A Service Company of Professional Engineers

Providing responsive, high quality, contemporary structural engineering services is the guiding principle of our firm. We believe the resources, attention to detail, personal involvement, and follow-up we bring to your projects provide you with many of the tools necessary for a successful venture into the building design and construction arena. We work with you from initial concept through construction completion, providing a level of service that will bring you back for your next project.

Our Start

The firm began its operations as a sole proprietorship in March 1985 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as “Laurene Group”. In August 1986, our Charlotte office opened and in May 1987 the firm was incorporated as “Laurene Group, P.A.”. The main office was moved to Charlotte in June 1988 and the Winston-Salem office continued as a branch office through April of 1992. In August of 1995, the name of the firm was changed to “Laurene & Rickher, P.C.” and in 2008 to Laurene, Rickher & Sorrell, P.C. to reflect the ongoing growth and maturing of the firm. Currently the firm has a staff of 10 consisting of 6 licensed engineers, 3 draftsmen, and 1 administrative staffer.

Extensive Experience to Meet Your Needs

Our firm practices regularly across a broad range of building types. These include medical, retirement and nursing care, college and university facilities, public schools, libraries, religious, childcare, performing arts centers, museums and planetariums, corporate and commercial office, light industrial and warehouse, retail, and hotel. In particular, our practice is directed towards sophisticated building projects where our experience and technical strengths are required to address complex gravity, foundation, wind and seismic design issues. Dynamic modeling and response spectrum analysis to address earthquake loading for complex and unusual structural systems are among the capabilities of our firm and are infrequently found in structural firms located in the eastern half of the country.

Large Scale Project Capabilities

At Laurene, Rickher and Sorrell we are very strong in our ability to organize and deliver to accommodate fast-track and design-build schedules for large scale projects. Our firm has worked with a considerable number of construction managers and design-build teams to deliver sophisticated projects in an orderly and timely process. Of course we understand that every project is important and we always engage for the optimum solutions regardless of size.

Leading Edge Technology

Part of our philosophy is the use of the latest computer tools. We have made a commitment to Building Information Modeling (BIM), including integration of engineering analysis and design tools. Our BIM platform is Autodesk Revit Structure.