Tipping Announces Staff Promotions (2015-05-12)

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!

680 Folsom SEAONC Excellence Winner (2015-05-06)

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."

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.