LHC Structural Engineers


LHC Structural Engineers is a well established North Carolina company with more than 40 years of experience and practice.

The Beginning

LHC Structural Engineers was founded in 1966 as a sole proprietorship known as R.E. Lasater, PE. Consulting Engineer. In 1971, Robert E. Lasater, Sr. and Robert P. Hopkins formed a partnership as Lasater-Hopkins Engineers. In fact, some of our long time clients still refer to us as Lasater Hopkins. As T. Y. Chang and Robert E. Lasater, Jr. grew into the next generation of leadership, the firm name was changed to Lasater Hopkins Chang, P. C. in 1997. Now as LHC Structural Engineers, the name has evolved to reflect our history and allow for new growth under the same banner.

The Principals

Bobby Lasater – President
Rob Stevenson – Vice President
Through their combined efforts, they have compiled an extensive list of structural achievements found throughout North Carolina and other southeastern states. As Consulting Engineers, they have consulted with and advised many outstanding architectural firms, contractors, and owners.

The LHC Team

LHC currently maintains a staff of eleven engineers, three BIM designers and one office manager. We are equipped with the latest software for design and documentation, including AutoCad, Revit, Fastrak and various RAM products. The LHC team has provided structural engineering services for architects and other clients with cost of construction ranging from $10,000 to $90,000,000.


The LHC staff have more than one thousand five hundred major projects to their credit ranging from simple to complex. Projects include warehouse projects, monumental buildings, complicated churches, hospitals and additions to existing structures. They’ve helped change city skylines for more than forty years. The focus and commitment they bring to the table is refreshing.

A Wide Range and Depth of Projects

The building structures designed by the firm encompasses a full range of diverse types.

  • Thirty hospitals or major additions including the Wake Medical Center Ambulatory and Diagnostic Facility in Raleigh. This project covers 400,000 SF and cost over 30 million dollars when constructed in 1975.
  • More than two hundred education projects including 25 major high schools, 30 middle schools and 70 elementary schools.
  • Sixty Bell South projects throughout North Carolina including Central Office buildings in Wilmington, Laurinburg, Raleigh and Winston- Salem with ultimate capacities varying from 12 to 18 floors.
  • Ninety College and University projects. Notable are the Medical School and Science and Technology Buildings for East Carolina University, the new Science Complex, Carrington Hall, School of Dentistry, School of Nursing, and Clinical Sciences Buildings at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the North and South Endzone Seating, Murphy Center and Vaughn Towers at Carter-Finley Stadium for NC State University.
  • Sixty major projects for the State of North Carolina, including the North Carolina Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of History, and the North Carolina Aquariums at Roanoke Island, Fort Fisher and Pine Knoll Shores.
  • One hundred and twenty office and shopping centers including the 17 story 320,000 square feet One Hannover Square office building and the 28 story 505,000 square feet Two Hannover Square office Building in Downtown Raleigh.
  • Forty projects for the Federal Government, including Navy, GSA, and Corps of Engineers projects.
  • Thirty Churches, including sanctuaries and educational buildings.
  • More than 300 projects for individuals and corporations are not included in the above categories. These include, resort condominiums, manufacturing facilities, and performing arts centers such as the Progress Energy Center for the Arts in Raleigh.