Wallace Engineering

In simple terms, Wallace Engineering is a structural and civil engineering consulting firm. In reality, we are so much more than that. We believe that we’ve assembled the greatest group of engineers, technicians and support personnel in the industry. We’re passionate about architecture and the application of engineering to the built environment. We believe that we have a responsibility to be active citizens in our profession and our communities. And we believe that we have more fun doing our job than just about anyone else.

Each of our offices is designed to inspire creativity and promote collaboration. We have personnel licensed in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and British Columbia, Canada, giving us in-depth knowledge of all model building codes including local codes and jurisdictions. Wallace Engineering doesn’t operate as a series of separate offices. Each office is part of the whole, allowing us to bring together the individual talents required – regardless of location – to produce projects that are seamless. Projects that flow. Projects that delight.

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2017 summer Interns

I am currently in the process of duel B.S. degrees in Civil and Architectural Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. I am also in the process of my M.S. degree through an accelerated program called the Greenberg Scholars Program. Incorporated with the program are both undergraduate and graduate research where my emphasis is on the shear strength of fiber reinforced cementitious material structural repair systems.

Sarah Jemison Degree: B.S. Civil Engineering and Architectural Engineering, M.S. Civil Engineering, Structural emphasis

Sarah Jemison

Degree: B.S. Civil Engineering and Architectural Engineering, M.S. Civil Engineering, Structural emphasis

Prior to the summer of 2017, I have had three other internships: American Buildings Company – Atlantic, American Buildings Company – Midwest, and KPFF – STL. While working for American Buildings Company, I gained experience in the design process of pre-engineered metal buildings and the detailing process of structural and shop drawings. While working at KPFF, I gained experience in the design process of a variety of materials: steel, wood, and concrete. I assisted in the design of small projects including canopies, port cocheres, tilt-up building design, beam design, etc. I also calculated building loads by hand utilizing building reference codes and manuals such as ASCE7. 

This summer, I have worked for Wallace Engineering in Kansas City under the direction of my Principle, Darcey Schumacher. Throughout the summer, I worked on a variety of project types including steel design, aluminum design, wood design, and the design of basic foundations. 

Many of the projects I have had the opportunity to work on dealt with connections. Prior to this summer, I had not been exposed to connection design outside of a classroom setting. This was a new, challenging experience for me in determining how forces in a connection flow from the location the load is being applied, back to the structural member. Many of the connection projects were with a company called Zahner, which incorporates metals in the work of art and architecture. I aided in the design of connections that needed to transfer forces being applied to Zahner panels back to an existing or new structure. Along with the design of intricate connections, I also performed calculations on basic fastener connections.  

In addition to connection design, I aided in the design of custom beams and columns made from either hot-rolled steel, cold-formed steel, or aluminum. Depending on the material type, RISA-Section, CFS, or AutoCAD was utilized to determine mechanical and physical properties. Incorporated with the custom member design, I aided in the design of stiffeners and splices as appropriate. 

The programs I have learned this summer include RISA 3D, RISA Section, Tedds 2016, CFS, BlueBeam Revu 2016, and minimal SAP2000. Prior to this summer’s experience, I had previous work experience with AutoCAD, Revit, STAAD Pro, and RISA 3D which I utilized in this internship as well. 

Overall, I have gain useful knowledge in the field of structural engineering, particularly with the design of metal structures. I am more confident in my ability to break down a structure, large or small, into components to determine how loads applied get transferred through members and connections to the structural foundation.

I have completed two years at Oklahoma State University studying Civil Engineering and hope to receive my bachelor’s degree in May 2019. 

Caleb Bennett Degree: B.S. Civil Engineering

Caleb Bennett

Degree: B.S. Civil Engineering

This summer I worked at Wallace Engineering in Tulsa under Darren Burns. 
I started off the summer by starting a drainage investigation for a library in Skiatook, OK. I gather ideas from others and determined that the ground surface around the building needed to be regraded and the drainage channel needed to be cleaned.  This would allow flow away from the building and into the drainage channel. Darren showed me a sketch of how he wanted the property to be regraded and I began the report and cleaned up the sketch in Microstation GEOPAK.  

