General Design Services was established in 1995 and presently has offices in St Augustine and Yulee, Florida. We have the experience and proven abilities of over 500 design projects completed. Our final drawing packages are all stamped and sealed by the proper third party engineering professionals to meet all local, state, and federal building code requirements. We pride ourselves in working closely with our clients to ensure complete customer satisfaction.

aboutGDS gives the same quality of services whether your projects is a simple deck design, large custom home design, or a more complex structural steel building design consistent with F.S. 481.229. When a client has one of our finished drawing packages, it allows them to competitively bid the project to different area building contractors. We work close with many of the area’s building contractor and if needed, we can recommend one the fits your type of project and budget.

Our design process starts with a free initial consultation and estimate. We begin the design process with a face to face meeting to discuss the customer’s visions, ideas, and economics of their project. The following design process includes several more client/designer meetings and third party engineering reviews to further develop their project to a final permit ready drawing package. The designs are all developed using the latest AutoCAD software.

GDS has extensive experience in the design of projects in the challenging coastal hurricane prone areas. We are certified in “Design for High Wind” from the Simpson Strong-tie Training Center. Whether your chosen construction method is wood framing, brick, concrete block, steel, insulated concrete foam (ICF) or other custom methods, GDS has the expertise and proven abilities to design the project to meet its customer’s needs and area building code requirements. We offer energy efficient design in all of our projects. GDS also stays current with the latest green and reusable technologies to meet today’s energy saving demands.

peter evensonPeter Evenson, the owner of General Design Services, started his formal design training in his sophomore year of high school where he attended drafting and design classes for three years. It was during this period that he knew that design work was going to be his life’s career. Peter followed his high school training with an additional 2 years of design training at South Georgia Tech located in Americus, Georgia. He graduated in 1980 in the top percentage of his class with a 3.5 grade average in mechanical drafting and design.

While attending South Ga. Tech, Peter was an active member of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) where he participated in design skill Olympics that competed against other technical schools. During these competitions he won local, district, and state design contest to his credit.

For the first half of Peter Evenson’s design career, he worked for several consulting engineering firms on commercial, industrial and manufacturing projects. Most of the projects were at power plants, pulp & paper mills, chemical plants, and oil/petroleum plants. During this period Peter designed and built 2 of his own custom homes where he also gained more experience and interest in architectural design and construction.

In 1995 Peter started his own design company:  General Design Services, LLC. Since then, GDS has over 500 completed design projects. Starting with an office in Yulee, Florida, Peter opened a second office in St Augustine, Florida in 2014. He currently does design projects primarily in North Florida and South Georgia areas.