With each and every project, we bring the energy and expertise needed to add value at every step of your project. From new building material insight to cost-saving alternatives, we have proven our worth over and over again to fulfill our clients’ design objectives and project outcomes.

Civil Engineering

BKBM’s civil engineering staff has vast experience with a wide variety of public and private developments. We understand that every project is unique and every site is unique. BKBM prides itself with thinking “outside the box” when addressing site constraints, project budget, agency approval process, and storm water management. Whether the project is the rehabilitation of a small parking lot or Master Planning for a large multi-use development, BKBM’s approach to the project is very similar. Determine site constraints, discuss owner’s project goals and budget, and determine governing agency requirements. Our goal is to provide a high quality product that meets the owner’s budget and intended use.

BKBM project portfolio includes College/K-12 schools, medical clinics, office/warehouse, mixed-use buildings, industrial facilities, manufacturing facilities, apartments, condominiums, single family homes, residential subdivision, property master planning, railroad design, roadway design, and stormwater management.

Services provided include:

  • Site Development Due Diligence Research
  • Site Concept/Master Planning
  • Site Construction Cost Opinions
  • LEED and Minnesota B3 Designs
  • Stormwater Management Design to meet Owner/Governing agency requirements
  • Site Demolition/Erosion Control Plans
  • Grading, Drainage, and Erosion Control Plans
  • Roadway, Sidewalk, and Trail Designs
  • Utility Plans
  • Railroad Designs
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP)
  • Project manual specifications
  • Construction Observation and/or Construction Inspection
  • Shop Drawing Review
  • Punch List
  • Peer Review
  • Civil Forensic Engineering and Expert Testimony

BKBM’s civil engineering department has worked throughout the Midwest and is familiar with many City, County, State, and Watershed District requirements and standards. BKBM often assist the Owner/Design Team in the public approval/permitting process via attending meetings with the neighborhood, City Staff, City Planning Commission meetings, City Council meetings, County/State/Department of Natural Resources/Army Corps of Engineers, and Watershed District Staff/Board meetings.

BKBM is an integral part of the design process and prides itself on providing quality service to all of our clients, be they the architect, developer, contractor, or owner. We not only pay close attention to the client’s goals during design, but follow through with the project during construction providing field observation, inspection, and construction administration.

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BKBM has provided restoration services on a variety of buildings and parking structures. We have expertise in evaluation and rehabilitation of facades and concrete, masonry, steel, and timber structural systems. Repair and restoration services vary from project to project and have included sealant replacement, concrete surface repairs, mortar repair, and replacement of post-tensioning or mild steel reinforcing. We have restored several buildings listed on the national and regional historic registers. Restoration services we offer include:

  • Condition Assessments
  • Due Diligence Studies
  • Facade Investigation and Repair
  • Fire Damage Assessment
  • Historic Preservation
  • Parking Garage Restoration
  • Repair and Rehabilitation of Structures
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Structural Engineering

Our structural staff has expertise in a wide range of project types such as education/academic buildings, recreational/park facilities, residential buildings, office buildings, government buildings, libraries, medical/healthcare facilities, retail buildings, manufacturing/warehouse buildings, churches/worship facilities, correctional facilities, industrial facilities, parking structures, and skyways. We also perform condition assessments and special structural inspections during construction. Services include:

Building Design

  • New Construction
  • Expansion/Addition
  • Renovation
  • Building Information Modeling
  • LEED/Sustainability
  • Seismic Design
  • Tornado Secure Facilities

Evaluation and Inspection

  • Condition Assessment/Special Investigation
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Peer Review
  • Roof/Floor Capacity Evaluations
  • Special Inspection

Whether a project is new construction, an expansion/addition, a renovation or a combination thereof, our staff has the knowledge it takes not only for the design and detailing requirements, but we also pride ourselves in our effective construction administration role once the project gets off the ground. On every project, we work intimately with our client regardless if that client is an architect, owner, or contractor, to provide a cost effective structure that conforms to our client’s design concept, budget, and overall usage goals.

We have extensive knowledge and experience in many building materials and building systems to meet the needs of our clients. These include structural steel, composite steel, precast concrete systems, cast-in-place concrete systems, post-tensioned concrete, masonry, wood, and heavy timber. 

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