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REVIEWS

Highlights Of Our Clients' Feedback​

Kelly K. Allison Park, PA

2019

Firas was a lifesaver for me when a misinformed home inspector erroneously flagged floor joists as incorrectly installed in a 2 year old Ryan Home. My seller employed Firas to evaluate the situation. Not only was he accommodating with his schedule, he was super helpful in explaining why the inspector was wrong and he was able to relieve any fears from the buyers of the home. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing engineering services.

Earl H. Pittsburgh, PA

2019

I inquired about a wall removal and structural assessment on a Sunday night, and was responded to that same night and was able to schedule an appointment just as quickly. Firas was very thorough with his assessment and went above and beyond his scope of work and my own expectations. I would highly recommend Pittsburgh Design and Engineering Services!

Chris P. Harrison City, PA

2019

Firas was very responsive and willing to work around my busy schedule. I hired a flooring company to install new floors for me and was told by their best guy that I need to add three adjustable supports in my basement. We wanted a second opinion. Firas came over and checked not only the area in question, but my entire basement and first floor. He saved my major damages to my home by making sure that I did not follow poor advice. All said and done, Pittsburgh Design & Engineering Services saved me time, money, and a lot of future heartache. This has been my first experience with a structural engineer and I did not know what to expect. I have to say that the price was very reasonable and worth every cent for the peace of mind. Please consider Pittsburgh Design & Engineering Services if you have any doubts about the structural well being of your home. You will not regret it.

Kate M. Pittsburgh, PA

2020

We are first-time homeowners looking to check if a wall was load-bearing for a potential removal. I called several structural engineering firms and Firas was the only one to pick up when I called (the others never returned my calls). He was courteous and was able to schedule with us quickly. When he came to our house he was thorough and explained his process in great detail. We really felt like we could trust him and he did not try to push us or upsell us on anything. Highly recommend!

Michael GWashington, DC

2020

Pittsburgh Design and Engineering Services is hands-down THE company you need to use for any and all structural engineering needs. I placed a house under contract that had foundation issues and was both nervous and concerned about what the repairs might entail. Firas, the owner, responded to my inquiry within an hour and was very accommodating in scheduling the onsite visit. His knowledge, professionalism, and attention to detail seriously cannot be beaten. He correctly identified and quantified the issues at hand--something two other contractors I had brought out failed to do. I am so happy I spent the extra money to have him come out, as it has made me much more comfortable in my upcoming purchase and I am now using his observations as points of leverage in my negotiations with the seller. I would highly recommend Pittsburgh Design and Engineering Services to anyone and everyone who is involved with real estate (both commercial and residential) and in need of the expertise of a structural engineer. Firas is one of the most down-to-earth, honest, and knowledgeable professionals I have come across in the greater Pittsburgh area and I look forward to doing business with this firm for years to come.

Natalya PPittsburgh, PA

2020

Firas from Pittsburgh Design & Engineering Services was a pleasure to work with! He took several hours to carefully address numerous issues identified in the home inspection report and was very patient explaining which issues are of concern from the list. I took notes throughout the inspection and after I typed them up, Firas looked over them to make sure that the information I put down on paper for future use was correct. Thank you!

Luat VPittsburgh, PA

2020

Reliable, careful, and easy to work with,. Would definitely recommend.

Ziad FBethel Park, PA

2020

Professional, reliable, courteous, and very easy to work with. I was able to schedule an on-site inspection and get the signed and sealed drawings within the same week. Would definitely recommend!

Deb D.  Allision Park, PA

2020

Pittsburgh Design & Engineering Services was a great company to work with. Firas helped us design a deck to meet our specific requirements. He was professional and always responded quickly to our requests. We were very happy with his services and would work with him again.

Mickie D  Western Pennsylvania

2020

 

We loved dealing with Pittsburgh Design and Engineering services. They actually answered whenever we called. So extremely decent and knowledgeable. Nice combination. He was able to look over pictures that we sent and give us an idea of what we were facing before he even came for the inspection. We ultimately cancelled the inspection because we decided to go in a different direction but our experience with this company was outstanding and if we ever need his services again we go back to him immediately.

