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, taking full advantage of the view and natural light. It is highlighted by a deck, cantilevered high above the ground and oriented towards views from San Francisco to San Jose.


Solyndra Solar Panel Manufacturing Facility

Location: Fremont, CA

Project Type: Commercial

450 MW capacity solar panel manufacturing facility. The project included a 650,000-square-foot, combined one-story plus interstitial space production facility, and an approximately 113,500-square-foot two-story utility pad and Hazmat area. The project included an adjoining two-story office building. The building was of steel frame construction, with buckling restrained braced frames, founded on a concrete mat foundation with nearly 70,000 cubic yards of concrete. The entire facility is designed to provide immediate occupancy seismic performance. The approximate construction cost, without tools installed, was $350 million. The project was constructed on a fast-tracked basis, with ground breaking to substantial completion/TCO in less than 1 year. [With Degenkolb Engineers]


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]