About MSE

McElhaney Structural Engineers is a structural engineering firm in Reno, Nevada that has built a reputation as one of the top structural engineering firms in the West. The firm is known for structural engineering services including structural design and analysis, seismic evaluations, value analysis/value engineering, and 3D building information modeling (BIM), all with the goal of creating safer structures for a hazardous world.


McElhaney Structural Engineersfounder and lead engineer is Brett McElhaney, MBA, MS, PE, SE, a visionary structural engineer and member of the Cherokee Nation whose first career was spent working in psychology before he went back to school to earn his Bachelor’s in civil engineering and Master’s degree in structural engineering. Brett’s unique blend of structural engineering expertise, sensitivity to the human condition, and personal penchant for “doing what’s right” for clients, communities, and stakeholders make him a “psychologist of the built environment.”


Brett’s unique skill set and perspective pervades the firm’s work culture, making McElhaney Structural Engineers a natural “go-to” source for services ranging from structural engineering, design and analysis, assessment, drafting, plan review and calculations, code and permit consulting, value engineering, and community development on a retainer basis for tribes and municipalities.


McElhaney Structural Engineers offers you:

  • Full-service, licensed structural engineering services for projects of unlimited heights, sizes, or complexities
  • End-to-end structural and seismic engineering services to see your project through from concept to completion
  • Exceptional client service, regardless of project size
  • The expertise of a large structural firm with the personalized service of a small firm
  • Active participation of firm principal Brett McElhaney, M.S., P.E., S.E. on all projects, regardless of size
  • Extreme flexibility to meet the unique needs of your project
  • High-quality engineering and construction documents that consider the constructability of structures
  • Cost-effective, innovative, and timely design and engineering services


McElhaney Structural Engineers has experience with:

  • Seismic evaluations, retrofits, and rehabilitations
  • Industrial buildings
  • Server farms/Data centers
  • Warehouse/Logistics facilities
  • Medical campuses
  • Office
  • Retail
  • Residential
  • Due Diligence
  • Historic Preservation
  • Renewable Energy – Photovoltaic, Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Wind Turbine Towers, Geothermal Power Plants, and more
  • Expert Witness Services
  • OSHA Compliance
  • Constructability Review

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