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Three Berkeley Projects Recognized for Design Excellence (2015-03-19)

On the evening of March 18, three Tipping projects were recognized by Berkeley Design Advocates at the 11th Biennial Awards for Design Excellence. The three, all completed in 2013, composed the category "New Construction / Civic Institutions": Berkeley South Branch Library (Field Paoli, architects), West Berkeley Library (Harley Ellis Devereaux, architects), and Dwight Way Child Development Center (Siegel and Strain, architects).

Of these projects, BDA had this to say: "Three new buildings with civic programs are remarkable for their use of limited resources to create welcoming spaces for community and education while advancing the art of green building."

Tipping Welcomes New Staff (2015-02-23)

Please join us in welcoming the most recent additions to our staff: Structural Designers Andrew Jimenez and Liya Temin, Senior Project Engineer Adrian Ku, SE, and Project Engineer Ryan Pintar, CE.

Both Andrew and Liya have recently graduated with their M.S. in structural engineering from the University of California at San Diego. Adrian earned his M.S. in structural engineering from UC Berkeley and spent the previous ten years at GFDS Engineers, honing his expertise in designing structural systems for custom residences. Ryan holds a Bachelor's in Engineering from the University of Minnesota and was most recently part of the internal structural engineering team at Blu Homes, the leading provider of premium prefab homes in North America.

Haas School of Business' North Academic Building (2015-02-02)

Construction on the $60 million North Academic Building is in full swing, as covered in this Daily Californian article. Tipping has provided structural engineering services as part of the design team headed by Perkins and Will.

Part of Haas School of Business’s master space planning project, this six-story building supports the expansion of the school’s MBA program. The structure houses a café, 8 lecture halls, 3 large seminar spaces, and 30 breakout rooms. A light steel-framed upper story creates large open spaces for events with an unobstructed view of San Francisco Bay. The east wing is embedded two stories into the hillside, incorporating an auditorium and mechanical basement.

The lateral system consists of vertically post-tensioned shear walls that return to plumb after a large earthquake, resulting in no permanent post-earthquake deformations. Tipping’s contributions to the sustainability goals of the project include specifying low-cement concrete and high-recycled-content steel, and designing resilient and cost-effective seismic systems to minimize life-cycle costs.

680 Folsom Street Case Study by ULI (2015-01-29)

In December the Urban Land Institute published a case study of 680 Folsom Street, a thoroughgoing examination of the gut renovation and revolutionary seismic retrofit of the 1960s SOMA building. 680 Folsom has been touted as San Francisco's most successful redevelopment projects in recent years.

The Terrace at the California Academy of Sciences (2015-01-06)

John King reviews the all-glass Terrace at the California Academy of Sciences in the January 6 issue of the SF Chronicle, praising the Mark Cavagnero-designed project as "the newest jewel in Golden Gate Park" and "the practical...elevated to something darn near poetic." Tipping Structural Engineers was happy to once again to partner with Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects on this exquisite 1,450-sq ft project.

Tipping Mar Grows into Tipping Structural Engineers (2014-11-19)

We are happy and excited to announce our new name -- Tipping Structural Engineers -- and an expanded leadership: principals Steven Tipping and Leo Panian welcome newly minted principals Mike Korolyk and Marc Steyer. Please join us in congratulating Mike and Marc! You can read the full press release here.

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.

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SF Public Utilities Commission HQ
On this 277,000 gsf LEED Platinum building, our high-performance design saved $32.7 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.