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Elevating Structural Engineering Excellence at Sunrise Engineering


At Sunrise Engineering, we take pride in our unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional structural engineering solutions. With a diverse portfolio that spans a wide array of projects, including bridges, concrete water storage tanks, water treatment plants, wastewater treatment facilities, and commercial buildings, we continually strive to exceed our clients’ expectations. In this Q&A session with our structural engineering expert, Steve Hansen, PE, SE, we shed light on what makes Sunrise Engineering stand out in the world of structural engineering.


Q: Can you provide an overview of the types of structural engineering projects that Sunrise Engineering typically undertakes?

A: At Sunrise Engineering, we embrace challenges of all sizes and types. From pre-stressed concrete water/wastewater tanks to commercial buildings and bridges, our expertise knows no bounds. Our seasoned team of structural engineers is equipped to handle any project, ensuring top-notch quality and craftsmanship.


Q: What distinguishes Sunrise Engineering’s approach to structural engineering from other firms?

A: What sets us apart is our commitment to innovation. We employ state-of-the-art software and FEA analysis to design efficient structures. Moreover, our construction specialists review plans for constructability, guaranteeing that the projects we undertake are not only well-designed but also practical and cost-effective.


Q: Could you share some of the most notable structural projects that Sunrise Engineering has been involved in?

A: Some of our most notable projects include the Ogden City Water Treatment Plant, Shell Fresian Dual 5 MG Digesters, Herriman 5.0 MG Water Tank, Juniper Ridge Hydropower Project, and Mountain Green Wastewater Treatment Plant. These projects have left a lasting impact on the communities they serve.


Q: Are there any particular bridge projects that we have undertaken that have had a significant impact on local communities?

A: Our involvement in significant bridge projects, such as the Draper City Lone Peak Parkway 12000 S Bridge Culvert Extension and the Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper Main Entrance Road Multiple Box Culvert, has enhanced local infrastructure and improved connectivity.


Q: Concrete water storage tanks play a critical role in ensuring a reliable water supply. Can you discuss some key considerations and design principles that our team follows when working on these projects?

A: Our team excels in designing concrete water storage tanks, focusing on minimizing shrinkage cracks, seismic resilience, and water tightness. Our projects, like the Herriman 5.0 MG Tank and Ogden 4.0 MG Tank, have bolstered water supply reliability in local communities.


Q: What are the advantages of using concrete as a material for water storage tanks, and are there specific situations where concrete tanks are the preferred choice?

A: Concrete offers low maintenance, long-term durability, earthquake resistance, and security when tanks are buried. It’s the preferred choice for ensuring water supply stability.


Q: How does Sunrise Engineering address challenges such as durability, maintenance, and safety when designing and constructing concrete water storage tanks?

A: To overcome challenges related to durability, maintenance, and safety, we implement precise material specifications, internal tendon pre-stressing, and modern construction methods.


Q: In what ways does our structural engineering team integrate innovative technologies or sustainable practices into the design and construction of concrete water storage tanks to enhance their efficiency and longevity?

A: Our team integrates innovative technologies, like internal tendon pre-stressing and modern construction materials, to enhance efficiency and longevity in tank projects.


Q: How does our structural engineering team collaborate with other disciplines within the firm to deliver comprehensive solutions?

A: Collaboration with other disciplines within our firm is central to our success. We utilize face-to-face meetings, BIM software, and in-house expertise to deliver comprehensive solutions.


Q: Are there any ongoing or upcoming structural engineering projects that you’re particularly excited about?

A: We’re thrilled about upcoming projects such as the Mountain Green Wastewater Treatment Plant, Spanish Fork 5.0 MG Tank, and Weber Basin 3.0 MG Tank, which will further showcase our expertise.


Q: Are there any specific challenges or unique aspects of structural engineering in our region that our team often encounters?

A: Operating in a high seismic zone along an active fault, our region demands innovative seismic solutions, a challenge we eagerly embrace.


Q: Could you provide insights into any awards or recognition that our structural engineering projects have received?

A: Our commitment to excellence has been recognized with awards such as the 2017 ACI Intermountain Chapter Excellence in Concrete Award for the Stansbury Park 3.0 MG Water Tank and the 2015 Utah Construction and Design Most Outstanding Water Project for the Ogden City Water Treatment Plant.


Q: What sets Sunrise Engineering apart as a leader in structural engineering, and what do you envision for the future of our structural engineering division?

A: At Sunrise Engineering, we envision a future filled with innovative solutions, continued excellence, and unwavering dedication to our clients. Our team remains focused on delivering quality and high-level service that sets us apart as a leader in structural engineering.



Sunrise Engineering’s legacy of excellence in structural engineering is built on innovation, collaboration, and a steadfast commitment to our clients’ success. With each project we undertake, we continue to raise the bar and look forward to shaping the future of structural engineering.

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