About Us

Design Philosophy 

“…It is our duty as Engineers to provide well thought out, the best economic solutions that are correct and complete….. Safety has to be the number one requirement of any project. Engineers are charged with the duty of insuring the Public is safe and Douglas Buchanan, PE takes this responsibility seriously....”

Buchanan Engineering, Civil and Structural, PLLC, NC C31563 was established in January 2013 and now has license to practice Engineering in SC.

Douglas Buchanan, PE 

    • Grew up in Waynesville, NC – located in the mountains of North Carolina
    • Graduated from Tuscola High School in 1975
    • Attended UNC-Charlotte from 1975-1979
    • Earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering
    • Majored in Civil Engineering
    • Minored in Civil Engineering
    • Professional Engineering License NC C31563 & SC 30870

Experience

1979-1981: Worked for Williams and Works Architecture and Engineering

  • Part of the team that monitored Detroit Waste Water Treatment Plant.
  • Part of a design team that designed roads, an airport apron, foundations and structural steel for a fire station, Federal Campground, a Waste Water Study, and various grading projects.
  • In the 80s, Doug Buchanan PE taught part time at Central Piedmont Community College. The classes were:
  • Reinforced Concrete Design – Foundations and Retaining Walls
  • Surveying – The Basics for Surveying
  • Project Management for Construction Projects – This included preparing bids from blue prints & specifications, and Critical Path Method analyses.

 

1981-2012: Worked for Mecklenburg County as a Project Manager over seeing Design & Construction and Design Engineer

While the projects are to numerous to list all the projects, here are some highlights:

  • Originally hired to be the engineer/surveyor for the Landfill.
  • Design and Project Manager for various parks, for example Ramsey Creek Park and North Mecklenburg Park (the layout, grading, parking, trails, and all the buildings) Latta Plantation Equestrian Complex, and Greenways.
  • Project Manager for the design and construction of Phase 1 of Charles T Myers Golf Course.
  • Project Manager for the design and construction of several stream restoration projects.
  • Project Manager for the construction of Mecklenburg County’s Aquatic Center and Ray Splash Planet.
  • Also part of the team that constructed Jail North and Jail Central.
  • Project Manager for design and construction of the Indoor Firing Range and Jail North Annex.
  • Project Manager for numerous office renovations, HVAC replacement, and roof replacement.
  • Part of a team that wrote the sections of specifications - General Conditions, Division 1, and Instruction to Bidders and updated the sections as needed.
  • Prepared numerous Requests for Qualifications, interviews of consultants, and negotiate/prepared contracts.

During my career with Mecklenburg County I have become very knowable of the requirement of North Carolina State Statutes to hire consultants, bid projects, and construction. As a Project Manager, Douglas Buchanan, PE was responsible for every aspect of the project, from conception through the life of the facility. One of the task was reviewing the drawings and specifications for completeness, errors, and if they depict the scope of the project. Then insuring the errors are corrected, the projects are built according to the plans and specifications and quality control.