October 25, 2017
Severud Associates has been providing structural engineering services for projects in New York City, throughout the country, and around the world since 1928. During this time, the names and faces of the firm’s principals have changed, but its hallmarks of excellence and innovation have always remained the same. Before starting his own firm, Fred N. Severud partnered with James Ruderman in an engineering venture that gained a reputation for devising structural solutions for challenging projects. Although their partnership did not last long, Severud began a new firm—89 years ago this month—and accepted his first project, providing structural engineering services for a parochial school in Flushing, Queens. Fred N. Severud went on to have a long and storied career. His legacy continues to inform structural engineering today.
Shortly after Severud opened his office, Eivind G. Elstad and Max Krueger joined him, and the firm became Severud-Elstad-Krueger Associates. Severud and his partners engineered innovative designs for complex and cutting-edge structures, often working with renowned architects such as Eero Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe, and Charles Luckman. Together these masters of engineering and architecture produced a number of iconic American structures such as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis as well as the Seagram Building and Madison Square Garden, both in New York City.