Frank J. Cannata, P.E.
Consulting Engineer


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Beam Design Service

  • Specification of Beams designed to safely remove bearing walls
  • Beams designed to reduce or eliminate colums in garages or basements
  • Beams designed to open exterior walls for additions


  • On-site Measurement
  • Calculation of beams options
  • Beam design letter describing the installation process

Additional Services:

  • Steel Fabrication Drawings
  • Contractor Support / Beam Verification

Beams Types:

  • Conventional Lumber
  • Engineered Lumber
    • LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber)
    • PSL (Parallel Strand Lumber)
  • Steel I-Beam -- Generally the strongest beam type
  • Composite Beams
    • Flitch Beams -- Layered Beam with Wood and steel laminations for ease of installation.
    • Packed-Out Steel I-Beam

Beam Installation Locations

  • Flush Beam -- When a beam is installed flush to a ceiling.  This method is most often used to open two rooms so there is no visible sign of any beam, and the ceilings are one continuous surface.
  • Drop Beam -- When a beam is mounted unedr the floor that is being supported.  In gereral, this type is easier to install.
  • Upset Beam -- This is a type of flush beam used when supporting an upper wall or structural element where the beam extends above the upper floor surface.  Used in line with walls, or in attics.


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