What’s New at Forell | Elsesser Engineers

(2022-07-27) Three Projects with High Environmental Goals | Embodied Carbon Action Plan | New Articles + Featured Podcasts

Lick-Wilmerding High School Historic Renovation & Expansion, San Francisco, CA | Forell Elsesser and the project team created a resilient, sustainable high school expansion named an AIA COTE Top Ten, and targets net zero energy, LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge.

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.

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.

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

F|E Elevates Six Staff Including New Principal

Forell | Elsesser is proud to announce the promotion of six key personnel!  Lindsey Maclise, Principal; Lori Jue, Associate; Andrew Salber, Senior Engineer; Steve Earl, Senior Engineer; Amelia Lin, BIM Coordinator; and Jonah Canalin, Marketing Manager.

Lindsey Maclise is named a Principal, from Senior Associate. Lindsey is a 15-year Forell Elsesser employee and has worked on projects including Stanford University Bass Biology Building, Cañada College Kinesiology & Wellness and UC Berkeley Student Athlete High Performance Center. A University of California at Berkeley Master’s program graduate, she is active with the UC Berkeley CEE Advisory Board as well as the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute where she has been named a Housner Fellow.

Lori Jue is promoted to Associate. Lori, who received a BS and master’s from the University of California at San Diego, has worked on projects such as the new South San Francisco Civic Campus and Lick-Wilmerding High School, Expansion & Renovation in San Francisco.

Andrew Salber, promoted to Senior Engineer, has worked on projects including the BioEnginuity Hub at UC Berkeley and the UCSF Clinical Science Building. He has a BS from Tufts University and a master’s from the University of California at Berkeley.

Steve Earl is named Senior Engineer. His notable projects include the Oregon Supreme Court Historic Renovation and the SFSU Marcus Hall for the Liberal and Creative Arts. Steve has a BS from Northeastern University and a master’s from Stanford University.

Amelia Lin is named BIM Coordinator. A graduate of University of Southern California, Amelia provides BIM support on all Forell Elsesser projects. Her recent projects include UC Berkeley BioEnginuity Hub and LinkedIn Middlefield Campus.

Jonah Canalin is promoted to Marketing Manager. A graduate of San Jose State University, he supports the firm’s business development efforts and oversees internal and external marketing.

Forell | Elsesser Announces New Firm Leadership as it Celebrates its 60 Years of Successful Business

New Structure Lets Leadership Focus on Business, Clients and Projects

September 1, 2020–San Francisco, CA–On its 60th anniversary, San Francisco-based structural engineering firm Forell | Elsesser announced today its transition to the firm’s fourth generation of leaders. The incoming team includes CEO Chris Petteys and COO Rene Vignos, as well as four directors: Director of Business Strategy Allen Nudel, Director of Technical Excellence Steve Marusich, Director of Engineering Operations Geoff Bomba and Director of People Development Carolynn Smith.

In keeping with its legacy of thoughtfully orchestrated successions, Petteys and Vignos, who have been members of the firm’s Executive Committee, succeed Simin Naaseh and Paul Rodler, who served as the firm’s CEO and COO respectively for 13 years. “We began this transition process four years ago, and I have huge confidence in our incoming leadership team,” said Rodler.  Naaseh and Rodler, who will remain actively involved as Senior Principals and serve clients in project leadership roles, will also provide support to the incoming leadership team and the firm’s strategic initiatives. Naaseh is especially committed to mentoring young leaders and developing more female leadership in the firm.

According to CEO Chris Petteys, “The new structure balances responsibilities across the leadership group. We all really enjoy the project work we do—structural engineering is our shared passion. We don’t anticipate any big changes to our roles leading projects and working with clients.”

“We are fortunate to have a team of demonstrated leaders, who are committed to continuing Forell | Elsesser’s legacy and long-standing reputation for innovation and technical excellence. Their fresh perspectives and complimentary skills and interests will be an asset to the firm’s strategic growth and tradition of recruiting and retaining the best talent”, said Naaseh. 

“Staff development is an ongoing priority at Forell | Elsesser where curiosity is a core value”, said Carolynn Smith, Director of People Development, who describes the process as “the Forell | Elsesser lifecycle.”

