The RED Letter
RED Engineering & Design
Structural Engineers
            February 2015
RED Engineering & Design has MOVED! 


RED Engineering & Design has relocated to newer and bigger offices in Apex, NC.  


Our new address is:

126 Salem Towne Court

Apex, NC 27502


Why we love what we do 
At some point after wanting to be firemen, policemen, teachers, or nurses when we grow up, there comes a time when the career path for architects and engineers coalesces. That path may have begun with an Etch A Sketch, an Erector Set, or Legos and then nurtured-onward by teachers, learning interests, and innate talent. By and large, architects and engineers do what they love and so do the professionals in these fields that support them.


Take for example, Eddie DiVito, senior CADD designer at RED. We sat down with Eddie and asked him why he loves what he does. First, though, we asked Eddie what he wanted to be when he grew up. Without missing a beat, he declared, "A policeman!"


For more than 20-plus years, Eddie has worked with architectural and engineering firms as a CADD specialist. Sure enough, his career path started off with an Etch A Sketch when he was a boy. Then, when Eddie was a senior in high school, his school offered a class in mechanical and architectural drawing. "You know, with drafting boards, parallel bars, T-squares, and templates," said Eddie. He really enjoyed the class and he became hooked on drawing as it related to building things. (For the record, computer-aided design software has not been around that long-relatively speaking-and has come a very long way in a short amount of time.)


Eddie went on to technical college where he obtained an Associate's Degree in heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning design. With that, he has been with architectural and engineering firms throughout his career.


So, in answer to the big question we put to Eddie, "Why do you love what you do?" he answered with the following:


"When I see a little patch of land and there is nothing on it and then, a few years later there is a really nice building that I had a part in helping to design, I can drive by it and smile in gratitude, thinking, 'I had something to do with that.'"




Learning about Eddie's career path, we wanted to know what happened with wanting to be a policeman. Interestingly, Eddie said, "Well, actually I was a part-time park policeman for about a year in an exurb of Allentown, Pennsylvania." Eddie, his beautiful wife, and their two teen aged sons reside in Holly Springs, North Carolina.

Eddie DiVito, CADD Specialist 


Buildings built for love 

The first building that always comes to mind when one thinks about buildings-built-for-love is the Taj Mahal. With the four minarets that give the mausoleum its symmetry and the 180-foot "onion" dome rising skyward, these features makes this structure one of the most recognizable buildings in the world.


Taking 22 years to build, the Taj Mahal was begun in 1623 at the death of Mumtaz Mahal, the third wife of the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan. The gleaming testament-to-love and outpouring of the Shah's grief is located in Agra, a city in northern India. Its architect, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, mixed designs of Persian architecture and Mughai architecture that resulted in one of the world's unique structures.


In the early 1600s, Mughal buildings were constructed, most often, using red sandstone that was readily available. The Shah wanted something different and suggested the use of white marble to his architect for the mausoleum. Shah Jahan then went a step beyond and suggested that the marble be inlaid with semi-precious stones (e.g.: lapis lazuli).


During the Shah's 30-year reign (1628 - 1658), this period was considered the golden age of Mughal architecture.


(Note: Taj, historically, means a crown worn by an Indian price of high rank. Perhaps, a literal translation of the Taj Mahal would be Mahal's crown.)


Taj Mahal - Agra, India


Then, fast-forward to the early Twentieth century and, take for example, Boldt Castle located on Heart Island in the Thousand Islands of the Saint Lawrence River located along the northern perimeter of New York State.


As manager of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, and the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, George Boldt and his family summered on Heart Island in a quaint frame cottage they expanded over the years. In 1900, Boldt decided to build a "castle" dedicated to his wife, Louise Keher Boldt.


Boldt retained the architectural firm of G.W. & W.D. Hewitt to design his 6-story "castle." In 1904, Boldt's wife, Louise died suddenly and construction was halted. The structure was left to the weather and occasional vandals for 73 years. In 1977, the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority bought George Boldt's Heart Island for one dollar. The Authority spent more than $15,000,000 for restoration of Boldt Castle.


Today, Boldt Castle is visited by tourists who access it by ferry, private boat, or tour boat. The rooms on the first floor are furnished with 2011 contemporary furnishings while most of the rooms on other floor only contain artifacts from the initial construction.


No doubt, George Boldt would be pleased that the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority found a way and the where-with-all to restore, conserve, and preserve his "building-built-for-love."


Boldt Castle - Heart Island, New York 

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RED Engineering & Design provided structural design for this office building located at 1330 St. Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC.