PARAGON DEFINED

PAR·A·GON [PAR-UH-GON, N] 

  • A person or thing viewed as a model of excellence.

synonyms: perfect example, shining example, model, epitome, archetype, ideal, exemplar, nonpareil, personification, quintessence, apotheosis, embodiment

  • A perfect diamond of 100 carats or more.

PARAGON DIFFERENCE

Paragon Structural Engineering, LTD. (PSE) is a premier structural design and forensic engineering firm located in Plano, TX.  PSE provides innovative structural engineering design solutions, as well as thorough forensic evaluations, for single-family residences, multi-family apartment/condominium complexes, low-rise commercial facilities, warehouses, and ancillary structures (retaining walls, screen walls, and swimming pools).  PSE’s unique position as a structural engineering design firm and a forensic investigation firm enhances PSE’s expertise and credibility through the symbiotic amalgamation of both fields.  PSE’s forensic investigation experiences allow the firm to continually improve its own design abilities since PSE’s engineers are able to implement lessons learned from investigations of existing structures to the designs of new structures.  Similarly, PSE’s structural design experiences enhance its credibility as forensic investigators since PSE’s engineers also have personal experience with the design of new structures similar to the ones being investigated.


PSE engineers collectively serve on the following committees:

  • ACI Slab-On-Ground Committee (360)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
    • Committee of Forensic Investigations
    • Residential Foundation Investigation and Design Subcommittee (ASCE-Texas Section)
    • Residential Foundation Evaluation and Repair Subcommittee (ASCE-Texas Section)
  • ASTM International
    • Concrete and Concrete Aggregates Committee (C-09)
    • Forensic Engineering Committee (E-58)
    • Soil and Rock Committee (D-18)
    • Wood Committee (D-07)
  • Construction Research Center, The University of Texas at Arlington
    • Construction Research Advisory Committee
  • Dallas Builders Association
    • Education Committee
  • International Code Council
    • North Central Texas Council of Governments
  • Post-Tensioning Institute
    • Slab-on-Ground Committee (DC-10)
    • Structural Subcommittee (DC-10A) of the Slab-on-Ground Committee (DC-10)
    • Construction and Maintenance Subcommittee (DC-10D) of the Slab-on-Ground Committee (DC-10)
  • Texas Association of Builders
    • Attorney Council / Legal Affairs Committee
    • Codes & Standards Committee


PSE employs engineers and engineering technicians with the following certifications:

  • Registered professional engineers collectively licensed in the following 15 states:

    Alabama

    Mississippi

    Arizona

    New Mexico

    Arkansas

    North Carolina

    California

    Oklahoma

    Colorado

    Pennsylvania

    Florida

    South Carolina

    Georgia

    Texas

    Louisiana

  • Model Law Engineers, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
  • Board Certified Diplomate in Forensic Engineering, National Academy of Forensic Engineer (NAFE – Member)
  • Board Certified Diplomate in Forensic Engineering, National Academy of Forensic Engineer (NAFE – Senior Member)
  • Certified Residential Roof Inspectors, Haag
  • Certified Commercial Roof Inspectors, Haag
  • Certified Wind Damage Inspectors, Haag
  • Certified Windstorm Inspectors, Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)
  • Certified Level 1 Thermographer, Infrared Training Center (ITC)
  • Certified EIFS Inspector / Moisture Analysist / QC Inspector, Exterior Design Institute (EDI)
  • Building Envelope Trained and Certified Inspectors, Building Envelope Science Institute (BESI)
  • Certified Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluator (ATC 20-1 and ATC-45), California Office of Emergency Management (CalOES)
  • ATC-45 Trained Safety Evaluators of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods, Applied Technology Council (ATC)
  • Certified Remote Pilot – small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS, aka Drone), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Trained Rope and Harness Inspectors for Steep Roof Slopes, Safety Services Company
  • Ladder Safety Trained Engineers and Technicians, American Ladder Institute
  • Trained Ground Penetrating Radar for Infrastructure Investigators, GSSI
  • Certified Grade 1 Concrete Field Testing Technicians, American Concrete Institute (ACI)
  • Certified Residential Building Inspector, International Code Council (ICC)
  • Certified Level 1 Unbonded PT – Field Installation, Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI)
  • Certified Level 2 Unbonded PT – Inspector, Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI)
  • Certified Concrete Construction Special Inspector, American Concrete Institute (ACI)


