The West Branch of the Berkeley Public Libraries is featured in Architect Magazine this month. Designed to net-zero-energy goals by Harley Ellis Devereaux, it is the first NZE library in the state of California!
In a recent article, Architectural Record's Lydia Lee describes the thinking, design, and execution behind The Terrace, the new cafe at the California Academy of Sciences. The design team, led by Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects, successfully tied the new stand-alone structure to the larger and iconic Renzo Piano Workshop-designed CAS in a concept that Piano called "brilliant."
From the article: "Most guests...will be completely oblivious of the structural gymnastics involved: Cavagnero's office worked with Tipping Engineers [sic] to put most of the seismic bracing in the roof to minimize shear walls, and used T-shaped beams in lieu of more ponderous I-beams."
Yesterday, Steven Tipping officially recognized the accomplishments, achievements, and dedication of several Tipping staff members: Abby Enscoe, CE; David Ng, CE; and Andrew Wagner, CE, were named to the position of senior project engineer. Gina Beretta, SE, and Bill Janhunen, SE, were both elevated to project manager; and Ian Kelso, SE, was welcomed as an associate of the firm.
Please join us in congratulating our newly promoted staff; we are privileged and fortunate to collaborate daily with such talented, creative, thoughtful, and engaged people!
Last night at the City Club of San Francisco, Tipping's seismic solution for 680 Folsom was honored with an Award of Excellence in Structural Engineering in the retrofit / alteration category by the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC).
It was the third such award bestowed on the project, having fetched Outstanding Project at NCSEA and the Award of Excellence at SEAOC in 2014.
We congratulate our Tipping project team, and thank our client TMG Partners, as well as the entire design and construction team, for this unique opportunity to collaborate and innovate on what has been called "the ultimate repositioning and renovation in San Francisco history."
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."