Awards

Forell/Elsesser has received numerous awards over the last 50+ years. These include national company recognition and structural engineering awards for innovative design for both new construction projects and seismic rehabilitations that highlight our firm’s historic preservation engineering.

UC Berkeley California Memorial Stadium Seismic Upgrade - Berkeley, CA
2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Restoration/Preservation Honor Award
2013 AISC IDEAS2 Merit Award for Excellence in Steel-Frame Building Design for 15-$75 Million Projects
2013 Berkeley Design Advocates (BDA) Biennial Award for Design Excellence
2013 SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering, Landmark Category
2013 SEAOC Excellence in Structural Engineering
2013 NCSEA Excellence in Structural Engineering
2013 ASCE San Francisco Historical Renovation Project of the Year
2013 ASCE Region 9 Historical Renovation Project of the Year
2013 ENR California Best Sports/Entertainment Project
2013 ENR National Best Sports/Entertainment Project

De Anza College Mediated Learning Center – Cupertino, CA
2013 AIA Energy/Sustainability Citation Award
2013 Western Council of Construction Consumers, Distinguished Buildings – New Award
2013 Western Council of Construction Consumers, Sustainability Excellence
2013 Western Council of Construction Consumers, Innovative Project Solutions

SFJAZZ Center – San Francisco, CA
2014 The Chicago Athenaeum/Europe Green GOOD DESIGN 2014
2013 AIA Architecture Honor Award

UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive - Berkeley, CA
2012 AIASF Merit Award, Unbuilt Design

UCSF Parnassus Ray & Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building - San Francisco, CA
2013 CBE Livable Buildings Award
2012 AISC IDEAS2 Merit Award for Excellence in Steel-Frame Building Design for Projects Greater than $75M
2011 NCSEA Outstanding Project Award in the Category of New Buildings over $100M
2011 SEAOC Excellence in Stuctural Engineering, New Construction Category
2011 SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering, Landmark Structure Category
2011 DBIA, National Excellence Award, Industrial/Process/Research Category
2011 SCUP (Society of College and University Planning) National Planning Award
2011 AIASF San Francisco Chapter, Excellence in Architecture, Merit Award
2010 AIASF San Francisco Chapter, Integrated Project Delivery, Honor Award

UC Berkeley, Richard C. Blum Center for Developing Economies – Berkeley, CA
2013 Berkeley Design Advocates (BDA) Biennial Award for Design Excellence
2011 California Preservation Foundation Design Award, Rehabilitation Category

Foothill College, Physical Sciences and Engineering Center - Los Altos Hills, CA
2013 ENR, Best Higher Education/Research Project, Award of Merit
2009 CCFC (Community College Facility Coalition), Project in Design, Award of Merit

Taube-Koret Campus for Jewish Life, Oshman Family JCC & Moldaw Residences - Palo Alto, CA
2012 AIA, Design for Aging, Leading Age Merit Award
2010 ACI (American Concrete Institute) Green/Environmental Award
2010 McGraw-Hill, California Construction, Multi-Family Residential/Hospitality, Award of Merit
2010 SFBT Bay Area Real Estate Deals of the Year, Award Winner
2010 San Jose Business Journal Structures Award, Developer of the Year
2010 San Jose Business Journal Structures Award, Mixed Use Project of the Year
2010 San Jose Business Journal Structures Award, Redevelopment/Reuse Project of the Year

City College of San Francisco Chinatown/North Beach Campus – San Francisco, CA
2012 ENR California, Award of Merit: Safety

California Maritime Academy Maritime Dining Center – Vallejo, CA
2012 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, Best Practice Award, Sustainable Design

SFMOMA Rooftop Garden – San Francisco, CA
2011 AIA National Institute Excellence in Architecture, Honor Award
2010 AIASF San Francisco Chapter, Excellence in Architecture, Honor Award
2009 AIACC California Council, Merit Award

Sacramento State University, The WELL – Sacramento, CA
2011 NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facility

“Best Structural Engineering Firm to Work For”
2010 Structural Engineering & Design Magazine, No. 1 Best Structural Engineering Firm to Work for in the Nation

Laguna Honda Hospital & Rehabilitation Center – San Francisco, CA
2010 McGraw-Hill, California Construction, Award Winner, Healthcare Facility

San Rafael Corporate Center – San Rafael, CA
2010 SFBT Bay Area Real Estate Deals of the Year, Award Winner

San Francisco Planning + Urban Research (SPUR), Urban Center – San Francisco, CA
2010 SFBT Bay Area Real Estate Deals of the Year, Award Winner

NADEV Printing Facility – Fremont, CA
2010 SFBT Bay Area Real Estate Deals of the Year, Award Winner
2009 McGraw-Hill, California Construction, Award of Merit, Industrial Facility

De Anza College Mediated Learning Center – Cupertino, CA
2010 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, Best Practice Award, Sustainable Design

Congregation Beth Sholom – San Francisco, CA
2010 CNN, New American Architecture, 10 Standout Buildings
2010 Engineering News-Record, Worship Finalist
2009 NCSEA, Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards, Finalist, New Buildings (Under $30M)
2009 SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering, Landmark Structures
2009 SEAOC Excellence in Structural Engineering, Landmark Structures

