Digging in to Dirty Jobs.

dirty-jobs-headerOther architects may turn them away or refer them to someone else, but we dig in. Dirty jobs are often rough around the edges and some dust may be stirred up in the process.

Our team is eager to step in and help and provide consulting architecture, structural engineering and planning services on these often-unglamorous projects because we care about the people that need them done.

Dirty jobs are typically smaller-scale; tedious or quick turn-around jobs that require experience, skill and patience, and the result is rarely a beautiful, shiny building. These are projects like:

  • Utility Distribution Tunnel Replacement, Missouri State University – Springfield, MO
  • Coger Theater Stage Lift Replacement, Missouri State University – Springfield, MO
  • Landers State Office Building Elevator Modernization & Renovation – Springfield, MO
  • Lincoln Hall Re-Roof, Ozarks Technical Community College – Springfield, MO
  • Campbell Elementary Air Conditioning Installation – Springfield, MO

But there are other kinds of dirty jobs. Planning and zoning proposals often stir public opinion and increased media awareness. Many professionals may shy away from this kind of dirty work, but our professionals have been at the forefront of these issues many times in the past, advocating for clients every step of the way.

Helping a client with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) facility compliance issues can be dirty. These involve minor or major renovations needed for the facility to comply with ADA standards.

Expert witness work is another. As a professional services provider, our design professionals have been called upon by attorneys to give their sworn expert testimony requiring an outsider’s professional, objective opinion.

Springfield Brewing CompanyThe Springfield Brewing Company was a dirty job when we began work on it. It was a remote facility for testing and demonstrating a new brewing line. But as the project progressed, the client caught a vision, and what was initially conceived as a discrete pilot plant turned into what is now a regional destination that has been a catalyst for nearby development.

Many of our dirty jobs have been minor modifications of commercial spaces which cannot be considered maintenance or a remodel. Things like:

  • Adding changing rooms to a store
  • Adding a hair wash station in a salon
  • Moving equipment in a restaurant kitchen
  • Work following a fire or storm damage

Although small in scale, these projects still require coordination of complex mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and structural engineering, and there are often code issues involved that increase their difficulty.

Got a dirty job? We are here to help people, and we like the challenge of rolling our sleeves up and digging in to dirty projects. If you have one coming up, call on our team.