Forensic Investigation Philosophy

PSE’s forensic engineering professionals are dedicated to the objective, unbiased investigation of structures that fail or do not perform properly, causing personal injury or damage to property. Through the application of ethical engineering principles, the scientific method, and critical thinking skills, we deliver findings that are supported by factual evidence. We work with a variety of clientele, including owners, builders, contractors, warranty companies, insurance companies, and law firms, and our conclusions remain impartial regardless of the client. Our philosophy is the best service we can provide is the truth, whether favorable or not, which allows the client to make educated decisions in the process of repairs, payments, and settlements. We welcome the opportunity to discuss how our forensic experts could help you develop practices and procedures to reduce the number of failures and improve the performance or life of your structure.


Design Philosophy

PSE’s structural design professionals value quality more than quantity. Committed to providing innovative solutions, our structural engineering services merge resourceful design sensibilities with construction realities, while balancing the client’s aversion to risk and budgetary concerns. Our philosophy is that value is measured by more than dollars. To add value to our clients’ projects, we emphasize customer service by responding to diverse needs through cost-effective, genuinely engineered products and services delivered in a timely fashion. Dedicated to providing client satisfaction through long-term, mutually beneficial relationships, we welcome the opportunity to discuss how our vision and expertise could benefit your next project.

OUR TEAM

BRIAN C. EUBANKS, M.S.C.E., P.E., D.F.E.

PRINCIPAL STRUCTURAL ENGINEER

Brian C. Eubanks, M.S.C.E, P.E, D.F.E. is the founder and Principal Structural Engineer of Paragon Structural Engineering, LTD, (PSE) a structural design and forensic investigation firm based in Plano, Texas. Mr. Eubanks leads a technical staff comprising professional engineers, graduate engineers, project managers, and field technicians in the structural design and forensic investigation of planned and existing structures. Mr. Eubanks’ structural design services include analysis and engineering of large, custom single-family residences, multi-family apartment/condominium complexes, low-rise commercial facilities, warehouses and ancillary structures (retaining walls, screen walls, and swimming pools). Mr. Eubanks also performs construction phase observations of the aforementioned structural systems to verify design compliance. Mr. Eubanks has performed engineering designs for thousands of residential and low-rise commercial structures as well as hundreds of retaining walls, screen walls, and pools. Mr. Eubanks’ forensic services include investigations concerning soil-structure interactions, performance of structural systems, evaluation of building envelopes, and determination of cause, origin, and extent of peril damage. Soil-structure interaction assessments include claims relating to design, construction, historic/current site effects, and moisture source influences. Structural system assessments include claims relating to current or latent design and construction issues. Building envelope assessments include claims related to roof coverings, veneers, flashing, and weather resistive barriers. Peril assessments include claims relating to hurricane damage, tornado damage, lightning strikes, earthquakes, explosions, fire damage, and vehicle structure collisions. Mr. Eubanks has performed thousands of forensic investigations and he has authored hundreds of expert reports for use in mediation, arbitration, and litigation. In addition, Mr. Eubanks has provided expert witness testimony in dozens of mediations, arbitrations, and court cases. Mr. Eubanks is a Licensed Professional Engineer in 14 states, is a Senior Member Board Certified Diplomate in Forensic Engineering by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, is Building Envelope Trained and Certified by the Building Envelope Science Institute, and is also a Certified Windstorm Inspector by the Texas Department of Insurance. Mr. Eubanks also serves as a member of the American Concrete Institute’s Design of Slabs-on-Ground Committee (360), the American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Forensic Investigations, the Residential Foundation Investigation and Design Subcommittee (ASCE-Texas Section), and the Residential Foundation Evaluation and Repair Subcommittee (ASCE – Texas Section), the Post-Tensioning Institute’s Slab-on-Ground Committee (DC-10), Structural (DC-10A) and Construction/Maintenance (DC-10D) Subcommittees, the ASTM International Committees on Concrete Aggregates (C-09), Forensic Engineering (E-58), Soil and Rock (D-18), and Wood (D-07), the Dallas Builders Association Education Committee, International Code Council’s North Central Texas Council of Governments, the Texas Association of Builders Attorney Council / Legal Affairs Committee and Codes & Standards Committee and the Construction Research Advisory Committee at the University of Texas at Arlington. Additionally, Mr. Eubanks has served as an Arbitrator, a Technical Paper Reviewer, is designated as a Technical Expert by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, and serves on the Board of Trustees for Prestonwood Christian Academy. Mr. Eubanks aims to educate with regard to soil-structure interaction, the design, performance, and evaluation of structural systems, the evaluations of building envelopes, causes and origins of damage to new and existing structures, and remedial solutions.