Microstation GEOPAK is the main program I used this summer with Wallace. The great thing about Microstation is the drafting is very similar to AutoCAD which I had previously learned how to use. I used this program to create and revise plans for Wallace this summer. A few of the plans I have worked on include utility, plan and profile, demolition and erosion control, survey, and site plans. Through all the practice I have received this summer I am more confident in my work and improved my knowledge of civil engineering plans. 

Before this summer I was only familiar with survey drawings so creating civil engineering plans was a new experience. It did not take long to grasp the new context of the plans, but other engineers in the Wallace civil department were always available when I had questions. Having others for help is what made this summer a great experience for me. 
I have also been able to get out of the office this summer to take site visits for drainage investigations, help with surveys, and to complete site punches. I enjoyed all of these opportunities and it was nice to get outside and see projects in person. I went with Darren to Cleveland Ara Hospital for the drainage investigation site visit and once we arrived we began taking pictures and inspecting the site for existing conditions. Following our trip to Cleveland Area Hospital I used the pictures we had taken and completed a drainage report for the project. When surveying I went out with Richard multiple times completing topographic surveys and differential leveling on multiple sites. I used my past experience of surveying to really help with this. Lastly, I went on multiple site punches with Richard towards the end of my internship help him with school project needing to be done before school starts. While on a site punch we looked for any issues in the site we could find that were not in accordance with the engineering plans.  

Overall, I have had a great time with Wallace this summer and have enjoyed learning what my job will be like as a civil engineer. My skills of completing plans and looking for problems on sites had improved significantly over the course of the summer and I believe it will lead me to be a much better engineer in the future.

I am currently in the process of my B.S. degree in Architectural Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Starting in the fall of 2017 I will begin the process of obtaining my M.S. degree through an accelerated program through the University of Oklahoma as well.

Kayla Buster Degree: B.S. Architectural Engineering, M.S. Architectural Engineering

Kayla Buster

Degree: B.S. Architectural Engineering, M.S. Architectural Engineering

This summer, I have worked for Wallace Engineering in the Tulsa office under the guidance of my supervisor, Matt Gebhardt. Through the duration of my internship, I have worked on an array of projects consisting of steel design, light gauge metal framing, concrete and masonry.

To begin, most of these projects start off with structural code checks and geotechnical reports, which I’ve had the role of completing. The structural code checks consist of researching local building codes and getting an idea of what design loads should be used. After getting a basic idea, a building inspector or code official was called to verify the information. The wind, snow and seismic calculations done for each project use the verified information to construct the building. The geotechnical report is an investigation done on the proposed site of the building. The report states specific soil and foundation data that is needed to develop the foundation and paving design. For both of these tasks, there are sheets that are filled in with the information for reference. Wallace Engineering uses a database to store the information for all projects.

I have worked and reviewed countless sets of shop drawings. Shop drawings are submitted by the contractor to show what they plan on constructing. These are reviewed to verify the contractor has interpreted the structural drawings correctly. These drawings include working with reinforcement in masonry, light gauge metal framing, reinforcement in concrete and structural steel. I would compare the shop drawings to the structural reference drawings Wallace had available. Each section cut is different and needed to be checked for correct size, placement and dimensions. Shop drawings have helped me understand the different components that go into the assembly of a building and what is regularly expected.

I have had the opportunity to be selected as a project engineer for one of the Bridgestone Retail Operations buildings. My role has included doing a code check, concrete mix designs, verifying shop drawings and determining design loads. A concrete mix design consists of the materials used for the mix and gradation analyses. This information is checked with a mix design spreadsheet to determine whether or not the mix will be satisfactory once hardened. From the code check, the design loads can be determined from a local building code or the International Building Code. These values are then used within the specific spreadsheet to establish the loads used to construct the proposed building. Different components such as, dimensions, roof slopes, tributary areas and risk category, are also implemented into these spreadsheets.

In concluding my internship, I feel I have a much better understanding of what is expected of an architectural/structural engineer at Wallace Engineering. I have learned more than I expected during my internship. I feel bold and trusting in my engineering related tasks than before.

I have graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and will start working toward my Master’s degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Washington this fall.

