"Heliotrope has worked with Dan Say and Ryan Reichman almost exclusively for over 15 years now, and have watched them all lose their hair - while we’ve retained ours. We are huge fans of their professionalism and creativity - and they can do math!”
“I love getting up in the morning to go to a place where I love the people I work with. I am fascinated with the young, smart minds that work here and feel that I learn as much from them as they learn from me; and at the same time privileged to work with those that have been with us for many years. I have often heard that we 'don’t seem like engineers,' well that is just fine with me. We are 'engineers-for-the-people' - we can work with anyone.”
"SSF Engineers all work on a variety of wood, steel, masonry and concrete projects. It is pretty special to get that kind of breadth of experience."
"I appreciate the company's community involvement, not only through their radio sponsorships with KUOW and KEXP, but their commitment to AIA, Design In Public, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, SMPS and more."
"I love the project variety and the people I get to work with. I also love the laid-back work environment and the satisfaction I get from finishing projects – I get to do that a lot here."
"I have to tell you that in the short two years I have been associated with SSF, I am extremely impressed. You are the best, most responsive consultant I have ever worked with in 33 years. Your approach to engineering is equaled only by your customer service. I can't believe how fast you work and how quickly you are able to respond.
I can only say that this attitude appears to be pervasive within SSF, as I have seen the same attitude from Greg Coons. What a firm!"
"I’ve been working with SSF for over 15 years with 3 different companies, including my own. To me they’re a co-worker I can always depend on, and that peace of mind makes doing my job a whole lot easier!"
"After working with SSF over the past 15 years, I can say that they are responsive, creative, energetic, accurate, and funny. Yes, funny. That is an essential quality for my structural engineer!"
"When we have a vision for a structure, I know that I can easily communicate it with the SSF team. Finding an engineer who is not only technically capable, but is also able to communicate the design concept through the skeleton of the building; that is a match made in heaven. They also know how to throw a good party!"
"I’ve never worked with a more collaborative, creative and thoughtful group of engineers."
“I never thought working with engineers could actually be fun until we connected with SSF!”
“I have worked with SSF on both public and private commercial buildings. From new construction to historic preservation projects, they have become a critical asset to the success of our team. They are talented structural engineers, who understand the construction / design requirements of our clients and integrate them with the realities of the budget. They are extremely creative. I cannot give them a higher recommendation!"
"SSF is equitable and truly values the happiness of their employees. This is evident in the retention rate…people that work here stay here! We get great bonuses, time and a half for overtime, 401k contributions and pay nothing for health care."
“I can’t say enough great things about Swenson Say Faget. Whether we need a simple beam sized, or a 10,000 SF home engineered, we love working with SSF. The engineers are all great communicators (which can be rare in this field), timely, and most importantly the designs make sense both for our aesthetic ideals and for the builders in the field.”
"It is rare to find a company that doesn’t pigeon-hole employees into a certain project type for the sake of 'efficiency'. SSF promotes diverse work experiences to help employees grow in their careers."
"I value Ryan Reichman’s contributions, especially in the early stages of the design process because he thinks like an architect."
"Swenson Say Faget is simply the architect's engineer. They strive to understand the design intent and support it through their own talents. I have been working with them since 1979 and hope to continue our great relationship."
"Here's a quote I saw recently. 'God made structural engineers so architects can have heroes too.' "
"It’s a pleasure working with this clever bunch…"
"SSF's structural engineers are unflappable, careful, creative, and dedicated. My structural engineer is my wingman, and I truly value SSF working beside me through design and construction. Through our 15 years of collaboration, our teamwork has created solid designs and strong projects."
"Working with SSF is fun, friendly and creative. The folks at SSF are always open to pursuit of the best idea for the project at hand."
“Ncompass Construction confidently relies on SSF to assist with projects of all sizes. From calculating a simple beam replacement, to whole house structural details, the SSF team consistently provides us with great personal service and quick turn-around.”
"The creativity inherent in engineering separates the mediocre from the excellent."
"In my 25 year career in Seattle I have probably completed 30-40 projects with SSF; I admit I’ve strayed a couple of times, but we have always come back for the consistency, pragmatism and collaborative spirit. We have brought 'interesting' designs to the table a few times, which were always met with a can do spirit, along with a dose of well deserved wry wit. I think I even raised Paul’s heart rate from 50 to 54 once, love that low drama in our structural engineer!"
