What sets ZCS apart from the competition?
- We are an efficient one-stop shop. As a multi-disciplined, prime provider of most services in-house, our collaboration with you and our team is efficient, adaptive, and cost-effective.
- We’ve been in the industry since 1978. Our clients benefit from our reputation, expertise, and industry connections and we work hard to meet the highest standards.
- We prioritize open communication with our clients from start to finish in every project. We never cover up or avoid problematic situations or challenges; we face every issue head-on while keeping clients in the loop.
- We are engaged, caring members in our local communities. We honor the trust that our neighbors and clients place in us and always uphold ethical business practices and personal integrity.
1927 First Uniform Building Code is published with non-mandatory seismic provisions. Klamath Falls, OR is one of 7 jurisdictions in the nation to adopt.
1960’s Richard Zbinden serves under J. Edgar Hoover as a Special Agent in the FBI.
1978 Oregon Institute of Technology Professor Richard Zbinden founds Zbinden Engineering in Klamath Falls, OR as a structural engineering company.
1989 OIT graduate Russell Carter joins; company doubles in size. Ground trembles when the October 17th Loma Prieta earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay Area raising awareness of the importance of structural engineering standards and seismic detailing.
1990’s Company grows and begins to offer civil engineering and building design services.
1993 Klamath Falls is hit with magnitude 6.0 earthquake on September 30th and ZCS responds evaluating buildings and growing the company’s knowledge of seismic detailing needs and failure modes of standard northwest structures during earthquakes.
1995 Louise Ganong, Richard Zbinden’s personal accountant, is brought into the firm and ultimately rises to her current position as Chief Financial Officer.
2001 Zbinden Engineering becomes Zbinden Carter Engineering.
2001 Opening of Bend branch office
2002 Sy Allen is hired and moves to the Bend branch office within the year. Mars Odyssey Spacecraft finds water on Mars.
2003 Matt Smith starts work at company headquarters. Design for World Trade Center 1, “Freedom Tower”, begins.
2003 Opening of Portland branch office
2004 Corporate headquarters moves to 900 Klamath Avenue in Klamath Falls, OR.
2005 Company incorporates as ZCS Engineering, Inc.
2006 Sy Allen relocates to his home town and opens the Grants Pass branch office.
2000’s Richard Zbinden acts as President of the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineers and Land Surveyors.
2008 Intern Zach Stokes is hired on at ZCS as a full-time employee. US stock market crumbles losing 34% on the year.
2011 Zach Stokes moves to Portland to run the Portland branch office.
2012 Portland branch office relocates to historic downtown Oregon City.
2014 Opening of Medford branch office
2016 ZCS Engineering hires its first registered architect, Joelle Harris.
2017 Company evolves and is rebranded as ZCS Engineering and Architecture to provide clients with comprehensive in-house services. ZCS establishes a formal company organizational model. Russ Carter, Sy Allen, Louise Ganong, Zach Stokes, and Matt Smith are named Principals and Joelle Harris is named an Associate.
2018 ZCS Engineering and Architecture surpasses 50 employees including registered professionals with registrations throughout the country.