Climate-related legislation passed in California in October of last year is predicted to have far-reaching effects on the construction industry. The Carbon Code, as it is sometimes referred to, aims to drastically reduce carbon emissions associated with the construction and operation of buildings and homes. Key points of the Carbon Code include net zero carbon emissions requirements, rigorous energy efficiency standards, and adaptive reuse and retrofitting of existing buildings to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. The Carbon Code, which will take effect statewide in July of 2024, is expected to result in increased construction costs, though proponents claim this will be offset by long-term energy savings as well as healthier, more comfortable living and working spaces. Implementation of the new Carbon Code will require the construction industry as well as suppliers of building materials and technologies to innovate and adapt to meet the new standards. A more detailed overview of the key elements of the California Carbon Code can be found here.


Wright Engineers is honored to have been the structural engineer for nine healthcare, multi-family, and industrial projects in six different categories nominated for Honor Awards at the 27th annual NAIOP Southern Nevada Spotlight Awards. Air Parc Heights, designed by Lee & Sakahara Architects, built by TWC Construction, and developed by LaPour, was the Honor Award winner in the Industrial Park category. Wright Engineers was also nominated for Engineering Firm of the Year. Our sincere congratulations to Humphreys & Partners ArchitectsPGALPerlman Architects, Lee & Sakahara, Ware Malcomb, and all of the other nominees and winners at this year’s Spotlight awards.


Wright Engineers is excited to share that Fan Zhou, PE, has been promoted to the position of director in our Salt Lake City office. In his position, Fan will collaborate closely with Brandon Quinton and Mike Sutton as the leaders to guide our growing team in Salt Lake City. Fan earned both a MS degree in civil engineering and an MBA from the University of Utah. He has worked in Salt Lake City since 2016 where he has distinguished himself as a brilliant and thorough structural engineer. With prior construction experience in China, Fan brings a unique perspective to his work. In his new role, Fan will continue to focus on enhancing engineering standards and procedures, as well as the mentorship and development of our younger engineers. We invite you to join us in congratulating Fan on this well-deserved promotion.