Sara Dorr, E.I.

Structural Staff Engineer

Sara Dorr, E.I., joined EV in 2017 returning to the mountains of VT where she grew up and went to college.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in Green Building Design from the University of Vermont. Her traditional engineering studies in wood, concrete and steel design were complimented by classes in green building science, LEED certification process and Landscape and Residential Architecture studio courses taught by active professionals. Additionally, she was selected for a competitive undergraduate research grant to study and mimic the microstructure of bamboo for development of a low embodied-energy carbon-fiber composite for future use in wind turbine blades. Sara’s experience in structural design includes stabilization of the State House dome statue in Montpelier, Vermont, a Vermont ski resort lodge renovation, historic barn and residential restorations across New England and multiple projects designing creative, nontraditional wooden structures. She also has experience designing wood-framed multi-family housing and steel framed urban infill projects. Sara has a passion for innovative wood structures and prioritizing efficiency; structural, energy & process, in her designs. She is actively pursuing professional licensure as a Structural Engineer.

Why did you choose EV?

To have the proximity to the mountains and exposure to quite a broad range of building design projects with a high-quality team to help me along the way.

What’s your favorite way to pass time?

Skiing – especially hiking up in light-fluffy snowfall to get fresh lines.

What’s the best advice you’ve received—so far?

In work: keeping clients happy is equally important to quality engineering.

In life: whatever you do, take care of your shoes.

Who or what inspires you?

Structural efficiency in natural forms – tree branching angles, honeycomb cells, cornice (cantilevered snowpack).