Mitchell Gordon Degree: B.S. Civil Engineering, M.S. Civil Engineering

Mitchell Gordon

Degree: B.S. Civil Engineering, M.S. Civil Engineering

This summer, I worked as a structural engineering intern at Wallace Engineering in Tulsa, OK. I gained experience through a variety of work with several different engineers at Wallace. My internship was valuable because it provided my first exposure to working in an engineering firm and showed me the way a structural consulting firm is operated.

I started the summer working on code checks and checking shops. Code checks showed me what is important to find out before starting a project, taught me how to communicate with city building officials, and introduced me to how projects are organized at Wallace. I also checked a wide variety of shops throughout the summer, which helped me develop a better understanding of all the details that go into structural design. They also enhanced my attention to detail and made me more familiar with the small but critical elements of structural design.

As I gained more experience, I was given more design work. I had the opportunity to find the loads and develop a joist schedule for Rachael Wilkerson. On the same project, I analyzed a wall using RISA 3D. This was my first time being exposed to this software, so I was glad to gain experience with it. Additionally, Adrian Martin gave me the opportunity to develop the schematic design for a small structure. This assignment was enjoyable because it gave me the opportunity to be creative and think for myself.

For a large portion of the summer, I worked on completing and compiling calculations for commercial projects for Kenna Chapin. I was able to work on several different stores all over the country. This was valuable experience because I was exposed to different building codes and was able to see the influence of widely different wind, snow, and seismic loads on the structures. The opportunity to work on every part of the design gave me a much better understanding of how structural calculations are performed in practice and how an entire project is organized and completed. 

I also had the chance to go on a few site visits this summer for foundation and slab reinforcement inspections. It was great experience to see what structural engineers check for and helped put my work in perspective.

Overall, my internship at Wallace was a great introduction to the field of structural engineering. I have a much better idea of how engineering companies operate and what my life as a structural engineer will be like. I learned so much and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to gain this experience.

I am currently going into my senior year at Missouri University of Science and Technology. This summer I was working under Alec Bass in Oklahoma City with the Civil Engineers.

Andrew Granich Degree: B.S. Civil Engineering, M.S. Structural Engineering

Andrew Granich

Degree: B.S. Civil Engineering, M.S. Structural Engineering

I had experience with MicroStation, the software we used for drafting our plans, from the previous summer so I could immediately begin learning the ins-and-outs of Wallace and how the company operates. Going from an internship with the State turned out quite a bit different than a consultant firm. I started coming in with my brother and working the same hours that he worked. I always had a couple of projects to work on in the morning before Alec would show up so I was always busy.

The first few projects were learning how to create new files and new base plans for the site, grading, and utility plans. I would export the survey from AutoCAD into MicroStation so we could manipulate it for the plan sheets. After a couple of weeks, I was creating project folders, plan sheets, and eventually entire plans for projects throughout Oklahoma.

I would go on site visits and be able to see the project I was working on. This helped tremendously because it can be hard to visualize what you design on paper to how it will be constructed in the real world. Often, what was on the paper would not be accurate to what was on-site. Greg and I went out and had to verify the locations of two manholes, that were buried, so that we could draft the utility plan sheets accurately.

I would listen to the Structural Engineers around the office and see the projects they were working on to get a feel for what I would be wanting to do in the future. My brother helped me get an idea of the work he was doing. He took me on a site visit to a garage that was being constructed and to a meeting he had with an architect. Communication is key when designing a project. There are many moving pieces and having them all work together and to know what needs to be done and when it must be done can make a complicated project easier and vice-versa.

I have learned a lot this summer at Wallace Engineering, and I enjoyed it. I feel like I have learned new skills as well as improve in many skills that I have learned from school. I feel grateful for this opportunity and I hope I have exceeded expectations that the people I have worked with this summer had of me. I hope I have more opportunities with Wallace in the future and get closer to my goal as a structural engineer.

This summer I completed my second internship at Wallace Engineering (Tulsa in 2016 and Oklahoma City in 2017). Both internships found me working with Wallace’s civil group in site development. Prior to these internships, I spent a summer at Olsson Associates in Oklahoma City working for their transportation department. I am currently about to enter the final year of my undergraduate education in civil engineering at Oklahoma State University.

