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Structural Assessments and Why They are Important

By pwsadmin | July 26, 2021

The issue of structural integrity and structural assessments has become a buzzworthy topic. Building owners and operators desire the assurance that the structure they are managing is safe for those who use it – and tenants desire that reassurance as well. However, many readers may not fully understand what a structural assessment entails and why…

Employee Spotlight: Abdel Abdelkariem

By pwsadmin | July 9, 2021

Top Level Engineering is pleased to welcome our newest employee, Abdelfatteh Abdelkariem, who joins our firm as an Engineer in Training or “E.I.T.”  Known as “Abdel,” Abdelkariem began his tenure with our firm on June 7, after graduating with honors with a degree in Civil Engineering and an emphasis on structural, from Virginia Tech. Abdel…

Understanding Constructability

By pwsadmin | June 21, 2021

As structural engineers, we are often asked about the “constructability” of a project. Yet some of our clients may not completely understand the notion of constructability, or when it is best to consult a structural engineer about the constructability of a project. Let’s take a deeper dive into this issue. What is constructability? The Construction…

Project Spotlight: 32 S. King Street in Leesburg, VA

By pwsadmin | June 4, 2021

In 2017, Top Level Engineering was hired by W.A. Brown Architects in Sterling to perform a structural analysis for one of its properties located at 32 S. King Street in the quaint historic district of Leesburg, Virginia. The property had formerly functioned as a large antiques emporium, but the owner was interested in redeveloping and…

Employee Spotlight: Austin Doughty

By pwsadmin | May 17, 2021

Austin Doughty is a Structural Designer at Top Level Engineering, and has worked in this position for 2.5 years. Currently residing in Ashburn, VA, he is a proud native of West Virginia, who grew up in the Charles Town/Shepherdstown area, and is TLE’s lone representative from the Mountain State! Austin attended Marshall University in Huntington,…

Top Level Engineering Assists in Revitalization Efforts at DC’s Union Market

By pwsadmin | May 7, 2021

It is often said that “everything old is new again” – and that is especially true when it comes to urban revitalization efforts in Washington, DC. Over the past two decades, many neighborhoods in DC’s urban landscape have received a makeover – from The Wharf and the Capitol Waterfront in Southeast DC to the 14th…

Employee Spotlight: Byron Cook

By pwsadmin | April 26, 2021

Byron Cook is a Senior Structural Engineer at Top Level Engineering, and joined the company almost a year ago in June of 2020 after spending many years at a larger, multidisciplinary engineering firm in the DC area.  Byron is a resident of Falls Church, Virginia and – as a lifelong Washingtonian – has enjoyed watching…

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Project Spotlight: Lost Barrel Brewery

By pwsadmin | April 5, 2021

Shortly before lock-down began in February 2020, Top Level Engineering was approached by Utica Contracting, Inc. of Sterling, Virginia to take on a unique construction project: developing plans for the main brewing building at Lost Barrel Brewing Company – a brewery and event space located on a bucolic farm west of Middleburg, Virginia. This building…

Top Level Engineering, LLC Celebrates Five Year Anniversary

By pwsadmin | March 16, 2021

This month, Top Level Engineering is proud to celebrate our five-year anniversary! Our company has grown steadily from our humble beginnings in the Ashburn basement of our founder, Kirby Hartle in 2016. Over the past five years, Top Level Engineering has more than doubled in size and revenue – now occupying state-of-the art office space…

Top Level Engineering: Providing Comprehensive Structural Engineering Services for Customers in Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Beyond

By pwsadmin | March 5, 2021

Top Level Engineering, LLC is a structural engineering firm, located in Sterling, Virginia. We specialize in designing “everything from the ground up,” including structures built from wood, steel, masonry or concrete – including new buildings and major to minor structural renovations. We also provide structural assessments and design structures such as concrete and masonry retaining…