Degenkolb assisted with an adaptive reuse of a building into a new brewery location for the Red Hook Brewery.

Adaptive re-use of a 1903 concrete, 4-story chemistry building into a modern day combined chemistry and biology teaching hall.

Degenkolb is providing construction engineering support on the renovation and seismic retrofit of UC Berkeley’s Giannini Hall, which will protect and preserve the historic shell of the structure.

Phased Design-Build delivery of comprehensive campus-wide upgrade and new classroom buildings, administration, and multi-purpose at Greer Elementary.

Designed the reconstruction and seismic strengthening of the historic library core after the demolition of the central stack area.

Degenkolb Engineers, along with prime consultant, Page & Turnbull, had the challenging task of maintaining the historic integrity of the…

Degenkolb served as the construction means and methods engineer, converting the 1930s era facility into an 83,000 square foot world-class museum.

A former toy factory designed for heavy manufacturing and storage loads, the building was successfully converted into luxury condominiums.

Was the set for large portions of the movie Daredevil starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner.

Experience with Historic Structures

Historic buildings require a structural engineer that not only understands the codes and ordinances pertaining to the building’s structural system, but also an understanding of why a building is identified as historic and the level of significance associated with the structural system. Furthermore, it is important to be able to meet these requirements and also find creative solutions to maintain the integrity of the building’s unique characteristics and the design team’s vision. Degenkolb has provided structural engineering services, building strengthening and seismic retrofits for some of the most recognized historic buildings on the west coast. Knowing that the funding for these projects are often provided through grants or include tax incentives, we work closely with the design team and the owners and agencies to ensure the guidelines and requirements are strictly adhered to.

Our expertise includes:

Preservation: Retaining the historic fabric of a building while stabilizing the structure.

Rehabilitation: Altering the structure as needed, including adaptive reuse, while preserving the historically, culturally or architecturally significant aspects of the building.

Restoration: Carefully reconstructing or replicating significant, original structural elements and techniques to the extent allowed by governing codes and jurisdictions. Providing sensitive solutions and alternative options.

Reconstruction: When a structure is unsalvageable, we work with the design team to replicate historical structures using current structural means and methods.