Scott A. Silverstein, P.E.


I decided to become an engineer because in my mind’s eye an engineer was the ultimate problem solver: an expert designer, an expert drafter, and an expert builder. It took me a while to figure out that engineers traditionally do only the first task (and sometimes the second), and receive little to no formal training in actual construction.

That disconnect leads to gross inefficiencies during building, when a design might get derailed because of gravity-defying concrete formwork or an inaccessible weld detail. It also reduces the engineer’s investment in the project by keeping the engineer several steps removed from the end user. I aim to rectify both problems.

An engineer who knows you

My goal at PERCH is to work closely with you and everybody else involved in your project. I like to streamline communication between all parties to make sure nothing falls through the cracks. And working directly with my customers, who often become my friends, is a reward in itself.

I’m a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Vermont and Massachusetts. I have a B.S. from Cornell, a Master of Engineering from MIT, and eight years of structural engineering practice between Boston and the Mad River and Champlain Valleys. My background encompasses design, construction, and inspection of everything from two-hundred-year-old farmhouses to mile-long suspension bridges. Most importantly, I’m also a carpenter. (To read about some of my hands-on projects and some thoughts on living efficiently, please visit my blog, Engineer Unplugged.)

So ask me anything. I look forward to helping you!