Father-Daughter Team of Rodrigues and Rodrigues Team Up to Break New Ground in Education!

From the first moment Mark Finney, AIA, Principal of Sugimura Finney Architects, (SFA) contacted us to collaborate with his firm on the upcoming Educare project, we had an inkling from Mark’s level of enthusiasm that this would be no ordinary school construction project.  We knew the project was going to be special but had no idea of the unique staffing confluences that would really make it so unique. Franklin McKinley’s new 28,000 square-foot Educare campus includes 12 state-of-the-art classrooms, multiple indoor and outdoor learning spaces, a family resource center and The Early Learning Career Center. 
The structural design was executed by Hohbach-Lewin Senior Associate, Greg Rodrigues. Because of the emphasis Educare places on early education opportunities, it seems only fitting that the structural engineer for the project would have the rare chance to work with SFA’s designer, who, not coincidently, shares the same last name.  Greg’s oldest daughter Marissa, a 2012 graduate of Cal Poly Pomona’s Architecture program, was assigned the primary responsibility of producing the architectural Revit model and has played a pivotal role assisting SFA’s effort to shepherd the project through construction.  “The kid did pretty well for herself, if I do say so myself.” opined Greg, with more than a little bit of fatherly pride.  “It was a really fun experience to work with Marissa on this project; although when the inevitable and usual differences of opinion between architect and engineer arose,  I had to bite my lip and resist the urge to say do it my way because I said so or hey, father knows best!”.  Throughout the process, Marissa sought to maintain an appropriate amount of professional separation and decorum and thus did not mention the connection to the contractors working on the project – her cover was blown however at the conclusion of one of the site meetings when she slipped, “Hey, Dad you forgot your notebook!”  Double takes all around!
Hohbach-Lewin provided fully integrated structural and  civil engineering design services for the project. In keeping with Educare’s mission of thinking differently and finding new and better ways to do things, producing the design in a  BIM environment was a given; 3-dimensional modeling and project structural engineering  construction  documents were produced utilizing Revit.  

Stanford's Meyer Library Bites the Dust!

The demolition of Stanford University’s 125,000 SF Meyer Library is now underway (photo reflects progress as of Thursday 2/26).  This long time centerpiece of the Stanford campus, originally constructed in 1962, having served generations of students is being replaced by a landscaped plaza designed by Sissela Mallmstrom
Hohbach-Lewin provided structural consulting services for the demolition to ensure that the chompers did not fall through the center of the earth. Motivation for the project includes the fact that preliminary estimates to seismically upgrade the building were approximately $45M.  Stanford’s General Use Permit (GUP) agreement with Santa Clara County caps the gross square footage of space allowed on campus.  Removing the functionally obsolete and seismically hazardous Meyer Library paves the way for new campus construction.
A sunken amphitheater will be constructed on the site utilizing existing pulverized concrete from Meyer’s library.  Key function of the Meyer library, storing out of circulation books, is being taken off site while other functions will be transferred to the new Lathrop Library.  

Sam Shiotani, SE Promoted to Associate Principal

Congratulations Sam. Sam Shiotani has been named as Hohbach-Lewin's second Associate Principal! Sam began his career in Hohbach-Lewin's San Francisco office fifteen years ago fresh out of U.C. Davis and has since established himself as a nationally recognized leader in multi-unit residential design as well as becoming an expert in post-tensioned concrete podium and multi-level concrete garage design. Sam is currently leading Hohbach-Lewin teams for the design of multiple Bay Area multi-family residential projects and the new seven-story 1,200 car parking garage at San Francisco's International Airport.
“What a Ride! Here at Hohbach-Lewin the challenges keep coming! I am really looking forward to being part of the leadership of Hohbach-Lewin and keeping the projects moving through the office to help satisfy the large demand for housing in the Bay Area.   I also am excited about how our approach of offering integrated structural and civil engineering design services along with shoring and waterproofing expertise positions Hohbach-Lewin to provide even greater value to our clients.  The interaction with my colleagues here at Hohbach-Lewin, and my relationships with the many architects, builders and developers with whom I have collaborated with over the years,  continue to make the job fun and ultimately what gets me out of bed in the morning ready for more!”
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