Member Spotlight: The Structures Group, Inc.

Date: February 27, 2017

The Structures Group, Inc., an award-winning consulting engineering firm based here in Williamsburg, will be celebrating their 25th year in business on March 20th! We wanted to congratulate and spotlight them as they have been a member of the Chamber since their beginning, so Kayla Kearse, our Public Relations and Social Media Specialist spoke with Michael Matthews, President and CEO of TSG. 

Read their member spotlight to learn how TSG was founded and the amazing projects they’ve worked on in their 25 successful years, and check out their website


How was TSG founded? 
TSG was founded in 1992 by Michael A. Matthews, P.E., forging his diversified experience in both structural design and forensic analysis into a small business consulting engineering entity servicing a wide array of clients, including Architects, Owners, Developers, Contractors, and Insurance Companies, as well as State and Local Government Agencies.
 
What is TSG’s Mission? 
The Structures Group, Inc.’s mission is based on maximizing the value of our client's resources creating economical and functional structures while assuring the safety and welfare of the public.  Our approach to this mission is simple: Attention to Detail, by providing services that go beyond the conventional professional design services, we fulfill each individual client's unique needs in a personal way.  
 
What kinds of consulting engineering services does your firm offer?
We have five distinct services that we provide. They are Structural Engineering, Special Inspections, Forensic Analysis, Independent Plans Review, and Due Diligence/Risk Analysis. Our firm is licensed to practice Professional Engineering in twenty one (21) States as well as the District of Columbia.
 
I read that TSG has been involved in restoration projects after disasters such as California Earthquakes and multiple hurricanes. Can you talk about the biggest success story TSG had their hands in helping to repair these devastated areas?
Based on our response following the Earthquakes in California and Nor-Easters along the East Coasts, we were solicited to provide structural analysis and/or remedial repair design for over 120 commercial and residential projects in Florida following Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Prior to Hurricane Katrina coming ashore in August of 2005, we were again asked to mobilize for what resulted in the largest property loss storm to hit the United States.  Our firm was able to complete the structural analysis and/or remedial repair design for over 230 commercial and residential projects throughout Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Our detailed attention also helped record  the storm water surge elevation heights utilized in numerous reports and studies following the storm.
 
We are so delighted that you have been a member of the Chamber since the firm’s opening 25 years ago! How has membership benefitted you the most, and what advice do you have for small businesses that are just starting out?
When initially opening the company, we felt that Chamber membership was an important business resource and joined right away.  Being  a Chamber member increases visibility in the community, creates unique networking opportunities, and creates an opportunity to be more active in our community.  

Networking through the membership has resulted in long lasting business relationships from venders, banking, tax preparation, property managers, owners and commercial clients. However, those long lasting relationships have been fostered by maintaining the company mission throughout those years. 
 
Anything additional you would like to spotlight/talk about?
A few noted unique commercial structural designs are the Computer Aided Virtual Environment (CAVE) at Brown University in Providence Rhode Island, the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center in Washington DC, the Stryker Building within the City of Williamsburg, the SunTrust (picture attached) and Foundation Square Buildings at Newtown within James City County, the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education building in Corolla, NC, the Super Bowl XLIV structures in Miami, Florida.
 
Our staff at TSG provides STEM lectures to the local high school engineering classes as well as to the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and the Math Field Day held annually at the University of Richmond. TSG is also proud to be a sponsor of the upcoming showing of the American Society of Civil Engineers film “Dream Big” at 6pm on Thursday Feb. 23, 2017 at Regal Cinemas in Newtown during Engineers Week. The film for STEM students will take viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds. Along the way, the audience will witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow. 


To learn more about The Structures Group, Inc., click here.