Carpenter Wright Engineers, PLLC (CWE) was established in 1994 by David R. Wright and John A. Carpenter as the successor firm to John Carpenter and Associates, PC, established in 1976. CWE holds the distinction as the first professional limited liability company in Tennessee. With offices in Nashville and Knoxville and a staff of over 25 motivated and professional men and women, including approximately 15 structural engineers, CWE is one of the largest structural engineering consulting firms in Tennessee.
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, 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 Chief Executive Officer of CWE, and directs the company’s Risk and Quality Management Program.
John A. Carpenter, P.E., Founder of John Carpenter and Associates, PC, entered his retirement in 2008. Mr. Carpenter continues his relationship with CWE as Senior Engineering Specialist and is available for consultation for complex post-tensioned concrete systems and other unique challenges. In John Carpenter’s “second career”, he founded and directs the non-profit “Tools for Schools” program, providing labor and material resources for special projects at Nashville’s public schools.
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 Manager 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.
Under the leadership of this management team, we have "re-engineered" our firm from top to bottom, and have organized our staff, resources and procedures to support our clients with the quality of services they deserve and expect. 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. Each person's commitment to professional and personal excellence has enabled CWE to move closer to the goals of our mission statement:
The Mission of Carpenter Wright Engineers is to assist our clients in fulfilling their commitments by providing innovative and economical structural designs, supported by accurate documents,
which are delivered on schedule.
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. Most of our engineers hold at least a Master's degree 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 any office. All of our staffs have been specially trained to work together, using state-of-the-art 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 local area networks, each supported by servers running Windows 2003 and 2008 operating system software. The office networks are linked using multiple dedicated high-speed T1 data lines. All of our engineering, drafting, and administrative computers are Pentium 4-class computers connected to the networks for maximum efficiency and security. Notebook computers are utilized for off-site design and drafting when project coordination and schedule needs dictate. RAID 5 hard-drive technologies, plus the execution of two interim daily backups, plus weekly and monthly full backups are actively managed for the prevention of critical data loss.
CWE currently utilizes the latest versions of multiple software titles for the static or dynamic design and analysis of two- and/or three-dimensional structures, such as RAM Advanse, RAM Structural System, RAM Concept, RAM Connection, RAM Baseplate 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.
Computer-aided drafting is performed utilizing desktop computers which have been configured for maximum speed and efficiency. CWE utilizes the latest versions of AutoCAD for our drafting software, and we have a successful record of translation with other CAD packages as necessary. CWE utilizes tools including REVIT and RAM CADStudio, 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 goals stated in our mission statement focus on the tangible signs of quality engineering services. We would welcome the opportunity to demonstrate that client expectations are fulfilled at Carpenter Wright Engineers!