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Redwood City, Calif., May 23, 2017 – BKF Engineers, with a 100+ year legacy, has been selected by Engineering News Record California as the Design Firm of the Year. Using a strict criteria of innovation, community service, sustainability and growth, BKF was chosen from 98 participating firms. BKF is featured in ENR California’s annual Top Design Firms.
The award highlights BKF’s experience working with both private sector and public clients within an array of project types. “Private clients demand speed, value, and a clear understanding of their business“ explains David LaVelle, BKF’s President and CEO; “for public providers that generally own and operate their facilities, they care as much about the initial cost as the long term operations and maintenance costs.” BKF blends the value and urgency attributed to private ventures together with the technical expertise and customer perspective critical to public ones.
Through Delivering Inspired Infrastructure, BKF continues to broaden its 100+ year legacy. “We have a proven track record of innovating together with our technology clientele. They want to go beyond the basics [and] push the boundaries of architecture and engineering” (LaVelle). Many of these projects incorporate the latest sustainable practices in stormwater reuse and green design.
BKF’s growth in California now extends to 12 offices employing over 400 professionals, with revenue growth of nearly 60% (compared to 33% market rate over the past 3 years). Its portfolio spans many markets from specializing in transportation, healthcare, education, public improvements, as well as large developments including the new Warrior’s Stadium, Pier 70 and the Treasure Island Redevelopment.
“The longevity of our employees…” remarks Dave Richwood, Principal and Vice President, “sets BKF apart from the competition.” Employee retention, be it interns returning for full-time employment or project managers celebrating twenty plus years, expresses the company culture of collaboration and innovation which perpetuates project success.
On Wednesday afternoon, Ohlone College celebrated the “topping off” of the new academic core buildings at its Fremont Campus. The Ohlone Community College District provides higher education and vocational training for over 17,000 students at its two Bay Area campuses. Recognizing the need to meet this century’s educational demands in the fields of art, technology and science, college planners embarked on an effort to modernize and expand the Fremont campus.
The new buildings are the culmination of a $350 million bond program to replace much of the 1970’s era campus with state of the art facilities including a photography lab, general purpose classrooms, lecture halls, science laboratories, visual art studios, music practice and recording rooms, administrative offices, and library. A new central utility plant heats and cools the complex through an innovative geothermal heat exchange system featuring 400 wells drilled to a depth of 400 feet.
In addition to the academic core building development, the District has been actively involved in major infrastructure improvements over the last five years. Previously completed improvements include a new athletic field, parking garage, solar array, and utility systems serving the campus.
Since 2012, BKF Engineers has supported Ohlone College and Gilbane Building Company, who is overseeing the modernization, in the planning and detailed design of many of the campus improvements including the preparation of a utility infrastructure master plan that facilitated development. The campus expects the academic core to be complete by the fall semester 2018. BKF has been an integral part of the following campus projects: Utility infrastructure upgrades, Geothermal Ground Loop, Pavement Rehabilitation, Swing Space, Building Modernizations, Pathway Improvements, Newark Permanent Parking, Parking Lot Upgrades, and the New North Parking Improvements.
The Castro Valley community gathered Monday afternoon to break ground on the long awaited shared parking lot. More than, “just a parking lot” County planners conceived the facility in the mid 2000’s with the goal of aggregating parking within the community’s retail core allowing patrons to park once to visit multiple destinations. In addition to parking, the project converts underutilized spaces into pedestrian paseos promoting seating areas and outdoor dining further enhancing the placemaking within the community.
The shared parking lot resulted from the collaboration of five property owners who participated not only for their benefit, but to embrace the goals of the Castro Valley Streetscape completed in 2012. The streetscape converted Castro Valley Boulevard into both a complete and green street, which achieved the goal of stimulating economic activity along the corridor. The shared parking project extends the environmental stewardship led by the streetscape by incorporating pervious pavers and rain gardens, improving water quality within the San Lorenzo Creek watershed.
Since 2007, BKF Engineers has provided planning and design services to Alameda County including both the shared parking lot and Castro Valley Boulevard Streetscape. Redgwick Construction Company will commence construction of the $4.8 million shared parking project in early April. We invite you to support the retailers along Castro Valley Boulevard including those within the shared parking lot including Knudsen’s Restaurant-Ice Creamery, Joyful House, and Wend’s Café.
