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Structural Focus Members Honored at SEAOSC End-of-Year Awards

06-15-2017 01:14 PM CET | Associations & Organizations

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Los Angeles-area, CA, June 14, 2017 — Structural Focus members received awards during last week’s Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) End-of-Year Awards & President's Dinner. SEAOSC President Jeff Ellis granted the S.B. Barnes Research Award to Structural Focus President David Cocke, SE and the Presidential Certificate of Appreciation to Structural Focus Associate Samuel Mengelkoch, SE.

The S.B. Barnes Research Award recognizes Mr. Cocke’s efforts as part of SEAOSC Safer Cities Survey Task Group assisted by The Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science. “For contributions to the engineering profession and to society for innovative research identifying the current state of Southern California seismic retrofit ordinances to reduce vulnerable building collapse risk, highlight successes of proactive communities and encourage retrofit ordinances.”

“When organizing last year’s Strengthening Our Cities summit, we came up with an idea for polling the various cities about their efforts to promote resiliency,” stated Mr. Cocke. “As a group, we designed a questionnaire for The Dr. Lucy Jones Center to use to collect the data. The results are very valuable because they provide a baseline for the ongoing efforts to improve our communities’ resilience.”

Structural Focus Associate Samuel Mengelkoch received the Presidential Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of his dedicated volunteer service and outstanding contributions to the organization. “While it is a real honor to be recognized by the SEAOSC President, the true reward is seeing the committee make progress toward our goal of raising the profile of the profession,” expressed Mr. Mengelkoch. He has been a SEAOSC member since 2004 and joined the Image and PR committee in 2014, he is currently the committee’s Chair.

Structural Focus also received an Award of Excellence in the Seismic Retrofit – Small Project category for the renovation of KTLA Channel 5. To house KTLA Channel 5, Sunset Bronson Studios – Stage 6 went through a major upgrade designed by Bastien and Associates and Structural Focus. The 75-year-old building presented unique challenges for the design team. The renovation required innovation, creativity, and teamwork.

About Structural Focus
Our structural engineering services focus on the long-term goal of achieving project resiliency for our clients and their communities. Excellent design demands innovation and communication. Through exceptional engineering and superior client service, we accomplish projects that both we and our clients can be proud.

Since Structural Focus'​ 2001 inception, the firm has designed several million square feet of new structures and rehabilitated hundreds of existing buildings, including numerous historic projects, dozens of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.

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