TESTIMONIALS

Involved Principals

Our principals are heavily involved with all aspects of our projects (both large and small) as well as the day-to-day management of contracts and client relationships.

“This energetic team has many characteristics that set it apart from others in their field.  The principals of the firm are closely involved.  The team they have assembled is extremely professional and well versed in all aspects of structural engineering.”

R. Anderson Moberg, AIA-President
James River Architects

 

 “Danny Speight and Jonathan Walesczyk as our Principal contacts, have provided us with unmatched service and professionalism. Danny and Jon commit themselves to assisting the team in innovative problem solving, always make themselves available, and consistently respond to the ever increasing pace of today’s project timeframes."

Mark Dignard, AIA-Principal
Innovate Architecture & Interior Design

Responsive to Client Needs

Our team is committed to responsiveness for the good of the whole; contact us anytime. Seriously, see what these clients have to say…

“From initial evaluation of several different structural systems prior to full design to sending your engineers to the site whenever needed to inspect the work or review shop drawings and field conditions, your firm was always there ready to help.”

Anthony Nero-President
Armada Hoffler

 

“SMF always responds to our requests and the needs of our clients in a professional and expedient manner.”

C. Michael Ross, AIA-Vice President
HBA Architecture & Interior Design

 

“They always make themselves available when called upon and are straightforward in their professional assessments. They have gone out of their way to satisfy the needs of the client and are very knowledgeable of structural construction practices and issues.”

Robert H. Wells-Former CEO
VIRTEXCO Corporation

 

“They are always “team players”, always willing to work with everyone involved to move the project forward. They always make themselves available when called upon and are straightforward in their professional assessments.”

Jack Clark, AIA-Director of Operations
RRMM Architects

 

“What really impresses me most is the customer service they provide. They are always willing to support an answer questions.”

Dr. John A Bailey-Director of School Plants
Chesapeake Public Schools

 

“Their approach has been to work closely with us, to listen to our needs and concerns, and then address our unique needs and concerns.”

Anthony L. Arnold, P.E.-Executive Director
Virginia Beach City Public Schools-Facilities Planning & Construction

 

“I would like to thank you for the outstanding work ethic your staff provides on the City’s projects and the exceptional quality services and rapid response to the urgent needs that occur from time to time. The response time to each of our requests was rapid and the work and expertise exhibited by you and your staff were of superior quality.”

C. Wayne Webster, P.E.-Structural and Waterfront Engineer
City of Norfolk, Department of Public Works

 

“For our Annual Service Contract work orders, your firm has always been responsive to our needs…Typically, when structural engineering services are required, there is a sense of urgency concerning a safety issue of the facility. Your availability and willingness to promptly respond to such issues over the years has been greatly appreciated. Additionally, your field investigations, findings & recommendations, and engineering solutions are always well documented in your responses to your work orders.”

Everette Herndon, P.E.
City of Virginia Beach, Department of Public Works

 

“SMF has been very professional, responsive and conscientious of Tesoro’s needs and the sensitive nature of the issues.”

Michael Conaway, P.E.-Former Executive Vice President
Tetra Tech Tesoro

 

“Speight, Marshall & Francis, P.C. goes out of their way to satisfy the needs of their clients, and are very knowledgeable of structural construction practices and issues.”

Jack Clark, AIA-Director of Operations
RRMM Architects

On Time Delivery

Our team is reliable and we don’t miss deadlines. We have reliable staff available and ready to complete your work on time.

“It is apparent that the entire firm is dedicated to doing whatever it takes to complete the project in the timeframe promised.”

R. Anderson Moberg, AIA-President
James River Architects

 

“Services were provided quickly and efficiently with documentation provided in an accurate and timely manner. We especially appreciate your quick response and assessment of conditions in cases that could interrupt the instructional process.”

Al White-Former Coordinator of Preventative Maintenance
Virginia Beach City Public Schools, School Plant Services

 

“The firm understands the issues related to working on all types of facilities, and has been very accommodating to our scheduling needs.”

Michael Conaway, P.E.-Former Executive Vice President
Tetra Tech Tesoro

Cost Control

We have a proven track record through years of experience in practical, cost-effective construction practices and materials.

“Danny Speight and his team of professionals have always responded quickly to all of our needs while working within tight budget constraints. The firm’s ability to design within budgets and provide professional drawings and specifications in a timely manner sets them apart from other engineering firms. During my tenure with Northampton, I have worked with Mr. Speight and his colleagues on several large structural repair projects. His ability to respond to our specific needs as an educational entity is above and beyond what I have experienced with other engineering firms.”

Chris Truckner-Direct of Operations
Northampton County Public Schools

 

“They have always met our needs. They are timely, responsive on quotes, and we have been very satisfied with the quality of their work for our structural engineering needs. As budgets continue to be tight, we feel we were always treated fairly with their design fee proposals and with the pricing for their work.“

Dr. John A Bailey-Director of School Plants
Chesapeake Public Schools

 

“In my dealings with Speight, Marshall & Francis I have found them to be straightforward, timely, safety conscious, and most important practical. Practical, meaning dollar conscious, especially with today’s budget constraints is most important.”

