The heart of a builder: "never stop learning."
Ed Tornberg continues to build on a 20-plus year career in the building industry.
Structural Engineering is one of the toughest licensing disciplines in the building industry. Over the years Ed has taken and passed 36 hours of civil/structural engineering exams, including seismic engineering which is so important in our region. He practices as a structural and/or civil engineer in much of the West, with the following licenses:
- Arizona (S.E.) 41121
- California (P.E.) C59281
- Hawaii (S.E.) PE 13731
- Idaho (P.E.) 10467
- Montana (P.E.) 17731
- Nevada (S.E.) 020733
- Oregon (P.E., S.E.) 71055PE
- Utah (S.E.) 5923993-2203
- Washington (P.E., S.E.) 38530
- Wyoming (S.E.) PE11507
Notes: P.E. stands for Professional Engineer, which is a broad title used by licensed engineers of different disciplines. S.E. stands for Structural Engineer, which is more specialized. Different states have different rules and designations. Ed is fully credentialed to obtain a structural license in other states, if requested.
- United States Naval Academy, BS, 1989 (Naval Architecture)
- Navy Civil Engineer Corps School, 1989, with continuing courses during Navy career.
- Oregon State University, MSCE, 1999.
Major emphasis on structural engineering, minor emphasis on geotechnical engineering.
- Current education: favorite subjects include wood, energy efficiency and architecture.
Past Work Experience:
2004 - present: Tornberg Consulting, LLC
2001 – 2004: In-house engineering for factory-built commercial modular buildings.
1999 – 2001: Structural engineering with multi-discipline firm in Wellington, New Zealand. Broad spectrum of local and international projects in earthquake-prone regions.
1994 – 1997: Custom home building and design.
1989 – 1994: Public works and contract management officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps.
The Pursuit of Perfection: (everyone has a confession to make)…In kindergarten I had to draw a picture poster of our family. I was the only one who couldn’t finish in class because I repeatedly threw out the paper and started over. The exasperated teacher rolled up a bunch of paper and stuffed it in the arm of my winter coat, and sent me home where I could start over and get a result I could accept. That final crayon portrait of daddy, mommy, sister and brother hung on a door in our house for years; good enough but a bit short of perfection! Thankfully I’ve matured and know when to loosen up a bit, but for construction drawings to excel, for engineering the best solutions, it helps to set the bar high.
Family: I have a wonderful family that is the other half of my life!