Civil engineering is the application of physical and scientific principles for the purpose of modifying the environment to benefit society. The practice of civil engineering requires an understanding of physics and mathematics, and encompasses a wide range of specialized sub-disciplines, including structures, civil, environmental, geotechnical, and transportation. But these engineering skills alone are not sufficient to successfully navigate the complex path between an initial concept and the completed construction project.
The complexity of a project significantly increases when the unexpected occurs, problems arise, or disputes between the various parties flare up. George Barbour + Associates, PLLC offers over 40 years of education, construction, engineering, and dispute resolution experience to building owners, design and construction professionals, attorneys, and insurance companies.
As succinctly described in the NSPE Code of Ethics, we believe that engineering has a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all people. We believe the services provided by engineers require honesty, impartiality, fairness, and equity, and must be dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare, and that engineers must perform under a standard of professional behavior that requires adherence to the highest principles of ethical conduct.
George R. Barbour, P.E. began his career in 1980 as a construction laborer, literally learning the construction business from the ground up by digging, forming, placing reinforcing in, and pouring concrete for footings on commercial projects. This experience created the desire to obtain a more in-depth understanding of structures, their design and construction.
Mr. Barbour enrolled in the Civil Engineering program at North Carolina State University where he focused his studies in structures and construction. While at NCSU, he worked part time and was active in student chapter engineering associations. Mr. Barbour began his engineering career as a co-op student in 1985 and began full time employment in 1987.
In the course of his career, he has prepared plans, specifications, and bid documents for a variety of projects including bridges, parking decks, and commercial and residential buildings. Mr. Barbour also provides comprehensive engineering and forensics investigation services for a variety of building systems. He has performed construction/design defect assessments, mold and moisture causation investigations, building condition assessments, building code compliance reviews, event-related damage investigations, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and construction accident investigations, personal injury investigations related to the built environment, and has provided expert testimony concerning his investigations.
Mr. Barbour is currently the Founder and Principle Consulting Engineer at George Barbour + Associates, PLLC.
After graduating from North Carolina State University in 2004 with a BS degree in Business Administration, Christopher B. Barbour managed George’s commercial and residential construction company, G. R. Barbour Construction, Inc., for three years and then enrolled in law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007.
After graduating from law school in May of 2010, Chris worked briefly for a private law firm before joining George Barbour + Associates in 2011. Chris’s unique mix of professional experience and education, along with his legal background, has provided him with the knowledge and perspective to be a valuable asset as a construction consultant.
As well as being a licensed attorney, Chris is also an OSHA-Authorized Trainer in OSHA’s Outreach Training Program for the Construction Industry.
After marrying George in August of 1980 as a rising junior at East Carolina University, Tammy Barbour completed her college education and graduated from ECU in 1982 with a BS degree in Nursing.
After a 22-year career as a hospital RN specializing in pediatrics, neonatal ICU, and newborn nursery, Tammy chose to retire from nursing to provide administrative support to George in his growing engineering practice.
Currently, Tammy does all of the accounting for the business and provides administrative assistance to George and Chris.