Archive for May, 2014


Recently we were approached by a home owner whose hillside garage floor was sagging. The site visit revealed the floor members were still healthy, free of dry rot and termite, but that the previous owner had put a very heavy tile floor on top of the existing floor, causing the excessive deflection. Several contractors suggested the floor joists be replaced to the tune of about $30-$40K. Then it turned out that, in order to construct the floor, the walls of the garage had to be rebuilt. This was when the homeowner called Peter Erdelyi & Associates.

We saw there was room for a beam support under the garage floor joists that would spanning the length of the garage floor and supporting the posts and footings — a simple and effective way reduce the deflection of the overstressed garage floor. Cost: $7,000.00

Now that is what we call “Value engineering”

P.S. Happy home owner, not so happy contractor.

Re-posted from our newsletter originally sent on 12/21/2012


The San Diego International Airport is celebrating the largest expansion in its 81-year history with the $1 billion “Green Build” Terminal Development Program. The project includes 10 new jet gates at Terminal 2 West, expanded dining and shopping, as well as terminal, roadway, parking and airfield improvements, as well as a new USO facility near Gate 19 in Terminal 2.

Peter Erdelyi & Associates, Inc. was part of an outstanding team working on the project. PE&A was assigned the structural analysis, design and detailing of a state-of-the art stay-in-place glazing structure. The steel structure supporting the glazing of the terminal “envelope” is designed and detailed to allow the main building to deform and reform during an earthquake event while the glazing structure stays essentially in place. It’s an amazing piece of engineering, with a very contemporary design of exposed steel tubes, bars and stainless steel rods connected together to form 3D trusses.

Re-posted from our newsletter originally sent on 12/21/2012


Two engineers were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking at its top.

A woman walked by and asked what they were doing.

“We’re supposed to find the height of this flagpole,” said Sven, “but we don’t have a ladder.” The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a couple of bolts, and laid the pole down on the ground. Then she took a tape measure from her pocketbook, took a measurement, announced, “Twenty-one feet, six inches,” and walked away.

One engineer shook his head and laughed, “A lot of good that does us. We ask for the height and she gives us the length!”

Re-posted from our newsletter originally sent on 8/6/2013


As everybody knows, there was always the possibility of building a “granny unit”, or “recreation room” in addition to an existing single family dwelling on an R-1 zoned lot. These structures could not have a kitchen, because that would have created a “second unit”. The City of Los Angeles recently changed the zoning to allow a second, or “rental”, unit to be built on the same lot with a full kitchen and bathroom. It doesn’t have to be just a wet bar and a half bath, as was the rule before. Parking requirements are very lax, only an open space has to be provided for this additional unit.

Easy isn’t it?

We see a definite increase lately in these types of designs coming from the architects we do business with. It will be interesting to see what type of effect this will have on apartment building construction, which is in full swing lately.

Home owners, this is a great opportunity to create additional income to ease your mortgage payments or provide truly separate living quarters for your children returning from college, or aging parents. After all, nothing brings a family closer together than a little separation.

Love to hear from you…


Re-posted from our newsletter originally sent on 8/6/2013