Structural Engineers Association of San Diego Honors Engineers For Creative Building Renovations and Sustainable Design Projects

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SAN DIEGO (September 2, 2009) – The Structural Engineers Association of San Diego (SEAOSD) recently honored three local firms with Excellence in Engineering awards for their creativity, innovation and efficiency in building design projects completed in the last year.

Arcon Engineers (www.arconengineers.com) received the award for its restoration of the Filanc Construction Headquarters in Escondido; Burkett & Wong Engineers (www.burkett-wong.com) for its alteration of the Ferring Pharmaceuticals Building in Sorrento Valley; and KPFF Consulting Engineers (www.kpff.com) for its construction design of the Hard Rock Hotel in Downtown San Diego.

Awards of merit were given to Arcon Engineers for the Elephant Exhibit at the Houston Zoo; DYK Incorporated (www.dyk.com) for the 1 Million Gallon Sky Ranch Reservoir in Santee; Curry Price Court (www.cpceng) for the Wharf at America’s Cup Harbor in Point Loma; and KPFF Consulting Engineers for the UCSD Solar Grove in La Jolla

These structural engineering awards are especially meaningful to the professionals in the area as they are awarded by a group of peers. This year, the three-expert panel members were: Zubaid Karim of Degenkolb, Jim Conley of Hope Engineering, and Mike Romanowski of SDSE.

The historic preservation of the Filanc Construction Headquarters, Escondido, which was the work of Arcon Engineers, involved the complete remodel and seismic retrofit of a dilapidated historical landmark into a modern office workplace. The building’s exterior was entirely returned to its original Art Deco finish, while the structure was upgraded to current code levels for lateral events.

Winning the award for the best retrofit/alteration was Burkett & Wong Engineer’s work on the Ferring Pharmaceuticals Building in Sorrento Valley. This biopharmaceutical research facility was transformed from an old, one-story tilt-up building into a modern, two-story structure featuring state-of-the-art labs, research offices, and a video conferencing room. The existing building was not conducive to lateral expansion and could not support additional loads; therefore, a separate structure now straddles the existing one.

KPFF Consulting Engineers’ work on the Hard Rock Hotel, Downtown San Diego, caught the judge’s attention for new construction. This project is a 315,000-square-foot, mixed-use development in the prestigious Gaslamp Quarter in Downtown San Diego. The project included a 13-story main tower, a four-story above grade podium structure, a two-level subterranean garage, and the integration of an existing historical structure, the Depot Building.

In the Special Use Structures category, Arcon Engineers won a Certificate of Merit for the Elephant Exhibit at the Houston, TX, Zoo. The Elephant Exhibit is the largest undertaking in the 85-year history of the Houston Zoo and involved the complete remodel and reconstruction of the existing elephant facility.

Another Certificate of Merit for Special Use Structures went to DYK Incorporated for the 1 Million Gallon Sky Ranch Reservoir, Santee. Water system circulation is a critical component in the planning and operating of the San Diego County water system. The 1 Million Gallon Sky Ranch Reservoir was the latest storage tank to be added to the existing 27 total reservoirs in the system.

The Wharf at America’s Cup Harbor project won Curry Price Court a Certificate of Merit for new construction. It is the continuation of the redevelopment of the bay front properties along Harbor Drive located in the Point Loma area of San Diego. The project consists of a redevelopment and reuse of the former Driscoll Marine boatyard. There are three new two-story buildings designed to maximize usable space by making the structure an architectural feature. KPFF Consulting Engineers took a Certificate of Merit award for sustainable design for The UCSD Solar Grove project, a joint venture between the architect, Envision Solar International and Borrego Solar, the solar provider. Each installed tree is capable of generating 18,000 kWh of clean energy per year, which is enough to power more than four single-family homes while providing shading for students and their cars. The grid-connected systems are capable of offsetting more than 730,000 pounds of carbon emissions on a yearly basis.

Photos available upon request.

SEAOSD is one of four local sections of the statewide SEAOC organization. The Structural Engineers Association of California is a nonprofit organization of nearly 4000 members dedicated to advancing the structural engineering profession, protecting public safety in the built environment, and serving the business and professional needs of the membership.

For more information, please contact:

Lianne Bell, SEAOSD Awards Chair (619) 521 – 8500 x 220 Patricia Coate, Media Contact for SEAOC – 415-309-2231

Structural Engineers Association of San Diego Honors Engineers For Creative Building Renovations and Sustainable Design Projects
Three Structural Engineering firms in San Diego take top honors from their professional association for designs that helped restore structures and create new ones to improve the built environment in San Diego and nearby communities. The three firms were Arcon Engineers for its restoration of the Filanc Construction Headquarters in Escondido; Burkett & Wong Engineers for its alteration of the Ferring Pharmaceuticals Building in Sorrento Valley; and KPFF Consulting Engineers for its construction design of the Hard Rock Hotel in Downtown San Diego.

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