David M. Goodson, PE

Principal/Chairman of the Board

Mr. Goodson founded the Structural Engineering department at RLG in 1981 based on a philosophy of using experience and talent to provide practical and efficient structures with an emphasis on personal service.

Using experience and practical analysis early in the design of projects has led to long lasting client relationships. The combination of excellence in design, clear communication, practical and constructible solutions, and easily read construction documents has resulted in multi-decade long relationships with architects, contractors, and owners. His talents and skills have been recognized with awards for design excellence from the AIA, AISC, American Subcontractors Association and PSA Architects.

Our profession is constantly evolving with new technology and new code requirements. The structural department, led by Mr. Goodson, has taken the lead in many of these changes including the incorporation of BIM technology and LEED. Mr. Goodson’s consulting on the Shangri La Botanical Garden and Nature Center contributed to the first LEED Platinum for New Construction Project in the state of Texas.


Master of Civil Engineering (Structures)
University of Houston, 1979

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering
Cornell University, 1976


Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington State


Structural Engineers Certification Board

Professional Activities

Structural Engineer’s Association of Texas
State and NCTx Chapter President 1988
NCTx Chapter Board of Directors 90-’92
NCTx Chapter Committee on Professional Practice
National Council of Structural Engineers Associations
American Society of Civil Engineers
State Chapter Structures Committee Chair
American Council of Engineering Companies

Honors and Awards

Residence for Art - Dallas, TX
-National Winner Ideas Award - Innovative Design and Excellence in Architecture Using Steel, Awarded by AISC, 2003
-Named Consultant of the Year by PSA 2000 and 2001, Principal in Charge
-Named Consultant of the Year by Dallas AIA, 2013

Publications and Presentations

Guideline for Practice, published by SEAoT Committee on Professional Practice in Structural Engineering, December 23, 1987. Committee member and editor.

Notable Projects

Shangri La Botanical Garden and Nature Center - Orange, TX
First LEED Platinum Project for New Construction in the State of Texas and Winner 2009 Top Ten Green Projects Award by the National AIA Committee on the Environment

Great Wolf Lodge Resort and Conference Center - Grapevine, TX
Award Nominee for the 2009 Topping Out Awards and Award Nominee for Outstanding Project - 2007 by the American Subcontractors Association.

Greenhill School - Dallas, TX
Upper and Lower Schools; Gymnasium and Sports Complex

The Hockaday School - Dallas, TX
Fine Arts Building Additions and Renovations; Science Building; Library Additions and Renovations

The Westin DFW Airport - Irving, TX

Wyndham Park Central - Dallas, TX

Trammell Crow Visitor Education Pavilion at the Dallas Arboretum - Dallas, TX

Park Cities YMCA - Dallas, TX

Mirador Senior Living - Corpus Christi, TX

Windcrest Retirement Community - Denver, CO

CC Young, The Pavillions - Dallas, TX