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    SMPS SFBAC Sponsor Spotlight: Degenkolb Engineers

    I recently had a chance to touch base with Laurie Lumish, Marketing & Communications and Business Development Director for Degenkolb Engineers, and ask her a few questions about her firm, which is one of our Bay Platinum sponsors.

    Tell us about your firm and services.

    Founded in 1940, Degenkolb Engineers’ practice reflects nearly eighty years of commitment to expertise, client service, and life-long learning. Our award-winning structural designs have saved clients hundreds of millions of dollars by taking full advantage of our expertise and experience.

    Our employees are passionate about working in collaborative environments helping our healthcare, higher education, advanced technology, construction, and federal clients achieve outstanding project results.

    We deliver customized structural solutions that meet every project need whether those needs are meeting stringent codes, meeting a bottom line, sticking to a hard construction schedule, or developing a structural system that creates a landmark.

    How many years have you been in business?

    Just short of 80 years.

    Could you tell us about some notable projects?

    Degenkolb has seen a 20% growth in revenue in 2019. Our clients across multiple sectors and regions are master planning for future expansions, evaluating their seismic risks, and updating facilities for exceptional stakeholder experiences.

    One of our recent key projects was the CPMC Van Ness and Geary Hospital, which opened to patients this year. We introduced a new structural system to the United State, and OSHPD.

    We are the structural engineers of record for the UCSF Weill Institute of Neuroscience at Mission Bay as well as the UCSF Zuckerberg San Francisco General Laboratory project. Both projects are being delivered with integrated and LEAN delivery techniques such as the Big Room.

    What differentiates your firm in terms of approach, talent, tools, and values?

    Over several years of client feedback, we always hear the same thing: that we are distinguished by our responsiveness, our expertise, and our ability to communicate technical issues to stakeholders. Degenkolb is a learning organization where we support professional development and continuous improvement through feedback.

    In addition to structural design and consulting services, Degenkolb is one of a handful of firms that also offers construction means-and-methods engineering and forensics investigative services. We’ve grown in that regard over the past few years.

    How long have you been a sponsor of SMPS?

    Degenkolb has been a sponsor as long as I’ve been here, which is since 2004. I know we have been a sponsor longer than that… I just don’t know how far back it goes.

    What are some of the memorable or key events of SMPS that your firm has been involved with?

    Degenkolb doesn’t just sponsor with our dollars; our people invest their time into the organization as well. Alethea O’Dell was an employee at Degenkolb when the chapter hosted the national conference and rebooted the Founders program. I’ve served in several roles including as Treasurer, Programs Chair, CPSM Liaison, and way back in my early years as a website affiliate. Today, one of our employees is going to lead the communications committee, another one is going to be a chapter volunteer, and I’m probably returning to the Mentoring Pathways program as a mentor. We put a lot of our professional hours into all the chapter does. In return, we get highly educated and motivate professionals and vast networks of colleagues and associates.

    Tina Barni Aday is the Marketing Director at Lea & Braze Engineering. She writes for the Shortlist and is on the SMPS SF Communications Committee. She can be reached at [email protected].

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