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"Transforming design and construction practices for faster delivery, cost effectiveness, and a more sustainable built environment."
— Charles H. Thornton, Ph.D., P.E.

About LIFT

LIFT is a systems integration company focused on the Architectural, Engineering and Construction industry.

Our vision is to transform design and construction practices for faster delivery, cost effectiveness, and a more sustainable built environment.

We form high-powered and highly collaborative design, engineering and construction teams that drive high velocity innovative solutions for Owners, Architects, Contractors and Engineers.


LIFT’s People & Services: Charles Thornton

Charles Thornton, Ph.D., P.E., Hon. ASCE, Hon. AIA, NAE

Charles H. Thornton


Charles Thornton’s forty four years of experience with Thornton Tomasetti have included involvement in the design and construction of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of projects in the U.S. and overseas, ranging from hospitals, arenas and high-rise buildings, to airports, transportation facilities and special projects.

LIFT Building Solutions

LIFT Building Solutions (LBS) encompasses all foundation, cores, floor and envelope structures.  From conceptual design to constructability to forensic analysis we help our clients and partners find the right solution.

LBS works across Programming, Estimating, Designing, Procuring, Supplying, Constructing, Operating environments.  It is fully integratable with any 6D BIM program providing:

  • Foundation Design
  • Steel Structure Design
  • Concrete Core Technology
  • Heavy Lift
  • Lean Total Building System Constructability
  • Pricing, Risk and Liability Assessment

LBS utilizes, integrates and enhances the following systems and activities:

  • Conceptual Design leveraging BIM:
    • Rhino
    • Tekla
    • Revit
  • Design Analysis leveraging:
    • STRAAM – Structural Risk Assessment and Management
    • SAP2000
    • ETABS
  • Charrette based Design for Lean Six Sigma

LBS drives collaboration to provide optimum structural solutions!


The LIFT Process

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