FORT Structures was founded in 2016 with a drive to provide unique and personalized structural engineering alongside an exceptional customer experience.  The foundation of our service is simple: couple open communication with expert engineering to build awesome projects and enhance great architectural design.  Our brand of collaboration comes with in-depth attention to detail; we’re actively invested in each client and every project.

Our engineers at FORT bring a wealth of technical expertise, both in various building materials and engineering mechanics, to the drafting table. We’re well equipped to take on anything from residential renovations to large-scale commercial design. Regardless of the type of project, our creative and collaborative mindset is there, striving to engineer the best possible product for our clients.


  • Structural Engineering

  • Residential Engineering

  • Commercial Engineering

  • Additions and Renovations

  • Forensics Reports and Structural Investigations

AquaBrew Revit BIM Model  Engineered by Sam Covey while at Leap!Structures

AquaBrew Revit BIM Model

Engineered by Sam Covey while at Leap!Structures


We specialize in Building Information Modeling (BIM) to enable better collaboration and efficiency in design.   3D structural models allow for enhanced design integration between all disciplines and help to identify any coordination issues before construction. 

Sam Covey, Principal Engineer

e: sam@fortstructures.com p: 512-565-7026

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. 

Ben Higgins, Engineer & Project Manager

e: ben@fortstructures.com

Ben Higgins joined FORT Structures with years of experience in structural engineering under his belt, as well as a background in architectural design and remodeling. He’s worked on a multitude of  high end residential projects before and since joining the FORT family.

Ben graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009 with a Bachelors in Civil Engineering. He then graduated from Clemson University in 2012 with a Masters of Architecture.

Ben can be found cycling his way around Austin, or doing some late-night climbing at one of the many rock gyms around the city.

Eric Nunez, Engineer

e: eric@fortstructures.com

Eric Nunez arrived at FORT Structures after graduating from University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Architectural Engineering in 2017. He has since proven his engineering chops, working on everything from high-end residential remodels, to brand new homes all across Austin.

Eric can be found spending his free time watching old movies while his excitable pup guards him from any people walking by outside.

Libby Covey, Office Manager & Drafter

e: libby@fortstructures.com

Libby Covey came to FORT Structures while it was still in its infancy back in 2016. These days, between drafting projects, she manages the day to day aspects of the FORT Office and makes sure the rest of the FORT team runs smooth.

Libby’s free time is mostly spent seeing movies at the nearest Alamo Drafthouse or scouring Austin for the city’s next best taco.