Holly Razzano Principal and Higher Education Practice Area Leader

Office Oakland

Direct 510.250.1204 Email hrazzano@degenkolb.com

A commitment to improving the communities where she lives and works influences all of Holly’s project choices. She brings an open mind and ear to her work, which includes community colleges and universities, health care facilities, and historic buildings. Holly’s diverse interest in the field helps her practice a full range of services including new design, seismic evaluation, and retrofit design. As a project manager, she provides cost control advice throughout the design and construction process to help meet tight budgets and bring value to the project.

Practice Areas:
Health Care, Higher Education

Joined the Firm:

Little Known Fact:
I'm a bit competitive and routinely try to best my office mates in potluck competitions. My peach and cream cheese pie is an office classic.

Client or Design Philosophy:
Safer buildings improve communities for all of us.

Responsive, easy going

Baked goods

Favorite Project Story:
Working on the historic Lake Merritt Boathouse renovation and retrofit was a great challenge during construction. Once a cofferdam was installed our team had to crawl underneath the building to observe the corrosion damage caused by 100 years of exposure to Lake Merritt water. We also discovered years of garbage, shells, and even an old sunken rowboat under the building.

Special Interests:
Gardening, home decorating, getaways to Tahoe, my kids and husband


B.S. Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
M.S. Structural Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1991


California - Civil Engineer, 1992, License No. 49972
California - Structural Engineer, 1997, License No. 4107

  • College of Marin Diamond PE Center, Renovation and Seismic Strengthening
  • University of California Berkeley LeConte Hall, Seismic Retrofit and Modernization
  • Catholic Healthcare West Sequoia Hospital Expansion
  • Stanford Law School Academic Building, Stanford University
  • Berkeley YMCA, Renovation and Seismic Strengthening