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About Sneed Engineering

Sneed Engineering specializes in structural engineering design and installation plans for elevators, escalators, and people movers. We have worked on more new design and modernizations than any other structural engineering firm in business today and we hold a number of specialty patents.

  • Provided structural engineering services for hundreds of elevators installed or modernized in California schools and hospitals.
  • Performed structural engineering for hundreds of escalators and elevators including those installed at Bart stations, Los Angeles International Airport, MTA stations, Rams Stadium, Chase Stadium, The Rose Bowl.
  • Provided structural engineering services for the modernization of elevators in Veterans hospitals in Alaska, California and Tennessee.
  • Provided structural engineering services for the People Mover at the Getty Museum for Otis Elevator Company.
  • Prepared hoisting plans for the installation of escalator trusses for new construction and in existing structures.

Sneed Engineering is located at 430 Foothill Boulevard,  Suite A, La Canada, California 91011
Phone 818-952-3130, Fax 818-952-8863

Sneed Engineering Staff

Terry Sneed,

BSCE Purdue University, Professional Certificates, Earthquake Engineering UCLA, Electric Power Engineering UCLA, Engineering Management UCLA.

Structural Engineer License CA #S1697, Civil Engineer License CA #18,133, Professional Engineer  License IN #13,547, Civil & Structural Engineer License WA #24,251, Civil & Structural Engineer, License OR #17,094, Civil & Structural Engineer License NV #10,829.

Terry served as the Chairman of the Los Angeles Earthquake Task Force Non-structural Elements Sub-committee (Elevators and Escalators) from 1994 to 1997. This committee was the first to recognize the need for seismic restraints and story drift requirements for escalators and to put these requirements into code language. Much of Terry’s original code language exists in the current ASME A17.1.

He also holds three elevator and escalator U.S. Patent Office Patents.

“Whether the elevator or escalator project is a modernization or a new installation, we enjoy working with our clients to find solutions to special problems, whether it is engineering a solution to lift the 20,000 pound elevator hoist machines at the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas while the isolation pads are replaced, engineering the seismic restraints for the people mover at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles or the design of seismic restraints and story drifts for the 40 escalators at the Automated People Mover project at Los Angeles International Airport.”

Jeff Sneed,

BS UCLA. MSCE Norwich University.

Engineering licenses:
Civil Engineer License CA #88,111.

Jeff  is a registered professional Engineer in the state of California with decade of design experience. He has a Patent for an Escalator Seismic Restraint. Jeff is responsible for finite structural analysis in the office and has experience modeling escalator trusses, machine stands and acoustic slabs for dynamic and seismic forces.

He also makes construction site visits to develop construction drawings for elevator modernizations and escalator hoisting plans.

Sotero Chaidez,

BSCE Cal State University Los Angeles.

Engineering licenses:
Civil Engineer License CA #61,170, Structural Engineer License CA #S5341.

Sotero has worked at Sneed Engineering since 1996 and has extensive experience in all structural engineering aspects of escalators and elevators. He routinely solves elevator and escalator problems that most other structural engineers have not encountered and has engineered hundreds of elevators that have been plan checked by DSA and OSHPD.

“Óne of the most interesting projects I have worked on was the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. I enjoyed this project because it required innovative design solutions due to the unique shape of the building. It has sloping and angled walls. As part of the solution, we used Sneed Engineering’s patented Adjustable Non-weld rail brackets.”

Tom Sheedy,

BSCE Gonzaga University, MS Construction Management Stanford University.

Tom has fifteen years’ experience on the design side of elevators and escalators on top of 20 years on the building side of the construction business, so he knows what it takes for a project to be successful. Tom takes the lead in all things AutoCAD, drafting and finding solutions big and small for elevators and escalators. Toms drafting and engineering knowledge shines on elevator modernizations and projects where there are space restrictions and clearances are minimal.

List of Sneed Engineering Clients,

Alaska Pacific Elevator, Alliance Elevator, American Elevator, Amtech, Amlift, Amtech Reliable Elevator, American Union Elevator, A-Z Elevator, Ascent Elevator, Caliber Elevator, Canton Elevator, Cascade Elevator, Centric elevator, Custom Cab, Direct Access Elevator, Diamond Elevator Service, DPO Consulting, Dover, D & G Elevator, Elevator Equipment Company, Elite Elevators, ESCO Elevator, Elevator Support Service, Elevator Manufacturing, Elevator Service Company, Elevators Etc., Elevator Electric, Elevator Repair Service, Excel Elevator, Elevator Logistics, Elevator Dynamics, Elevator Solutions, Empire Elevator, Elevator Research, Executive Elevator, Excelsior Elevator, Fujitec America, GMS Elevator Service, Heacock Elevator, HKA Elevator Consultants, Hesselberg Keessee Elevator Consultants, Hollister Whitney, Hoist Elevator, Infinite Access, Kone Montgomery Kone, Lerch Bates Elevator Consultants, Minnesota Elevator, Millar, Mitsubishi Elevator, MMC Inc., Montgomery, Next Level Elevator, Nova Elevator, Oliver & Williams, Omega Elevator Corp., Otis Elevator, Pitfield & Associates Elevator Consultants, RCB Elevator Consulting, Reliable Elevator, South Coast Elevator, San Francisco Elevator, Star Elevator, Scott Elevator Consultants, Sound Elevator, Sterling Group,Smartrise Elevator, Simco Lift Elevator, San Diego Elevator, Syska and Hennessy Elevator Consultants, Skyline Elevator, Specialized Elevator, Superior Elevator, Target Elevator, Sunstate Services Inc., TEC Elevator, Tri County Elevator, T.L. Shields, Thyssen, Thyssen Dover, Thyssenkrupp, Tillipman Elevator, Total Access Elevator, University elevator, US Elevator, US Win International, Vertical Transportation, Western Elevator, Western States Elevator, Winter & Bain.

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