The 2019 ACI Construction Awards (Northern California and Western Nevada Chapter) were bestowed last night in Livermore, CA. Project Manager Joy Wei presented our project, Berkeley Haas's Connie and Kevin Chou Hall, which won in both structural and construction categories. Congratulations to the entire project team!
The 155-unit affordable housing project, designed by David Baker Architects and developed by Bridge Housing Corporation, is sited on land previously owned by the San Francisco Unified School District. It brings sorely needed below-market rate apartments to SF's Mission district.
In the last several years, Tipping Structural Engineers has made a strong commitment to cultivating a thriving community of practitioners eager to learn and grow, to do their best work, and to harness their craft and expertise in creating a better world. We have started to see the results of that very intentional shift, reflected in our latest round of promotions and additions!
Please join us in congratulating our newly promoted senior project engineers: Jason Armes, Rachel Cohen, Andrew Jimenez, and Itria Licitra. All four joined Tipping in 2015, and all four have displayed tremendous enthusiasm, technical skill, aptitude for learning, responsiveness, and assiduous ownership of their projects.
We're also proud to announce our newest project managers! David Ng and Joy Wei have been at Tipping for seven and five years respectively, and in that time have proven their dedication to our firm, our clients, and our community. Beyond their excellence in analysis, design, and detailing, Joy and David have embraced the challenges of continually improving our practice and mentoring our younger staff members, while pursuing their passion to improve the resilience and beauty of our built environment. We are proud to see them consistently exhibit the care, curiousity, and courage necessary to help our clients achieve their project goals, and look forward to their leadership on many great projects in the future.
Lastly, we welcome the newest members of Tipping Structural Engineers: Trey Gissentaner, Nick Strella, Rachel Ungerer, Wesley Youman, and Beverly Xu. We enthusiastically look forward to witnessing their growth, learnings, and contributions in the coming years!
On Tuesday, October 30, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music celebrated the ground breaking for their new building, the Ute and William K. Bowes Jr. Center for Performing Arts, on 200 Van Ness. Against the background of a brass band playing the Triumphal March from Aïda, cultural and political dignitaries watched a backhoe ballet choreographed by Malcolm Drilling. Among the witnesses to this unusual display were Mayor London Breed, Conservatory President David Stull, and architect Mark Cavagnero. Tipping Structural Engineers is excited and honored to be a part of this project, one that will provide housing, performance, and practice facilities for music students for decades to come.
Click here for video of this groundbreaking approach to breaking ground!
On October 25, Berkeley's Zoning Board greenlighted Mill Creek Residential's project bringing 274 market-rate apartments to downtown Berkeley and contributing $10.1 million to the city's Housing Trust Fund. Designed by WRNS Studio, the eighteen-story project at 2190 Shattuck Avenue will include 10,000 square feet of retail and targets LEED Gold certification. Click here to read Berkeleyside's reporting.
Berkeleyside reports on the at-long-last construction of the sixteen-story hotel rising next to the Berkeley Art Musuem and Pacific Film Archive. The 334-guest-room hotel, which had gone through different iterations of design and planning since 2013, has been developed through a partnership between Center Street Partners LLC and the Pyramid Hotel Group. According to Berkeleyside, "Pyramid is the fourth largest independent hotel group in the United States with 73 properties across the nation, some of them under the Hilton, Marriott and Doubletree brands." The design/construction team includes JRDV Urban International, Suffolk Construction, and Tipping.
Gina came to Tipping in 2007 with a BS in civil engineering from UCLA, where she graduated cum laude, and an MS in civil engineering, structural engineering, and mechanics of materials from UC Berkeley. Barry joined the firm in 2002 as a drafter, wowed us with his rendering skills, and moved on to manage our systems and IT.
Please join us in offering hearty congratulations to Gina and Barry!
An innovative integrated foundation and ground improvement solution was crucial to this 213,000 gsf LEED Platinum-certified Class "A" office building.
Recognized with an NCSEA outstanding project award, this 105,000 gsf lab building is a case study in the efficacy, cost efficiency, and replicability of BRB mast frames.
The synergistic interplay of structural engineering and development goals resulted in an idiosyncratic seismic-isolation solution for this award-winning project.
A 110,000 gsf LEED Gold-certified state-of-the-art campus that supports rigorous academics through an integrated "ecology of learning" that is collaborative and experiential.
Tipping's post-tensioned concrete lateral system delivers unusually high performance — shelter-in-place — to this AIA COTE Top Ten Green affordable housing project.