A brutalist icon in Berkeley is reborn as a bioresearch hub

John King, (December 9, 2021). Retrieved from: <>

A front-page story in the SF Chronicle by design critic John King really nailed the beautiful strength behind the transformation of the brutalist icon Berkeley Museum into an advanced biosciences research and innovation hub.  Read more.

Cross-Laminated Timber as a Sustainable Building Material for Tight Budgets

Jacob Bourne, (September 8, 2021). Retrieved from  <>

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is an especially promising building design solution for its strength, its sustainability aspects, and its natural beauty in exposed surfaces such as the design team made possible at the new Millbrae Recreation Center.  Read more.

SEAOC Convention: Design for Improved Performance of Buckling-Restrained Braced Frames

Forell | Elsesser Structural Engineers, Mason Walters and Russell Berkowitz, presented at the Convention of the Structural Engineers of California (SEAOC)

In this article, Mason and Russell discuss the rigid, field-welded beam/column/gusset connection of a Buckling Restrained Braced Frame (BRBF), and its undesirable seismic behavior, which motivated Forell | Elsesser to explore an alternate connection configuration that significantly reduces the vulnerability of the connection assembly to seismic drift-induced damage, while reducing the time consuming and thus expensive field welding of beam and gusset connections.  The alternative connection is far superior to the more traditional welded connection, both on a first-cost basis, as well as a life-cycle cost basis by reducing the cost of earthquake damage repair over the life of the structure.

STRUCTURE Magazine: “Seismic Isolation – The Gold Standard of Seismic Protection”

“Seismic Isolation – The Gold Standard of Seismic Protection,” from Forell | Elsesser’s Mason Walters, was published in the July 2015 Structure Magazine.

In STRUCTURE Magazine, Mason discusses the realities of seismic isolation and, more specifically, performance-based seismic design which started to develop in the early 1990s. “By definition, isolating a building from seismic shaking is the most effective way to protect not only a building, but its occupants, contents, and its function.”