A-1 ENGINEERING, LLC                      

Structural + Civil Engineering Consultants                    Serving San Antonio and Austin

Mission Statement

A-1 Engineering, LLC was formed in 2011 with the vision of providing Texans with non-biased and objective engineering services for their everyday projects and building inquiries. 

We recognized that the common property owner needed better information to help them with managing their properties. 

As we have grown, so have our services. Recognizing that drainage issues were having a significant impact to the performance of our clients properties, we added a civil drainage engineer to our team. 

Together, the civil and structural engineers collaborate on providing a more comprehensive assessment on factors that can be causing issues with your foundation. 

Mission Statement: We are professionals committed to the safety of the public. Through our commitment, we strive to educate the public and our clients to facilitate better-informed decisions relative to the design, construction and performance of their structures and projects. We hope that our efforts promote the profession of structural and civil engineering and that our clients benefit from our experience, knowledge and understanding in engineering and construction.

A-1 Engineering is a company that provides structural and civil engineering services to the commercial, residential, government and industrial industry. 

Our services include:

·        Structural assessments for commercial and residential real estate transactions

·       Foundation assessments for concerned homeowners considering foundation repair. Note, A1 is not owned or operated by a foundation repair company. We do not receive commission, referrals fee or kick-backs from foundation repair companies for recommending or suggesting foundation repair.

·        Structural design, assessment and inspection of modular homes for FHA/HUD and VA programs.

·        Structural design, assessment and inspection of wood decks or patios.

·        Structural design, assessment and inspection of pier and beam (post) residential foundations.

·      Structural design, assessment and inspection of retaining walls constructed with heavy timber (rail road ties), concrete masonry units (CMU), cast in place concrete or segmental walls (reinforced segmental retaining wall)

·        Structural  design, assessment and inspection of wood, steel, concrete and heavy timber framing for roofs, walls or floors (residential, commercial and industrial).

·      Structural design, assessment and inspection existing roof framing for commercial buildings for the addition of new HVAC roof top units.

Civil design 

In the community, our engineers have volunteered and participated with ITT Technical Institute School of Drafting, City of San Antonio Code Compliance Building Standards Board (BSB), Mayor Appointed - , Professional Engineers in Private Practice (PEPP), Structural Engineering Association of Texas (SEAoT), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Greater San Antonio Builders Association and the United States Army Corp of Engineers.

Your professional A1 team is:

Moises A Cruz, P.E.- Structural Engineer 

Mr. Cruz is a licensed structural engineer with Texas Professional Engineer License Number 108540. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a concentration in structural engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Mr. Cruz has over 15 years of inspections, construction and design experience along with proudly serving for the last 18 years as an Engineer Officer in the United States Army Reserves. As an Army Engineer Officer, CPT Cruz was influential in the completion of multiple construction projects throughout Iraq in 2009/2010. Mr. Cruz spent the early parts of his career working with Fugro Consultants in a soils laboratory where he learned the dynamics of soils. He developed his understanding of construction, construction sequence and field creativity by inspecting the construction of roadways, buildings, foundations, retaining walls, bridges and other structural systems. Mr. Cruz later worked as an offshore geotechnical (soils) engineer with Fugro-McClelland in Houston where he developed foundation recommendations for large and small offshore drilling structures throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Cruz refined his structural engineering experience working with Beicker Martinez Engineering in San Antonio where he designed and inspected small and large commercial buildings throughout Texas. As the Principal Engineer for A-1 Engineering, Mr. Cruz leads the engineering team for the company. Mr. Cruz serves on multiple city boards as a mayoral appointee to the: City of San Antonio Building Standards Board; City of San Antonio Building and Fire Related Board of Appeals and the City of San Antonio Citizens Bond Oversight Commission. Aside from practicing engineering, Mr. Cruz serves on the St Gregory the Great Catholic School Council and devotes time every year to speaking to multiple elementary and high school students to encourage them to pursue a career in engineering.

Mr. John Marin, P.E. - Structural Engineer 

Mr. Marin is a licensed structural engineer with Texas Professional Engineer License Number 98126. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Mr. Marin has over 15 years in the engineering and construction field. He spent the early parts of his career working as a geotechnical (soils) engineer in San Antonio where he developed foundation recommendations for buildings. He developed his skill as a structural engineer with various prominent structural engineering companies in San Antonio. Mr. Marin has assessed thousands of buildings for warranty and insurance related claims, foundation repair consideration, real estate due diligence inspections and assessments for concerned home owners. Mr. Marin continues to design, inspect and assess buildings throughout Texas. His distinct understanding in geotechnical (soil) engineering and structural engineering benefit our clients by providing a more thorough engineering insight and judgment in the design, performance and assessments of buildings. Mr. Marin has served as President of the Structural Engineers Association of Texas San Antonio chapter.

