Weiss Architecture Studio

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We are experienced in the varying and challenging conditions encountered regionally and throughout the country.


Our structural engineering team has a wide range of building and non-building structure experience. Whether designing for new construction or designing an addition or renovation for an existing or historic building, our team can confidently manage any challenge.

Our team is highly skilled in the design of auto dealerships, vehicle maintenance facilities, recreation centers including ice arenas and aquatic centers, hotels, restaurants, office warehouses, schools, industrial facilities, retail stores and tornado shelters. In addition, housing continues to be our leading market in our current economy. We typically have several housing projects in the design or construction phase ranging in all sizes, from large multifamily housing communities and complete senior living campuses to single-family housing additions and renovations. Furthermore, we continue to grow our regional and national program work. Recent programs include vehicle maintenance facilities, senior housing campuses and supermarkets.

Although our company is in the Midwest, our project work takes us across the country. We are very familiar with regional code specific requirements, some of which include coastal hurricane wind force, debris and storm surge, seismic design and detailing requirements as well as regional construction techniques which often dictate design direction.

Our structural practice is comprised of professional engineers registered in 48 states.

Eric Nelson, PE
Principal | Chief Structural Engineer

  • New construction
  • Additions/Renovations
  • Historic renovations
  • High seismic
  • High-velocity hurricane zones
  • Tornado shelter design
  • Prototype development and maintenance
  • Sustainable design
  • Building information modeling (BIM)
  • Aluminum
  • Composite
  • Precast, post-tensioned and reinforced concrete
  • Reinforced masonry
  • Steel and cold-formed steel
  • Wood
  • Heavy timber
  • Load capacity calculations and reviews
  • Peer reviews
  • Onsite observations
  • Observation reports
  • Existing building assessments
  • Remedial recommendations

Our structural design services address all project phases.

  • Building evaluation and feasibility studies
  • Schematic design
  • Code compliance
  • Early pricing packages for cost estimating
  • Design development
  • Alternate design studies
  • Coordination with other disciplines and local code jurisdictions
  • Construction documents
  • Phased bid packages
  • Value engineering
  • Bid evaluations
  • Shop drawings and submittal reviews
  • Response to contractor field inquiries
  • Construction observation and site visit reports
  • Testing and Inspection Report reviews
  • Building Official closeout letter

I’ve worked on a handful of multifamily projects with Nelson-Rudie and I find them easy to work with and reliable. They are readily available for any question and they bring multiple solutions to the table in order to solve design and construction related issues. I look forward to the next project I get to work on with Nelson-Rudie.

Celina Nelson, AIA Collage Architects

We at Collage really enjoy working with Nelson-Rudie. They have been exceptional responsive and great partners on our projects. We really appreciate their understanding of multifamily housing, and their ability to provide quick and educated feedback. Mostly we appreciate their ability to problem solve unique conditions and really work with us to meet the design objectives.

Pete Keely Collage Architects

Nelson-Rudie’s structural design expertise empowers architects to create cost efficient, innovative designs. They have been an immense asset for my architectural practice.

Viren Gori, ALA, NCARB Gori and Associates