Our clients depend on us to create innovative designs that drive their business forward. While we enjoy the challenge of problem solving, the ultimate reward comes when we see a client that is truly changing the industry utilizing a solution that we helped to create. Our philosophy is that while creating innovative designs isn’t easy, it isn’t magic either. We are big believers in the power of process and as such, we’ve adapted the way we work so that innovation is the natural conclusion of an intentional process as opposed to a mysterious force that eludes all but a few.

Our technical development team at Henderson Engineers is led by our chief technical officer and consists of four pillars (sustainability, BIM/VDC, quality, and innovation), each with their own dedicated directors and staff. This robust leadership structure allows us to rapidly implement changes to our design process and quickly incorporate best practice guidelines from all four pillars across our firm. Because good design requires great building partners to bring it to life, we also offer clients construction experience through our sister company, Henderson Building Solutions. Together as Henderson, we combine engineering knowledge with the ability to procure, commission, and construct building system solutions.



We’re changing the industry by combining engineering knowledge with in-the-field construction expertise. We utilize data intelligence and the latest industry technology including building information modeling (BIM) and virtual design and construction (VDC) to provide our partners with optimized engineering designs. Our goal on every project is to streamline the design and assembly process, to reduce building material waste, and to drive collaboration.

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We take our role in the building industry seriously and apply a sustainable mindset to everything we do. We see regenerative design, or designing for abundance, as the focus as we collectively work to design for a brighter, cleaner future. Our sustainability mission is to establish a regenerative design mindset to realize solutions that restore, renew, and replenish sources of energy and materials while benefiting employees, clients, communities, and global ecological systems.

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A focus on technical excellence as been part of our firm’s DNA since we started in 1970. Quality is just one lens through which we approach our vision to “be the firm that builds a better world.” We intentionally focus on building quality relationships with our partners (and each other) and on delivering quality engineering on our projects. Quality is a mindset that informs our values, thoughts, actions, and work we do.

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To us, innovation means leveraging technology and our collective ideas to find never-been-done-before solutions that drive results for our clients. Our approach to innovation is a fine balance between the practical and imaginative. Our goal is to develop the next generation design toolkit by researching design ideas and approaches, then applying them in innovative ways that lead to increased efficiency and client satisfaction.

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Our team of technical directors stay on top of the latest industry trends and are constantly working on innovative solutions that support our firm’s focus on delivering the best client experience in the industry.

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Dustin Schafer

Chief Technical Officer

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Brian Alessi

Sustainability Director

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Jared Carlson

Engineering Director

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Adam Roth

BIM/VDC Director

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Sean Turner

Innovation & Research Director


Our vision is to be the firm that helps build a better world. Getting there will require us and our industry to look at how we can work differently to lessen our impact. As an organization of smart thinkers and passionate creatives, we spend time trying to solve that question and sharing what we know. Scroll our library to see some of what we’re working on.

Climate Responsive Design: A Giga-Scale Responsibility
Exploring the Key Elements of Computational Thinking (Part 1)
Deciphering the Principles of Computational Thinking
The Increasing Complexities of Sports Lighting
New York City Local Law 97: Decarbonization and the Challenges of Going Green
Exploring Computational Thinking in the AEC Industry


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Henderson does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.