Mr. Kirk Hall, P.E. - Structural Engineer 

Mr. Hall is a licensed structural engineer with Texas Professional Engineer License Number 113425. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Hall has extensive experience and technical knowledge in designing complex structural systems and frames. Mr. Hall's experience ranges from designing steel frames, solar panel support frames, retaining walls, pier foundations and residential buildings. 

Mr. Joseph Tober, P.E. - Civil Engineer 

Mr. Tober is a licensed civil engineer with Texas Professional Engineer License Number 108918. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Mr. Tober is a civil and drainage specialist and expert. He leads our team in helping clients with zoning, platting and civil site development. Prior to joining our team, Mr. Tober worked on large capital improvement projects for the City of San Antonio and he also ran his own small engineering company named Tober Engineering, LLC. 

Mr. Thomas Barratachea, EIT - Structural Engineer 

Mr. Barratachea is recognized as an Engineer in Training (EIT) by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. Mr. Barratachea holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an Associates of Applied Science in Welding Technology. The Texas Board of Professional Engineers has accepted his application for examining for the Professional Engineers exam and will be examining in the structural engineering discipline. Prior to joining A-1 Engineering, Mr. Barratachea designed commercial buildings for Beicker Martinez Engineering. Within the last seven years, Mr. Barratachea has designed multi-story buildings constructed with tilt wall concrete panels, steel, masonry, concrete and composite materials over various foundation types. Mr. Barratachea was introduced to structural engineering while working as a welder. He continues to design and assess commercial and residential buildings. Mr. Barratachea has personally inspected and assessed over 1000 buildings for foundation repair or problems throughout Texas.

Mr. Julio Sierra - Structural Detailer 

Mr. Sierra has over 16 years of experience detailing buildings for architectural firms. Mr. Sierra holds an Associates of Science in Computer Aided Drafting from ITT Tech and is pursuing an Associates of Science in Computer Network Systems Technology. His experience in detailing buildings extends to detailing large schools and buildings. Mr. Sierra is the lead detailer for designing projects awarded to A-1 Engineering.

Mrs. Judith Cruz - Director of Business Operations  

Mrs. Cruz holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and a Master of Arts Degree in Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Mrs. Cruz gained valuable experience in finance and business relations while working as a financial consultant with Alliance Bernstein. Her passion for educating young children led her to teach in the San Antonio Independent School District for 8 years. She stepped away from teaching to earn a Master certificate in School Librarian Studies at Texas Woman's University. As the Director of Business Development, Mrs. Cruz leads the business development and human resources sections of the company. Mrs. Cruz has served as a member of the San Antonio Affirmative Action Advisory Board, Commission for Children and Families and currently serves as the mayoral appointee to the City of San Antonio's Library Board.

Ms. Mayra Ramirez - Office Manager & Project Coordinator 

Ms. Ramirez holds an Associates of Science in Computer Aided Drafting from ITT Tech. Ms. Ramirez joined the company as a detailer and quickly advanced in to the role of Office Manager and is responsible for human resources and accounting. Ms. Ramirez also assists the Business Development team with coordinating projects for engineering services.

Ms. Meredith Turner - Business Development Manager 

Ms. Turner manages the development, coordination and delivery of all projects awarded to A-1 Engineering. Ms. Turner developed her business development and management skills working in the corporate industry as a sales coordinator, sales administrator, collections representative and marketing representative. 

Ms. Shannon Swope - Project Coordinator / Notary Public

Ms. Swope is dedicated to our clients. Clients will immediately notice her positive attitude and willingness to help our clients coordinate engineering services and visits. Her experience in property management, customer service and as a volunteer coordinator enhanced her skill of listening and tending to our clients. Ms. Swope is also our Texas Notary Public which is offered at no charge to our clients. 

Together, our team of engineers, detailers, customer service specialists and managers strive to provide our clients with personal attention.

Call us today (210) 591-8829 or in Austin (512) 298-3360 or email: meredith@a-1engineering.com

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