Tempe-Based Firm Celebrates 60 Years of Engineering Excellence


For the past 60 years, structural engineering firm Caruso Turley Scott has forged relationships and made lasting impressions on the Valley’s development landscape by providing exceptional service on iconic projects.

When Sam Caruso founded the firm, he always focused on relationships. Richard Turley and Paul Scott adopted that mentality and passed it on to the current leadership team. This relationship-based culture has never changed since the firm was established in 1963.

The challenge as a structural engineering firm is ensuring the safety, stability, and longevity of structures by providing rigorous analysis and innovative problem-solving skills to determine the best arrangement of materials, components, and systems to withstand the forces of nature and human use.

“As engineers, we collaborate with architects, owners, and builders to provide the framework upon which architectural visions can materialize into tangible buildings that withstand gravity, wind, seismic activity, and other environmental factors, safeguarding the well-being of the occupants,” said partner, Sandy Herd, SE, PE, LEED AP.

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Caruso Turley Scott serves as the Structural Engineer of Record (SEoR) for the projects on which it works. The team provides structural engineering design and inspection services for all building types and in every market. It also provides construction administration, forensics and failure analysis, and restoration and renovation.

The Caruso Turley Scott building type expertise includes mixed-use, healthcare, commercial, research, technology, educational, hospitality, industrial, multifamily, residential, recreational, retail, municipal, federal/state military, sustainable structures, and aviation.

In Metro Phoenix, Caruso Turley Scott has collaborated on landmark projects such as the Marina Heights State Farm mixed-use development, the Cannon Beach mixed-use development, Luhrs City Center Marriott Hotel, DraftKings Sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale, Valleywise Health Medical Center & Arizona Burn Center, W.L. Gore & Associates Biomedical Campus, EdgeConneX Data Centers, City of Chandler City Hall and parking structure, the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, to name a few.

With seven partners and associate partners, each project accepted by the firm is managed directly by a partner with a hands-on approach. Caruso Turley Scott is registered in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Its Valley headquarters comprises a total team of 75, with 50 structural engineers (31 professional registrants), and five U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED accredited professionals.

“While providing design services for all 50 states, Caruso Turley Scott has found that running our engineering services and operations out of one office offers us numerous advantages in terms of communication, collaboration, efficiency, and innovation,” said partner, Richard Dahlmann, SE, PE. “By embracing a centralized approach, we have positioned our company for long-term success and sustainable growth in an increasingly competitive environment.”

Caruso Turley Scott is committed to optimizing structural efficiency for projects of every size and complexity. CTS engineers contribute to cost-effectiveness and sustainability, reducing material waste and environmental impact. In essence, their structural engineering not only shapes the physical landscape but also shapes a safer, more resilient future for communities nationwide.

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