Springpoint Structural, a Virginia SWaM and Micro business specializing in structural engineering for historic preservation and new construction, announced that it has acquired and formed a strategic partnership with Fox + Associates (F+A), a structural engineering company based in Richmond, Va. The firms share a similar size and geographic reach and have worked together on projects for the last year.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to combine, while retaining all of our current staff at our offices in Charlottesville and Richmond,” said owner and Springpoint Structural founder Craig Swift, PE, SE, LEED AP. “The seamless blend of diverse staff and depth of experience will allow us to better serve new and current clients in Virginia and throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.

Springpoint Structural and F+A will continue to operate dual offices while staff work collaboratively on existing and new assignments. Springpoint Structural owns the combined team, which now includes six structural engineers, two structural/REVIT designers, and administrative staff. The team has experience in structural design for new construction, adaptive reuse, and historic preservation.

“I am delighted that the talented team at F+A will be able to contribute to the success of this merger,” said Clive Fox, PE, who founded his namesake practice in 1992. Fox and partner John Ireland, PE, will remain as principal engineers with the combined firm.

The bulk of F+A’s experience falls into the K-12 and higher education markets, with significant projects for George Washington, Liberty, Virginia Commonwealth, and Washington & Lee Universities, and the University of Virginia. F+A has also provided structural design for foundation systems and ancillary buildings for several rides at Kings Dominion, including the world’s first inverted linear-induction motor-launched coaster, Volcano - The Blast Coaster, and the Intimidator 305, the tallest and fastest gravity-driven steel coaster on the East Coast. They have also designed major industrial structures for the aggregate processing industry throughout Virginia and in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

Founded in 2018, Springpoint Structural has performed work for a broad collection of educational, institutional, and commercial clients. Projects of note include the Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center in Hampton, Morson’s Row in Richmond, Scott Shipp Hall renovation/addition at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, and the Woolen Mills adaptive reuse in Charlottesville.

Prior to founding Springpoint Structural in 2018, Swift served as Principal of Keast & Hood structural engineers and led the firm’s Charlottesville office. His award-winning prior project experience includes the Sherman Building Armed Forces Retirement Home Earthquake Recovery and the Baltimore Basilica Restoration. He holds a B.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech and an M.S. in Civil Engineering, with specializations in structural and earthquake engineering, from the University of California, Los Angeles.