In addition to the executive leadership transition, Russell Berkowitz has been elevated to the Principal role in recognition of his technical leadership and advisory role with clients over his 21 year tenure with the firm.

About Forell | Elsesser

Founded in 1960 by Nicholas Forell and Eric Elsesser, Forell | Elsesser is a San Francisco-based structural engineering innovator. The firm’s legacy in seismic retrofits of nationally recognized historic structures is complemented by its creative engineering of new complex buildings and other unusual structures across industries and building types. Their work is highlighted in landmarks like LinkedIn’s Middlefield Campus, the retrofit and base isolation of San Francisco and Oakland City Halls, UC Berkeley’s California Memorial Stadium and the retrofit and base isolation of Salt Lake City Mormon Temple. Learn more at www.forell.com

Join Our Team!

Forell | Elsesser Engineers has a diverse and creative engineering team with broad ranging talent spanning all aspects of structural engineering for the built environment.  Our focus on designing resilient and sustainable buildings offers challenging and unique opportunities with our design team! 

Please check out our open positions below and send your cover letter and resume to recruiting@forell.com. 

  • Senior Engineer: Please click here for more details.
  • Engineer: Please click here for more details.
  • Structural Designer: Please click here for more details.
  • Structural BIM Modeler: Please click here for more details.

Forell | Elsesser Shines at the 27th Annual Structural Forum

Cal Poly-SEAOC Structural Forum 2017

Steve Marusich and Qudsia Wahab had the opportunity to network with many Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students soon to be transitioning from an educational environment to a career in structural engineering. This year’s Structural Forum was suitably themed, “Framing the Future.” The Structural Forum attracts approximately 40 structural engineering firms and hundreds of students. This annual event is hosted by the student chapter of Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC), in conjunction with the Cal Poly Architectural Engineering Department.

 

 

Three Key Promotions Proudly Announced

Forell | Elsesser is proud to announce the promotion of three key personnel! Steve Marusich to Principal, Lindsey Maclise to Senior Associate, and Susan La Fore to Associate.

Steve Marusich joined Forell | Elsesser in 2002. Steve has participated in a variety of organizations including Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC), Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and Lean Construction Institute. Additionally, Steve is a Professional Affiliate of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Steve is currently working on multiple projects for Facebook, the SFSU Recreation & Wellness Center, and UCSF Clinical Sciences Building projects.

Lindsey Maclise joined Forell | Elsesser in 2006. In 2012, she became an EERI Housner Fellow and in 2013 a Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) Zacher Award Recipient. She is also a member of the UC Berkeley CEE Advisory Board.  Lindsey has worked on a range of projects including higher education, athletic, and laboratory projects.

Susan LaFore joined Forell | Elsesser in 2007. She is active on the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) and the SEAONC Continuing Education Committees. Susan’s primary focus for the past few years has been in serving as Project Manager for several of Forell | Elsesser’s Facebook projects.

Lindsey Maclise, SE, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Associate

Lindsey Maclise, SE, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Associate

Steve Marusich, SE, Principal

Steve Marusich, SE, Principal

Susan LaFore, SE, LEED AP BD+C, Associate

Susan LaFore, SE, LEED AP BD+C, Associate

Support Arts Education with Leap Sandcastle

Leap Sandcastle 2015

Leap Sandcastle 2015

Forell | Elsesser is fundraising and donating our time and skills for the 34th Annual Sandcastle Classic! The event will be taking place on October 15 from 11AM-4PM at Ocean Beach. F/E is part of the Sandy Warhols team with XL Construction, Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED), Bradley Concrete, Walter P. Moore, and the Diane Feinstein Elementary School. To view photos of our team competing last year, please click here.

The Leap Sandcastle Contest is a fundraiser to support arts education programs in local elementary schools. As part of the A/E/C industry, F/E understands the importance of students building skills to increase creativity and curiosity in the classroom. Leap’s programs serve over 6,000 students in more than 25 elementary schools throughout the Bay Area.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 for arts education! If you’re interested and available to donate to our team, please click here.