GARRETT T. RYAN, P.E., D.F.E

SENIOR STRUCTURAL ENGINEER

Garrett T. Ryan, P.E., D.F.E. is a Senior Structural Engineer for Paragon Structural Engineering, LTD. (PSE), a structural design and forensic investigation firm based in Plano, Texas.  Mr. Ryan holds a B.S. degree in Architectural (Structural) Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin.  Mr. Ryan is a Licensed Professional Engineer in 7 states, is a Board Certified Diplomate in Forensic Engineering by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, is Building Envelope Trained and Certified by the Building Envelope Science Institute, is a Certified Windstorm Inspector by the Texas Department of Insurance, and is also a Model Law Engineer with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).  Mr. Ryan currently has over 14 years of experience leading technical staff in the structural design and forensic investigation of planned and existing structures. Mr. Ryan’s forensic expertise includes building envelopes, soil-structure interactions, performance of structural systems, and determination of cause origin, and extent of peril damage.  Mr. Ryan has performed hundreds of forensic investigations, and he has authored dozens of expert reports for use in mediation, arbitration, and/or litigation.  Mr. Ryan has performed dozens of presentations and private training sessions to educate builders with regard to construction and performance of building envelopes. 

JOSEPH P. ROBERTS, M.S.C.E., P.E., S.E.

SENIOR STRUCTURAL ENGINEER

Joseph P. Roberts, M.E.C.E., P.E., S.E. holds a B.S. degree and a M.E. degree in Civil Engineering with Structural Emphasis from the University of Texas at Arlington. Mr. Roberts joined PSE’s team in 2020 bringing with him approximately 11 years of structural engineering and project management experience.

JOCELYN E. CITTY, P.E.

SENIOR STAFF STRUCTURAL ENGINEER

Jocelyn E. Citty, P.E. holds a B.S. degree in Architectural (Structural) Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin. Ms. Citty joined PSE’s team in 2013 bringing with her approximately three years of structural design experience. Ms. Citty currently has over seven years of experience leading technical staff in the structural design and forensic investigation of planned and existing structures.

HALEY H. KILGORE, P.E.

STAFF STRUCTURAL ENGINEER

Haley H. Kilgore, P.E. holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University.  Mrs. Kilgore rejoined PSE’s team in 2019 bringing with her approximately nine years of structural design and forensic experience.  Mrs. Kilgore also holds an M.A. in Teaching and she taught high school math in New York City for five years.

ANTHONY M. ANDRIANO, P.E.

