Has your home been creaking or having mysterious cracks and leaks lately? Before you launch into a full-on renovation plan, it’s best to consult the services of a reputable structural engineer in Ottawa first.
Aside from making sure every step of the renovation is safe and secure, a structural engineer can expertly select the appropriate materials for the type of house or building you have.
You can learn more about this profession and why it’s important for your dwelling with our handy FAQs at the end of the article.
How Much Does a Structural Engineer Charge in Ottawa?
A big part of the costs that come with the job of a structural engineer has to do with the complexity of the project.
For instance, basement structural projects will definitely cost more because it requires foundational assessment and repair. Of course, it goes without saying that commercial projects are costlier than residential ones, as well.
To know some of the estimated costs of common structural engineering services, we researched some national averages and put them in the table below.
|STRUCTURAL ENGINEER SERVICE||ESTIMATED COST|
|Residential project||$680 – $8,500 (depending on complexity, size, location, and job type)|
$170 – $350 per hour
|Structural engineer inspection||$400 up|
|Structural engineer report||$2,000 up|
Please note that inspections, assessments, consultations, and reports could vary per structural engineer. It’s still best to inquire about the costs of different services before getting them for a project.
The Best Structural Engineer Firms in Ottawa
To come up with this listicle, we researched and selected structural engineering firms based on the following factors:
Now let’s see what the best structural engineer can do to keep your home or building sturdy for years to come!
1. Ottawa Structural Engineering Services
|SERVICES||Structural engineering, Wind Energy Turbine Shell Station, custom design solutions, restoration, retrofit, and investigative report for buildings|
|ADDRESS||100 Metcalfe Street, Suite 200, Unit 353 Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5M1|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Tuesday 9 AM – 7 PM|
Wednesday to Thursday 9 AM – 6 PM
Fridays 9 AM – 5 PM
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Established in 2010, Ottawa Structural Engineering Services or OSES specializes in structural analysis, design, and the rehabilitation of structures. Its founder Sam Yakoub is a qualified structural engineer with a Ph.D. and nearly three decades of industry experience.
The company offers free quotes for potential projects. Still, it would be good to have some base pricing information for its services just by looking at the website
The firm’s other passion is in the development of multi-level wind farms to improve the current plight of wind energy-powered industries. It also conducts and delivers investigative reports for buildings both commercial and residential.
The OSES structural engineers can work with a variety of materials and structures, including residential, commercial, educational, industrial, high-rises, infrastructure, bridges, and even historic ones.
Its clientele extends beyond Ottawa and well into Haiti (the firm retrofitted two health centres and a historical building there) and other countries. OSES has worked with contractors, architects, private home and building owners, and local and international government bodies.
Impressive, professional, very courteous
“Sam was such a pleasure to work with. We had an urgent and unexpected need for an engineering report. He made time for us immediately and turned his full report around so quickly. We were so grateful. I happened to spend several hours with him as he completed his site visit and research. He’s an impressive professional and very courteous. He’s both a PEng and a Ph.D. We priced out three engineers and he was the most reasonably priced, too.
All in all, I can’t recommend Sam enough.” – Elena Aptowitzer
The epitome of professionalism
“We had Sam at our commercial property to inspect the beginnings of a hole under our parking structure. As it was an urgent safety matter, he came as soon as he could and was the epitome of professionalism. The assessment and report were thorough, and he turned everything around to us in a timely manner.
We highly recommend using OSES for any of your structural engineering needs! Thank you, Sam!” – fncaringsociety
2. Ostan Engineering, Inc.
|SERVICES||Structural engineering, building science, project management, civil forensic engineering, renovations and additions, foundations, new constructions, structural component design, structural assessment and inspections,|
|ADDRESS||900 Lady Ellen Pl, Ottawa, ON K1Z 5L5|
|CONTACT NUMBER||(613) 663-5605|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Thursday 9 AM – 5.30 PM|
Fridays 9 AM – 4 PM
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Ostan Engineering was founded in 2017 by Obinna Eze who is the company’s Principal Engineer. Today, the Ostan team has extensive experience in rehabilitation projects including concrete, masonry, steel, and timber structures.
The company’s structural engineering services aim to identify, review, and repair structural issues for Ontario’s commercial, industrial, and multi-residential buildings. Ostan’s specialization is on project management for small to large-scale undertakings.
But what makes Ostan stand out is its emphasis on Building Science. To minimize uncertainties and potential disputes within neighbourhoods, the company conducts a pre and post-construction survey and a performance audit to check for damages (and their extent).
There are also building condition assessment services and energy audits. We appreciate this particular service for the professionalism, transparency, and honesty behind it.
Potential clients can request quotes on different services. But its website mentions that home inspections typically start at just $350, which falls within national averages.
