Forell/Elsesser Engineers Announces 5 Key Promotions

SAN FRANCISCO (September 19, 2012)  Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc., an awardwinning San Francisco based structural engineering firm, announces five key personnel promotions – Geoff Bomba, SE and Chris Petteys, SE to Senior Associate, and Masume Dana, SE, LEED AP BD+C, Lindsey Maclise, SE, LEED AP BD+C and Steve Patton, SE, have been elevated to the role of Associate.

Geoff Bomba, SE, Senior Associate, is a licensed Structural Engineer who joined Forell/Elsesser Engineers in May, 2003. He became an Associate of the firm in 2009 and was recently recognized in the March, 2012 issue of Structural Engineer magazine as one of 15 of the nation’s “2012 Rising Stars in Structural Engineering,” which is a program honoring Structural Engineers under 40 for their exceptional leadership and technical abilities. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Structural Engineering from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Masters in Structural Earthquake Engineering and Geomechanics from Stanford University.

Mr. Bomba has been an active member of SEAOC (Structural Engineers Association of California) where he currently serves as State Chair of the Seismology Committee and is also a Member of the Solar Photovoltaic Systems Committee. In addition, he is a Board Member and Secretary of AEBL (Association of A/E Business Leaders), a Member of EERI (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute), and a Member of SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research).

Geoff Bomba has a wide range of talents and experience with both new design and retrofit projects including civic, cultural, office, educational, healthcare and seismic isolation projects. His expertise includes experience in advanced computermodeling of buildings, which includes modeling of blast loading and earthquake loading. He utilized these advanced computermodeling techniques for the seismic rehabilitation of Pasadena City Hall and the Utah State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City.

Geoff Bomba’s current structural engineering projects include the new UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive with Diller Scofidio + Renfro/EHDD, LBNL General Purpose Laboratory Building with RMW Architecture + Interiors, SLAC Science User Support “Gateway Signature” building with STUDIOS, and the Kramlich Residence with Herzog and de Meuron. His recently completed projects include the UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium Renovation and Simpson StudentAthlete High Performance Center with HNTB/STUDIOS, LBNL Advanced Light Source Building (Design/Build) with WRNS/Overaa, and UC Santa Cruz Porter College Residence Halls A and B Renovations/Expansions with STANTEC.

Christopher Petteys, SE, Senior Associate, is a licensed Structural Engineer with over 12 years of experience who joined Forell/Elsesser in February, 2009 and became an Associate in 2010. Mr. Petteys obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a member of SEAONC (Structural Engineers Association of Northern California).

Mr. Petteys has a broad range of experience that includes multifamily residential projects and healthcare projects, as well as providing seismic strengthening for science and technology buildings. His projects have ranged from major building seismic retrofits to new facilities construction, tenant improvements, existing hospital evaluations and retrofits to Senate Bill 1953 Standards, as well as OSHPD structural plan checks. Mr. Petteys has exceptional skills for managing largescale projects with complicated structural issues including projects in close proximity to active earthquake faults. He also has experience with all major construction materials for commercial, industrial, institutional and residential structures.

Since joining Forell/Elsesser, Chris Petteys has provided structural engineering services for such projects as the UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium Retrofit project with HNTB/STUDIOS, structural engineering services for The National Ignition Facility, Buildings 490 and 581 at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories with RMW Architecture + Interiors, as well as the structural peer reviews of several academic projects for both UC Berkeley and UC Merced. He is currently working on the Jewish Home of San Francisco with Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects and Van Meter Williams Pollack, and the San Francisco U.S. Mint Seismic Upgrade project, for which Forell/Elsesser Engineers is the Prime Consultant.

Masume Dana, SE, LEED AP BD+C, Associate, is a licensed Structural Engineer who joined Forell/Elsesser in 2006. Ms. Dana obtained her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran, her M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson and her M. Eng. in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ms. Dana is a member of SEAONC (Structural Engineers Association of Northern California), SEAOC (Structural Engineers Association of California), SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research) and USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) where she obtained her LEED AP in 2008.

Masume Dana is an expert in the seismic analysis of structures utilizing advanced computer modeling of buildings, which includes modeling of earthquake loading, which is used to demonstrate structural capacity and pinpoint the deficient areas of a building requiring retrofit work. Her capabilities include both linear and nonlinear analysis of structures subject to static and dynamic loads. She also has experience with design of different foundation systems, prestressed and reinforced concrete design, steel design, viscous dampers and buckling restrained braced frame design, and special knowledge of structural analysis, failure mechanics, and engineering data analysis.

