Firm Background

In the Beginning . . .

Our story actually begins in 1963 when Eugene Cole and Jimmie Yee paired up to open one of the few structural engineering offices in Sacramento, Cole and Yee Structural Engineers. Ken Luttrell was the very first employee of the firm. When Carl Schubert became a partner, the name of the firm changed to Cole, Yee, Schubert & Associates. Early accomplishments of the firm include the first building renovation in Old Sacramento, Sutter General Hospital, Capitol Bank of Commerce, the original NBA Arco Arena, Sacramento Convention Center, and UCDMC Cancer Center.

Gene and Jimmie both retired from the firm in 1988. Jimmie went on to serve on the Sacramento City Council, as Mayor, and to serving on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. After completing a two-year assignment in Turkey supervising the reconstruction of earthquake-damaged structures, Gene occasionally returned to the firm on a part-time basis to assist with plan checking services. Gene and Jimmie’s friendship lasts to this day.

Merging of Two Firms . . .

Art Ross merged his firm with Cole, Yee, Schubert in 1999 after 23 years in business for himself. Carl Schubert retired from the firm shortly thereafter and, along with pursuing other exciting ventures, is still practicing engineering. The firm name subsequently changed to CYS Structural Engineers Inc. in 2004.

CYS Today . . .

Today, over four decades later, CYS is a well-known and trusted name in the consulting structural engineering field with a very lengthy and diversified list of satisfied clients and an extremely long list of successfully completed projects. The firm continues to emphasize quality work, attentive client service, innovative design and meeting our commitments to our clients.

CYS continues to be actively involved in major notable projects, most recently being the CalPERS Headquarters Expansion, Crocker Art Museum Expansion, State Central Plant, and the State Office Buildings #8 and #9 Seismic Renovation  Having the opportunity to work on many complex and challenging engineering projects, CYS is also at the forefront of Integrated Project Delivery and Building Information Modeling (BIM), increasing productivity, accuracy and standardization. Managed by two forward-thinking principals, Art Ross and Ken Luttrell, and combined with the collective talent of our personnel, we apply cutting-edge technology to a broad base of clients. Our diversified client base includes architectural firms; federal, state, county and city government agencies; contractors; manufacturers; school districts; property managers; and corporations – – to name a few.

CYS engineers are actively involved in the Structural Engineers Association of California and other professional engineering association committees including ATC, ACI, DSA Advisory Board, and the CalPoly San Luis Obispo Architectural Engineering Advisory Council.

CYS is a California-Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and a Federal Small Business Enterprise (SBE).