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Material Handling and Prefabricated Structures

Mr. Higgins has over 20 years experience in design and review of storage and material handling systems, including service as engineer of record on over 4,000 installations worldwide, most of them in the higher seismic zones. He was formerly chief structural engineer for Eugene D. Birnbaum and Associates, and received much of his training and experience directly from Mr. Birnbaum. The two offices had a cordial relationship, and collaborated on many projects until Mr. Birnbaum’s passing in 1999 and his office closed.

The office maintains a standard detail library currently numbering over 195 drawings on over 70 different manufacturers. In addition, there are archive drawings and engineering data on over 165 different types of material handling systems (including storage racks, shelving, carousels, and mobile systems), and prefabricated structure elements. Many manufacturers (including all of the 6 largest manufacturers of storage rack in the United States) deposit drawing sets of their product lines here for our use. These are maintained in confidence, and released only by prior agreement with the manufacturer. The archives also contain data for many manufacturers no longer extant, which greatly assists evaluating existing systems. All material handling calculations between 1983 and 1991 from Eugene D. Birnbaum and Associates are kept for reference when evaluating existing systems done during this period.

The following services are offered:

  • Design and design review of systems including service as engineer of record
  • Research and laboratory investigations, including shake table seismic studies
  • Peer review for either engineers or owners
  • Evaluation of existing systems for strength, particularly seismic resistance.
  • Review of existing product lines, again primarily for seismic resistance
  • Assistance with design of new product lines
  • Training of engineering staff in seismic design
  • Evaluation of retail store fixturing (for owners or manufacturers on behalf of the owner) and service as engineer of record in the higher seismic zones.
  • Forensic investigations (by referral from established clients only)

Partial Client List:

Manufacturers and Fabricators:

Anderson Building Materials Co., St. Joseph, MI
Arpac Storage Systems Corporation, Delta, BC
Borroughs Manufacturing Corporation, Kalamazoo, MI
Equipto, Addison, TX
Frazier Industrial Co., Long Valley, NJ
Henges Manufacturing, Inc., Maryland Heights, MO
Holga, Inc. (a division of Hon Industries), Van Nuys, CA
Interlake, Inc., Naperville, IL
Lozier Store Fixtures, Omaha, NE
Madix Store Fixtures, Tyrell, TX and Goodwater, AL
Montel, Montmagny, QC
Porta-Fab Corporation, Chesterfield, MO
Porta-King Building Systems, Earth City, MO
Ridg-U-Rak, Inc., North East, PA
SpaceRak Division of Eugene Welding, Marysville, MI
Speed Rack Products Group, Ltd., Sparta, MI
Stanley Vidmar, Allentown, PA
Steel King Industries, Inc., Stevens Point, WI
Steele Solutions ,Inc., Waukesha, WI
Tab Products Co., Mayville, WI
Teilhaber Manufacturing Corp., Broomfield, CO
Unarco Material Handling Co., Springfield, TN
United Steel Products, East Stroudsburg, PA
White Conveyors, White Storage & Retrieval, Boright, NJ
Wildeck Mezzanines, Inc., Waukesha, WI

Retail Stores:

Food 4 Less
Genuine Parts Co.
Home Base
Home Depot
Home Express
J. C. Penney Stores
Kohls Stores
Longs Drugs
Lucky Stores
Office Max
Ross Stores
Sam's Club
Smart ‘N Final
Staples/Office Depot
Target Stores
Vons Companies
Wal-Mart Stores


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