SENIOR ENGINEERING ANALYST

Anthony M. Andriano, P.E. holds a B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Mr. Andriano joined PSE’s team in 2014 with five years of analog and digital VLSI design and debug experience and he currently has 13 years of experience designing software (C, C++, Python, Javascript, REST APIs, and others) as well as embedded firmware. He currently has 10 years of experience designing industrial and commercial analog and digital circuits including SMPS power supplies and four years of experience in satellite communications (SATCOM) including ground-station design, link analysis, protocol implementation (primarily CCSDS and AX25). He also has over seven years of experience consulting for residential and commercial electrical service code compliance, installation, design, and planning.

ANDREW D. MILNE

MANAGER OF FORENSIC SERVICES

Andrew D. Milne graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. degree from Louisiana Tech University. Mr. Milne joined PSE’s team in 2011 bringing with him approximately 13 years of experience in the insurance industry, including approximately 10 years of experience related to the investigation of homeowner insurance claims. Mr. Milne currently has over 14 years of experience in the forensic investigation of existing structures. Mr. Milne is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration as both a Flight Instructor as well as a Remote Pilot (sUAS).

ROB H. SHIRLEY

SENIOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN

Rob H. Shirley holds a B.S. degree in Construction Science from Texas A&M – Commerce. Mr. Shirley joined PSE’s team in 2015 bringing with him approximately 16 years of concrete construction experience. Mr. Shirley currently holds certifications from the International Code Council (Residential Building Inspector), the American Concrete Institute (Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade I), the Post-Tensioning Institute (Level 1 Unbonded PT – Field Installation, Level 2 Unbonded PT – Inspector), and the American Concrete Institute (ACI) (Certified Concrete Construction Special Inspector).

MITCHEL X. VARGAS

ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN / DRAFTSMAN

Mitchel X. Vargas holds an associate degree in Applied Science in CADD from the Arts Institute of Dallas. Mr. Vargas joined PSE’s team in 2017 bringing over 20 years of experience in drafting using AutoCAD. Mr. Vargas also brings over 22 years of experience as a forensic engineering technician working with insurance companies, lawyers, and private contractors. Mr. Vargas currently holds certification from the American Concrete Institute as a Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade 1.

AMY FAIRCLOUGH

MANAGER OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

Amy Fairclough holds a B.S. degree in Zoology from Liverpool University. Ms. Fairclough joined the PSE team in 2014 bringing five years of management experience. Ms. Fairclough currently has over five years of experience in supporting technical staff and over nine years of experience in leading a team.

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES

PSE  Engineers collectively hold professional engineering licenses in the following states:

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Florida

Georgia

Louisiana

Mississippi

New Mexico

North Carolina

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Texas

WHAT INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS SAY ABOUT US

“Brian and Paragon have done work with us, our associates, and personal needs. Their design and forensic work is excellent. We have full confidence in their work product.”

Michael S. Dowdey, P.E. (Texas), Dowdey, Anderson & Associates, Inc.
Civil Engineer

“Brian, and his staff at Paragon, diagnosed our foundation issues with a combination of technical analysis and professional experience. The summary report with drawings and topographic numbers relating to changes in the foundation, made it so easy for foundation companies to understand and bid. We were very pleased with Paragon’s skill and knowledge.”

Robert A. Gwinn, AIA, Homeowner
Forensic Client

“Brian Eubanks and his team at PSE demonstrated the highest level of professionalism, and an eye for detail, while investigating construction defects in our home’s foundation. Using the latest technology, Brian was able to document and illustrate to a jury the causes of defects and also the remedy to correct our foundation. I would highly recommend Brian and the PSE team for all of your future construction projects.”

Bryon Hale, Homeowner
Forensic Client

“Thank you so much for your testimony on behalf of the [homeowner]. The jury returned a verdict last evening in excess of Twenty Million Dollars! Your testimony was very important to achieving that just result and is much appreciated.”

Founder, DFW Law Firm
Attorney

“For more than a decade, Brian Eubanks and his team at Paragon Structural Engineering have provided Symmetry Architects with structural engineering services and expert advice in a professional manner that is required on our high-end residential projects. Brian is always a pleasure to work with, and continually provides me with confidence in knowing that my clients and I are in good hands.”

