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Lunch & Learn | Serviceability: The Softer Side of Structural Engineering

 Export to Your Calendar 9/5/2019
When: September 5, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Lunch begins at 11:30 am)
Where: Center for Architecture and Design
14 E. Peace Street
Raleigh, North Carolina  27604
United States
Contact: Christine Stetkiewicz

Online registration is available until: 9/4/2019
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AIA Triangle Small Firm Roundtable Lunch & Learn

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Serviceability: The Softer Side of Structural Engineering

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September 5 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Lunch begins at 11:30 am)

Center for Architecture & Design | 14 E Peace Street | Raleigh

AIA Member & AIA Triangle Partners: $0 | Non members: $30


There is more to Structural Engineering than just adhering to code requirements! Serviceability is the criteria you design for that’s not quite code required but has everything to do with what the building feels like to the user. It also affects the performance of the building with the exterior façade or how it holds up over time. Knowing how to communicate what impact serviceability has on the budget and occupants of the building to the owner is key to a successful project. We’re going to walk you through what the different serviceability components are, how they impact the design, and how to communicate these concerns to the owner to make the most informed decisions about the structural system.




1.  Participants will be able to identify different serviceability components based on the occupancy of the building to determine what’s applicable to the design.

2.  Participants will be able to communicate the different serviceability components to the owner and how they affect the user experience and performance of the building over time.

3.  Participants will be able to determine how the serviceability criteria affects the design of the building and how that will affect the budget.

4.  Participants will be able to determine what serviceability components to incorporate into the project design based on the project budget, user experience, performance of the building, and feedback from the owner.




Anna Lynch, PE


Anna Lynch is the CEO of Lynch Mykins, a structural engineering firm focused on bringing a creative approach to the AEC industry. Although she wears many hats, her passion is building the firm’s culture and business development efforts. Anna coaches her team by reminding them to “take off the mask” and lead with their real selves. Through her efforts, Anna has doubled the size of the firm in the first 2 years of her being CEO. Anna’s zeal for life is not just evident in her professional life, but also her personal. She lives by the philosophy that life’s too short to take it too seriously. In her spare time, you can find Anna partner dancing, paddle boarding, camping, or sending time with her friends.


Collette Ramirez, PE

Collette has been helping bring architectural visions to life through structural engineering since 2007. She is passionate about the collaborative process and the thrill of first designing a building on paper, to then seeing it become part of the built environment. Her diverse portfolio is filled with projects of different sizes and structural systems. Although she loves all of her projects, she especially enjoys working on student centers because they have so many different structural components and are usually the focal points of a campus.


While not busy working on her projects you can find Collette spending time with her family, ideally at the beach. She loves learning about new wines while traveling. Her favorite travel destinations are Florence, Italy and anywhere in the Caribbean. 



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