Luke Esser

Luke Esser, PE

Structural Engineering Executive | Principal

Luke Esser has extensive structural design experience in private and institutional projects. He is responsible for the growth, management and quality of the structural engineering department at Dunaway. His expertise in the design of cast-in-place concrete post-tension structures and two-way flat plate floor design has led to numerous innovative cost-saving solutions to complex projects. He brings a focus to process orientation, which ensures design technologies are linked to practical applications and accepted industry practices. Luke served on the Leadership Development Council (LDC) Class of 2013 for the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA). During his tenure, he developed an extensive knowledge of responsible commercial development and contributed to the success of many community service projects in Austin and its surrounding communities.


Why did you choose this career?

I don’t think I had much of a choice. I grew up building unique structures out of Legos, Constructs, blocks, Lincoln Logs, playing cards or whatever else I could find. Makes sense I ended up being a structural engineer.

What has been your favorite project to work on during your career?

The adaptive reuse project at 220 South Congress in Austin also known as Yeti’s Flagship Store. The existing building was distressed, had poor leasablility and required heavy structural remediation. We worked closely with the developer and building architects throughout the entire project to rejuvenate the property. All the team’s effort resulted in a property that worked for the developer, a building that perfectly matched the Yeti brand, and a distinct upgrade of a prime piece of downtown real estate.

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

A trinket my Aunt gave me during a difficult time in my life. It has the following passage engraved, “Sometimes you just have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down”. It got me through the rough times and now I keep it in a place where I see it every day.