Dylan W. Sturgeon & Glenshaw, PA

2020

I just had a pre purchase home inspection and enjoyed dealing with Pittsburgh Design and Engineering. They were extremely accommodating fitting me in with short notice and answered all correspondence almost immediately. The Engineer was very friendly and pleasant to work with. He went over every one of my concerns in great detail without ever feeling rushed. He was very knowledgeable and able to explain his findings/concerns in an easy to understand manner. Would highly recommend him if you have any structural concerns with a prospective home. I was able to make an informed decision thanks to his expertise.

Jordan B. (Embellished Estates) Wilkinsburg, PA

2020

VERY PROFESSIONAL & INTELLIGENT. ALWAYS ANSWERS THE PHONE AND IS PRECISE WITH DECISION MAKING.THE BEST ENGINEER IN PA HANDS DOWN.ON TOP OF ALL THIS HE GIVES THE BEST PRICES!!

Alex L. Pittsburgh, PA

2020

Prompt and friendly service. Firas helped me make sure my residential project was structurally sound. Answered on the first phone call and was able to get me in right away. He was able to give me the professional advising I needed quickly, and then even took the time to go over extra things to make the appointment more valuable. Would recommend to anyone needing this service.

Susan M. Pittsburgh, PA

2020

Pittsburgh Design and Engineering is an excellent company to work with for issues related to structural design. Firas returned my call that same day I contacted him and came to assess our home within a week. He helped us understand the structural issues occurring in our house, provided easy to understand explanations and answered all of our questions. He wrote a very succinct report about the issues and what needs to be done to correct them along with pictures for documentation. We now have better sense of what we need to do to deal with cracks above door openings and a deck that isn't up to code. Firas is a consummate professional and very personable.

Mevalee S. Carnegie, PA

2020

A seamless experience from start to finish. Firas was personable, professional, very knowledgeable and prompt. Not only did he explain a particular issue, but also took the time to examine other areas of the property and gave sound recommendations. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.

Winston M. Pittsburgh, PA

2020

Firas was ultra responsive and professional. He saved me from buying a dangerous money pit that another inspector missed. I'd highly recommend Pittsburgh Design & Engineering Services to anyone needing a competent and responsive structural engineer to look at any potential investment or personal property. Some of the best money I've spent on an investment property.

L. G. Pittsburgh, PA

2020

We hired Pittsburgh Design & Engineering for a consultation on a home we're rehabbing to flip. We're removing multiple walls and needed a professional opinion on load baring walls. Firas got back to me almost immediately and scheduled me within a day. He explained everything and made all extremely easy to understand. He also pointed out a few easy things we could do and even recommended some options that would save us money. Very professional and awesome service (very friendly too which is a plus in my book)! Highly recommend. Thanks Firas!

Brady I. West Mifflin, PA

2021

What a refreshing experience from a service provider. Firas answered his phone, was friendly, on-time and a tremendous resource. We had questions about load bearing walls and a residential foundation which he answered our questions along with providing other options. Call Firas and Pitt DES for your engineering needs.

Nick M. Pittsburgh, PA

2021

Firas is very knowledgeable and professional and was able to help me better understand the situation I am facing. I would recommend his services.

Jamie M. Pittsburgh, PA 

2021

Firas was so wonderful to deal with from start to finish! He was punctual, communicative, and very thorough. I had my child with me during the appointment and he was so patient with all of the noise and commotion! I would hire him again for any future projects!

Penny J. Pittsburgh, PA 

2021

So so pleased with the evaluation we received!! Firas was professional and incredibly knowledgeable. He educated us as we walked through our home by pointing out exactly what was causing our issue and what would be needed to fix it. He also showed us some stuff outside our property that we could update to prevent problems going forward. I was highly satisfied and wouldn't hesitate to call him again or recommend him for any structural concerns you may have. He put or minds at ease now that we know exactly what was causing the cracks in our home.

Ronald Y. Beaver, PA 

2021

Very helpful with my project. Answered any questions that I had. Very knowledgeable and told me exactly what needed to be done.

Cherie H. Pittsburgh, PA 

2021

Firas was not only professional and knowledgeable but also very personable and friendly. He was thorough in inspecting our issues and provided sound analysis and practical advice. Glad we contacted him!

Tim P. Pittsburgh, PA 

2021

I have worked with Firas at Pittsburgh design Engineering on several occasions. He is an industry expert and I know that can rely on him when it comes to the needs of my clients. Buying a house is a big step for anyone and sometimes things come up that make you wonder. When it comes to foundation issues, support walls, anything structural items that are questionable I know I can call Firas anytime to get my clients a professional opinion and a plan of action for correction! I will continue to refer Firas to my clients. He is a first class professional!

