Shirk & O'Donovan was built on the idea that innovative structural solutions begin with a thorough, thoughtful game plan, a game plan that is developed conversationally with our clients and partners. We have a long history of successfully implementing these plans and helping deliver on-time projects that meet the aesthetic and financial aspirations of our clients.
In 1991, having gained a wealth of experience with a large, multi-discipline consulting firm in central Ohio, Bill Shirk established a structural consulting engineering firm that would provide unparalleled service and a steadfast commitment to building long-term relationships. Shirk Engineering Inc. was born as a values-driven response to the need for creative ways to meet the ever-shorter timelines of clients. Bill's vision led to steady growth, and in 1995, he was joined by Pat O'Donovan, a fellow structural engineer with similar experience and a shared belief that "time is money." Pat became a partner in 1998, and to recognize his contributions to the success of the firm, the name was changed to Shirk & O'Donovan Consulting Engineers, Inc.
After 25 years of dedicated service, Shirk & O'Donovan maintains its commitment to quality, which has led to a large portfolio of clients both locally and across the U.S. and into Canada. Currently, plans are in the works to double the size of our office building, to maintain and expand our ability to provide our unique brand of comprehensive services. The driving force behind this growth is the fact that we have maintained many of our initial client relationships while growing into new and diverse markets. We remain committed to our design philosophy and core values, including the tenet that owners and managing principals remain actively involved in all projects from the initial design phase through the end of construction.
Registered in nearly all 50 states and in three Canadian provinces, Shirk & O'Donovan is a deep, seasoned team of registered professionals ready to tackle the challenges of clients' unique projects. And we continue to offer high-quality and creative structural engineering services in a wide variety of markets.
At Shirk & O'Donovan, we practice the art and science of structural engineering as we help bring architectural concept and vision to life. As artists, we bring creative and, when appropriate, bold thinking to the team. As scientists, we deliver precise yet practical solutions that meet the intent of complex building codes and are consistent with the fundamental laws of physics. We enjoy being a part of projects that make a difference in the quality of our lives: places for people to gather, places for people to learn, places for people to shop and be entertained, and places for people to heal. We enjoy the longstanding relationships we have developed with our clients. We enjoy doing what we do, and we think you will enjoy working with us.
We enjoy practicing our craft in the context of an integrated team, working together to explore ideas and ultimately deliver great design. We prefer to join project teams in the initial design phases, bringing our seasoned thought leaders into discussions early so that we can identify the complex challenges and assist with generating innovative solutions. Amid a partnership of respect and approachability, where we collectively evaluate options and make decisions, we provide clients with creative, well-coordinated, and cost-effective designs. As team members, we consider it our job to communicate—in a transparent manner—to inform and educate the design team regarding the structural details and implications of all design considerations throughout the design phase.
We are committed to a successful project, and we remain actively involved throughout all project phases, from start to finish. During construction, we understand the importance of quickly responding to questions and unforeseen field conditions; we work with our design-build partners to keep projects moving and to maintain project schedules. We welcome our role as problem solvers, and we strive to create a collaborative, solutions-oriented project setting. It is our goal to produce cost-effective and buildable designs that solve the challenges of every project for each client. Our client base is local and national, large and small, and we believe that all our projects deserve and require the care that distinguishes us from other firms.
As structural engineers, we believe we have a unique opportunity to contribute to sustainable designs that work for current and future generations, whether through adaptive reuse of existing buildings or through careful material selection and detailing. Our staff has been involved with the design of many LEED-certified buildings, and this accomplishment is a byproduct of our commitment to creating a more sustainable built environment.
Our Core Values form the bedrock on which our practice and our designs are founded. We define our culture and set our vision looking forward on these values:
Embrace the mission. We exist to serve the best interest of our clients.
Do what's right. Guided by the Engineering Code of Ethics and our own moral compass, we pursue the simple truth.
Teamwork breeds success. We actively listen and transparently share our thoughts as we create innovative solutions.
Be bulletproof. We aim for perfection and believe in continuous improvement in our processes and our quality program.
Think outside the box. We say "Can do" when others say "Can't be done." We enjoy collaboratively solving problems and celebrating our people and their accomplishments.
Making It Happen
Our people are our practice. They are the foundation of our success, our innovation, our commitment to our clients. Working quickly and collectively, we solve problems and get to "Yes, it can be done."
National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
Former Officer, NE Chapter of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers
We currently hold professional engineering registrations in 46 states and 3 Canadian provinces.
We are continuously exploring the latest in 3D data-rich software, both for 3D structural analysis and Revit modeling. We are committed to the intelligent use of these technologies, as they provide excellent tools that are consistent with our core values of client service, collaboration, excellence, and inspiration. BIM, when properly implemented, facilitates productive workflows between engineers and architects; this enhances the exchange of information and produces a better coordinated design. Ultimately, our BIM models can also be used in concert with our construction partners to facilitate real-time scheduling and cost control decisions with 4D and 5D modeling. As 3D modeling and analysis software continues to advance, the potential for virtual prototyping and the ability to explore virtual design options is limitless. Whether utilizing the latest technologies or simply sitting around the table sketching and sharing ideas, we are committed to doing whatever it takes to produce creative, well-coordinated, and cost-effective design solutions.
At Shirk & O'Donovan, we offer our employees a challenging and rewarding work experience which enables each individual the opportunity to grow their professional career in a fun, relaxed work environment. To obtain the highest level of professional development, we invest in our staff through training, mentoring, continuing education and collaborative work efforts. Because we work in eight diverse construction markets, we offer countless opportunities to fully develop our professional careers.
We understand the importance of achieving healthy work-life balance and the need to unplug, to relax, to get exercise and to be with friends. We believe that all work and no play is no fun. We promote a family-oriented/team approach with a variety of social activities including our weekly staff lunch, our in-office parties, our annual family March Madness party and annual holiday parties.