Flexibility in design and process saved cost and time. Designed to be functionally integrated with the adjacent hospital.
Kaiser Permanente, Specialty Medical Office Building
Flexibility in design and process saved cost and time. Designed to be functionally integrated with the adjacent hospital, the Specialty MOB needed to be structurally separate. This allowed for design outside of OSHPD standard codes, lowering costs of building systems and avoiding the time inherent in the OSHPD approval process. A shallow foundation and use of unbonded brace frames provides the building with higher seismic performance, and did in fact reduce the overall cost. The building includes outpatient imaging, cafeteria, orthopedics and an atrium.
Flexibility in design and process saved cost and time
Group Director, Practice Area Leader, Senior Principal
M.S., Structural Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1991
B.S., Civil Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1988
CA, Structural Engineer, License No. 3933
CA, Civil Engineer, License No. 47347
Why did you go into structural engineering?
I had an ‘aha’ moment in a second year mechanics of materials class taught by Mr. Robert Craig in the Civil Engineering Department at Cal Poly. It was a challenging class, but the way he taught it from a practicing engineer perspective forced me to really understand the fundamentals, and more importantly, for the first time in my academics the technical material was directly linked to real life situations. That was inspiring and drove my curiosity in the direction towards structural engineering.
Little Known Fact:
I was born in Norway. After graduation from University of Oslo, my father brought the family of four for a three week vacation and we never left. I have brought my family of five to visit relatives several times over the years and we thoroughly enjoy the natural beauty of the country, family traditions, and boat trips to the islands on long summer nights. It’s amazing how connected we can be while so far away.
Question of the Day
What hobby would you go into if time and money weren’t an issue?
Travel and garden. With our third child now in his second year at UCSB, Mary and I are empty nesters and have much more available time. We took advantage last summer and traveled to Prague, Florence and Rome for the first time. We will still focus our fall on water polo enjoying the camaraderie with other parents travelling to support UCSB. Go Gauchos!!
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