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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 22, Number 1, December 2008

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Volume 22, Number 1, December 2008

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MCEER Partner Discusses Career Opportunities with SLC Members and Presents Seminar

Jay Love, a senior principal from Degenkolb Engineers, visited the University at Buffalo on November 13, 2008, to meet with graduate students and present a seminar entitled "Damping System in a California Hospital." Jay has assisted more than 40 Catholic Healthcare West medical facilities with Senate Bill 1953 compliance, and has performed system-wide risk analyses for Kaiser Permanente.

The seminar focused on design of the California Pacific Medical Center’s new Cathedral Hill Hospital, a 15-story, one-million square-foot facility located in San Francisco, 11 kilometers from the San Andreas Fault. It represented a case study in supplemental damping in a new California hospital, and included a review of the design criteria and nonlinear response-history analysis completed by Degenkolb.

Jay also met individually with 10 structural engineering graduate students to discuss career opportunities. He gave a brief presentation on Degenkolb Engineers, discussing the firm’s philosophy that embraces “innovative structural engineering while promoting earthquake-safe buildings worldwide.” He went on to discuss the firm’s culture and its work, which includes: construction/design, retrofit/rehabilitation, historic rehabilitation, consulting, and earthquake reconnaissance.

Degenkolb is a member of MCEER’s Strategic Partnerships Network, and is one of the nation’s leading structural engineering firms in the design and seismic strengthening of buildings. The firm has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, Portland and Seattle.