Sustainability Treehouse in Dwell Magazine (2013-11-25)
The Boy Scouts of America's Sustainability Treehouse, just one educational site located on the 10,600-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, is highlighted with a photo slideshow in the December/January 2014 issue of Dwell. Using the Living Building Challenge as a guide, Seattle-based architecture firm Mithun spearheaded a multidisciplinary team to create a tree house that would turn lessons into an adventure. BNIM Architects serves as executive architect for the project; Tipping Mar provided structrual engineering services.
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...."
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SFPUC and Hearst Greek Theatre Honored with Awards (2013-10-01)
For a small firm, founded in 1983, Tipping Mar has 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.
"Best Meal" at 2013 CANstruction! (2013-09-24)
On September 23, the third annual San Francisco CANstruction design competition was celebrated and judged at the Rincon Center. Nine teams competed and Tipping Mar, for the third year in a row, took home the "Best Meal" award!
Our team, which included SmithGroup, Source Planning, and Parsons Brinckerhoff, CANstructed a 5 1/2-foot rotating Rubik's Cube, made entirely of canned organic food by Amy's Kitchen. (Check out our photos on our Facebook page and the time-lapse video of Ruby being built.)
Tipping Mar is the only firm thus far to take an award home each year that CANstruction as been held in San Francisco. In 2011, we won "Structural Ingenuity" for our team's sculpture of the San Francisco Food Bank logo; last year our moving, talking R2D2 (or R2CAN2) was awarded "Juror's Favorite."
On this 277,000 gsf LEED Platinum building, our high-performance design contributions saved $10 million and reduced CO2 emissions by 7 million pounds.
Our innovative scheme saves $4 million on this 566,000 gsf project while preventing single-story collapse and exceeding current code expectations.
A cost-efficient concealed bracing system delivers exceptional performance while preserving the historic fabric of this iconic structure.
Our rocking, restoring braced frames lend greater sustainability to this replicable NZE building by minimizing post-earthquake repairs.
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.
Tipping Mar's post-tensioned concrete lateral system delivers unusually high performance — shelter-in-place — to an affordable housing project.