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The design includes a multitude of structural engineering challenges to realize the architectural vision including a unique lateral load system, a very heavy roof loading criteria, dozens of feature stairs, and a unique 3D model workflow for design, coordination, and construction.  The building was opened for use in March 2015.

Customized Solution

  • The building includes an on-grade open parking area for approximately 1500 automobiles, a second story open office space with an enclosed area of approximately 430,000 s.f., and a 9 acre fully landscaped green roof.
  • The main office level was designed to be “One Big Room” with discrete conference and meeting rooms built inside of the main volume of the office space.
  • The landscape design includes over 300 trees and a variety of shrubs, plants, and grasses planted in a 24” deep soil profile.
  • The building includes 20 unique exterior stairs, a large access ramp, and 3 dramatic lobby stairs.
  • The project was designed and coordinated in Catia Digital Project.
  • The project was completed under an aggressive permitting and construction schedule.

F/E Speaking at Multiple Local Events

Simin Naaseh, CEO/President of Forell/Elsesser and AIASF Public Board Member

Simin Naaseh, CEO/President, Presenting at AIASF/DBIA on 6/2

F/E engineers are attending multiple events in the San Francisco area. Come see us! Events include:

6/2/2015, 6:00-8:00PM AIASF/DBIA “Design/Build… In the Eye of the Beholder”
Our CEO, Simin Naaseh, will be moderating this event. Speakers include Michael Bade (UCSF), LeRoy Ginn (ACCO Engineered Systems), Rich Henry (McCarthy), Teri Jones (Sundt), Geoff Neumayr (SFO), Marianne O’Brien (SmithGroupJJR), and Mark Rothman (Fentress).
Please visit AIASF‘s and DBIA‘s websites for more information on these organizations.

5/19/2015 AEBL “Women in Leadership in the AEC Industry”
Our Chair of the Board of Directors, David Friedman, was a speaker sharing his knowledge about how to foster an AEC work environment which is inclusive and supportive of women. Associate, Lindsey Maclise, moderated the event.
Please visit AEBL‘s website for more information on this organization.

5/7/2015  AIASF/DBIA “Design/Build Basics”
Our COO, Paul Rodler, spoke about his experience with design/build and with working on D/B projects with Overaa Construction and WRNS Studio. Speakers included Andrée Blais (Nossaman), Carl Overaa (Overaa Construction), and John Ruffo (WRNS).
Please visit AIASF‘s and DBIA‘s websites for more information on these organizations.


F/E is Hiring Multiple Positions – Join Us!

Apply to Join Forell/Elsesser!

Apply to Join Forell/Elsesser!

Would you like to work with a collaborative, fun group of engineers in a dynamic downtown San Francisco office on some of the most challenging and exciting structural and seismic projects in California and around the world?  Do you want to be part of real team in a work environment that actively encourages and supports individual professional growth through ongoing education, training, and mentoring.  If so, let’s talk!

Forell/Elsesser is trying to fill two roles varying from entry level to experienced. If you’re interested, please forward your resume and cover letter to We look forward to hearing from you!

Napa 2014 M6.0 Earthquake Shaking Demands

Napa Earthquake 8/24/2014 (click to expand)

Napa Earthquake 8/24/2014 (click to expand)

The shaking demands experienced during the Napa M6.0 earthquake are approximately 60-90% of the demands used for the design of new buildings. The chart to the right includes the shaking demands expected for earthquakes that occur on average every 475 and 2475 years. New buildings are generally designed for an earthquake corresponding to the 475-year level.

If you have questions about the shaking demands corresponding to your building’s location or the shaking intensity of your area, please contact Russell Berkowitz.

Memorial Stadium Showcased at the National Building Museum

California Memorial Stadium

California Memorial Stadium

Forell/Elsesser is honored to have one of our structural solutions for the UC Berkeley California Memorial Stadium project featured at the National Building Museum’s “Designing for Disaster” exhibit in Washington D.C.

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. For awards won on this project, visit our What’s New page.

Welcome to Our New Hires!

Chris Tung (page special)

Christopher Tung, Structural Designer

Forell/Elsesser is proud to introduce our new hires! We have hired Structural Designers Christopher Tung and Steve Earl. They’ve already been with us for a few months and we enjoy having them as part of the F/E team. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Chris and Steve!









Steve Earl, Structural Designer

Steve Earl, Structural Designer

F/E New Hires

Forell/Elsesser is proud to introduce our two new 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.