Since joining Forell/Elsesser, Ms. Dana has provided structural engineering services for such projects as the new Pixar Animation Studios, Film Production Facility in Emeryville with AWA (Allied Works Architecture), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Rooftop Garden with Jensen Architects, AOC Mono County, Mammoth Lakes Courthouse in Mammoth Lakes with Mark Cavagnero Associates, the new CSU, East Bay, Student Services Building in Hayward with RMW Architecture + Interiors, San Francisco Friends School with Pfau Long Architecture/Page & Turnbull, and the seismic strengthening of the spire towers of St. Peter & Paul Church in Northbeach with ARG (Architectural Resources Group). She is currently working on the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives with Diller Scofidio + Renfro/EHDD, the University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry with SmithGroupJJR and the AOC South Monterey County Courthouse with Mark Cavagnero Associates.

Lindsey Maclise, SE, LEED AP BD+C, Associate, is a licensed Structural Engineer who joined Forell/Elsesser in 2006. Ms. Maclise obtained her B.S. in Civil Engineering and her M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. She was recently honored nationally by being selected as a participant in the EERI (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute) Housner Fellows Program. She was also recognized in the March, 2012 issue of Structural Engineer as one of 15 of the nation’s “2012 Rising Stars in Structural Engineering,” which is a program honoring Structural Engineers under 40 for their exceptional leadership and technical abilities.

Ms. Maclise is a member of SEAONC (Structural Engineers Association of Northern California) where she served as cochair of the Sustainable Design Committee for the past four years, SEAOC (Structural Engineers Association of California), and ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) as a member of the Sustainable Design Committee.

Ms. Maclise enjoys working collaboratively with clients to provide practical engineering solutions for their architectural visions while incorporating sustainable elements into the design. She has deep knowledge and passion on the subject of sustainable design and the integration of green design into the structural engineering field. As an advocate for green building practices, she has written numerous reports and papers about the structural engineer’s role in sustainable design. She has also lectured and presented on the role of the structural engineer in sustainable design, locally and nationally.

Ms. Maclise has worked on a variety of retrofit and new construction projects including multifamily housing, laboratories, and athletic facilities. Lindsey Maclise’s recent structural engineering projects have included design for the installation of solar panels at AT+T Park, the Oakland Museum renovation with Mark Cavagnero Associates, the new UC Berkeley Simpson StudentAthlete High Performance Center with HNTB/STUDIOS, the new UC Berkeley Maximino Martinez Commons with Behnisch Architecken/ EHDD Architecture, the new City College of San Francisco Chinatown/Northbeach Campus with EHDD Architecture, and Sacramento State University’s new WELL ((Wellness, Education, Leisure, Lifestyle) facility with Hornberger + Worstell, Inc. She has also worked on several Federal projects for the GSA and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. Some of her current projects include the new Stanford University, McMurtry Art & Art History Building with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and the new California Maritime Academy Dining Center with Flad Architects.

Steve Patton, SE, Associate, is a licensed Structural Engineer who joined Forell/Elsesser in 2008. Mr. Patton obtained his B.S. in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and his M.S. in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on seismic structural design from Stanford University. He is a member of both SEAONC (Structural Engineers Association of Northern California) and SEAOC.

Mr. Patton has provided structural engineering services for several facilities requiring special seismic criteria and above normal code requirements. He has exceptional experience with innovative designs for strengthening structures to withstand large seismic events. His experience includes a variety of projects including higher education, healthcare, commercial, office, civic and transportation facilities.

Some of his recent projects include the new UC Berkeley Maximino Martinez Commons student housing project with Behnisch Architeckten/EHDD, the Laguna Honda Hospital & Rehabilitation Center, and UC Santa Cruz Porter Colleges Residence Halls A and B Renovations/Expansions with STANTEC, the UC Berkeley Clark Kerr Campus Modernization/Renewal project with EHDD Architecture, and the Port of San Francisco’s Pier 35 Cruise Ship Terminal substructure repair. His current projects include the new SFMTA Central Subway Chinatown Station project with Parsons Brinkerhoff and Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning, Inc., and ongoing renovations of the existing wings at Laguna Honda Hospital.

According to company CEO Simin Naaseh, “Each of these individuals has become an active and integral part of Forell/Elsesser Engineers. These promotions acknowledge their increasing leadership within the firm, and their outstanding contributions toward providing quality structural engineering, project management and superb client services. These professionals strongly represent the next generation of our firm’s leadership.”

About Forell/Elsesser
Forell/Elsesser Engineers (www.forell.com) is an awardwinning structural and earthquake engineering firm with substantial experience in the design of new and rehabilitated facilities of all types of construction. The firm has experience in all aspects of structural engineering and seismic design, providing costeffective and innovative design solutions for more than 50 years. Forell/Elsesser is a leader in applications of new research findings and innovations, including recent applications of seismic base isolation systems, buckling restrained braced frames and passive damped systems. Forell/Elsesser Engineers are proud members of the U.S. Green Building Council and have been at the forefront of structural engineering in providing services that promote the design, construction, and operation of buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.

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