VSE works on a wide range of projects, but most typically designs residential and small commercial buildings (both remodels and new construction). With a long history of quality design using standard structural engineering materials (wood, concrete, steel, etc.), VSE also has extensive experience in sustainable structural design, working with materials such as straw bale, cob, adobe, rammed earth, and bamboo. VSE works with many types of clients, including owners, contractors, and cutting-edge green architectural design firms. VSE offers the opportunity of managing a project from start to finish, which aids in the development of a broad range of engineering skills, and is directly applicable to the California Professional Engineering Exam.
Our office is small, lively, and hard-working. We are located in West Berkeley, in the Gilman Street district. Our office space, which we share with an architecture firm, is open and bright, and is situated next to Codornices Creek.