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Designing New Buildings

Here you will read stories of Structural Engineers who helped design and construct important new buildings in the Bay Area, such as the Transamerica Building, the DeYoung Museum, and Pixar Studios. Visit us again for more stories about the innovative structures that are part of our environment.

· Transamerica Building
In the late 1960s, when Structural Engineer Walt Hensolt and his team at Chin & Hensolt helped design San Francisco's Transamerica Building, Structural Engineers were just beginning to use mainframe computers and early-stage software to assess...

· The DeYoung Museum
Structural Engineer Bret Lizundia and his team at Rutherford & Chekene literally helped the designers of the new de Young Museum weave this structure into Golden Gate Park. Take the roof of the main building, for example...

· Pixar Studios
When Structural Engineer Mark Saunders from Rutherford & Chekene learned that Pixar Animation Studios would want to be back in the business of creating otherwordly, animated movies no more than 48 hours after...

· SFO International Terminal
Maintaining continued airport operations after a major earthquake is vital to the Bay Area, its people, and its economy. That's why the Airport Commission established the highest seismic performance goal...

· San Jose Tech Museum
Structural Engineer Patrick Man, of Rinne & Peterson of Palo Alto, helped to make sure that the new Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose had a first-class building to enable visitors to discover technology through...