Clint Pearson, AIA, Symmetry Architects
Architect

“I have worked with Paragon and Brian for many years on various types of projects – new and renovations. Brian has always done a good and thorough job for me and of course, that is what is needed with any structural work.”

Nan Arnold, The Nan Faith Arnold Company
Developer

“Paragon is a class act.  I have worked with several project managers over the years, and they have all been extremely knowledgeable, and their expertise has saved my client’s money in terms of construction cost.  I’ve worked with other structural engineering firms, but Paragon’s work product is hands-down the best in the industry.  They are the “Rolls Royce” of structural engineering firms.”

David H. Recht, P.E. (Texas), DHR Engineering, Inc.
Civil Engineer

“Haynes Development Company has used Paragon Structural Engineering (and Brian C. Eubanks, PE) for over 15 years.  Their work has been “spot on” and their pricing and service has been excellent.  It has been a privilege to work with them.”

Ron Haynes – Haynes Development Company

“Brian and his staff at Paragon are tops in the forensic investigation of complex residential and commercial litigation construction disputes.  If you need honest, accurate, and timely causation analysis – Paragon is the place to go. Paragon is the Calvin Johnson of the engineering world.”

Managing Shareholder, DFW Law Firm
Attorney

“Brian Eubanks and his team are “top notch” forensic engineers. They are technically superior, but even more importantly, attack the task tirelessly and communicate clearly and distinctly in terms a juror will understand. I recommend them without reservation.”

Shareholder, DFW Law Firm
Attorney

“Brian and the team at Paragon offer services that go far beyond the typical engineering and design that just meet city requirements.  They instill confidence in our product that our clients can see in the eyes of our sales and construction personnel.”

Jay Hankla, President and Co-Owner of Southgate Homes
Custom Builder

“Brian Eubanks and his team at Paragon offer strong technical expertise and knowledge to efficiently and effectively engineer your project.   PSE offers a diversified range of services that help you sleep at night knowing that it was a job well done.   Their level of professionalism and knowledge set them apart and make them a great addition to our team.”

Tony Visconti, President and Owner of Bella Custom Homes
Custom Builder

“Brian Eubanks and his team at Paragon are essential partners for our homes. Their standards of professionalism and expertise elevate our quality and increase our buyer’s confidence. We are thankful to have them as teammates.”

Mike Brown, MJ Brown Distinctive Homes
Custom Builder

“Brian Eubanks and his associates at Paragon embody the terms ‘excellence’ and ‘professionalism’. Brian and his team’s ability to communicate, in clear laymen’s terms, complex engineering principles to our trades, employees, and clients, is invaluable.”

Jack Oppel, Owner of Bud Bartley Family of Builders
Custom Builder

“Brian has for many years been a very conscience and fair individual who we have lots of faith in his practice and methods. He is reliable, objective and understanding.”

Peter Shaddock, Jr., Director of Construction Operations of Shaddock Homes
Custom Builder

“We have been working with Brian and his team for many years. They have always been responsive to our needs and worked with us in resolving some difficult situations with pools and outdoor structures. The entire team at Paragon is always proficient and responsive which makes our job a lot easier.”

Glenn Bonick, Bonick Landscaping
Landscape Architect

“Paragon has been an integral member of our design team since establishing our landscape architectural practice in 2006.  We consistently depend on them to engineer complex site elements for our projects, and we know we can count on them for structurally-sound, reasonably-constructed design solutions.  They understand our projects, our budgets, and our schedules, and they help us deliver successful projects to our clients every time.”

Shane Garthoff, RLA, Principal of Garthoff Design
Landscape Architect

“We have enjoyed working closely with Brian and his team for many years. The interaction between geotechnical and structural engineers is critical, and it is a pleasure to collaborate with such a knowledgeable, practical, and sincere engineer as Brian.”

