Projects Profiles

Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum- Gettysburg, PA

Covering 130,000 square feet and replacing the 87 year old original facility, the new one-million dollar plus Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum and Visitors Center opened to the public on 14 April, 2008. Ruff Engineering provided engineering for all the timber framed areas that included: the bus lounge, the saloon, the main lobby, exterior porches and the patio trellis.

Behnke Residence- Lake Ariel, PA

The owners of this residence decided that they wanted their home to be as environmentally friendly as possible.  To that end, Ruff Engineering specified insulated concrete form foundation walls, I-joists and OSB made with non-toxic glues, energy-efficient structural insulated panels for walls and roof, and a douglas fir timber frame from a certified-sustainable forest.  Additional features of the home include a geothermal heating and cooling system, triple-glazed windows, Solatube tubular skylights for greater natural lighting, and solar orientation to extract the benefits of solar gain.

Volunteer Firemen’s Memorial Band Shell, Reading, PA

Renovation of an historic concrete band shell in Reading City Park.  Work included structural assessment of the retaining wall that separates the band shell from the pond and design support of the renovation efforts.

Zion's Union Church, Maxatawny, PA

Ruff Engineering provided structural design services on this two-story, 12,000 sq. ft. addition and renovations to an existing church constructed in 1890. New spaces include a Narthex, offices, kitchen and restrooms. The primary goals of the addition were to provide accessibility for the aging members of the congregation and to supplement the existing classrooms for both the child and adult members. Special care was taken in the design process to address connectivity between the addition and existing building, to complement and highlight the architectural features of the original 1890 building and to meet the current and future spatial needs of the congregation. 

Addition to Shady Maple Smorgasbord, East Earl, PA

Ruff Engineering was the Structural Engineer of Record on the 26,000 square foot addition to the Shady Maple, a landmark restaurant in East Earl, Lancaster County, PA.  The addition features banquet and conference facilities with the flexibility to seat from 50 to 500 people.  The two-story addition is constructed of reinforced masonry bearing walls with composite steel-framed floors.

Park Place on Penn

Ruff Engineering provide structural design services on this 8 unit condominium project in downtown Reading, PA.  The project consisted of two separate four unit buildings that were built to help revitalize downtown Reading.  The approach to the project was to work within the context of the site and existing neighborhood.  Every aspect of the design was chosen so that the new structures would seamlessly blend with the fabric of the existing historic neighborhood while offering all the amenities of a modern building.