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Barter & Associates, Inc. was founded in 1982 as a Structural Engineering firm. The goal was, and still is today, to provide clients with economical solutions to their project needs. This work is to be performed with utmost consideration given to ethics, state of the art technical procedures, and the client’s and project owner’s best interests. Our business plan is to develop a clientele based upon service. We make every effort to insure that the client’s schedules are met and the project documents are issued with minimal changes either during the bidding or the construction phase. To accomplish this, we strive to participate in the early stages of the project and follow through with site visits during critical stages of construction.Over the past several years Barter and Associates has designed hospital additions, office buildings, extended care facilities, schools, churches, museums, federal offices, and several large residential projects. Our clientele consists of the major architectural firms in the greater Mobile area, New Orleans, Birmingham, and Montgomery. Past projects include buildings of over $20,000,000 in present value and cover the complete spectrum of superstructure and substructure types. The firm’s experience with complex structural problems is founded on the principal that Barter and Associates only performs work for which it is well qualified and limits the type of work accepted to structural engineering. The field of structural engineering is demanding technically and requires individuals committed to a profession. We strive to be those types of individuals and hope that the product we produce reflects that philosophy.During recent years lateral loads from wind and seismic events have become more fully understood by the code writing bodies. As a result all projects are subject to a rigorous lateral load analysis. Barter & Associates has provided its engineers with continuing education courses and state the art computer software to assure that the projects are designed as economical as possible, but also with due consideration to the forces they must withstand. This becomes especially important when designing along the coast where hurricane force winds are common.