Sam Covey, PE | Principal Engineer

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Before founding Fort Structures, Sam Covey worked for multiple structural engineering firms in Austin.  As a project manager at Architectural Engineers Collaborative, Sam engineered notable projects such as St. Edwards Munday Library and Temple Beth Shalom.  While at Leap Structure, Sam engineered Aqua Brew San Marcos, Griffin School Expansion, Dallas Arboretum Leaf Sculpture, and multiple high-end residences.  As a project engineer at Bufkin Engineering, Sam has engineered all types of residential buildings, from multi-million dollar custom homes to back deck additions and foundation repairs.   

Sam graduated from UT-Austin in 2007 with BS in Architectural Engineering and 2009 with MS in Structural Engineering.

Sam is a resident of East Austin who enjoys tinkering with personal construction projects in his free time, as well as participating in local neighborhood groups and enjoying all of Central Texas's great swimming holes. 

Elizabeth Depwe, PE | Project Manager


Elizabeth Depwe joined Fort Structures in 2019 with a background in large-scale commercial design and construction. She has worked on projects in Chicago, New Orleans, Dallas, and Austin; and has experience with concrete, steel, conventional stick frame, mass timber, cold-formed steel and masonry. Some of her favorite projects are 1801 E. 6th St. in Austin, TX and the First United Bank in Shawnee , OK. She has a BS in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M and an MS in Sustainable Resilient Infrastructure Systems from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Elizabeth enjoys interdisciplinary collaboration and serves on the board of the ACE Mentor Program of Austin.

Elizabeth aspires to be a life-long learner. She enjoys attending conferences, reading, traveling and spending time outdoors.


Ben Higgins | Engineer & Project Manager


Ben Higgins joined the FORT family in 2017 and brings a diverse skill set to the team with experience in structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, and architectural design.  He has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009 and a masters of Architecture from Clemson University in 2012.  Ben has a wide range of engineering expertise including conventional wood framing, custom steel design, conventional reinforced concrete, post-tensioned concrete, cold-formed steel, CMU, AAC, and ICF masonry design.  Ben has experience working under geotechnical engineers which has provided him with advanced knowledge of foundation design and repairs for expansive soils in Texas.  Ben’s role as a Project Manager at FORT encompasses a multitude of high-end custom residences, high-end commercial design, complex additions and remodels, civil site structures, and AASHTO bridge design.

Ben enjoys spending time outdoors such as rock climbing in exotic locations, hiking, and bike riding.  Ben also enjoys working with his hands with little metal and wood projects.  Ben is an avid chess player and has participated in many chess tournaments throughout his life.

Eric Nunez | Engineer


Eric Nunez became part of the Fort Structures team in 2017 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Architectural Engineering. He has worked on a variety of conventional stick frame homes around Austin including high-end residential remodels to brand new homes. Originally from El Paso,Texas, Eric aspired to become part of the construction industry and leave a meaningful impact on where people live.

On his off time, Eric can be found working on the designs for his own future home, or walking on the trail around the lake.

Ted Krause | Drafter and Office Manager


Ted Krause joined Fort Structures in early 2019 after previous stints with JQ Engineering, Structures TX and LEAP! Structures. Ted is trained in both 2D and 3D drafting platforms and works solely with AutoDesk software. Before becoming a draftsman in 2013, Ted had an 18-year career in the Graphic Design Industry and worked 6 years at [SBSD] as a L.E.E.D. ™ Certification - Compliance Analyst. At [SBSD] he consulted commercial General Contractors regarding the requirements necessary to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (L.E.E.D. ™) - credits on construction projects rated by the U.S. Green Building Council. Ted has an A.A.S. degree in Architectural and Engineering Computer-Aided Design from Austin Community College and a B.S. degree in Printing Management and Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Ted is also a U.S. Green Building Council,  L.E.E.D. – Accredited Professional.

In his free time Ted enjoys woodworking, printmaking, cooking, cycling, and traveling with his wife and two daughters.