David Goodson

David Goodson

FORMER Principal & Director of the Board

RLG’s Structural Engineering department, established in 1981, was founded by David Goodson based on a philosophy of using experience and talent to provide practical and efficient structures with an emphasis on personal service.

Through his experience, Mr. Goodson learned the value of using practical analysis early in the design phase to achieve ultimate client satisfaction. His ability to combine 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 alike. In addition, his solid reputation in the structural field has been recognized with awards for design excellence from the AIA, AISC, American Subcontractors Association and PSA Architects.

As the industry constantly evolves with new technology and code requirements so does our Structural Department under Mr. Goodson’s leadership as he was responsible for the incorporation of BIM technology and LEED at RLG. His 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, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, 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 & 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
  • Trammell Crow Visitor Education Pavilion at the Dallas Arboretum - Dallas, TX
  • Park Cities YMCA - Dallas, TX
  • Victory Block G - Dallas, TX
  • Clearfork Office Buildings - Fort Worth, TX
  • 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.
  • The Westin DFW Airport - Irving, TX
  • Wyndham Park Central - Dallas, TX
  • Fairfield Inn Reconstruction - Fort Worth, TX
  • 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
  • Highland Park High School - Dallas, TX
  • Highland Park Middle School - Dallas, TX
  • Baylor Hospital Grapevine Campus - Grapevine, TX
  • Heart Vascular Center at Baylor University Medical Center - Dallas, TX
  • Eagles Trace Retirement Community - Houston, TX
  • Windcrest Retirement Community - Denver, CO
  • Highland Springs Retirement Community - Dallas, TX