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A Reputation of Success

It may be a small firm, but Noble Structural Group (NSG) has built quite a big reputation over the years.

Whether the firm is working in the municipal/institutional, commercial, military/aerospace or water treatment/infrastructure markets, or utilizing its vast experience to provide specialized engineering on a project, NSG can do everything the big boys can do, and typically at a lower cost to the client.

On top of that, when you deal with NSG, you don’t have to worry about inexperience. NSG consists of two professional engineers and a structural designer with plenty of hands-on experience and a dedication to making sure the job is done right.

Andy Noble, president of NSG, doesn’t just perform the structural design on all of the company’s projects, he also serves as the project manager.

“There are advantages with being lean,” Noble said. “I’m working the project, so you have people with a lot of experience, rather than many of these big firms, where people at my level are strictly managerial. Because of that, we have a pretty high success rate in retaining our clients; we’ve had many of the same clients since we started.” 

A Wealth of Projects

Noble, who graduated from Florida State in 1987, established his own company in 2000, then branched off to form NSG in 2007. The list of projects he has been involved in includes work with SpaceX at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, designing the company’s original hangar and hangar annex. In fact, NSG is currently working on a launch integration facility for the SpaceX Heavy Falcon rocket.

NSG provided structural engineering for the 26,000-sq.ft. corporate office and communications center for TerraCom Direct Data Center in Rockledge, which included structural systems such as precast concrete tilt-up walls and steel joists. The entire facility was also designed to withstand Category 5 strength hurricane winds.

At Cruise Terminal 6 in Port Canaveral, NSG provided the specialty structural engineering design of more than 32,000 square feet of structural steel walkway canopies, a 15,000-sq.ft. interior embark/disembark mezzanine and an 8,000-sq.ft. pallet storage facility.

NSG was also involved with work on the Huey P. Long Bridge in Louisiana, designing the gantry cranes used to put the new beams in place. The firm will also be part of the Main Street Bridge renovation job in Jacksonville.

“They’re going to be lifting it almost an inch to replace some of the bearings, so it’s millions of pounds, and they’re going to be doing it with hydraulic jacks, one span at a time,” Noble said. “We’re designing the scheme for them.”

The Scott Center for Autism Treatment of Florida Tech, the Ascension Catholic Church ministry building, the West Melbourne City Hall, the DeBary City Hall, the Emil Buehler Center for Aviation Training at Melbourne International Airport, the Brevard County Clerk’s Archive and Tag Facility and the Sea Ray Assembly Building are just a few of the other projects NSG has been associated with.

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After guiding the business through the rocky days of the recession, Noble has certainly seen an upswing in business as his reputation for doing quality, affordable work continues to grow. The last two years have been the best NSG has ever had.

“When I first started out, I was doing a lot of really tiny stuff. But as time went on, I cultivated a group of really great clients,” Noble said. “We just got picked to do the D.B. Lee Treatment Plant (an $8 million upgrade project), so we’re going to be monitoring all the construction on that.”

While NSG can clearly be the go-to company on a wide array of projects, the group specializes in civil infrastructure projects, specifically working on wastewater treatment plants.  Designing a wastewater treatment facility requires a special skill. While most structural engineers build shopping centers, apartment buildings and the like, there are different building codes for sanitary structures such as a treatment plant.

NSG was the structural engineer of record for the city of Cocoa Beach’s water reclamation facility improvements project. The $16 million venture included several new concrete tank structures, three new buildings, miscellaneous repairs and modifications of existing structures and elevated aluminum walkways and platforms throughout the facility. When the work was completed in 2013, the facility was considered to be state of the art for Florida and its grand opening drew people – including many plant managers – from all around the southeast.

“I try to reach out to people that do treatment plants, because we’ve done about 60 or 70 of them now in some form,” Noble said. “We’ve done them from the ground up. We’ve added a tank to an existing treatment plant and we’ve added walkways between the structures – whatever it is that they need.  Our value added is that we’re small, but we provide the same services as larger companies. We’re economical and it’s worked out for us.”

This article appears in the April 2015 issue of SpaceCoast Business.
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