Chris W. Pittsburgh, PA 

2021

Firas was very helpful and provided detailed answers to our initial issue and went above and beyond to help us with a few other questions we had too. He gave us very good suggestions and is very knowledgeable. He is very polite and easy to talk to. Thanks so much!

Tracy N. Pittsburgh, PA 

2021

We can't possible say enough good things about Firas and his work with us. He was incredibly thorough - looking at every small crack and unlevel surface we asked him to. He explained everything he found clearly and answered all of our questions. And we really felt he was on our side and trying to come up with the best possible solutions for our problems. He even answered a few follow-up questions by email about the contractor we are hiring to implement the work he recommended. A wonderful, professional, personable man. Recommend him highly!

Nathan L. Pittsburgh, PA 

2021

Called with some concerns about my new home, which were time sensitive to me. The owner of the company was able to make room in his schedule to show up to my house that day and provide an expert opinion. He was patient and knowledgeable, going out of his way to explain his thought process throughout the inspection. I will not hesitate to hire them again if needed.

Todd D. Mt Lebanon, PA 

2021

Firas provided an expert, thorough, and professional structural inspection of my home, which was requested because of a concern I had about a support beam. Firas gave me a range of three options for remedying the problem and talked through the pros and cons of each. I then followed up with a request for drawings for some deck work. Firas is smart, observant, and very personable. I recommend Pittsburgh Design and Engineering Services highly.

Emily K. Pittsburgh, PA 

2021

Firas was absolutely excellent to work with. I was working under a tight timeframe and he bent over backward to do an inspection and write a report. He was extremely communicative with everyone and wonderful at explaining issues. If I ever had a need for a structural engineer I would work with him again in a heartbeat!

Karen F. Pittsburgh, PA 

2021

Firas is a creative problem solver who presents practical solutions. He is a very good listener and communicator at all levels. I would strongly recommend him to anyone needing a structural engineer in the Pittsburgh area.

Justin S. Mt. Lebanon, PA 

2021

Firas was such an amazing help in analyzing and providing drawings need for my garage floor replacement. He was super responsive, provided a lot of detail of the best way to complete the project, and worked with me on my vision of what needed to be completed. Firas was able to review and provided drawings super quickly and showed how much he cared about my want to complete this project. I would definitely recommend Firas to anyone needing structural engineering in Pittsburgh!

Grant D. Pittsburgh, PA 

2022

Excellent service -- gave a detailed analysis.

Donald D. Greensburg, PA 

2022

I can not say enough about Firas. Absolutely 5 stars, and more if I could give it. Extremely professional, knowledgeable, kind, and caring. He spent so much time reviewing our structural issues, and identifying the problem. I, honestly, rarely write reviews. This is a case where I needed to do so. Do not hesitate to contact Firas for any of your structural engineering needs.

Pollyn C. Pittsburgh, PA 

2022

Firas and his detailer worked through the weekend to deliver the project as soon as possible. I am so impressed with their dedication and the quality of their work.

Beth S. Pittsburgh, PA 

2022

Firas was incredibly helpful in his verbal consultation regarding different kinds of cracks in our walls. He explained things in great detail, answered all of our questions thoughtfully and clearly distinguished between issues of no significant concern from things to keep a close eye on. I recommend him very highly!

Shawniece K. McKeesport, PA 

2022

Firas arrived on time and was able to provide very detail information on my structure and condition of my home. He was very helpful with even providing information on additional business endeavors that I will have coming down the pipe line. I am new to flipping houses and most defiantly will see me recommending Firas for future projects and also recommending him to my friends and family.

Tori P. Pittsburgh, PA 

2022

Firas was the only person to actually help me in a two year battle with the city. He is very skilled at his job and extremely knowledgeable. His services are worth the money.

Jeffrey L. Allison Park, PA 

2022

Firas was fantastic. He spent a lot of time with me explaining many different ways I could go about completing my project. He is very down-to-earth and is thoughtful in his advice. I will never hesitate to work with him again in the future.

Anna B. Pittsburgh, PA 

2022

Firas was fantastic! Very insightful and helpful answering all of our questions and provided suggestions and things to do and to keep in mind as we plan to work on our project. He was prompt, courteous, friendly and very easy to work with. We'll absolutely be calling Pittsburgh Design & Engineering Services again.

