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F/E’s 10th Year Participating in LEAP Arts in Education – Sandcastle Classic Event 2018

Forell/Elsesser (F/E) got their feet sandy volunteering for the 36th Annual Largest Sandcastle Competition in Northern California – The Sandcastle Classic! This event takes place every year in the fall on Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Money raised benefits LEAP Arts in Education, a program established in 1979 due to severe budget cuts to art programs in California schools. The program places professional artists in classrooms to teach elementary schools about music, dance, theatre, creative writing, visual arts, and architecture. For the Sandcastle Classic event – teams are mostly made up of architects, engineers, designers and contactors who come together to raise money and promote creativity with kids around the Bay Area by building giant impressive sand sculptures!

This year F/E teamed with Bay City Mechanical, HKIT Architects, Vanir Construction Management, Inc., Tipping Structural Engineers and our partnered school – Lawton Alternative School. The Sunset Shellebrators, our team name, created an amazing sand castle themed Atlantis and raised a total of $6,850! F/E Team Captain and Engineer, Andrew Salber volunteered at the event and thinks, “it’s great to see so many people show up to support the local community and have fun in the process. Being involved in events like this reflect well on our company and remind us how rewarding it can be to come together as a team and build things!”

F/E is committed to helping our community in any way we can by volunteering our time, becoming sponsors and raising money to programs for those in need. We have been involved in the LEAP Sandcastle Classic Event for ten years and are honored to support such a great mission and talented leadership.

         

Congratulations to UCB Distinguished Alumni Class of 2018: Mason Walters!

On October 4, 2018 Mason Walters, a Principal at Forell Elsesser Engineers, was inducted into the University of California, Berkeley Academy of Distinguished Alumni’s: Class of 2018. UC, Berkeley has one of the top national rankings for civil and environmental engineering programs. The UC, Berkeley Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEE) has thousands of successful alumni around the globe that they believe are noteworthy and have contributed greatly to the development both in the US and around the world. We believe this about Mason and so do others! Congratulations on the amazing honor!

DAVID FRIEDMAN (LEFT), MASON WALTERS (RIGHT)

Forell/Elsesser is Hiring. Join Our Team!

Forell/Elsesser is always interested in hearing from qualified structural engineers at every level. Please send your resume and cover letter to recruiting@forell.com. We’ll keep your information on hand for any opportunities that arise. Tell us who you are and what motivates you. We would love to hear from you.

Currently we are looking for qualified candidates for the following positions:

  • Senior Engineer: We are currently looking to add engineers with a Masters’ degree in civil/structural engineering and 5+ years’ experience to our team.  Ideally with SE. Please click here for more details. (Posted May 2, 2018)

Welcome to Our New Hires!

September 6, 2018

F/E is excited to introduce our new hires! We recently hired Michaella DeRubeis, Structural Designer and Jack Dinkelspiel, Structural Designer!

We are so happy to be growing our team at F/E with such talented people! Welcome!

Michaella DeRubeis, Structural Designer

Jack Dinkelspiel, Structural Designer

April 10, 2018

Forell/Elsesser is proud to introduce our new hires! We recently hired Tracy Shawver, Marketing Coordinator, Alex Gomez, IT Manager and Nilanda Cai, Structural Designer.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to our newest team members!

Alex Gomez, IT Manager

Tracy Shawver, Marketing Coordinator

Nilanda Cai, Structural Designer

Five Key Promotions Proudly Announced

Forell/Elsesser is proud to announce the promotion of five key personnel!  Geoff Bomba, Principal; Masume Dana, Senior Associate; Carolynn Smith, Director of People Development; Ali Roufegarinejad, Associate; and Mei Kuen Liu, Associate

Geoff Bomba; Principal, joined Forell/Elsesser in 2003 and enjoys creating architecturally-driven solutions for new structures and seismic retrofits of existing buildings. Geoff’s experience includes the full spectrum of structural engineering services and his work includes historic retrofits, institutional, corporate office, public facilities, and seismic isolation projects. Geoff’s recent projects include the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Asian Art Museum Expansion, and has helped multiple Silicon Valley tech companies expand their office spaces. Geoff brings new ideas and technology into the structural design practice, while also leading F/E’s recruiting efforts. Geoff has worked with many nonprofits including Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR) and the Associate of AE Business Leaders (AEBL).

Masume Dana; Senior Associate, joined Forell/Elsesser in 2006.  She is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC), and the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR).  Masume’s expertise in the seismic analysis of structures utilizing advanced computer modeling of buildings has been demonstrated recently on the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pixar Animation Studios. Masume is currently working on the seismic retrofit of old Berkeley Art Museum and the Presidio Theater in San Francisco, and several new tech office buildings.

Carolynn Smith; Director of People Development, joined Forell/Elsesser in 2007.  Carolynn is a member of Association of AE Business Leaders (AEBL).  She has worked in the California A/E industry for over 19 years. She works closely with the engineers and project managers to integrate sound, efficient administrative practices.  In addition to her role as Director of People Development, Carolynn also manages the firm’s Human Resources including new hires, internship programs and employee benefits.

Ali Roufegarinejad; Associate and R & D Manager joined Forell/Elsesser in 2011.  Ali has participated in a variety of organizations including Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and Consortium of Organizations for Strong Motion Observations Systems (COSMOS).  Dr. Roufegarinejad has provided service either as an industry advisor or as an investigator during the course of several collaborative research projects at Stanford University and UC Berkeley, and soon at UC Davis as part of a funded PEER-TSRP project. Ali’s expertise in computational mechanics, advanced nonlinear analysis, and seismic isolation has been demonstrated on many of F/E’s complex retrofit projects, including the retrofit design of several base-isolated buildings in the United States as well as the analysis of the first base-isolated building in Canada.

