Delivering Inspired Infrastructure for 100+ Years
1915 to 1950 - The Frost & Brian Era
BKF's began on the shoulders of the prolific Willis "Jack" Frost in 1915. Jack began his career as a railroad surveyor in the midwest, eventually surveying his way along the railroad to the California. His surveying experience and education as a Civil Engineer helped him expand his clientele in Redwood City and the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1945 Larry Brian joined him and the firm was named Frost & Brian Civil Engineers.
1951 to 1980 - The Silicon Valley Era
The second era of BKF's history shows how we played a large role in the development of Stanford University, Stanford Shopping Center, and Silicon Valley as a whole. In fact, we worked on the Hewlett-Packard (HP) Site at Stanford Research/Industrial Park in 1956! We even delivered infrastructure plans for the very first store at Stanford Shopping Mall, I. Magnin, now occupied by Macy’s.
Also, in the late 1950s Lawrence G. Brian (yes, the Brian that gave us the "B" in BKF) was joined by Stan Kangas and Robert Foulk. In 1970 they became Principals and our name changed to Brian Kangas Foulk.
1981 to 2000 - The Leadership Era
A lot happened in the last two decades of the century. Jan O'Flaherty (with the help of Dave Richwood and few others) helped establish our third office in San Jose. Dave LaVelle was later named CEO and Stan Kangas retired. Many of BKF's current Principals got their start at BKF as interns or entry-level engineers during this era. With the help of our growing leadership team our portfolio grew with projects like NASA Ames Research Center, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Genentech, Santana Row, Alameda Naval Air Station, Oracle World Headquarters, Palm Drive at Stanford, etc.
In 1988 BKF landed a large transportation contract as part of the Santa Clara County Measure A Program for improving Highway 85 in San Jose. Santa Clara was the first self-help county in California. Since that time, BKF has worked with 11 of the 19 self-help agencies in the state and designed over 1,000 highway and roadway projects, helping pave the way to the most prosperous era in Silicon Valley’s history.
2001 to 2010 - The Expansion Era
The first decade of the 21st Century was a time of expansion for BKF. We added 5 new offices in California, including: Pleasanton (2001), Sacramento (2006), Orange County (2008), Richmond (2008), Santa Rosa (Carlenzoli in 2009). We also named 5 new principals, including: Todd Adair (2002), Dan Schaefer (2002), Natalina Bernardi (2002), Scott R. Schork (2007), and Greg Hurd (2009).
Our work on marquee projects in California continued with the completion of the initial phase of Santana Row, Highway 152/156 Interchange, and Honda Port of Entry and also began work on projects like SVBX (BART - Fremont to San Jose), VA Palo Alto Medical Center Improvements, and SMART (Rail project in Sonoma/Marin County).
2011 to 2015 - The Record-Breaking Era
Between 2011 and 2015 BKF reached many historic milestones. For the first time in our history we surpassed the 300 employee mark, surpassed the 10 office mark (with new offices in Oakland, San Francisco, and San Rafael), and named the #1 Workplace in the SF Bay Area in 2015! We were also named the #1 Engineering firm by The Silicon Valley Business Journal again in 2015 (for the 8th time since 2000). Not too shabby for our 100th year.
Robert Stevens, Jaysen Long, and Brian Scott were named Principal in this timespan, rounding out BKF's leadership team of 10 owners. With their help we have also won, started, or finished many new high profile projects, including: Netflix Campus, Gerald Desmond Bridge, VA Palo Alto Campus, Transbay (Salesforce) Tower, SMART, Devil's Slide Trail, Hunter's Point, ParkMerced, Treasure Island, Marin-Sonoma Narrows, and countless hospitals, schools, offices, parks, roads, trails, and more.
September, 2015 - BKF 100-Year Anniversary Celebration in San Francisco
For 100+ years BKF has been delivering inspired infrastructure for our clients. With our large network of offices in California we have developed extensive local knowledge that provides us with an understanding of issues relating to feasibility, permitting, and entitlement approvals. We work hard to help you achieve your goals, and get your projects to the finish line. 650.482.6300
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