Welcome to Our New Hires!

Forell/Elsesser is proud to introduce our new hires! We have hired CAD/BIM Manager Elizabeth Fortune, and Structural Designers Ryan Cooke and Hayley Dickson.

CAD/BIM Manager, Elizabeth provides support for our BIM solutions. Her programming knowledge has allowed her to create external applications for various BIM platforms. She will strive to keep Forell/Elsesser on the cutting edge in today’s market.

As a Structural Designer, Ryan works on a variety of project types and is furthering our expertise in using Tekla software. He brings knowledge from three research projects and extensive coursework on Structural Engineering, Structural Mechanics, Earthquake Engineering, Continuum Analysis and FE Simulation to Forell/Elsesser.

Structural Designer, Hayley has already worked on a variety of projects, public and private. Hayley helped implement a pilot city project for the taxonomy of pre-1980 non-ductile concrete structures in San Francisco for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and developed and tested engineered bamboo I-joists to evaluate for shear, moment, and deflection capacities for the Santa Clara University Department of Civil Engineering.










Forell New Hires

Forell/Elsesser is proud to introduce our new CAD/BIM Manager and Structural Designers.

Foothill PSEC Wins ENR 2013 Award

Foothill PSEC, ENR California's Best Higher Education/Research Project Award Recipient

Foothill PSEC, ENR California’s Best Higher Education/Research Project Award Recipient

Forell’s Foothill Community College Physical Sciences & Engineering Center project is the recipient of ENR California’s 2013 Best Higher Education/Research Project, Award of Merit. PSEC was featured in the December 2nd issue of ENR California. This project also received the Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC) Award of Merit while the project was in design.

Congratulations to our design and construction team including Ratcliff Architects, Gayner Engineers, Gilbane, and Hathaway Dinwiddie. The Forell/Elsesser team included Paul Rodler, Russell Berkowitz, and Susan LaFore. We hope Foothill College will enjoy this facility for many years to come.

Construction Begins on UC Berkeley BAM/PFA

UC Berkeley BAM/PFA Construction in Progress

UC Berkeley BAM/PFA Construction in Progress

Construction begins on the new Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). Structural shoring and excavation is nearly complete and the primary structural work begins. This $100 million project was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and EHDD Architecture is a combination of new structures and an adaptive reuse seismic upgrade of an art deco style former printing plant. The Forell/Elsesser team includes Mason Walters, Geoff Bomba, and Masume Dana.

For Forell’s project page, visit UC Berkeley BAM/PFA.
For current project information, please visit DSR’s BAM/PFA.

Memorial Stadium Receives Numerous Design Awards

UC Berkeley California Memorial Stadium

UC Berkeley California Memorial Stadium

Forell/Elsesser’s seismic upgrade to the UC Berkeley California Memorial Stadium has received numerous awards this spring and fall including:

  • The Honor Award for SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Restoration/Preservation. The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) holds this award program yearly and showcases eight categories of Excellence.
  • The AISC 2013 IDEAS2 $15-$75 Million Merit Award for Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel for the new construction of the Press Box. An article about the project was featured in the May issue of Modern Steel Construction magazine.
  • The Structural Engineers Association of Northern California 2013 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award for the Landmark Category. SEAONC recognizes outstanding achievement and excellence in structural engineering practice and project work in eight categories. Awarded projects and their recipients serve as models of excellence in structural engineering representing California Structural Engineers.
  • The Structural Engineers Association of California 2013 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award. SEAOC recognizes outstanding achievement in creative design, technical innovation, best practices, and demonstrated contributions to the public and/or profession.
  • The National Council of Structural Engineers Association 2013 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award. NCSEA honors structural engineering ingenuity throughout the world. Projects are judged on innovative design, engineering achievement and creativity.
  • The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2013 Historical Renovation Project of the Year.
  • The Berkeley Design Advocates Biennial Award for Design Excellence.
  • The ENR California Best Sports/Entertainment Project.

For a case study on our innovative seismic solutions, please visit the Memorial Stadium Case Study page. For general information on the project, visit our Memorial Stadium Project page. HNTB and STUDIOS reprized their same roles for the adjacent Simpson Student-Athlete High Performance Center.

The design team for this project included HNTB as Architect of Record and STUDIOS as Associate Architect. Webcor Builders was the General Contractor.

Two Noteworthy LEED Platinum Projects

Kaiser Permanente Data Center

Kaiser Permanente Data Center

Two of Forell/Elsesser’s projects have achieved “firsts” for LEED Platinum: Kaiser Permanente’s Data Center and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) Building 74.

Kaiser Permanente’s project marks the world’s first data center to achieve LEED Platinum for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM). This 150,000 s.f. “essential facility” included a 60,000 s.f. addition of a new central utility plant (CUP) and build-out of 40,000 s.f. This uninterrupted project, which was fully operational the entire duration, was delivered via Construction Manager at Risk (CM-at-Risk). The highly collaborative team included DPR Construction and Hawley Peterson Snyder. Check out DPR’s fantastic article on this Napa project from their Spring/Summer 2013 article.

Building 74, Life Science Division Seismic Retrofit marks LBNL’s first LEED Platinum building! RMW Architecture + Interiors was the architect for this project. We also completed LBNL’s Building 15 which received LEED Gold. LBNL’s Berkeley Hills campus is owned by the University of California and the buildings are owned by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).


LBNL Building 74

LBNL Building 74

Maximino Martinez Commons Wins Sustainable Design Award

UC Berkeley Maximo Martinez Commons

UC Berkeley Maximo Martinez Commons

Forell/Elsesser’s residential project, Maximino Martinez Commons, was just awarded “2013 Best Practice – Overall Sustainable Design” from the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference.

The Higher Education Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Awards competition is meant to: highlight California campus achievements made through innovative and effective energy efficiency projects and sustainability operations, showcase projects as models, and provide campus staff with Best Practice projects that could be transferable to their campus.

Read more about UC Berkeley’s Maximino Martinez Commons, which is pursuing LEED Silver certification.

Check Out our Latest RevitAddict Revit Tutorials

UC Berkeley, Berkeley Museum of Art & Pacific Film Archive

UC Berkeley, Berkeley Museum of Art & Pacific Film Archive

Forell/Elsesser provides in-house Revit education, in the form of RevitAddict tutorials, about once a month to our staff. We post these tutorials on YouTube and have +2,380 followers with more than 444,290 views. Check out our tutorials on the YouTube RevitAddict page.


These tutorials are hosted by Shaun Peppers, our BIM/CAD Manager.

Lindsey Maclise, SEAONC 2013 Zacher Award Recipient

Lindsey Maclise, SEAONC Edwin G. Zacher Award Recipient

Lindsey Maclise, SEAONC Edwin G. Zacher Award Recipient

Forell/Elsesser is proud to congratulate Lindsey Maclise, recipient of the Edwin G. Zacher Award at SEAONC’s 2013 Annual Business Meeting. The “Edwin G. Zacher Award for Outstanding Recent Service and Contribution to the Association” is presented annually in recognition for outstanding service and contribution to the Structural Engineering profession. Lindsey was presented the award by long-time mentor and SEAONC President, Grace Kang.

Lindsey’s industry association contributions include SEAONC Co-Chair of the Sustainable Design Committee (since 2008), past SEAONC Vice Chair of the Sustainability Committee, SEAOC State Committee member (since 2009), ASCE SEI Sustainable Design Committee (since 2009), ASCE SEI Carbon Working Group Sub-Committee (since 2011), SEI Disaster Resilience Sub-Committee (2011), and EERI Housner Fellow (2012).