New Business

Boise man launches structural engineering firm

adutton@idahostatesman.comJune 18, 2014 

  • Lane Structural Engineering

    Employees: Two

    Address: 1199 Shoreline Lane, Suite 280, Boise

    Opened: March

    Type of business: Professional limited liability company (PLLC)

    Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday

    Phone: 866-6276


Joe Lane wanted for years to start his own business. At 30 years old, the Boise man opened Lane Structural Engineering, a firm that works on new buildings, renovations and specialized projects.

Q: What kind of services do you offer?

A: Our niche is working on one-of-a-kind projects that require unique creative designs and solutions. [I have] served as a specialty engineer on some of the largest projects in the world, including the City Center in Las Vegas and numerous embassies overseas.

Our services begin when our client's idea is conceived, as we assist in pre-planning to determine feasibility, material selection and overall direction of the project. Services continue through the permit, bid and construction processes, and years after the project is complete. [This includes]:

• Structural construction drawings.

• Seismic evaluations and upgrades.

• Forensic engineering.

• Expert consulting for legal work.

• Construction and design-team project management.

• Third-party quality control.

• Specialty engineering such as curtain walls, aluminum structures, skylights, tunnels, trusses, awnings and canopies.

Q: What did you do previously?

A: After graduating from Challis High School, I attended Boise State University, where I received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.

While at BSU, I started two small businesses: a logging company, Sawtooth Valley Timber Management LLC in Stanley, and a general contracting business, Pinetop Builders LLC in the McCall and Tamarack resort areas.

After graduating from Boise State, I worked for several local engineering firms, beginning at Core Engineering, followed by Lochsa Engineering and most recently at DC Engineering. During the past two and a half years at DC Engineering, I lived and worked in Spokane, where my wife attended law school at Gonzaga University.

We relocated back to Boise at the start of 2014 where we plan to establish our home and careers.

Q: What prepared you to open this business?

A: After nearly eight years of experience in the engineering field, I felt that I had gained sufficient knowledge to engage in this endeavor and to be able to offer a top-notch service.

Q: How did you accomplish your goal of starting your own firm?

A: Mainly with the support of my wife, Ashley. It was really just a matter of making the decision to do it rather than just dream about it.

Audrey Dutton: 377-6448, Twitter: @IDS_Audrey

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