Greg Hendrickson Degree: B.S. Civil Engineering

Greg Hendrickson

Degree: B.S. Civil Engineering

Working in Wallace’s Oklahoma City office this summer placed me in a smaller office compared to the year before, as the company is based out of Tulsa. This summer I worked under one principal, one professional engineer and along with an engineer in training and a fellow intern.

The combination of already having a year of experience under my belt along with operating in a smaller office allowed me to be even more plugged-in to projects than I had been previously.  While continuing to hone my expertise in different software programs, my general engineering knowledge and intuition has greatly increased under my mentors.

The day-to-day aspect of my work found me involved in many different projects, both in the office and out in the field. When drafting on the computer, I put together P&P sheets; site, demolition, grading, and utility sheets; as well as many project-specific plan sheets. This drafting was done in the program Power GeoPak, a software that combines 2-D drafting with 3-D modeling. I have become very familiar with site grading in particular, as much of my experience has come from hand-grading a site to get me familiar with the thought process before I expedite this task using the software.

Along with drafting, I was constantly keeping up correspondence with contractors, architects, utility companies, and third-party engineers. This experience broadened my view of how projects are managed and the required steps to fulfill them.

I also spent a good deal of time out in the field, strengthening my grasp on the real-world application of our work in the office. These trips helped me to understand why certain decision are made with respect to the constructability of a project, factors that are difficult to design around when working only from the office.

My work this summer at Wallace Engineering has done wonders to increase my capacity as an effective engineer, and I look forward to continue to build off my experiences here.

This summer I worked for Wallace Engineering in the Civil Engineering Group. This was my second summer interning with Wallace. Over the past three months, I have been able to gain valuable knowledge and experience that I will be able to use moving forward. This upcoming year, I will be a senior at the University of Oklahoma working towards a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering. Throughout the summer, I worked on numerous projects around the Tulsa Metro area

Grant Phillips Degree: B.S. Architectural Engineering

Grant Phillips

Degree: B.S. Architectural Engineering

I was able to work on many projects such as a few schools, a gym, hospitals, libraries, as well as a few industrial projects. Having worked on a large variety of projects, I was exposed to many different challenges that come along with each project.

A notable project from this summer included creating construction documents for a concrete batch plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. While working on this project I was able to participate in all stages of the project. I was able to attend design meetings as well as work on the actual design and layout of the new site. While creating the construction documents, I was involved in the design and layout of the new site as well as coordination with the Owners, utility companies, MEP, and structural engineers.  Other tasks I was responsible for included picking up redlines, creating IDP permit sets, permitting responses, and creating Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans.

I was able to use and build upon my knowledge of the software to effectively contribute to the projects I was working on. Being an essential tool for any engineer, understanding and mastering the CAD software used within an office greatly influenced the level of work I was able to incorporate into my summer experience.

Other tasks that I performed this summer include coordinating with surveying companies to create easements, performing drainage reports, designing storm pipes, writing reports, and many other drafting tasks. Throughout the summer I was able to go out to the field on several occasions to survey sites, perform flow tests, record existing conditions, and perform observation reports.

Overall, this summer was a great learning experience for me. I am very excited to go into my senior year of college to build upon my summer experience and prepare myself for my future.  Compared to the beginning of the summer, I feel much more confident in my ability to effectively communicate within an office setting, and feel more prepared than ever to begin my career as an engineer.

During this internship I assisted in the design of many interesting projects including: foundations of prefabricated metal buildings, diaphragms of steel framed buildings, cmu headers, steel lintels, dormer framing, a freestanding colonnade, an obelisk tower, foundations for two sculptures, and steel wind girts. In addition to these, I also performed small tasks and submittal review for various other projects. This summer I am interning at Wallace Engineering, under Principal Tom Gangel.