Brian A. Powell, PE, President of Alpha Testing, Inc.
Geotechnical Engineer

“We have found PSE to be very responsive to their clients’ needs and to be very involved in every aspect of a project related to engineering, quality and scheduling.  The staff at PSE are attentive to the specific and unique details that each project brings.”

James F. Phipps, PE, Vice President of Henley-Johnston & Associates, Inc.
Geotechnical Engineer

“PSE does a great job of balancing theory and practice, without cutting corners.  For contractors working in the field, this is essential and greatly appreciated.”

Frederick S. Marshall, President of Advanced Foundation Repair
Contractor

“The PSE team has helped us in the field with our ongoing projects. We really appreciate their quick response and their ability to be adaptive to whatever structural needs we may encounter on the job. They always seem to have a great attitude, and it is a pleasure to work with them. American Property Services is looking forward to long relationship with the folks at PSE!”

Kyle Perello, American Property Services
Contractor

“’Thorough’, ‘Detail oriented’, and ‘Exceptional Service’ are the first things that come to mind when thinking of Paragon Engineering and Brian Eubanks. These guys have figured out a way to promote their product without cutting any corners or compromising their integrity. Paragon Engineering is a new breath of fresh air in the local engineering business here in the DFW Metroplex. I would recommend them to anyone.”

Jason Fraser, Founder of FraserCon
Contractor

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with the team at Paragon Engineering on a variety of projects over the past 12 years.  They always develop creative solutions to meet our needs.  I highly recommend the PSE team for their exceptional service and their commitment to excellence in design and inspection.”

Cody Hammock, Rock Construction Services
Contractor

“The PSE team is professional, courteous, cooperative, and readily accessible to discuss planning concerns, engineering and revisions. I am continually impressed with their attention to detail and reliability.”

Ralph Bush, Master Designer of Bush Design Group, Inc.
Architect / Designer

“Only use Paragon and Brian Eubanks, if you care about your customers and your finished work product. If you don’t, use another engineering firm. He is the only engineer that I have let work on my last 2 houses. He went to a second rate school (not THE University of Texas), but he is a pretty good guy.”

Matt Baynham, HomeBuilder Capital Partners
Developer

“We have collaborated with Paragon Structural Engineering, Ltd. on numerous structural and forensic projects and have found their engineers to be extremely knowledgeable and thorough and their staff to be more than professional.”

Jerald W. Kunkel, P.E., F. ASCE, Jerald W. Kunkel Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Structural Engineer

“Paragon is absolutely one of the best engineering firms in Dallas. Not only are they thorough and professional they are personable, which I think is rare among engineering firms. As an Architect I am always looking for the best for my clients. I frequently push the limits with my designs and Paragon is a proven team player with creative solutions to make my client dream homes a reality.”

Lloyd Lumpkins, AIA – L. Lumpkins Architects
Architect / Designer

“I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Paragon Engineering on several complex construction defect claims that required extensive forensic analysis. I have found their engineers to be independent and very professional. In my experience, most forensic engineers are able to analyze the source of the problem and write a report; where they fall short is in providing a practical solution in remediating that problem. In my line of work, finding the problem is the easy part. It’s the solution that the parties usually cannot agree on. When I call Paragon, I know I can count on them to find a solution that is practical and the parties and their experts can reasonably agree on. Thank you Paragon for helping us resolve our complex construction problems!”

Shawn S. Hashemi – Principal of Hashemi Law, PLLC
Attorney

“Paragon Structural Engineering provides professional, reliable, engineering services and directive recommendations to TX ProChemical Soil Stabilization, Inc. PSE has proven to be a dedicated partner with responsive, dedicated service while providing “true” value to a project.”

Jack T. Moore, VP – Sales, Texas ProChemical Soil Stabilization, Inc.
Contractor

AFFILIATIONS

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PHILANTHROPY

PSE devotes a percentage of our revenue to the following charities:

prestonwood
children hunger fund
operation kindness
prestonwood
prestonwood christian academy