April 2021 Print

President's Message

april 2021 

I cannot believe it has already been a year since lockdowns were first put in place, but we are pulling through this pandemic with more people getting the vaccines and a decline in new cases. I hope that within the next month Sacramento and the neighboring counties move to the orange tier and people are comfortable easing back into pre-pandemic activities. This will also give us clarity for planning the popular SEAOCC activities that are typically scheduled in June including our annual golf tournament and the Excellence in Structural Engineering (EISE) awards celebration.

That said, we plan on sending out a quick survey on the golf tournament to gauge your preferences on how we should plan and organize this event. If you have participated in the golf tournament in the past, we hope you will again. We also sent an email announcement some weeks back about submitting your entry package to the 2021 EISE award program where the winners will be recognized at the SEAOC convention. Last year, both our nominations were recognized and received an award of excellence or merit at the SEAOC virtual convention. We hope to continue that tradition this year as well.

The March virtual dinner meeting, a joint SEAOCC/ACI meeting, was a great success. Scott Mulligan and Larry Jones from Buehler spoke about the renovation of the old PG&E building where ownership passed through many hands and was eventually abandoned, and how the building and site were transformed into the new Museum of Science and Curiosity (MOSAC). The renovation involved all aspects of structural engineering from foundation underpinning, drilling of deep foundations, removal of existing concrete, repairs, preservation of façade, existing steel, and new construction. The virtual dinner meeting was extremely well attended with around 60 people in attendance. To view a pdf of the presentation, click here.

Our Student Night and Career Fair event is scheduled to coincide with our April monthly meeting on April 13th.  Please visit our website to learn more and register for the event. We will also be announcing the selection of candidates to the open Board of Director (BOD) Positions for SEAOCC and the name of our new President Elect for SEAOC. Then, we will open the floor for additional nominations. If you have a nominee that you would like to put forward and are unable to attend the meeting, please send in the name to [email protected] and it will be read at the meeting. 

You may have heard of the large cargo ship the “Ever Given” that got stuck in the Suez Canal, causing disruption in the trade routes and supply chains, threatening livestock and costing billions of dollars. Engineers and workers took almost a week to finally free the ship and get world commerce moving and functional again. You may ask what this has to do with structural engineering. We need to prepare and plan for disasters before they strike and have backup solutions should something not go as planned. To that end, SEAOC is sponsoring a bill for functional recovery called AB 1329. If the bill passes, the law would require the Building Standards Commission to develop a Functional Recovery Standard no later than the next triennial code cycle. If the BSC is unable to develop a set of enforceable standards by then, all “Engineered Buildings”  are required to designed as Risk Category IV buildings. Click here to learn more

As far as committee activities go, I am pleased that our committees have been active over this past month. We had an Existing Buildings Committee meeting, chaired by Eric Fuller, where priorities for the coming year were discussed. We also had a Seismology Committee meeting, chaired by David Palmer, where a new delegate to the state committee, Jason Scanlon, was selected. The Sustainability Chair, Lisa Podesto, also attended the Seismology Committee meeting to share ideas between committees and find areas of common interest and collaboration. Our Disaster Emergency Service chair, Steve Hiner, put on a two-day Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Training program. The SE3 Committee chaired by Anna Tekautz has as usual been active all year and is looking for someone to step up and share their leadership talents. Please contact Anna if you are up for the task as the SE3 Committee needs a diverse membership to exchange and share ideas.     

SEAOC is sponsoring a DEI grant program where each MO can apply for a grant for up to $5000.00.  Examples of initiatives worthy of funds might include: scholarships or supporting activities that help students in underrepresented communities seek and find success in structural engineering, or investigating and implementing measures to increase the diversity and inclusivity within the structural engineering profession and/or the leadership of the MO. For more details on the SEAOC sponsored DEI grant, click here. If your committee or you would like to take a leadership role in championing any of the DEI activities in line with the DEI grant program, please send your application to the [email protected].

In closing I want to remind everyone that the deadline for Call for Abstracts to be submitted for consideration at the 2021 SEOAC Convention has been extended to April 10th, so get in your abstract Today! If you have ideas for a future presentation or would like to get more involved in our association, please send us an email at [email protected]. Be well and stay safe!

Roy Lobo, Ph.D., S.E.

2020-2021 SEAOCC President

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Calendar of Events

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Se3 Committee Meeting

Virtual Meeting at noon, Contact Anna Tekautz for Link


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Sustainabilty Committee Meeting

Exploring Low Carbon Impact Structural System

Virtual Meeting at noon, Contact Lisa Podesto for Link.

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3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Contact [email protected] for Link

APR 13

student night/career fair

Virtual Meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Register to attend the career fair or "host" a  company booth at the event page.


