Portola Valley

Architect: 2M Architecture

Contractor: Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders

Located just over 1 mile from the San Andreas Fault, FTF was tasked with finding a superior solution to the “Life Safety” standard required by the Building Code. FTF combined advanced seismic analysis with state of the art building technology to create one of the most seismically resilient private homes in the United States.

The house takes full advantage of a dramatic site, with rooms opening to the outdoors and, taking full advantage of the view and natural light, high-lighted by a deck, cantilevered high above the ground and oriented towards views from San Francisco to San Jose.

Kaiser Medical Centers Northern California

Location: Northern California

Project Type: Healthcare

The Seismic Evaluation and Strengthening Program for Kaiser Medical Centers determined which facilities in Kaiser’s Northern California acute care medical center building inventory required seismic upgrade, the extent of the seismic work, and established priorities for upgrading. The scope of work focused on the medical centers in Oakland, Redwood City, Santa Clara and Hayward. The project also included the schematic structural design of strengthening measures and the planning for future post-earthquake inspections. [With Degenkolb Engineers]


Architect: Andrew Ballard | Jensen Architects

Contractor: Juan Betacourt | Tri Quest Builders & Developers

Location: Los Angeles, CA

The project involved restaurant tenant improvement of an existing 2-story rectangular wood framed commercial building located at 8055 West 3rd Street in Los Angeles. The work included significant alterations to the existing mezzanine, creating an open dining environment and exposed structural steel framing above the kitchen and circulation areas. The building previously underwent a seismic upgrade consisting of the addition of a single bay moment frame along the street-facing facades of the building.