Van Nostrand EOR of Tropical Research Lab

Snell Engineering’s Cord Van Nostrand served as Engineer of Record (EOR) on the new Mote Marine Tropical Research Lab on Summerland Key. Van Nostrand was engaged and served as EOR at his previous firm. The project is unique in its modular design that was built stateside and transported via boat to the islands for assembly. The 18,000 square foot facility is a 3-story structural precast building with parking below. With sturdy and efficient design, it is both USGBC and LEED Gold certified and able to withstand a Category 5 hurricane.

To support Mote Marine’s ongoing research efforts in coral reef restoration, the new Keys facility houses 2 wet science laboratories, 4 dry science laboratories, classrooms, office spaces, and a residential area for scientists, students and executives. The design is complete with a solar array on the rooftop and a generator for additional backup during power outages. Water is harvested at the rooftop and collected for use in a cistern at ground level. Complete in 2017, the new facility looks forward to new research and educational endeavors.

A project this complex has a lot of moving parts. The collaboration between the Engineer of Record, Architect and specialty engineer was an important part of the success of the project.
— Cord Van Nostrand, P.E., S.I., Director of Engineering

Snell Selected for Village on the Isle

Snell Engineering Consultants was selected as EOR on RLPS project in South Florida

Snell has been named Engineer of Record for the new Village on the Isle master plan in Venice, FL.  A $100 million dollar master plan was approved last year and has been progressing full speed ahead since. Initial portions of the project include renovations to existing buildings servicing the CCRC's residents.  The two new phases include approximately 120,000 new square feet of development on campus which include new Independent Living units which represent a hybrid home model, something architect RLPS has perfected over the last few years, and a new health center that will include a memory care and a skilled nursing component.

Structurally, the buildings are important because of their functional usage. While the Independent Living units will be designed similarly to a multi-unit residential buildings, the health center and its skilled nursing push the building into a higher risk category requiring design for 170 mph winds.

We are happy to be working with RLPS and Village on the Isle on their new project. As we move toward completion of the first phase construction documents, I think we can all see this will really strengthen the mission of Village on the Isle.
— Curtis Ross, P.E., Managing Principal of Snell

SEC Welcomes New Staff

Prominent firm continues expansion by welcoming two new Structural Engineering Staff

Sarasota, Fla. (March 1, 2017) – Snell Engineering Consultants continues its rapid growth by filling two new positions. The firm has undergone shifts in leadership over the past year, and has since set its sights on expansion of staff, services and geographical reach.

 Percy Alexander - Structural Drafter

Percy Alexander - Structural Drafter

Percy Alexander enters his new role as Snell’s Structural Drafter after earning his certification as a Revit Drafter through Autodesk at Suncoast Technical College. While working toward his certification, Alexander headed a number of projects, including the design of an entirely self-sufficient 3,000 square foot home, capable of storing and filtering its own water and providing its own power. He anticipates a successful engineering career among the knowledgeable and respected leadership at Snell, including Curtis Ross, P.E. and Cord Van Nostrand, P.E., S.I., whom Alexander described as forward-thinkers with valuable insight to the direction of the engineering industry.

Craig Stevenson, EI joins Snell’s team as its new Structural Engineer. In 2013, Stevenson received his NCEES Engineer in Training (EIT) Certification, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of South Florida. He went on to gain diverse experience throughout Central Florida, working on projects including the I-275 and Veterans Expressway reconstruction project in Tampa, which covered more than 10 miles of both roadways. He also worked on the design for the future Cypress Creek Middle and High School in Wesley Chapel, a large 5-building tilt-up wall project with a modern design. Stevenson looks forward to working toward an established engineering career as a part of one of the area’s most respected firms.

 Craig Stevenson, E.I. - Structural Engineer

Craig Stevenson, E.I. - Structural Engineer

We are looking forward to having both Percy and Craig be a part of the firm as it continues to grow in both size and capability. Snell has upheld its reputation as a prominent engineering firm in the area for decades, and we look forward to having both new members contribute to its continued success with their own skills and potential.
— Cord Van Nostrand, P.E., S.I.

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