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Designing in Snow Country

Let’s begin at the beginning – there is no perfect building for this type of climate. Problems that currently plague existing buildings in snow country are in large part inherent in their design and therefore very difficult to remediate after the fact. To be effective at designing buildings for snow, a review of potential snow management issues should be conducted at the beginning, during the conceptual design phase, and then reassessed as the project evolves. By correcting snow shed issues while the project is still on the drawing board, costly amounts of money repairing damage from snow shed can be avoided.

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“I have had the privilege of collaborating with Melissa on several projects over the last 15+ years and I continue to be impressed with her knowledge, professionalism, and passion she provides for her customers. It is a pleasure to work with Melissa!”

Tony Carter, Territory Manager, Weyerhaeuser

“It's been a pleasure to work with Mountain Resort Engineering over the past decade. When it came to building my family home in 2019 there was no one else I would have trusted. Melissa understood the challenges and details that come with a step 5 high performance home and brought good value to the design process. Thanks to Mountain Resort Engineering for helping me build my dream home.”

Shane Pedrini, Owner/ General Contractor

“Melissa offers a personalized service with a ‘hands on’ approach to her craft of engineering. She is always keen to work through design challenges with an eye to value engineer the best solution for the project. We have worked with her for the past two decades and look forward to working with her over the next 20yrs as well.”

Matheo Dürfeld, Dürfeld Constructors and BC Passive House

“We have found Melissa to be easy to work with. She is engaged in the projects that she takes on, understanding the scope and intent of the project and keeping those goals in mind. She is creative in problem solving and communicating. These skills are necessary for any successful High performing or Passive House building. Ms McKay of Mountain Resort Engineering is excellent at her craft. I can't wait to work with her again!”

Kim Walton, Passive House Designer & Builder, Bow Crow Design

"My wife and I worked with Melissa on the construction of our first home 2 years ago. She was a pleasure to work with - always coming up with creative, cost efficient solutions as well as being super prompt returning all our calls and emails. We would highly recommend Melissa and the Mountain Resort Engineering team for your next build!"

JF & Lara, Owner/ Builders

“Mountain Resort Engineering is 5 stars in our books. We have been working with Melissa for a number of years and she continues to deliver top quality service. She is easy to work with, great at communicating and very professional. Mountain Resort Engineering is a small business with a big heart!”

Brian Dorgelo, General Contractor, Dorgelo by Design

“Melissa and her team are easy to work with and front of the line on technology. With homes in the sea to sky becoming increasingly more and more complicated, it's a relief to work with someone with the depth of experience and keen eye on the small details that makes a steelworkers job infinitely easier.”

Bob Fawcett, Principal, Sea to Sky Welding & Fabrication

“We are grateful for the fabulous team we had designing and building our new energy-efficient Step-4 home. Melissa was timely, professional and had great synergy collaborating with our Architect and Builder. Her experience, her creativity and local Whistler knowledge is invaluable.”

James & Michelle