"I like working here because of the great people, great leadership, fun projects, project variety, Tacoma location…great atmosphere. I keep working here for the same reasons. SSF is easy going, but super productive."
"Alternate Transportation Supported! SSF has bike racks and a shower for bicycle commuters!"
"At SSF, the entire team is valued, from support staff to IT to CAD to technical staff. They provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere in which to excel. And almost as important ... who wouldn’t like a dog-friendly office?"
"I like working here because I have the freedom to explore my ideas. I came here because the opportunities for growth are unparalleled, and the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. I stay here because my coworkers are awesome, you can’t beat the perks and there’s a constant effort by SSF leadership to make things even better. Shareholders wholeheartedly support my volunteer efforts – and I get volunteer PTO!"
"We allow people to be themselves. I’m proud of the people we have and the work that we do every day."
"Swenson Say Faget’s commitment to our community and the built environment is evidenced in their long-term leadership and support of many of our community organizations. They are engaged and creative partners of both AIA Seattle and Design in Public, and an integral part of our success."
"SSF is unique in that we compete with both the big and small firms. We are your one-stop shop for structural engineering services. Not many firms can say that."
"SSF Engineers have a high level of responsibility on projects and are empowered to make important decisions and come up with creative solutions. We are not just plugging and chugging through calculations we’ve done 100 times."
"As a young engineer, SSF is a great place to grow and learn. It is also the definition of work-life balance."
“We have been working with SSF since 1997. Our experience has been consistently positive. Our detail oriented residential projects require a high degree of interaction with engineers; we have found SSF to be engaging, timely and collegial. With this experience, we would not think of working with anyone else.”
"Swenson Say Faget is a group of dynamic, innovative, and collaborative structural engineers. We have enjoyed the great fortune of working with them on a multitude of projects ranging from high end residential to parks to large structures. Not only are they phenomenal structural engineers, they are great fun to work with! I highly recommend them!"
"When I was in grad school, I had a few classes with an SSF employee. He and I had similar personalities and he thought I would be a good fit. I love the work and the opportunity to design almost every project type you could imagine, from residential to retrofits to climbing gyms. I've been here since 2004, and am now fortunate enough to be a shareholder. I think he was right!"
"SSF hits it out-of-the-park with communication and creative design."
"We challenge our staff to push their own limits as much as they can."
“To secure a mechanical permit, we occasionally need supplemental structural support detailing. Swenson Say Faget has never failed to respond quickly and efficiently to our needs.”
"We don't take the stuffed shirt approach to solving problems."
"I’m given the autonomy to do what I was hired to do: be an engineer and work with great colleagues and clients!"
"The Engineers at Swenson Say Faget have been our structural problem-solvers for over two decades. When we have a complex design to create or simply want to enjoy collaborating with their kind, fun, and very experienced engineers, we call SSF!"
"I look forward to going to SSF every morning. Our efforts are targeted toward producing the best work product possible for our clients. To do that, we focus on creating a work environment that fosters creativity and happiness among employees. That may mean wearing shorts and a t-shirt to work or bringing your dog. Being as comfortable and happy as we can be allows us to produce the best work possible. I believe this shows in our product."
“Swenson Say Faget’s engineers are great collaborators in crafting project-specific structural design and detailing solutions.”
"Exceptional service, outside the box thinking, quick and accurate turn around time and most importantly, great people."
"I get paid to do what I love to do, what I believe I have been made to do, for my friends and with my friends. If that isn’t motivation, I don’t know what is…"
"We’ve found SSF, and in particular, Brett Mozden, to be flexible, practical and creative. A pleasure to work with."
“We’ve worked with Swenson Say Faget for over twenty years and nothing’s fallen down yet!”
“As an advocate for historic preservation, working with Swenson Say Faget has been tremendous. They understand the significance historic buildings hold for our collective memory and have a knack for designing solutions that retain a sense of the past and highlight character-defining elements while meeting contemporary building needs.”
"We are only as good as those we work with. SSF is the best and we value our partnership. Thanks for all you do."