Alysa S. Pittsburgh, PA 

2022

I am so thankful for my consultation with Firas. Absolutely 5 stars! He really took his time looking over the condition of my home. He explained in detail where the problems lie and what I can do to remedy them. After the consult, I feel confident and reassured that the issue is going to be addressed properly and that I wouldn't get duped by predatory companies in the process! I will definitely consult him again if needed in the future.

Susan F. Pittsburgh, PA 

2022

Firas met with us and provided recommendations needed for our house. Very professional, courteous, and kind. Took the time to answer all questions and calm me down and help me understand what was going on and what was needed. Our builder was reluctant to take on the expensive extra work Firas recommended however after thinking about it for weeks, he relented and the work is starting this week! I wouldn’t have known even where to start without Firas and it ended with us getting all the work done by the builder! Highly recommended!! Firas is wonderful.

Bill L. Pittsburgh, PA 

2022

I used Pittsburgh Design and Engineering again and was very happy with the ideas and details Firas shared with me. He is very knowledgeable and accommodating.

Emily B. Pittsburgh, PA 

2022

Firas met with me this morning to discuss some concerns I had about my townhome. He explained what I was experiencing and calmed my fears about a slightly more sloppy floor than the one that I seemed to remember. He gave me a lot of insight about shared walls, and was patient and kind--it felt good to have an expert who actually understands old construction and city building codes. Would highly recommend; this consult settled my nerves for the first time in weeks.

Arsene W. Pittsburgh, PA 

2022

Firas was very helpful, responsible, thorough, prompt, and just a super nice guy. very much appreciate and recommend the service!

Abby O. Pittsburgh, PA 

2022

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I am trying to build a free-standing garage on my property in Pittsburgh, which has been a long and complicated process. I used this firm (and specifically worked with Firas Abdelahad) in order to get a stamped site plan drawn to be approved by the city zoning board, and I can honestly say working with Pittsburgh Design & Engineering Services is the only part of the process that was easy. Firas responded to my inquiry right away, unlike every other firm I contacted. He anticipated issues that the city would need. Once hired, he provided the plan in a very timely fashion, for the agreed upon fee. The electronic payment and contract were easy.

Stephen A. Edinburg, PA 

2022

Firas was a very professional, organized, honest engineer. He provided prompt service and was willing to clearly explain many of the intricacies of his work. Highly recommend

Christina Y. Pittsburgh, PA 

2022

Firas was so thorough in examining our home (basement, three floors, as well as the outside) and adequately addressed our concerns regarding sagging floors in our almost 100 year old home. Not only did he discuss the structural concerns, but he also brought to light some electrical issues that were found incidentally during his visit that we are now in the process of getting repaired. Would recommend 100%.

Robert H. Pittsburgh, PA 

2022

Firas was timely, professional, and incredibly knowledgeable. We had him come to a home we had concerns about in the buying process. He thoroughly investigated my concerns and shared his findings in understandable layperson terms. The consultation helped me to make an informed decision about the soundness of the structure from a neutral perspective. I am incredibly thankful for his time !

Rebecca D. Pittsburgh, PA 

2022

Firas was very helpful in helping us plan a course of action for some structural issues in the house we are purchasing. He looked at each area where we had concerns and offered insight into how to monitor and manage the issues. He obviously is very knowledgable about structures and has a love for his work. He's fun to work with and explains things in a way someone with no knowledge of structural engineering can understand.

Ethan S. Cheswick, PA 

2022

Firas came to our home and reviewed a number of structural issues. Everything was covered, from floor joist spans/spacing to foundation/basement wall status as well as the configuration/framing of the rafters. He explained what our options and solutions might be. After his in person review, he was extremely helpful and provided additional information regarding the installaiton of a few LVL's to sure up a load bearing wall that had not been properly supported when the home was built 60 years ago. As with many older homes, there are a number of issues that can pop up and we will 100% reach out again if we are in need of engineering services!

Scott G. Vandergrift, PA 

2022

Very professional, extremely thorough & knowledgeable. Found all the issues with the house, explained the issues, gave some recommendations for correctional actions. Very pleased.

Mark J. Pittsburgh, PA 

2022

Firas was wonderful. Professional, kind, knowledgeable. Helped me understand what I was really getting into with a property I was considering... Highly recommended.

