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Are You Brimming with Fresh Ideas? (2014-09-22)

We are currently seeking candidates with one to four years' working experience for the position of structural engineer, with an interest in high-performance seismic and sustainable design. Our ideal candidate enjoys working collaboratively, thrives on double-loop learning, and demonstrates a knack for "whole-project" seeing. She or he has a background in engineering, a B.S. in civil engineering (preferably a Master’s in structural engineering), and is licensed in California.

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome diversity in the workplace. Local candidates are encouraged to apply.

If you are brimming with fresh ideas, have demonstrable technical expertise, and enjoy working in a creative, energetic environment, please send a cover letter and resume to resumes[at]tippingstructural[dot]com.

680 Folsom's Unprecedented Seismic Solution Wins Regional and National Awards (2014-09-19)

On Thursday, September 11, the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) recognized Steve Tipping's novel solution for the retrofit of 680 Folsom Street with an award of excellence in the Retrofit and Alteration category.

And then on September 19, in New Orleans, the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) presented Steve with the Outstanding Project award in the Forensic/Renovation/Retrofit/Alteration category as part of NCSEA's 2014 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards.

Finally, the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) recognized 680 Folsom at the 2014 Design Awards with an Award of Merit for architecture and design.

The transformation of 680 Folsom -- a 1960s steel-moment-framed building that no one had wanted -- into desirable office space involved a complete gut renovation, seismic retrofit, and expansion. For the seismic solution, we reached centuries into the past and oceans away to medieval Japan, resulting in a unique isolative lateral system unprecedented in modern engineering. And the design saved developer TMG Partners $4 million on a $110 million project. Read Nadine Post's ENR article on 680 Folsom here.

2014 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects (2014-04-28)

We are pleased to announce that two of our projects have been named AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects for 2014:  Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve's Sustainability Treehouse in Mt. Hope, WV, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters in Los Altos. We our partners in collaboration, Mithun and EHDD Architects, on their achievements!

Berkeley's West Branch Library in the News (2013-12-29)

Read "Berkeley Library Branch a Zero-Net-Energy Buildling" in the San Francisco Chronicle. We provided structural engineering services; Edward Dean, FAIA, formerly with Harley Ellis Devereaux, pushed the green-design envelope on a project originally slated for LEED Silver.

680 Folsom's Novel Pivoting Core Makes the News (2013-11-04)

In Engineering News Record's October 14 issue, Tipping Mar's novel seismic solution for San Francisco's 680 Folsom is described as saving TMG Partners $4 million. Nadine Post refers to the scheme as a "back-to-the-future scenario," in that it is based on the centuries'-old design of Japanese pagodas: "The building’s 14-story pivoting spine—equivalent to a pagoda’s wooden 'shinbashira'—turned into a $4-million-plus silver lining to a recession-related hiatus for the $110-million gut renovation and expansion...."

Read "Putting a Good Spin On Value Engineering" here.

SFPUC and Hearst Greek Theatre Honored with Awards (2013-10-01)

For a small firm, founded in 1983, we have been regularly recognized by our peers for our excellence in structural engineering. This year brings the number of such awards to 30, with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission HQ on Golden Gate being recognized by SEAONC, SEAOC, and NCSEA, and our seismic retrofit and historic preservation of UC Berkeley's Hearst Greek Theatre garnering awards of excellence from SEAOC and NCSEA. In fact, our SFPUC entry won NCSEA's Outstanding Project Award, topping One World Trade Center!

The Greek Theatre was also recently awarded the Preservation Design Award for Preservation Technology and Craftsmanship by the California Preservation Foundation. Our concealed seismic retrofit that significantly improved the structure's performance in an earthquake figured greatly in this recognition.

Featured

SF Public Utilities Commission HQ
On this 277,000 gsf LEED Platinum building, our high-performance design contributions saved $10 million and reduced CO2 emissions by 7 million pounds.
680 Folsom Street
Our innovative scheme saves $4 million on this 566,000 gsf project while preventing single-story collapse and exceeding current code expectations.
UC Berkeley's Hearst Greek Theatre
A cost-efficient concealed bracing system delivers exceptional performance while preserving the historic fabric of this iconic structure.
David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters
Our rocking, restoring braced frames lend greater sustainability to this replicable NZE building by minimizing post-earthquake repairs.
Carquinez Senior Apartments
For under $1 million, we created a ground-floor retrofit that achieved life-safety performance at the DBE hazard and collapse prevention at the MCE hazard.
Rene Cazenave Apartments
Tipping Mar's post-tensioned concrete lateral system delivers unusually high performance — shelter-in-place — to an affordable housing project.
Berkeley Public Library, South Branch
A 8,700 sf, $6.5 million remodel brings new life -- and light -- to this South Berkeley institution.
SBSR Sustainability Treehouse
Designed to be a net-zero energy building within the framework of Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification, the building will function as a role model of sustainable construction.