ERIK ANDERS NELSON, PE, SE
Erik Anders Nelson has worked in the engineering and construction industry since 1996
and started out as an estimator for a large contractor and soon after as a bridge
engineer. He then went on to work as a structural engineer in the building industry. He
has since helped design 700+ structures over the past 18 years ranging in scale from
small projects such as houses and one story commercial structures to large projects
such as baseball stadiums and high rises.
Prior to starting Structures Workshop, Erik worked on numerous projects that have
complex geometries with innovative structural systems such as the Linked Hybrid project
in Beijing. Although most of his work involved new buildings and renovations, he has
extensive experience in forensic investigations and failure analysis including non-linear
analysis. He has also been involved in the design of large dynamic structures for the
entertainment industry such as Cirque du Soleil's show Ka and the Sentosa Crane
Erik is an adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has been
teaching one class per semester to architects (RISD) and engineers (Brown, UMass,
and MIT) over the past seven years. These include Steel, Concrete, Masonry, High
Performance Structures, BIM Revit Architecture and Revit Structure, Statics and Strength
of Materials. He continues to publish articles in Structure, Civil Engineering and Modern
Erik is the Vice President of the Structural Engineers Association of Rhode Island, SEARI,
and member of ASCE, AISC, and AIA. He serves on the board of advisors for RI-MOSA
(Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art) and the board of directors of BR-A-CE
(Building Research and Community Exchange). In addition, Erik is committee member of
the ASCE-SEI committee on Engineering Philosophy as well as an organizer for the
Rhode Island Revit Users Group, RI-RUG. Erik is an active blogger as you can see on
his SW Blog. He is a modal law structural engineer and registered professional
engineer in Illinois, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine,
Washington D.C. and New York.
Erik Nelson holds a masters degree from M.I.T. (Structural Engineering) and two
bachelors degrees from Lake Forest College (Physics) and Washington University in St.
Louis (Civil Engineering).
Structures Workshop, Inc. is a full-service structural engineering firm licensed in RI, MA, NH, CT, NY, WI and ME and located in Providence, RI.
"Philosophy of Engineering”Journal of Prof Issues in Eng Education and Practice 2014
"Economical Weld Design" January 2013 Modern Steel Construction Magazine
"Manifesto for Growth" Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 April-July 2012 Structure Magazine
“What makes an Engineer, an Engineer?" March 2012 Structures Congress Proceedings
“What is Structural Engineering, Exactly?” February 2012 Structure Magazine
"Simple Shear Connections - Not So Simple" April 2011 Structures Congress Proceeding
"Making Connections - The Linked Hybrid" March 2011 Civil Engineering Magazine
"BIM and the Structural Engineering Community" December 2008 Structure Magazine
"Twilight of the Idols" March 2008 Modern Steel Construction Magazine
"The Structure that Sings" March 2008 Structure Magazine
"Infinite Load Path?" October 2007 Structure Magazine
"Participation Mystique" May 2007 Structure Magazine
"Architects are from Plato" January 2007 Structure Magazine
“Curious Deflection” July 2006 Structure Magazine Featured Article
"World Trade Center Building Damage Survey" 2003 (GNA, TT, SEONY)
The following projects were completed prior to starting Structures Workshop, Inc (before
May, 2008) while employed by the Structural Engineering firm as shown (Architect /
Linked Hybrid, Beijing, Rep of China (Steven Holl Architects / Guy Nordenson and Assoc.)
Designed (9) 21-story concrete residential towers with connecting sky bridges through
design development. See Linked Hybrid project page.
Jinhua Pavilion, Jinhua, Rep of China (Michael Maltzan Architects / Guy Nordenson and
Assoc.) Designed a cantilevered "book pavilion" in a public park. See Jinhua Book
Pavilion for project page.
IFAW Headquarters*, Cape Cod, MA. (designLab / Odeh Engineers) Completed full
structural design through construction administration for this two story steel building with
SIPs, wood decking and steel. See IFAW project page.
Cirque Du Soleil “Ka” MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada. (CDS / McLaren Engineers)
Assisted in the design of a machine to move, twist, lift, and rotate a 80,000-pound,
345 Broadway Telecom Hotel*, New York, NY (Richard Cook / Thornton Tomasetti)
Designed a 15-story flat plate building.
Carleton Hotel Addition*, New York, NY (Rockwell Group / Thornton Tomasetti)
University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy; Kingston, RI (Payette / Odeh
Engineers). Produced schematic and design development documents for this $75 million
academic facility, including inter-discipline coordination via Revit BIM models.
Johnson and Wales University, Culinary Arts Center; Providence RI (Tsoi Kobus / Odeh
Engineers). Project Manager and completed design, analysis and produced construction
documentation for this 4-story steel structure utilizing Revit BIM software.
University of Rhode Island, Pell Science Library; Narragansett, RI (Burt Hill / Odeh
Engineers) Completed analysis, design and final construction documents for the 3-story
steel structure. See Pell Library for project information.
College of St. Rose, CAC Center; Albany, NY. (EYP - Albany / McLaren Engineering)
Designed this addition to an existing gymnasium.
Brown University, Sharpe Refectory; Providence, RI (Lerner Ladds + Bartels / Odeh
Engineers) Completed analysis and design for adding a floor and new CMU elevator in
the existing Brown Sharpe Refectory building.
West Midtown Ferry Terminal, New York, NY (WNBA / Thornton Tomasetti) Designed
and detailed a new modern glass and exposed steel ferry terminal. See Midtown Ferry for
D-Street Condominiums; Boston, MA (Add, Inc. / Odeh Engineers) Complete design and
construction documents for an 18-Story Steel Braced Frame Structure.
Tropicana Parking Garage Investigation Partial Collapse Investigation, Atlantic City, New
Jersey. (Guy Nordenson and Assoc.) Project Manager to analyze the partial collapse of
Rhode Island School of Design, Chase Center Relieving Angle Investigation, Providence,
RI. (Odeh Engineers) Determined cause of excessive brick deformation due to relieving
Newport Office Center V, Jersey City, NJ (LeFrak Organization, GNA) Assisted in the non-
linear analysis for floor stiffness calculations.
Boardwalk Hall Collapse Investigation, Atlantic City, New Jersey. (ACSA / McLaren)
World Financial Center Building C Partial Collapse New York, New York. (Amex / TT)
Helped in the rebuilding effort after the 9/11 attacks for this Amex tower across the street
from the WTC.
Winter Garden Partial Collapse New York, New York. Developed shoring towers and
stabilization strategy for partially collapsed glass atrium. (Brookfield / TT)
Aurora Arena Collapse Investigation, Grand Forks, North Dakota. (TT)
Fort Pitt Bridge Rehabilitation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (PDOT / HDR)
United Airlines Hangar, Newark, New Jersey. (UAL / TT)
Structures Workshop, Inc.
18 Imperial Place - Courtyard
Providence, RI 02903
Guy Nordenson + Assoc.
Guy Nordenson + Assoc.
Guy Nordenson + Assoc.
Erik at Lincoln Center / Structures Workshop
Structures Workshop, Inc.