Always nice to collaborate with others in the industry. Outstanding work by ETC’s Chief Structural Engineer, Chris Carlson, PE and Project Engineer, Luke Valentine, PE. Job well done!
The ETC Team
ETC is pleased to announce a forthcoming change in ownership.
Since its inception, nearly 4 decades ago, Joe Shuffleton has been owner and president. Through his leadership, ETC has grown to be a highly-reputable engineering and architectural firm specializing in the restoration and rehabilitation of existing commercial structures in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area. Mr. Shuffleton successfully guided the growth of his team that now spans three, multi-state offices.
Five individuals comprise the new ownership group. Mr. Shuffleton has, without reservation, come to trust and depend upon these induvial for many years.
- Chris Carlson: With over 30 years’ experience, the last 12 as our chief engineer, he is the key technical person behind our entire structural team.
- Mindy Maronic: With over 20 years of marketing & client relations experience, she has brought our company to the forefront of business excellence.
- Kirk Parsons: Our vice president of operations for over 20 years, he has played a vital role in building company growth and client loyalty
- Bobby Radcliff: The newest member of the group, with 10 years at ETC, he is also a talented, lead engineer with strong business acumen.
- Jeff Shuffleton: Our technology and administrative director, he has assured clients accurate and efficient company procedures for the past 15 years.
Commenting on the transfer of ownership, Mr. Shuffleton states “As I prepare to step away, simply to enjoy the next juncture in life, I am fortunate to turn to my key employees who have played a pivotal role in the growth of ETC. It is these employees who will take over where I leave off; growing the company on the same guiding principles and business ethics upon which ETC was founded. I am proud of all that we have accomplished, and equally proud in the legacy and exciting opportunity I pass on to them and the entire ETC team”.
Under the new leadership, the plan is to keep the company’s direction true to Mr. Shuffleton’s vision:
ETC has no desire to be the biggest firm; however, we do strive to be known as the best. To that end, the needs of each assignment are analyzed and matched to the capabilities of our high caliber technical staff. We will not take on any project if we do not have the competence required or if for any other reason we are unable to meet client expectations.
Joe Shuffleton will stay on for a period of time to gently guide the company through the transition. He will also serve as both a consultant & ambassador, watching ETC as it thrives under its new leadership.
Since 2015, ETC and its employees have teamed up to support those with disabilities through canine assistance. With planning and participation from our dedicated staff, we have been able to raise thousands of dollars for non-profit working dog organizations, such as Canine Companions for Independence.
ETC has recently expanded its canine out-reach efforts with our very own company dog, Blue (our corporate color). Blue is a certified therapy dog who will be visiting local hospitals, senior centers, schools and library reading programs.
Together we hope to enhance the communities in which we live and do business.
If you are planning to build a wheelchair ramp (also known as handicap accessible ramp) in an existing building, it would be best to have checklist of design considerations before starting the project.
- Familiarize yourself with the American Disability Act (ADA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A117.1 that define general design parameters.
- Most states and local jurisdictions have adopted the International Building Code (IBC), published by the International Code Council; however, states, counties, and cities can impose different regulations. Always check with your local permit office for relevant code and permit requirements.
- Handicap ramps cannot exceed a slope of eight (8) percent. That means your ramp should not be steeper than one-unit in height for every twelve-units of length. For example if you have to accommodate a height difference of twenty-four (24) inches, the ramp will be two-hundred eighty-eight (288) inches (24 feet) long. The maximum allowable height is thirty (30) inches.
- Pay close attention to the requirements for ramp width, headroom height and landings. Minimum ramp clear width is thirty-six (36) inches, minimum headroom height is eighty (80) and minimum landing width is sixty (60) inches.
- The height of railings must be between thirty-four (34) to thirty-eight (38) inches above the walking surface. Handrails can be constructed from a variety of materials, such as wood, metal, or synthetics, provided they comply with code-mandated requirements for strength and grasp-ability.
- Ramp surfaces should be slip-resistant and able to resist deformation by point loads. A walking person’s weight is distributed over a fairly large area, whereas that weight is concentrated onto the much smaller areas of wheelchair-tire contact patches
Please give a warm welcome to Shabbir Kazmi, ETC’s new lead architect!
Shabbir grew up in Northern Virginia and attended Catholic University in Washington DC where he received his architecture degree. Shabbir has practiced architecture in the Greater Washington Metropolitan area for over 14 years. His design work ranges from small custom renovation projects to many larger and more detail oriented designs. Whether it’s new construction or rehabilitation, Shabbir looks forward to creating a plan that exceeds your expectations.
When Shabbir is not designing for ETC, he enjoys fixing/collecting antique furniture, yoga, spending time with this lovely wife Mariam and traveling the United States. Apparently from the photo, he’s also pretty good at taking selfies.
We’ll have to say, you sure make one fine-looking couple. Wishing you many happy years together…..and welcome to the ETC family, Andrew!
Ruben has been in the construction and engineering industry for six years and is also very experienced as an AutoCAD designer. He is currently working towards his degree in architecture/civil engineering at Northern Virginia Community College.
During Ruben’s free time (what little there is of it), he enjoys reading, listening to music and spending time with his wife, Laura and six-year-old son, Santiago.
We are glad to have him as part of our team!
ETC would like to welcome our newest Staff Engineer, Adam Shamieh. Adam graduated from Georgia Tech with a BS in civil engineering with a focus on structures. He moved to Maryland in 2013 to work on the repair and restoration of existing structures. We are pleased he chose ETC as his new work home.
When Adam is not evaluating some interesting building problem, he enjoys bicycling, longboarding (downhill skateboarding), rock climbing and photography. I even hear he is quite the grill master. Can't wait to try one of his famous chicken kebabs!
- ETC has four professional engineers registered in six states and Washington, DC
- An Architect registered in two states
- Seven Roofing Professionals with credentials from RCI
- Two Reserve Specialists certified by CAI
- A Green Roof Professional
- Two Certified EIFS Inspectors
- Three WACEL Certified Concrete and Steel Inspectors
- Staff trained to use the latest WUFI software to analyze building envelope sections for moisture drive and condensation risk
- Two certified Thermographers and two infrared thermal cameras
- Two staff trained in the use of the latest 3-D Ground Penetrating Radar scanner
- ETC can test concrete slabs for moisture content and emission
As you can see, ETC is committed to having a highly trained staff in a wide range of disciplines. Call us anytime we can be of assistance.