James Troutman-Supervisor of Construction
Virginia Beach City Public Schools-Facilities Planning & Construction

 

“They have excellent knowledge of structural materials, constructability and potential cost or time saving measures. During drawing reviews, they provide possible cost saving items that owners may consider. In several instances, they have caught contractor errors early on in the construction process, thereby saving time and money for the project.”

Jack Clark, AIA-Director of Operations
RRMM Architects

 

“Your team never flinched in working with the contractor and architect to find the most cost effective solutions that solved the problem at hand but would also meet the tight schedule the project was under.”

Anthony Nero-President
Armada Hoffler

 

“Danny Speight and Jon Walesczyk have always been available, always cooperative, and always open to considering cost-effective solutions."

Gerald Cox, AIA-President
Cox, Kliewer & Co. Architects

Well-Established Reputation & Character

Our firm has become known as knowledgeable, enthusiastic, honest, and easy to work with.  We take extreme pride in our profession and our love shows in our work.

“Through the course of our affiliation, I have found them to be highly qualified, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and professional.”

Anthony L. Arnold, P.E.-Executive Director
Virginia Beach City Public Schools-Facilities Planning & Construction

 

“You have demonstrated the reason for your firm’s high reputation with the quality of the work provided to the City thus far. We are looking forward to continuing the IDQ contract work with you.”

C. Wayne Webster, P.E.-Structural and Waterfront Engineer
City of Norfolk, Department of Public Works

 

“They face every project as a new creative challenge and are eager to assist our design architects in developing award winning buildings. We look forward to working closely with Speight, Marshall & Francis, PC for many years…we recommend their services without reservation.”

H. Eugene Roberts, ASLA-Principal
James River Architects

 

“I have developed a trust and confidence that they [SMF] will perform as promised (and even better at times).  In addition, they have always performed as needed even when project priorities have changed.”

James Hanna II
AIA-former Principal with NCG Architects

 

“I look forward to working with Jon [Walesczyk] for many years as he is one of the best I have worked with during almost 40 years, in five countries and two continents, as I can be assured that he will always be the consummate professional with his primary goal being the success of the project.”

Philip R. Gardner-Vice President
Hourigan Construction

 

 “All in all, our experiences [with SMF] have been superb. SMF receives my highest recommendation to those considering their retention.”

Gerald Cox, AIA-President
Cox, Kliewer & Co. Architects

Creative & Practical Design Approach

We give creative & practical options for design solutions and, at the same time, stay within Owner’s budget.

“The skill of your engineers in providing creative, and cost effective structural design solutions is the epitome of value-added service.”

C. Michael Ross, AIA-Vice President
HBA Architecture & Interior Design

 

 “We and our clients have appreciated both their concerns for structural soundness as well as their willingness to explore alternatives.”

Robert H. Wells-Former CEO
VIRTEXCO Corporation

 

“The company has been one of the best and most practical engineering firms with whom Tesoro has had the pleasure of working.”

Michael Conaway-Former Executive Vice President
Tetra Tech Tesoro

 

“Their direct approach to structural issues is very helpful in maintaining a project timeline during both design and construction.”

Jack Clark, AIA-Director of Operations
RRMM Architects

Dedicated to Excellence

Excellence in all we do is how we operate. It’s our priority to compile thorough sets of drawings to assist in making bidding of subcontractors easy.

"I want to thank you for your quality of creative engineering and services. It is a pleasure to work with SMF."

Saunders Crouse Architects
Burrell Saunders

 

 “The completeness of the drawings made bidding the documents to the subcontractors very easy. The subcontractors had very few RFI’s and the bids were very close even with a very short bid period.”

Turner Construction
Bob Kilar-Project Executive

 

“They know how to assemble submittal packages so that the owner review goes smoothly and expeditiously. Their team is very cooperative and delivers review drawings and calculations quickly and of the highest quality.”

Michael Conaway-Former Executive Vice President
Tetra Tech Tesoro

 

"They have been attentive to our needs and are there when we need them. We are always at ease with the knowledge that SMF will stand behind their work. [They] are honest, enthusiastic, hard-working, and intelligent. There are no better qualities than this; in business or in life."

Dario D. D. Dimare, AIA, LEED AP-President
Dario Designs, Inc

 

“Their work was well done from a scheduling, design, and contractor coordination aspect. I highly recommend SM&F and will not hesitate to use them on future projects.”

James Hanna II
AIA-former Principal with NCG Architects

 

“Your evaluation of structures and guidance during repairs has greatly enhanced our ability to provide the students and staff of Virginia Beach City Public Schools with a safe environment. Thank you for your diligent efforts to provide excellent services.”

Al White-Former Coordinator of Preventative Maintenance
Virginia Beach City Public Schools, School Plant Services

 

“I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Matt Marshall on a number of small projects that would tax the patience of most engineers. Matt is responsive, creative, patient and always the gentleman.”

Lawrence Weinstein, AIA (retired)
HBA Architecture & Interior Design