Degenkolb completed the seismic evaluation and designed the seismic retrofit for two buildings on the Mt. Vernon High School campus, and assisted the District with a successful FEMA Grant Application for $3 million.

Degenkolb is the prime consultant and structural engineer for the retrofit at this school, part of the OSPI school seismic safety retrofit grant projects. Our work at Boistfort includes a seismic retrofit of the gymnasium and cafeteria.

UC System Seismic Evaluations

Originally built in 1939, the wood-framed two-story structure over a concrete partial basement is the only remaining building from the original Kentfield campus.

Performed a survey of city buildings to identify potential seismically vulnerable structures including non-ductile concrete and pre-Northridge steel moment frame buildings.

Degenkolb Engineers evaluated the Hotel Nikko, a thirty year old high-rise moment frame building, in San Francisco under the…

Degenkolb offers a record of successful development and implementation of corporate seismic programs for prominent technology, life sciences, food and beverage, financial, and manufacturing companies.

Assisted The City of Beverly Hills with its Seismic Program.

Degenkolb developed a comprehensive program for the renovations of over 500,000sf of existing university housing facilities as part of a team of consultants.

Seismic Evaluation, Analysis, and Strengthening

Existing buildings are evaluated based on national seismic guidelines such as ASCE-31, FEMA 351, and FEMA 356 which allow careful examination of existing structural and nonstructural systems with consideration of the seismic performance goals set by the VA. For example, in most office buildings where the primary seismic concern is the protection of occupant safety, a lower performance level is normally acceptable. Where operations continuity is important, for example in a medical center, a higher performance level such as immediate occupancy may be appropriate as this addresses the seismic bracing of important medical equipment inside the building. Degenkolb will guide the VISN through the many available options and work toward the most economical solution.