Chad Mertz

Chad Mertz, PE

Sr. Project Engineer

With almost two decades of experience across Texas, Chad is a structural engineering expert in steel, concrete, and masonry, specializing in education and adept at navigating commercial, industrial, healthcare, and retail projects. His passion for crafting functional and beautiful structures is fueled by a deep understanding of building codes and materials, honed through his Architecture degree and Structural Engineering Master’s from the University of Wisconsin. Now based in Austin, he fosters strong client relationships and delivers innovative, cost-effective solutions, exceeding industry standards and client expectations.


Why did you choose this career?

I've always been interested in building design, math, and problem-solving. After earning a bachelor's degree in architecture, I decided structural engineering would be a better fit to satisfy my need for more unambiguous problem-solving. I enjoy being involved in the building design process as a structural engineer.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any interesting hobbies?

I like listening to music, going to live music shows, playing tennis, coaching youth basketball, reading non-fiction books, and hanging out with my 11-year-old son.

Do you have a favorite holiday?

I don't really have a favorite holiday. I find unplanned days to be just as special and often more interesting and exciting. But I do like the spirit of the winter solstice holiday, using the shortest day of the year as a time for celebration and renewal.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

A healthy newborn boy in 2012.

What was your first job?

I was a newspaper delivery boy for the Milwaukee Sentinel when I was 12. I woke up at 5:00 every morning and walked my route, delivering the paper to 30+ houses in the neighborhood.