Mei Kuen Liu; Associate, joined Forell/Elsesser in 2011.  Mei is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) and Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).  Mei has extensive experience with hospitality, casino, commercial, cultural facilities, and transportation projects. Since joining Forell/Elsesser, Mei has been involved in the SFMTA Central Subway Chinatown Station and the UC Berkeley Jacobs Institute of Design Innovation building. Mei is currently working on projects at the College of Marin, Cal State East Bay, and the SFPUC.

Masume Dana, Senior Associate

Masume Dana, SE, Senior Associate

Geoff Bomba, Principal

Geoff Bomba, SE, Principal

 

Ali Roufegarinejad, Associate, R & D Manager

Ali Roufegarinejad, PE, Associate, R & D Manager

 

Carolynn Smith, Director of People Development

Carolynn Smith, Director of People Development

 

Mei Liu, Associate

Mei Liu, SE, Associate

 

 

 

 

F/E Shines at the 27th Annual Structural Forum

Cal Poly-SEAOC Structural Forum 2017

Steve Marusich and Qudsia Wahab had the opportunity to network with many Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students soon to be transitioning from an educational environment to a career in structural engineering. This year’s Structural Forum was suitably themed, “Framing the Future.” The Structural Forum attracts approximately 40 structural engineering firms and hundreds of students. This annual event is hosted by the student chapter of Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC), in conjunction with the Cal Poly Architectural Engineering Department.

 

 

Three Key Promotions Proudly Announced

Forell/Elsesser is proud to announce the promotion of three key personnel! Steve Marusich to Principal, Lindsey Maclise to Senior Associate, and Susan La Fore to Associate.

Steve Marusich joined F/E in 2002. Steve has participated in a variety of organizations including Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC), Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and Lean Construction Institute. Additionally, Steve is a Professional Affiliate of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Steve is currently working on multiple projects for Facebook, the SFSU Recreation & Wellness Center, and UCSF Clinical Sciences Building projects.

Lindsey Maclise joined F/E in 2006. In 2012, she became an EERI Housner Fellow and in 2013 a Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) Zacher Award Recipient. Lindsey is also a member of the UC Berkeley CEE Advisory Board and a Board Member for The Association of AE Business Leaders (AEBL). Lindsey has worked on a range of projects including higher education, athletic, and laboratory projects.

Susan LaFore joined F/E in 2007. She is active on the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) and the SEAONC Continuing Education Committees. Susan’s primary focus for the past few years has been in serving as Project Manager for several of F/E’s Facebook projects.

 

Lindsey Maclise, SE, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Associate

Lindsey Maclise, SE, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Associate

Steve Marusich, SE, Principal

Steve Marusich, SE, Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan LaFore, SE, LEED AP BD+C, Associate

Susan LaFore, SE, LEED AP BD+C, Associate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support Arts Education with Leap Sandcastle

Leap Sandcastle 2015

Leap Sandcastle 2015

Forell/Elsesser is fundraising and donating our time and skills for the 34th Annual Sandcastle Classic! The event will be taking place on October 15 from 11AM-4PM at Ocean Beach. F/E is part of the Sandy Warhols team with XL Construction, Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED), Bradley Concrete, Walter P. Moore, and the Diane Feinstein Elementary School. To view photos of our team competing last year, please click here.

The Leap Sandcastle Contest is a fundraiser to support arts education programs in local elementary schools. As part of the A/E/C industry, F/E understands the importance of students building skills to increase creativity and curiosity in the classroom. Leap’s programs serve over 6,000 students in more than 25 elementary schools throughout the Bay Area.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 for arts education! If you’re interested and available to donate to our team, please click here.

F/E’s UC Berkeley BAMPFA Receives Structural Engineering Award

UC Berkeley BAMPFA

UC Berkeley BAMPFA

Forell/Elsesser is proud to announce UC Berkeley, Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive’s (BAMPFA) recent awards: Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) Excellence in Structural Engineering Landmark Project, Award of Merit; and the AIA New York Design Awards, Merit Award – Architecture.

Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and EHDD Architects, this new museum and cultural center project totals approximately 80,000 sf. BAMPFA incorporates a new state-of-the-art theater facility with the rehabilitation and adaptive re-use of an existing art deco style former printing plant. This project will be seeking LEED Gold certification.

The Forell/Elsesser team included David Friedman, Mason Walters, Geoff Bomba, and Masume Dana. The design and construction team included Plant Construction (GC), BKF Engineers (Civil), Amec Foster Wheeler (Geotech), and Stantec (M/E/P).

For more information on the UC Berkeley, Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive, please visit BAMPFA.

Posted May 2016

F/E’s UC Berkeley Jacobs Institute Receives AIA & AIASF Awards

UC Berkeley Jacobs Institute of Design Innovation

UC Berkeley Jacobs Institute of Design Innovation

Forell/Elsesser is proud to announce UC Berkeley Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation’s recent awards. Awards include: AIA 2016 Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Projects and AIASF 2016 Special Commendation Award for Sustainability which were both awarded last week.

Designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, the new 24,000 sf Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation provides a variety of flexible “maker spaces” that foster interdisciplinary, collaborative creativity. The structural steel framed building utilizes buckling restrained braced frames and concrete shear walls for the lateral system and is founded on drilled pier foundations. This project achieved LEED Platinum.

The Forell/Elsesser team included Mason Walters, Chris Petteys, Mei Kuen Liu, Masume Dana, Keith Lopez, and Hayley Dickson. The design and construction team included Hathaway Dinwiddie (GC), BKF Engineers (Civil), A3GEO (Geotech), and Integral Group (M/E/P).

For AIA 2016 COTE Award information, please read the AIA Top Ten award materials PDF.
For more information on the UC Berkeley Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, please visit UC Berkeley College of Engineering.

Posted April 2016