Impeccable service, made the whole process very easy
“My Fiancé and I highly recommend Ostan Engineering. We had impeccable service. Obinna helped us design our dream home plan just the way we had wanted it. And it came out great! He made the whole process very easy and kept us up to date on the process. Very happy with their Services!” – Jonny Roy
A lot of detail put into the job
“I would highly recommend Ostan Engineering. We had a complicated structural issue with load-bearing wall removal and they came and worked with us on a perfect solution to our situation. They stayed well beyond the time allotted for the job to make sure it was done 100% correctly. There was a lot of detail put into this job and the end result was extremely well laid out and very professional. 5 stars all around!” – Michael Quevillon
3. Cunliffe and Associates, Inc.
|SERVICES||Structural engineering services for schools, high-rises, high tech buildings, retirement residences, healthcare facilities, commercial plazas, multi-unit residential and mixed-use buildings|
|ADDRESS||200-1550 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Z 8S8|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday 8.30 AM – 5 PM|
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Established in 1989, Cunliffe and Associates consistently aims to bring architects’ visions to life with an emphasis on fiscal responsibility.
The firm takes on commercial, residential, recreational and educational building structures. Its past projects include retail complexes, major hotels, low-rise manufacturing structures, and an overseas convention centre.
A look at its portfolio of projects reveals an impressive array of clients from Ottawa and as far away as Havana and the United Arab Emirates!
For every project, there’s a pre-planning session that includes preliminary studies to help the clients strategize the most cost-effective course of action. This is followed by structural analysis, design, drawings and specifications, reports and investigations, with supervision and inspection all throughout the process.
The downside is that there’s no form to fill out at the website for quotes or evaluation on potential projects. Cunliffe & Associates doesn’t provide any pricing information on its site, either.
“Always professional large or small projects. You feel you are in charge.” – Paul Walkington
4. Mr. Foundation, Inc.
|SERVICES||Winter repairs, waterproofing/ crack repair, foundation restoration and structural repair, egress windows, foundation stabilization, bowed wall reinforcement, Ram Jack foundation repair system|
|ADDRESS||99-5460 Canotek Rd Ottawa, ON K1J 9G9|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday 8 AM – 5 PM|
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Mr. Foundation, Inc. is a Better Business Bureau-accredited foundation repair company with a consistent A+ rating since 2016. And while its website might not look like much (the company has been around for at least two decades), its slogan of “Do it once. Do it right.” sort of makes up for the lack of better design and navigation.
It has addressed and completed thousands of projects in the Ottawa-Carleton region. The company has taken on structure re-levelling, foundation installation, erosion control, drainage systems, retaining walls, and concrete repair projects.
Mr. Foundation also does commercial and residential waterproofing, foundation repair, restoration and foundation settlement. It has acquired exclusive Ottawa rights for Fortress Stabilization Systems which uses carbon fibre and Kevlar to support concrete walls.
There’s a 10-year warranty on structural repairs and 10-year transferable warranties on waterproofing services and repairs for cracks.
Potential clients can ask for a free evaluation, which is good since Mr. Foundation doesn’t provide pricing information on its website.
Impressed from the estimate to the finished product
“We just had 3 cracks in our foundation repaired by Mr. Foundation and from the estimate, to the finished product we were so impressed and couldn’t be happier. The staff were professional, friendly and kept the worksite incredibly clean. Fantastic job thanks for everything.” – Kelly Friel Lafranchise
A company that does quality work
“This is a company that does quality work. Their motto of ‘Do it once. Do it right’ is absolutely true (because nothing is more expensive than a cheaply done job). Know satisfied Clients AND have met some of the happiest Employees ever because they are proud of their work and respect their Employer.” – Kanna Pagalam
5. Ottawa Structural Residential Services, Ltd.
|SERVICES||Asphalt driveways, basement waterproofing, decks and fences, foundation replacement, foundation underpinning, garage and basement floors, interior waterproofing, interlocking stone, parging, patios, Platon Flooring Protector underlayment, polyurethane crack injection, retaining walls, ScapeWEL® Window Well System, StakWEL® Window Well, sump pump, walkways, weeping tile systems, window well excavation|
|ADDRESS||7 Enterprise Avenue Ottawa, ON K2G 0A7|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday 7 AM – 4 PM|
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Ottawa Structural Residential Services takes pride in the 45,000 dry basements it has completed (and all the satisfied customers that come with them). It’s a Better Business Bureau-accredited foundation repair company that was established way back in 1979.
It specializes in waterproofing basements but also offers foundation replacement, underpinning, interior waterproofing, polyurethane crack injection, and a host of other repair services. Each project will first be thoroughly reviewed and clients interviewed so the problem can be addressed right at its cause.
The company is quite generous with sharing information on potential foundational problems on its website. It also recommends possible solutions and services it can provide clients in the Ottawa-Carleton area.
However, it doesn’t provide any sort of pricing information on its website. But Ottawa Structural Residential Services promises that its estimator will recommend the most practical and economical solution backed by written and transferable guarantees.
Work resurfacing was done beautifully
“Even over the phone, Michael knew what the problem was! The work resurfacing our front porch was done beautifully. We have no further water problems. We are delighted to recommend Ottawa Structural Residential.” – S.L., Ottawa
Work was completed within the time estimated
“We had an active leak in the foundation and owing to the age of the home elected to waterproof the whole foundation and replace the weeping system. The work was completed within the time estimated, changes accommodated with ease, and everything picked up and left clean. I would recommend this company for any foundation work.” – D.D., Ottawa
FAQs About Structural Engineers in Ottawa
With this listicle, we hope you can find the best structural engineer firms in Ottawa for your construction project.
Got a good structural engineer to recommend? Send us a message so we can take a look at their services.
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