Michelle D. Vandergrift, PA 

2023

We Highly Highly recommend Pittsburgh Design & Engineering if you have foundation problems! My mom's house has issues with water leaking into her basement. We had some estimates done by foundation "experts," who each had very different opinions about what needed to be done, leaving us very unsure. We decided to get a true, independent expert and professional and Firas was amazing! He was very thorough and explained everything in a way that made sense. We feel very confident in his recommendations and we now have a solid plan to get the problem fixed. Thank you so much!!! Your knowledge and expertise was invaluable to us!

Ryan R. Pittsburgh, PA 

2023

I had Firas come over to my home to inspect a crack in one of my joists. He analyzed and provided me with clear advice on how to proceed in repairing the issue. He also performed an inspection of my foundation and outside areas for other issues. He noticed things which didn't catch my attention.
As a new owner, I want to ensure I'm doing everything I can to prevent major issues from occurring. Pittsburgh Design & Engineering are looking out for your best interests. I'll be adding them to my book of trusted professionals. Thanks again!

Nick B. New Kensington, PA 

2023

I was lucky enough to find Firas who was able to get me scheduled within a tight timeline. He provided me with a detailed and clear report that outlined the specs and calculations needed for the placement of a structural lvl beam due to the removal of a load bearing wall during my kitchen remodel. He was extremely helpful and thorough throughout the process. I just want to thank you again, as our contractor followed your all of your guidance and the install went smoothly and our inspection went along without any problems. Thanks again!!

Kate S. Pittsburgh, PA 

2023

I would recommend highly recommend Firas to anyone I know. He's professional, courteous, and very knowledgeable. He went above and beyond to inspect our home, giving advice and answering questions we didn't even know we had. We will definitely use Firas for any future engineering projects.

Paul M. Pittsburgh, PA 

2023

We worked with Firas and he was amazing. We had run into (more than) a few snags on our renovation and almost ended up cancelling the project after months of delay. We got in contact with Pittsburgh Design & Engineering through our contractor at the 11th hour and Firas was able to get our designs drawn and work with our contractor to get them through the permitting process without issue. We had great communication with Firas to nail down exactly what we wanted extremely quickly. We have a baby on the way so time was off the essence and Firas was able to help us out! Thanks to Pittsburgh Design & Engineering, and especially thank you to Firas!! I would not look anywhere else for any project we have in the future.

A. B. Pittsburgh, PA 

2023

Firas is very professional and thorough. He was the only structural engineer who responded in a timely manner. He provided a walk through of my house explaining issues/ concerns he saw. I would highly recommend him.

Tim G. Beaver, PA 

2023

Awesome. Did everything he said he would do. Came all the way out to Beaver County on short notice for us due to a conflict prior to selling our home.

Robin G. Wexford, PA 

2023

We hired Firas twice- once 6 months ago and just recently. We initially hired him for advice regarding a sagging floor in our entry way, and second for advice on a couple walls to ensure they weren’t load bearing. Firas went above and beyond to advise us not only with these issues, but also some other structural issues with the house and how to remedy them. Would hire him back in a heart beat if the need arises- a kind person and genuinely invested in helping us!

Kyle B, Pittsburgh, PA 

2023

Called in to ask about help with Zoning for a hot tub and they answered everything I needed. Thank you so much. Very nice and good people.

Brian T. Pittsburgh, PA 

2023

Firas is the best. He really took the time to listen to all of our concerns and properly address them. His inspection was thorough and we fully trust his findings. On top of that he is a genuinely kind and caring person. We would absolutely hire him again!

Sonia G, Pittsburgh, PA 

2023

Prompt. Professional. Knowledgeable. Communicative and Honest. 10/10 Would recommend.

Gulin M, Pittsburgh, PA 

2023

We had a verbal consultation with Firas and cannot recommend him and his company enough. He was highly professional throughout the consultation to evaluate our attic. His meticulously examined the space and provided his recommendations which gave us a peace of mind with our decisions. He patiently listened to our questions and thoroughly explained his findings, making sure we understood every aspect. He even took his time to answer follow up questions after our initial consultation. His willingness to continue assisting us even after the consultation demonstrated his genuine dedication to client satisfaction.

Jill H, Upper St. Clair, PA 

2023

Pittsburgh Design & Engineering Services LLC offer exemplary service. Our home sustained extensive damage from a storm and Firas's responsiveness for our needs was incredibly prompt and reassuring. He understood that our situation required immediate service so he rearranged his schedule to accommodate us. That is a rarity amongst most. He was thorough with his assessment and I highly recommend his services.

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