BIG RED DOG launches new Structural Engineering Practice

December 1, 2016 by Kelly Daacon

Award-Winning Texas Engineering Firm Starts Structural Engineering Practice to Serve Private and Municipal Clients; Names Arnaud Thibonnier, P.E., S.E. as Director of Structural Services.

BIG RED DOG Engineering | Consulting is proud to announce its latest service line expansion in Texas and the naming of a new organizational leader to spearhead the new Structural Engineering practice. Founded in 2009, the company has grown to employ over 100 engineering professionals in top Texas markets Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

Arnaud Thibonnier, P.E., S.E., will lead the new Structural Engineering service line as a Director of Structural Engineering Services. Thibonnier will be responsible for the design of efficient and effective structural systems for various types of commercial and residential projects.  He will be involved in  all  phases  of  the  design  process  from  initial  concept  through completion  of  construction  documents,  including calculations,  coordination  of  design  and production  of  drawings  and specifications.

Forrest Bratton, P.E., SECB, joins BIG RED DOG as a Structural Project Manager. Bratton will join Thibonnier in the design and project delivery for a wide variety of structures and will be involved in guiding them successfully from early schematic design through construction. His project experience includes theaters, schools, churches, assembly halls, mixed-use and podium structures, and mid-rise multi-family residences. Bratton’s structural designs have also supported award-winning and highly-detailed projects recognized locally and statewide for their design achievement, including their use of architecturally-expressed structure. His projects have also been featured in such publications as Texas Architect, ArchDaily, and Architizer.

With this new practice, BIG RED DOG now provides structural engineering services to both municipalities and private clients in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. The practice’s capabilities extend to commercial, education, healthcare, hospitality, and multi-family market sectors. Additionally, the team’s material expertise includes structural steel, concrete, timber and masonry.

BIG RED DOG’s Chief Operating Officer Shannon B. Boyd, says of the new service line “With some of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country, the demand for structural engineering in Texas is through the roof. We’re excited to add these guys to the BIG RED DOG team and to start being able to offer our clients structural engineering support.” Boyd went on to say “the team of Arnaud and Forrest brings both the quality experience and well-rounded knowledge that we pride ourselves on offering. They’re going to help us get closer to our goal of being the best engineering firm in the State of Texas.”

BIG RED DOG was recently named to the Austin Business Journal’s Fast 50 list as the 9th fastest growing company in Central Texas. The Zweig Group also ranked the company as the 26th fastest growing Engineering and Architecture firm in North America in 2015. This honor is especially significant since these rankings compare architecture and engineering firms of all disciplines. BIG RED DOG was also named one of the Best Places to Work by the San Antonio Business Journal in 2015.

Founded in 2009, BIG RED DOG is a Texas-based civil engineering firm specializing in civil, MEP, structural and traffic engineering, permitting, and land use consulting for real estate and natural resource development.

We provide our clients with the very best engineering and land use consulting services in the State of Texas; at BIG RED DOG, Service is not a Commodity.

Written by Kelly Daacon

Kelly Daacon

Kelly Daacon, P.E. is the Marketing Director for BIG RED DOG, responsible for marketing, branding, design, content, and digital media initiatives for the firm. Kelly graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas. In his spare time, he enjoys running at Lady Bird Lake and hanging with his crazy dog Shiner. Kelly and his wife live in east Austin.