Senior Principal, Emeritus CEO & Chair of the Board , Forell / Elsesser Engineers
Summary of Experience
David is a Senior Principal, and immediate past President, CEO and Board Chair with nearly 35 years at Forell/Elsesser Enginers
and almost 40 years in the industry. His strength
is a holistic approach to a project’s
planning, design and construction, and the collaborative integration of creative structural solutions
with architects, engineers, and builders.
With a specialty in designated historic
structures, David has creatively solved numerous
engineering challenges. Principle
examples of his projects include the base isolation retrofits
for both the San Francisco City Hall and Asian Art Museum, the adaptive reuse and retrofit
for the San Francisco
Conservatory of Music, and the seismic safety corrections and remodel of UC Berkeley’s California Memorial Stadium.
David is committed
to worldwide seismic risk reduction,
and is former Member of the Board of Directors
for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
(EERI) which disseminates lessons learned from earthquakes around the world. David served on EERI Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance teams in Kobe, Japan (1995) and Wenchuan,
China (2008). He is also involved in many institutional, academic,
philanthropic and not-for-profit Boards including
the San Francisco Foundation (SFF), San Francisco Planning
+ Urban Research Association (SPUR), UC Berkeley Foundation (UCBF), Jewish Senior Living Group (JSLG) and Build Change. David is a licensed Structural Engineer
in California, Nevada, and British Columbia.
David is a frequent guest lecturer across the country, presenting to students and faculty at Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering programs on topics such as seismic risk reduction,
the linkage between research and practice,
advanced seismic protective systems, and the practice of structural and earthquake engineering today.
I believe in the importance
of the US Resiliency Council to provide a long-needed tool for educating
the public in understanding and appreciating seismic safety and resiliency in the buildings
where we live, work and play.