Fostering understanding among A/E/C disciplines is a vital part of our job to the community; therefore, we produce these informational bulletins about crucial – but often ambiguous – topics. With the knowledge of our featured subjects, our goal is to help you improve your profitability while reducing your liability.

Have any other burning structural engineering questions? Ever wonder why something is done the way it is? If you have any questions, our Structural Engineers are here to help. We will respond as quickly as possible.


In 2016 our President Danny Speight began teaching Structural Masonry seminars for Southeast Concrete Masonry Association. Our Engineers also welcome the opportunity to conduct in-depth discussions in your office about any of our published Technical Bulletin topics or any other structural engineering topic. Don’t expect a dry, boring talk!

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Since 1990, Danny Speight has relished serving as an instructor of the General Structures & Lateral Forces course to help Architects pass this portion of the ARE (Architectural Registration Examination). Email Danny if you would like to be contacted with information about the next course to help prepare you for your future. He’s tough…but you’ll be happy he was!


We take mentoring seriously here at Speight Marshall Francis. Throughout the years we have given opportunities to dozens of talented structural engineering interns to help them blossom and prosper. In fact, Steve Cowan, P.E. started interning with our firm at 16 years old and has now earned a position as one of the firm’s partners! Do you have what it takes for a career in structural engineering?

Contact us for internship opportunities


Participating in our community, sharing our knowledge, and building a better future for our youth is the name of our game. Throw in a little bit of lively competition and it’s GAME ON! Serving as mentors at the Virginia Beach Schools’ STEM Outreach program Maker Expo or coaching Virginia Rush Soccer, we are building winners in the game of life.


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Virginia Beach Schools Education Foundation

With a mission to raise private sector support to fund innovative and creative learning programs for the students of Virginia Beach City Public Schools and to reward educational excellence, our firm is a loyal annual sponsor and Danny Speight serves on the Board of Directors.

Chesapeake Education Foundation

As a non-profit, 501(c)(3)organization, the Foundation exists to help to promote and support students by securing alternative and non-traditional funding sources to meet the children's educational needs. Their mission is to engage in activities that will establish scholarships, fund instructional initiatives, provide instructional materials, and improve Chesapeake’s educational facilities. This is accomplished through fund-raising events, donations from businesses, employees, private citizens, trusts, and endowments.

Design-Build Institute of America, Hampton Roads Chapter (DBIA)

The mission of the Design-Build Institute of America is to achieve and maintain recognition as the industry center of expertise for design-build practice and lead the expansion of design-build utilization across all industries and market.

Suffolk Education Foundation

The mission of the Suffolk Education Foundation is to support Suffolk Public Schools by connecting the community’s talents and resources to expand educational opportunities for students and staff.

Virginia Rush Soccer

"Where the trails of passion and purpose meet, begins the path to victory." Rush Soccer is committed to providing an unparalleled soccer experience for all who have interest in the game of soccer. Rush promotes the development of character, the electricity of competition and the importance of pure enjoyment.

Recovery for Life

A crucial organization with a mission to rescue and empower children, teens and adults who seek freedom from addictions.

Bayshore Circle of The King’s Daughters & Sons

Speight Marshall & Francis has been an annual supporter of the Bayshore Circle of The King’s Daughters & Sons. The circle serves the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, the Crisis Intervention Home for teens, Families of Autistic Children of Tidewater, Connect a Wish for foster children and several other local children’s charities including assistance for families in need.


JT’S Camp Grom

For our wounded war heroes, for the families of fallen warriors, for children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities, this camp would be a first-ever destination of compassion and support.

Old Dominion University Education Foundation

In support of the university that educated all of our firm’s partners and many of our structural engineers, we give back to this foundation which provides support to the University's academic programs, staff, scholarships, research, and capital construction projects.

Old Dominion University Athletic Foundation (ODAF)

Athletics makes up an important part of who we are at Speight Marshall Francis. ODAF’s mission is to provide the resources necessary for the success of Old Dominion Athletics and student-athletes. Join us in the stands for a football or basketball game this year!


Canstruction® competitions are held throughout the nation by the design community with a goal of donating millions pounds of food annually to help feed thousands of people through local food banks.

Judeo Christian Outreach Center

JCOC's mission is too empower homeless families and individuals to recover from crisis situations and return to being self-supporting, productive, and independent members of our community.

Young Life

Kids' lives are dramatically influenced when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God's love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose. This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God's love for them, will have an impact on future decisions-careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised-all ripples from the time when a Young Life leader took time to reach out and enter their world.