3 Tips About Finding a Bay Area Structural Engineer

structural_9_18_small-1 There are many qualified structural engineers in the Bay Area, but how do you determine which  engineer or engineering firm is well suited for your large-scale project? You should begin by clearly defining your project goals and scope of work, and then find an engineer who can help you achieve your vision. Here are some recommendations about what kind of service you should look for from a Bay Area structural engineer. Read more

Bay Area Seismic Retrofit: Did it Work in the South Napa Earthquake?

Napa_earthquake_damage_Goodman_library_URM_8_26_14_small After the magnitude 6.0 South Napa earthquake at 3 am on August 24th, two large historical buildings in downtown Napa were red-tagged and deemed unsafe because of falling debris onto the sidewalk. The falling bricks posed a life-safety risk, and we can only imagine the potential danger to pedestrians if the quake had occurred at 3 pm instead of 3 am. It is important to note that these two older buildings (“unreinforced masonry” buildings, or URM buildings) had previously been seismically retrofitted. Read more