APR 20

existing buildings committee meeting

Virtual Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Contact Eric Fuller for Link


apr 22

SEAOCC LUNCH & LEARN Webinar: Historic Masonry Repair and Restoration

Event page and registration.

apr 28

ymf coffee half-hour social


8 a.m - 8:30 a.m. drop by at any time
Contact Matt Quan for Link 

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Platinum Sponsors


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Committee Reports

SE3 Commitee 

By Anna Tekautz, S.E., SE3 Commiteee Chair

We are pleased to announce two additional topic briefs from the 2020 NCSEA SE3 Survey are available for Performance Feedback and Children and Dependent Care. The topics briefs are derived from the NCSEA SE3 Survey which is one of the largest comprehensive nationwide surveys of structural engineering professionals to date.
The survey was designed by a large group of practicing structural engineering professionals to understand the experiences of structural engineers on important topics such as advancement, compensation, and work-life balance. The goal of this study is to advance the structural engineering profession by identifying the keys to engagement, retention, and gender equity.


For additional resources on performance management, check out these two articles: How to Properly Prepare First-Time Managers and Tips to Help Managers Improve Performance Appraisals.


For additional resources on dependent care and flexibility benefits, check out these two articles: A Toxic Work World and The Pros and Cons of a Flexible Work Schedule.


We expect more data and subsequent discussion to follow over the next several months.


GETTING TO KNOW YOUR SE3 COMMITTEE: Featuring Committee Member Matt Quan

What piques your interest most about SE3?

Developing strategies to better our profession.

In addition to volunteering on the SE3 committee, where else do you volunteer? Why do you enjoy giving back your community?

I am also chair of the SEAOCC YMF committee.  My goal is to give people the opportunity to connect with one another and build a community.

How many years have you been in the industry?

7 years and counting!

What is your least favorite thing about COVID-19?

Limited travel options, big trips put on hold for now.

What is your most favorite thing about COVID-19?

Rediscovering my love of the electric guitar.

What is your passion?

Snowboarding and rock climbing.

What are some interesting/fun facts about you?

I read almost every day, currently reading The Stormlight Archive series, highly recommend it if you like fantasy/fiction. During winter snow season I hit the slopes pretty much every weekend to go snowboarding. I got my certification to be a fitness personal trainer a while ago and put my friends and family through strength training workouts.

If you are interested in joining the SE3 committee or have topics you would like the committee to discuss, please reach out to Anna Tekautz at [email protected]. The more volunteers we have, the more we can achieve together!


Student Relations 

By Amy Hopkins, P.E., Student Relations Chair

Please join us for SEAOCC's April Virtual Meeting featuring a Career Fair.  Stuents will have the opportunity to network and learn about full-time jobs, internships, and co-op opportunities at this Career Fair.
SEAOCC member firms will have the opportunity to engage students, discover more about interested candidates, and pursue follow-up opportunities in a virtual environment.  A few breakout rooms will be provided for each of the participating firms to provide spaces for conversations. Participants will be able to switch breakout sessions of their choice or return to the main meeting room and the host will switch you.


Visit the event page to sign up for the meeting or to register your company has a career fair table host.


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Gold Sponsors


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Hearing Set for SEAOC Functional Recovery Bill

The Assembly Housing and Community Development Community has scheduled April 15 to hear SEAOC’s sponsored legislation, AB 1329 (Nazarian), which calls for elevating the performance objective of the California Building Code so that more buildings are usable – and  more communities keep operating – in the aftermath of major earthquakes.


AB 1329 calls for the California Building Standards Commission to adopt “functional recovery” standards in time for the 2026 code adoption, with all “engineered buildings” to be assigned to Risk Category IV if adoption is delayed. The bill follows upon publication of the federal FEMA-NIST report, Recommended Options for Improving the Built Environment for Post-Earthquake Reoccupancy and Functional Recovery Time, which charges state governments to pursue improvements to community resilience and recovery times.
SEAOC’s advocacy on the bill, led by Policy Committee co-chair Ryan Kersting, has involved early meetings with legislative and Administration stakeholders, fellow design profession organizations, and industry groups.


Lobbying efforts will also be geared toward the eight members of the Assembly Housing Committee, which is chaired by Assembly David Chiu (D-San Francisco). We will be asking SEAOC members in those eight Assembly members to contact their legislators in coming days, and will provide instructions on how members can speak on behalf of themselves or their firms during the April 15 hearing. 


View AB 1329
View the NIST-FEMA Special Publication FEMA P-2090/NIST SP-1254
AB 1329 Fact Sheet: Seismic Building Codes - Functional Recovery

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Join SEAOC for Legislative Visit Week

Attention all SEAOC Members! You are invited to join colleagues from four other engineering and professional organizations for a week of state advocacy. And you can participate from your home or office!


SEAOC is teaming up for a week of meetings May 10-14 with state legislators and legislative offices alongside our event partners: American Council of Engineering Companies, California (ACEC), American Society of Civil Engineers, Region 9 (ASCE), California Geotechnical Engineering Association (CalGEO), and the American Publics Works Association, Region VIII (APWA).


