CSU Sacramento WELL Expansion Building Opens!

(2021-10-16) Fantastic opening ceremony for the CSU Sacramento WELL Expansion building opening! A win for the University, the design and construction team and most importantly, the students!

F|E’s team was led by Steve Marusich, Arthur Cao, Chris Tung and Simin Naaseh.

The new WELL Expansion project added 29,000 GSF and renovated over 26,000 GSF to the original 230,000 GSF building. These updates included expanded locker room space and capacity, additional strength and free-weight fitness space, additional group fitness studios, dedicated spin studio, expanded lounge space, health- and wellness-education rooms, health-cooking demonstration kitchen and group counseling rooms and offices.

Keri Scholte

As a Structural Designer at Forell | Elsesser, Keri Scholte is thrilled to contribute to the built landscape of the Bay Area and beyond.  She enjoys learning seismic-resistance and sustainability strategies with the Forell | Elsesser team and being able to apply innovative systems to projects. Keri brings care to her work and is thoughtful about effectively communicating technical information between architects and contractors.

Keri received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UCLA, where she helped revitalize the EERI and SEAOSC student community. With additional exposure to architecture and urban design, Keri is passionate about using her engineering role to help the built environment be resilient, beautiful, and just.

After the workday, Keri enjoys reading, exploring restaurants with friends, and ceramics.

2021 Bike To Hope Raises Over $180K

(2021-10-15) Forell|Elsesser Engineers has sponsored the Bike to Hope event since its inception in 2012. Organized by the Northern California Real Estate & Construction Council (NCREC)​, Bike to Hope is a fundraising event to support the lifesaving treatment and compassionate care of City of Hope​.

As an active sponsor, F|E led last year’s 2020 virtual ride event, which was a huge success, but this year, it was time to get back on the open road and ride together! Over 150 riders of all levels participated in the in-person ride and over $180,000 was raised!

Learn more about Bike to Hope here.

Ranjitha Manohar

As a structural designer, Ranjitha focuses on the technical design of the structural elements of a vast array of building types. With a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, she has worked on many iconic and historical high rises and managed large-scale development projects. Ranjitha always looks for innovative solutions to solve a problem efficiently and focuses on workflows that help streamline a company’s processes. She brings to the table a level of organization and focus that is needed for the project team as a whole and always has a fresh perspective on how to approach the design. She is currently working on a large seismic retrofit project that requires a high level of patience, enthusiasm, organization, technical know-how, and motivation, which are a few of the qualities that define her.

Apart from engineering, Ranjitha is a passionate plant mother, painter & avid reader. In her free time, she explores the world of coding as a hobby, enjoys hiking, and aims to hit a minimum of five national parks every year.

Professional Associations

  • Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC)
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

San Francisco State University has a New Academic Building!

(2021-10-05) The new George and Judy Marcus Hall for the Liberal and Creative Arts Building, which is home to SFSU’s Broadcast and Electronic Communications Arts (BECA) program, opened its doors this year on October 5th.

Project Team:
AOR: Mark Cavagnero
GC: McCarthy Building Companies
SEOR: Forell | Elsesser
MEP + Sustainability: WSP USA
Civil: CSW
Landscape: SWA