Special Materials & Delegated Design Support
Would your project benefit from specialized materials design for cost, installation speed, robustness, corrosion resistance, or constructability? Frost Engineering is one of the few firms in our region that designs and produces engineer-of-record (EOR) and shop drawings for delegated design services of cold-formed steel, helical piles, and pultruded fiber reinforced polymer (FRP). Cold-formed steel can be used as exterior cladding, infill, and even load-bearing roof, floor, and wall framing. Helical piers provide quick and reliable foundations for buildings on poor soils as well as slopes or instances with large uplift loads. We are also one of the only structural design firms in the world that designs projects with pultruded FRP. Due to its non-corrosive material properties, pultruded FRP framing solutions may be ideal for infrastructure exposed to harsh outdoor environmental conditions (e.g., salts from sea spray or from roadway de-icing treatments) or from caustic industrial conditions (e.g., chemical processing). Due to its light-weight and domestic production, pultruded FRP framing can be manufactured, fabricated, delivered, and installed in rapid fashion compared to heavier traditional infrastructure materials, making it ideal in mission-critical construction projects. To help meet our client’s needs, we’ve even pursued experimental testing of novel FRP framing connections.