Who is South Valley Engineering?
Located in the beautiful
Willamette Valley in Western Oregon, South
Valley Engineering is a company that
provides design and engineering services for
small to mid-size residential and commercial
building projects for both owners and
contractors at very affordable rates.
What Do We Engineer?
While we do a variety of engineering
and design of all types of
buildings (remodels, decks, carports, patio
covers and stud frame construction), our
real specialty is providing engineered plans
and calculations for wood post frame
buildings, commonly known as pole buildings,
or pole barns. Pole buildings are
constructed for a wide variety of uses
including, but not limited to, barns,
arenas, shops, garages, hay storage-even
Pole Building vs. a Stud Frame Building?
Pole building construction is a relatively
less expensive, cost-effective alternative
to conventional construction. Why? In
addition to the lower cost in materials, it
takes significantly less time and money to
prepare the worksite and
the building. In a conventionally build
project, a strip foundation must be
excavated, concrete forms built, and
concrete poured and set under all the
exterior walls all before construction of
the walls and roof can even be started. With
a pole building the postholes usually get
excavated and set in 2-3 days, then the rest
of the building goes up very quickly. An
experienced crew can often get the roof and
walls of a standard pole building completed
inside of a week.
What Do We Provide?
South Valley Engineering provides structural
plans and calculations typically required by
most permitting agencies for pole buildings
and residential buildings that don’t fall
under the prescriptive residential code.
This does not include engineering
information for trusses (if used), as those
must be provided by the truss manufacturer.
In addition, we can provide preliminary
pole building information free of charge!
This includes post-sizing, embedment,
structural members, and other material
information that will help you estimate the
material cost for your pole building.
Who Do We Serve?
customers are typically pole barn
contractors and homeowners, but we also
serve suppliers of pole building materials
and kits. We currently provide engineering
services in Oregon, Washington, California,
Idaho, Nevada and Utah, with more states to
be added in the near future.
Trust South Valley
The engineering staff at
South Valley Engineering has nearly 20 years
of engineering experience, with more than
half of that specifically dedicated to wood
post frame design and engineering.
Having engineered over a thousand post frame
buildings has given us the ability to serve
every customer with speed and efficiency for
typical pole buildings, and to bring
together experience and ingenuity for the
“less-standard”, pole building designs.
What Can You Expect From Us?
We believe that good business means 'to
serve your customers and take good care of
them’. In other words, to serve and meet or
exceed all of our obligations to our
customers with excellence and integrity-and
do it at a reasonable price. I’m sure you’ve
heard that many times, from many companies,
in many industries. But the difference is
that we actually do it!
How do I get started?
Every job requires the submission of
the Pole Building Engineering Order Form
included on this page. This order form can
be faxed to us or attached as a PDF in an
e-mail. Give us a call or fill out the
Building Engineering Order Form
to fax and let's
get started on your project!
Have a specific question
about your pole building?
Call (503) 302-7020 during
regular business hours (PST) to
speak directly with a licensed
engineer about your project
free of charge!