Advocacy points will include SEAOC’s sponsored legislation on functional recovery, AB 1329 (Nazarian), and other joint topics.


Participation is free to the first 60 SEAOC members who sign up! Click here for instructions on to receive the SEAOC-sponsored free registration

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2021 SEAOC Convention Call for Abstracts - Extended to April 10, 2021

The deadline has been extended to April 10, 2021. Abstracts are requested for papers to be presented as part of the Technical Program for the 2021 SEAOC Convention, to be held September 22 through 25, 2021. The convention planning committee is continuously evaluating state and federal guidelines to determine if the convention will be hosted in-person at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, CA, or virtually from the safety of your own home.


The Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) is respected as an authoritative world leader in the practice of structural and earthquake engineering, as a nationally influential participant in structural code and standard development and as a valuable resource to practicing structural engineers in California. To this degree, we encourage those with educational topics to share with our engineering community with subject areas that include but are not limited to:
  • Building codes & standards
  • Cities & politics,
  • Business & economics
  • Legal, innovation & resilience
  • Recent project case studies,
  • Diversity, equity, & inclusion.
Abstracts can be submitted here. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] We look forward to receiving your abstracts and hope to see you in Carlsbad in September.


The 2021 SEAOC Convention Technical Committee

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Excellence In Structural Engineering




Every year the Structural Engineers Association of Central California (SEAOCC) recognizes members and their firms for demonstrated outstanding achievements and excellence in structural engineering practice and project work. We are proud to announce our call for entries for the 2021 SEAOCC Excellence in Engineering awards.  Similar to years past, the award categories are Study/Research/Guidelines, Special-Use Structures, Infrastructure, Historic Preservation, Retrofit/Alteration, and New Construction. The SEAOCC and SEAOC awards are integrated, and the winners of SEAOCC awards will automatically be elevated to the state level.  The 2021 SEAOCC Awards will be recognized during our June dinner meeting.

If you have any questions on the Excellence in Engineering Awards, please contact the SEAOCC office at [email protected]

Completed entries need to be received by May 4th to be considered. Click here to download the entry packet.



New Construction 

Design FirmLionakis

Project: Dyer-Kelly Elementary School Replacement Campus, San Juan Unified School District 


Design Firm: Buehler

Project: SMUD Headquarters

Seismic Retrofit


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Job Forum

Submit an Ad - members 

Submit an Ad - Non-Members

Structural Engineer

Advanced Structural Design, Inc.

Job Posting
Mar. 18, 2021


KPFF Consulting Engineers is Hiring!

KPFF Consulting Engineers

Job Posting
Mar. 8, 2021


Job Posting
Feb. 15, 2021



Job Seeker
Feb. 5, 2021

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Welcome New Members

new members posted on march 9, 2021

Sebastian Varela Fontecha - Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. - Member

Gustavo Angel Zaragoza - TRC Companies - Student

new members approved on march 9, 2021

Todd Petrick - Mead & Hunt - Member

Chis Sheldon - Wood Roders - Associate

Ramneet Sidhu - Associate

Brian Sutliff - WSP USA - Member SE


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Attention Students: New Diversity Scholarship Opportunity from NCSEA Foundation

NCSEA is pleased to announce a new scholarship opportunity funded by the NCSEA Foundation. The NCSEA Diversity in Structural Engineering Scholarship was established as part of ongoing initiatives to strengthen equity, diversity, and inclusion programs. This scholarship will provide funding to students who have been traditionally underrepresented in structural engineering, including but not limited to Black/African Americans, Native/Indigenous Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and other people of color. We encourage SEA members to share this scholarship opportunity with individuals, firms, and schools in their area. Together with the support of the SEAs, we can strengthen the future of the structural engineering profession.

Click here to learn more. Applications are due April 30, 2021.

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Ask SEAOCC Leadership

You’re called to do something brave, but your fear is real and stuck in your throat. What’s the first thing you do?

"Analyze the situation and mitigate the risks." - Jeremy Kellogg

"Call an option, fake the “Drop back and punt”, & run it into the End Zone… Done." - Tim Piland

" First breathe, and intentionally slow my breath. Second, discuss my fears and concerns with people I trust." - Sonia Eliseo

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Board of Directors

Roy Lobo, S.E.


Vice President
Devon Lumbard, S.E.


Tim Piland, S.E.


Past President
Ben Faircloth, S.E.


Director - Central District
Allison Konwinski, S.E.


Director - Central District
Rachel Leung, S.E.


Director - Central District
Laura Rice, S.E.


Director - Central District
Louay Shamrokh, S.E.


Director - East District
Brett McElhaney, S.E.


Director - North District
Jeremy Kellogg, S.E.


Director - South District
Doug Mayer, S.E.


Nick Herskedal, S.E.


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