a couple of areas of specialization.  Peterson Structural Engineers was built on engineering design for water reservoirs along with providing structural engineering to residential homeowners.  These two areas are still prominent and constitute a significant portion of our day-to-day work, but over the years we have grown to serve municipalities, public agencies, and private clients on a wide variety of projects – new buildings, renovations, bridges, etc. and as a firm headquartered in a seismically active region, we are excellent at seismic evaluations and developing designs for seismic strengthening.

Working With Us

Working with us, clients benefit from our more than 30 years of project experience.  Peterson Structural Engineers has vast depth and breadth of past experiences so more likely than not, we’ve seen it before.  We have worked with every type of client (single homeowners to the largest multinational companies) on projects that vary in size from the simple, single-element one-off design to massive multi-discipline projects that span years or decades.

However, years of experience isn’t the only factor to consider when choosing a consulting firm.  In addition to providing well-designed structures, we strive to be enjoyable to work with and to deliver total project satisfaction – from kick-off to close-out.  We know that good communication and clearly defined expectations, established early-on, is paramount to successful project completion.

At the end of the day, we want our clients to feel they were heard and that PSE responded specifically to the needs of their project.

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