Portola Valley Town Center – Portola Valley, CA
2009 COTE, Top Ten Green Projects Award
2009 SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering, Sustainable Design
2009 SEAOC Excellence in Structural Engineering, Sustainable Design
2009 Woodworks, California Building Design Awards, Green Building
2009 Sustainable San Mateo County, Green Building Award
2009 Acterra, Business Environmental Awards, Sustainable Built Environment
2009 ED+C: Finalist, Excellence in Design Awards, Government

UC Berkeley, Sutardja Dai Hall (CITRIS) – Berkeley, CA
2010 NCSEA, Excellence in Structural Engineering Award, New Construction over $100M
2010 SEAOC Excellence in Structural Engineering, New Construction
2010 SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering, New Construction
2009 PCI, Co-Winner for Best School

Oakland Museum of California – Oakland, CA
2011 AIA San Francisco Chapter, Excellence in Architecture, Merit Award
2010 AIA California Council, 25 Year Award Winner

UC Berkeley, La Loma-Foothill Pedestrian Bridge – Berkeley, CA
2009 SEAOC Excellence in Structural Engineering, Special-Use Structures
2009 SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering, Special-Use Structures

San Francisco Friends School Seismic Retrofit – San Francisco, CA
2009 AIA, Energy and Sustainability, Citation Award

Parkview Terraces Senior Housing – San Francisco, CA
2009 AIA East Bay, Merit Award

UC Santa Cruz, Humanities and Social Sciences Facility – Santa Cruz, CA
2009 SCUP, Merit Award, Excellence in Architecture for a New Building

Utah State Capitol Seismic Retrofit – Salt Lake City, UT
2009 EERI Special Recognition Award
2009 NCSEA Outstanding Project Finalist
2008 SEAOC Excellence in Structural Engineering
2009 ASCE, Project of the Year
2009 ACEC, National Engineering Excellence Honor Award
2008 Utah Heritage Foundation, Stabilization, Renovation and Restoration
2008 WSSPC National Award in Excellence
2008 PTI Award of Excellence, Repair, Rehabilitation & Strengthening: Buildings
2008 Western States Seismic Policy Council: National Earthquake Conference, National Award of Excellence

Baker & Hamilton / Adobe Systems Headquarters – San Francisco, CA
2010 BOMA, Earth Awards, Small (less than 300,000 s.f.)
2006 California Preservation Foundation, Rehabilitation Category

San Francisco Conservatory of Music – San Francisco, CA
2010 SCUP, Excellence in Architecture for Renovation or Adaptive Reuse, Merit Award
2010 AIA San Francisco Chapter, Excellence in Architecture, Merit Award
2007 California Construction, McGraw-Hill “Best of 07 Performing Arts”
2006 SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering

PG&E Headquarters 245 Market Street Complex – San Francisco, CA
2010 BOMA, Earth Awards, Medium (300,000 to 600,000 s.f.)

Nueva School Hillside Learning Complex – Hillsborough, CA
2008 AIA COTE, Top Ten Green Projects
2008 Award of Excellence, National AIA Educational Facility Design Awards Program
2008 AIACC, Honor Award for Architecture
2008 AIASF Award for Energy & Sustainability
2008 San Mateo County Green Building Award

Pasadena City Hall Seismic Retrofit – Pasadena, CA
2008 National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Preservation Honor Award
2008 California Preservation Foundation Design Award, Sustainability
2008 Governor’s Historic Preservation Awards (California)
2008 City of Pasadena Historic Preservation Commission Preservation Award
2008 Los Angeles Conservancy, Preservation Award
2008 SEAOC Excellence in Engineering Award
2008 ASCE, Opal ‘Project of the Year’ Award Finalist
2008 Cornerstone Concrete, Excellence Award
2008 CMAA Southern California Chapter, Project Achievement Award Winner
2008 AGC, Aon Build America National Awards- Merit
2008 AGCC Constructor Awards, Innovation in Construction Techniques/Materials Finalist
2006 SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering, Best Use of New Technology in Retrofit

UCSF Mission Bay William J. Rutter Community Center – San Francisco, CA
2007 SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering
2006 SFBT, Best Community Impact/San Francisco

Old St. Mary’s Cathedral – San Francisco, CA
2006 California Preservation Foundation, Large Rehabilitation Category

Salt Lake City and County Building Seismic Retrofit – Salt Lake City, UT
2006 ATC, Top Ten U.S. Seismic Projects of the 20th Century

San Francisco City Hall Seismic Retrofit - San Francisco, CA
2006 Applied Technology Council, Top Ten U.S. Seismic Projects of the 20th Century
2000 California Heritage Council Award
2000 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Honor Award for Interior Architecture
1999 Building Design & Construction Award
1999 National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Preservation Honor Award
1998 SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering

San Francisco Asian Art Museum - San Francisco, CA
2005 San Francisco Business Times, Best Rehabilitation/Renovation (over 100,000 sq.ft).
2005 SFBT Finalist (2nd Place) for “Best Public/Cultural Deal
2003 SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering
2003 SEAOC Excellence in Structural Engineering, The Best Use of New Technology in Retrofit/Alteration