Overview.

Our integrated solutions drive visibility, collaboration and constructability throughout the entire construction process, bringing every phase into alignment with our clients' end goals. As a WBE certified company, Ruby can help our clients support their growing diversity efforts.

We help our clients to:

  • Streamline labor and material costs.
  • Reduce schedule constraints.
  • Create stability at every stage of construction.
  • Minimize risk and increase safety.
  • Eliminate unknowns, surprises and delays.
  • Gain a comprehensive and proactive understanding of the impact of site logistics.
  • Build what others say can't be done.

Construction Engineering.

The last thing you want to do is hit an unexpected snag in the field – it costs time and money. Ruby+Associates helps solve problems before they happen. We work out the details before you get to the site, improving efficiency and ultimately improving your bottom line.

For almost 35 years, we have provided construction engineering services for virtually every type of building project. Our ability to provide responsive and decisive on-site engineering solutions in a rapidly developing construction environment has earned us a solid reputation and enviable record of success. 

  • Constructability Review
  • Installation Procedures
  • On-site Construction Resolution
  • Shoring/Underpinning Design
  • Temporary Bracing Design

For additional information or project inquiries, please contact Drew Twarek, PE, SE at atwarek@rubyandassociates.com.

Related Projects.

Martin Drake Power Plant

2015 Tekla BIM Award Winner.

Martin Drake Power Plant
One Campus Martius Infill Addition

Analyzing the roof truss and construction loads for a massive infill in Detroit's urban core.

One Campus Martius Infill Addition
Michigan Seamless Tube Pilger Mill

Supporting a new pipe manufacturing process for a 90-year old company.

Michigan Seamless Tube Pilger Mill

Erection Engineering.

Ruby fills the engineering gap between design and construction, facilitating planning that prevents problems during construction, improves safety and reduces costs. How will the structure behave while it is being built? How can our clients minimize the temporary bracing and shoring required, and still provide a safe working environment? How can the structure be used to assist with construction? We design comprehensive plans to stage and erect structural systems in the safest and most efficient manner possible. 

  • Erection Procedures
  • Erection Staging Analysis
  • Deconstruction and Demolition Procedures
  • Site Specific Erection Plans
  • Stability Analysis
  • Crane Capacity Reviews
  • Critical and Engineered Lift Review
  • Apparatus Equipment Procedures and Analysis (Derricks, Hoists, Hydraulic Gantries, etc.)

For additional information or project inquiries, please contact Jeff Gasparott, PE, SECB at jgasparott@rubyandassociates.com.

Related Projects.

Cobo Conference & Exhibition Center

Finding the optimal location for over 400,000 pounds of equipment and counterweight in downtown Detroit.

Cobo Conference & Exhibition Center
Little Caesars Arena Via Concourse

Developing detailed erection and rigging plans for an 80-foot tall atrium.

Little Caesars Arena Via Concourse
Praxair Cold Box Lift

Lift engineering developed detailed site plans to address clearance and crane positioning.

Praxair Cold Box Lift

Building Design.

By understanding the impact of design decisions, Ruby serves as a steward for the project’s structural costs. How will design options affect structural needs? How can the structural design minimize steel fabrication and erection costs? How can the design simplify construction? We ask the right questions, helping you find ways to shorten the schedule, reduce construction costs and deliver an outstanding project. 

  • Structural Expertise for Design/Build
  • Conceptual Design
  • Building Subsystems
  • Foundation Design
  • Existing Building Review

For additional information or project inquiries, please contact Thad Greiner, PE, SE at tgreiner@rubyandassociates.com.

Related Projects.

Northwest Airlines 747 Hangar

A value-engineered redesign to create an alternative design solution.

Northwest Airlines 747 Hangar
Mercy Hospital of Tiffin

Valuable time spared with the electronically transmitted design of a complex 3-story hospital.

Mercy Hospital of Tiffin
Webasto North American Headquarters

Designing a high-bay and 2nd floor structure nestled between two existing facilities, for this automotive supplier.

Webasto North American Headquarters

Heavy Lift Engineering.

Ruby+Associates develops cost-effective, safe and reliable engineered solutions for transporting, handling and installing heavy lifts. We provide a comprehensive approach to heavy lift projects, from selection of rigging components and design of unique lifting devices, to preparation of critical lift procedures, installation procedures and construction sequencing. 

