Where We Come from
PittDES, Pittsburgh Design & Engineering Services was founded with the aim of assisting architects, homeowners, real estate agents, investors, general contractors, and developers in enhancing their experiences when it comes to designing, buying, selling, remodeling, investing, or flipping properties. We achieve this by providing reliable structural engineering services when needed.
Our approach is rooted in understanding the market, valuing efficiency, and maintaining a commitment to delivering high-quality work at fair costs. We firmly believe in providing our clients with top-notch quality within their specified timeframes while striving to adhere to their budget constraints.
We take pride in being a value-added service, even for clients who may not ultimately choose to hire us.
What we want to Achieve
Our mission at Pittsburgh Design & Engineering Services is to support and serve our clients and community by delivering sound, creative, and cost-effective engineering solutions that adhere to the highest industry standards and best practices while also complying with local codes and requirements.
We take great pride in upholding a higher standard in our engineering solutions, our collaborative problem-solving approach, and the integrity that drives our actions. At PittDES, we bring added value to our clients through our commitment to delivering exceptional structural engineering designs and services, all while striving for excellence.
FIRAS ABDELAHAD, P.E.
Welcome! I am a licensed and registered Professional Engineer, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil/Structural Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering. With over 18 years of experience, I've navigated diverse roles in the field, from small consulting firms to large corporations and family-owned operations encompassing design, manufacturing, and construction.
My adaptability shines through as I've successfully tackled various challenges, donning multiple hats to ensure project success. A highlight includes restructuring an engineering department, resulting in a high-performing team generating over $10 million in annual engineered drawings. I've led teams on iconic projects like airport buildings, garages, and college facilities.
Specializing in metal panels and claddings, I've made notable contributions to projects at LaGuardia, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Newark airports, and institutions like Daytona State College, Rutgers University, and The Citadel. My expertise extends to metal panels for façade and soffit applications.
In addition to this, I bring extensive experience in structural foundation evaluation, foundation reinforcement, structural rehabilitation projects, and assessments for damages caused by improper work. I've successfully managed projects addressing these critical aspects, ensuring structural integrity and safety.
I thrive in collaboration, having successfully worked with consultants, architects, contractors, and subcontractors to solve challenges during both design and construction phases. Holding an active record with the NCEES, I'm a licensed Professional Engineer in multiple states.
Beyond my professional life, I value family time, relish exploring new travel destinations, and savor a variety of world cuisines. For a detailed look at my project experience, please visit my LinkedIn profile, featuring a comprehensive list of projects completed during my tenure at Bunting.