Hanna Monroe Degree: B.S. Architectural Engineering, M.S. Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering emphasis

Hanna Monroe

Degree: B.S. Architectural Engineering, M.S. Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering emphasis

                The first of the projects I assisted on this summer, was a set of sculptures that utilized steel plates as the cladding and structure. For this project, I first used AutoCAD to consolidate the artist’s drawings into a line drawing that could then be exported into Risa 3d. Once in Risa 3d, I then built the necessary members and plates, applied the loads, and performed a preliminary code check. The next project that I worked on was a rather large steel framed building, for which I designed the drag beams, several wind girts and some of the grade beams.  A small, but unique project was the analysis of existing jib cranes in a warehouse. These beams were interesting as they were cantilevered off of a single column and were free to swing about that column to allow for the loading and unloading of materials. Another interesting project that I worked on this summer was a remodel project, for which, a truss system had to be designed to cantilever off of an existing beam. This project gave me the opportunity to learn torsional design of wide flange beams. Which was both challenging and rewarding

                In addition to hot rolled steel design and analysis, I was also given the opportunity to work on cold formed structural design and analysis for two projects. I had never worked on cold form design in academia or in previous internships, so these were particularly exciting and challenging projects for me. The first cold formed project, was the retrofit of a roof top hvac unit on an existing cold formed steel roof. This project required both hand calculations as well as an analytical model in RISA 3d to determine the strength of a built up cold form section. The second project was the design of a cold formed soffit for an indoor entryway. This project required load calculations, member checks and connection design.

                Over the course of the summer I was given the opportunity to visit several sites. The first site visit this summer was a special inspection of a concrete pour for an underground vault. During this visit I learned how to check the concrete trucks load tickets for the necessary information, as well as the basics of concrete form work. The next site visit was to a manufacturing plant to field measure four columns that would later be retrofitted for a crane. I then accompanied the EOR on a scope trip and client visit for an inspection of a parking garage. We did a preliminary inspection of the garage that would later be fully inspected. I was also given the opportunity to attend a meeting with the architect of the remodel project I would later design the cold form and hot rolled steel framing for.  

                This summer has afforded me the opportunity to work on many exciting and challenging projects. Through this internship I have developed skills that are invaluable to my future in academia as well as in the job market.

I am a graduate student at Oklahoma State University. This summer I worked in the Oklahoma City office under James Granich. I started my internship by looking through shop drawings. This task was something that I had never been exposed to at my university. It gave me a better understanding about the type of pieces that must be made for a building to be built. It also provided insight into how structures are constructed. I learned how some components are welded in the shop before they are transported to the site. Throughout the summer I completed shop drawing reviews for concrete, steel, and joists.

Christopher Waite Degree: B.S. Civil Engineering, M.S. Civil Engineering

Christopher Waite

Degree: B.S. Civil Engineering, M.S. Civil Engineering

I learned how some components are welded in the shop before they are transported to the site. Throughout the summer I completed shop drawing reviews for concrete, steel, and joists.James also gave me many opportunities to make direct design contributions to many projects. My first project was a large warehouse in Pennsylvania. I learned how to calculate snow, wind, and seismic loads using the ASCE 7 and the IBC. On this project I did all of the loads by hand. This was a valuable learning experience because I had to read and understand what the code was saying. I learned how to use the equations, rather than going straight to a spreadsheet. However, I was able to learn how to use industry design software like RISA3D, Descon, Hilti PROFIS, and Tedds later on.

I was also able to apply my concrete and steel design knowledge to many projects. James taught me how to utilize what I already knew from college to actual buildings. One of my favorite projects was a baseball stadium will eventually be built in my community. I designed concrete grade beams, connections, and header beams for this project. It will be great to see something that I worked on actually be built.

During the internship I made three site visits to projects around the state of Oklahoma with Michael Hendrick and Billy Wiginton. I learned how structural engineers have to do inspections on certain structural components while a project is being constructed.  I also attended a site visit on an old building that is to be remodeled. These times out of the office were very helpful in visualizing how building components look in the field.

My time at Wallace Engineering was a great experience. From a warehouse in Pennsylvania, to hospital components in California, I was given a role on many real projects throughout the country. James was a great mentor and took time to answer all of my questions. He always expressed the importance of relating everything I do back to statics and stresses. After graduate school I will be excited to start a career in structural engineering.