  • Lift Beam/Spreader Design and Safety Check
  • Vessel Tip-up and Laydown Analysis
  • Critical and Engineered Lift Review
  • Design of Specialty Rigging
  • Hydraulic Gantry Lift Engineering
  • SCR/Ductwork Demo and Installation Analysis
  • Apparatus Equipment Procedures and Analysis (Derricks, Hoists, Hydraulic Gantries, etc.)

For additional information or project inquiries, please contact Chad Fox, PE, SE at cfox@rubyandassociates.com.

Related Projects.

Hard Rock Stadium Shade Canopy

Devising a complex erection scheme to keep Miami Dolphins fans cool and dry.

Hard Rock Stadium Shade Canopy
GM Technical Center Pedestrian Bridge

Engineering a connector quickly, using an expedited design and detail process.

GM Technical Center Pedestrian Bridge
Martin Drake Power Plant

2015 Tekla BIM Award Winner.

Martin Drake Power Plant

Connection Design.

Ruby focuses on designing efficient steel connections by applying our knowledge of constructability to deliver a structure that is simpler to detail, fabricate and erect. Initial framing considerations and the subsequent connection design decisions are the keys to providing contractor-friendly projects, without sacrificing the integrity of the structure.

  • Structural Steel Connection Design
    • Project Standard Shear Connections (Single Angle, Double Angle, Shear Tab, Coped Beams)
    • Special Connections (Axially Loaded Beam Connections, Moment Connections, Truss Connections, Vertical Bracing Connections)
    • Complex Connections
  • Connection Strengthening
  • Fabricator and Erector Friendly Design
  • Value Engineering Review

For additional information or project inquiries, please contact Ben Miller, PE, SE at bmiller@rubyandassociates.com.

Related Projects.

270 Greenwich Street High Rise

Supporting 3.5 million pounds of steel in lower Manhattan.

270 Greenwich Street High Rise
K + S Potash Legacy Project

Adapting to daily design changes.

K + S Potash Legacy Project
Zurich North America Headquarters

Providing innovative connection designs for a LEED Platinum Certified building.

Zurich North America Headquarters

Design/Detail.

While a typical structural engineer’s final deliverables might result in a set of design drawings, the fabricator can’t get to work without shop details. Ruby’s team can deliver both. A standard detailing process – involving design documents, followed by changes that require Requests for Information (RFI’s), and finally bids to complete those changes – can be lengthy and cumbersome. Here at Ruby, our Design/Detail team handles the process collaboratively and internally. Our engineers jump start the schedule, open communication channels and, working hand-in-hand with detailing partners, assure that the project is delivered successfully with steel arriving on-site just as the designer intended.

For additional information or project inquiries, please contact Matt Smith, PE at msmith@rubyandassociates.com.
 

Related Projects.

Martin Drake Power Plant

2015 Tekla BIM Award Winner.

Martin Drake Power Plant
Iatan Generating Station

Utilizing available rigging equipment in congested field conditions.

Iatan Generating Station
Michigan Seamless Tube Pilger Mill

Supporting a new pipe manufacturing process for a 90-year old company.

Michigan Seamless Tube Pilger Mill

Building Analysis/Reinforcement.

Structural engineering doesn’t stop after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.  The building needs change, new equipment or conveyors are added, production increases, manufacturing process is changed, occupancy is modified, or new owners bring different business goals to the space.  Ruby+Associates performs existing building analysis and structural reinforcement design to ensure your operations can be accommodated as efficiently as possible in the space that you have.  

  • Truss Evaluation and Reinforcement
  • Floor Reinforcing
  • Roof and Wall Openings
  • Vibration Analysis
  • Rooftop Unit Supports
  • Column Removal
  • Hanging Scoreboards and Event Rigging

For additional information or project inquiries, please contact  Drew Twarek, PE, SE at atwarek@rubyandassociates.com.

Related Projects.

GM Body to Paint Shop Conveyor

Engineering a true 'out-of-the-box' solution with a rooftop conveyor system.

GM Body to Paint Shop Conveyor
Phoenix Convention Center

Construction related structural engineering services for new facility.

Phoenix Convention Center
Peterbilt Paint Shop

Painting more trucks means new mechanical equipment - under the floor and above the roof.

Peterbilt Paint Shop

Contact.

30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 400
Bingham Farms, MI 48025
250 Monroe Avenue NW, Suite 427
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

1.248.865.8855