Carpenter Wright Engineers, P.L.L.C. (CWE) was established in 1994 by David R. Wright and John A. Carpenter as the successor firm to John Carpenter and Associates, P.C., founded in 1976. CWE holds the distinction as the first professional limited liability company in Tennessee. With offices in Nashville and Knoxville and a dedicated staff of professional men and women, CWE is one of the leading structural engineering consulting firms in Tennessee. Licensed to practice engineering in 48 states, CWE is locally grounded, but competes on a national basis.
David R. Wright, P.E. began his professional career with John Carpenter and Associates (JCAA) in 1982. For the ten years prior to 1994, Mr. Wright gained additional engineering management and design experience with Stanley D. Lindsey & Associates, Ltd. and Lockwood Greene Engineers, Inc. Returning to the firm in 1994 to allow Mr. Carpenter to retire, Mr. Wright brought experienced organizational and management skills to CWE, and a record of design innovation and forensic expertise. David Wright is the Senior Principal and Director of the Board for CWE, and directs the company’s Risk and Quality Management Program.
Ken L. Griffin, P.E. joined the management team of Carpenter Wright Engineers in 1998, after previously working with Mr. Wright at Lockwood Greene Engineers. Mr. Griffin serves as Principal and Office Director of our Knoxville and East Tennessee operations. In 2002, Rick D. McIntosh, P.E. of our Nashville office, and Joele J. Fowler, P.E., S.E. of our Knoxville office were added as Principals and join Mr. Wright and Mr. Griffin to compose the firm’s Board of Management.
In addition to our traditional role as engineer-of-record on over 10,000 completed projects, CWE also serves in the delegated engineer role for the design of specialty items, including steel connections, stairs, metal stud systems, and for the development of erection engineering documents. CWE has jointly developed a collaborative delivery system for steel projects with a leading national steel detailer, integrating the modeling, design, detailing, fabrication and erection of steel into a seamless operation, significantly reducing the time from kickoff to erected structure.
Our staff believes that the way we provide our services not only is a reflection on our firm, but also contributes to the reputation of the entire design and construction team. We understand that the proper performance of our commitments helps our clients fulfill the expectations of their clients. For over forty years, our commitment to professional and personal excellence has enabled CWE to move closer to achieving our shared goal for our services:
Our goal at Carpenter Wright Engineers
is to assist each of our clients in fulfilling their commitments by providing innovative and economical structural designs, supported by accurate and timely documents.
The continued growth of the company has resulted in more opportunities to serve our clients at Carpenter Wright Engineers. Our diversified experience includes commercial, entertainment, recreational, educational, medical, religious, industrial, and infrastructure projects, produced with design-bid, design-build and fast-track delivery methods. Our staff has developed specialized project experience, including mission-critical data centers, airfield hangers, and manufacturing plants for various products, such as steel, automobiles, tires, and food products. We have strong forensic capabilities and have assisted attorneys and insurance companies in investigations of structural failures to successful outcomes. Essentially all of our engineers hold at least a Master's degree, typically in structural engineering, equipping them with the proper understanding of advanced topics in the field, and possessing the research background desired in today's competitive environment.
In 1995, CWE opened a Knoxville office to provide structural engineering services for our clients in the East Tennessee region. Projects are typically managed and designed locally, but we can easily expand our support to include special assistance from either office. Our staffs have been specially trained to work together, using advanced information and communication technology.
CWE's computer infrastructure provides a valuable resource for efficient and accurate structural designs and the integration of drawing production. The central components of our IT system are two server-based networks running Windows operating systems. The office networks are linked using Metro-E high-speed fiber data lines. All of our engineering, drafting, and administrative devices are updated or replaced as needed to ensure maximum efficiency and security. RAID-5 hard-drive technology, plus the execution of both onsite and offsite backups through Datto BDR Systems are actively managed for the prevention of critical data loss.
CWE currently utilizes the latest versions of multiple software platforms for the static or dynamic design and analysis of two- and/or three-dimensional structures, such as Tekla Structural Designer, RAM Elements, RAM Structural System, RAM Concept, RAM Connection, ADAPT PT/RC and ENERCalc. Additionally, a library of over 50 other commercially and in-house developed structural engineering programs is maintained, including the design of conventional or post-tensioned concrete, composite steel framing, retaining walls, cold-formed steel, masonry and wood/timber design.
CWE utilizes the latest versions of AutoCAD and REVIT for our drafting and modeling software, and we have a successful record of translation with other CAD/modeling packages as necessary. CWE utilizes tools including RAM Structural System and Tekla Structural Designer, allowing integration of the building modeling, analysis, design, and drafting functions, increasing our efficiency and productivity.
At Carpenter Wright Engineers, P.L.L.C., we know that a reputation for providing quality engineering services must be earned every day. Our stated goals focus on the tangible signs of quality engineering services. We would welcome the opportunity to demonstrate that our client’s expectations are a priority at Carpenter Wright Engineers!