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On Sunday, City leaders, regional transportation planners, and the Hercules community celebrated the opening of the City of Hercules’ Path to Transit Project. The project completes several key roadway linkages, including a new bridge crossing Refugio Creek, which are critical to the development of the Intermodal Transit Center. When complete the ITC will feature bus, rail, and ferry services providing alternative commute options for those seeking to avoid congestion along Highway 80.
With a cost of almost $15 million funded primarily by Contra Costa County’s Measure J program, this is the second phase of the Transit Center’s development. In addition to development of infrastructure, the Path to Transit project restores habit along Refugio Creek and the North Channel as well as enhances trail connectivity. A unique component of the project is a regional water quality facility that removes pollutants from stormwater discharged to San Pablo Bay.
Since 2009, BKF Engineers in collaboration with Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group, Restoration Design Group, Engeo, and McArdle Landscape Design supported the City of Hercules in the planning, permitting, and final design of the Path to Transit project. We are proud of the City’s accomplishment and excited to witness the development of the transit station. In the last year, Ledcor Group acquired the private parcels of Hercules Bayfront and BKF is currently working to support the development of a mixed-use transited oriented community.
BKF just opened a new office in Lathrop to better serve our Central Valley clients. Our office is located at 16948 South Harlan Rd, Ste 1-A1, Lathrop, CA 95330. Our office phone number is 209.923.8200.
BKF has 100+ years of experience planning and designing water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure for both private and public clients. We provide end-to-end solutions, from master planning and modeling, to detailed design through construction. Learn how to unlock water resources on your next project with BKF here.
We are honored to have worked on the Central Marin Ferry Pedestrian Overcrossing and OCTA Tustin/Rose Grade Separation at BNSF Railway projects with Biggs Cardosa Associates. Both projects received the honor award for engineering excellence.
“Engineering and land surveying firms excel at serving California communities through extraordinary and innovative design in order to solve real-world problems,” said Brad Diede, Executive Director of ACEC California. "This year's award winners were no exception – from providing critical clean water infrastructure to more efficient transportation improvement projects and world-class facilities – ACEC members are moving California forward."
The new College of Engineering innovation hub is the first project at UC Berkeley to achieve LEED's highest level of sustainability. BKF worked with the University's project team and provided surveying, civil engineering, and a storm water erosion control plan for LEED compliance.
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
2016 ENR California Best Projects Award of Merit - Cultural/Worship Category
Samsung America Headquarters
2016 ENR California Best Project Award - Office/Retail/Mixed-Use Category
Hwy 101/Route 116 Lakeville Interchange
2016 ENR California Best Projects Award of Merit - Highway/Bridge
Bay Area Headquarters Authority Renovation & Seismic Upgrade
2016 ENR California Best Project Award - Renovation/Restoration Category
399 Fremont Street Condominiums
2016 ENR California Best Project Award - Residential/Hospitality Category
399 Fremont Street Condominiums
2016 ENR Global Awards Global Award of Merit - Residential/Hospitality
Stanford Energy System Innovation
2016 ENR Global Awards Global Best Project - Green Project
As BKF enters its second century, principal Greg Hurd reflects on what makes the firm a best place to work. “We trust and empower employees to do the right things and promote from within as we continue to build the best team and culture where we all enjoy working with each other, have fun and respect individual talents... Everyone pulls on the same rope toward common goals. Staff members like the comfortable atmosphere as being conducive to individuality. A helping hand is available when needed. An interactive intranet enables everyone to share ideas, and upper management understands the need for time off for family obligations." Read more on North Bay Business Journal.
On September 15, the Water Emergency Transportation Authority, City of Alameda, and project partners celebrated the ground breaking of the Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility. Located near the USS Hornet at Alameda Point, the facility will be home to WETA’s Central San Francisco Bay ferry fleet and act as an Emergency Operations Center coordinating regional transportation in the event of a disruption to the Bay Area’s transportation network.
The project includes a new maintenance building and refueling facility as well as a waterside dock featuring twelve berthing slips for ferries. A unique element includes a concrete float that provides a new resting site for harbor seals that previously hauled out on the wooden dock that the project must remove.
WETA selected Overaa Construction and Power Engineering to develop the maintenance facility using the design-build delivery method with Liftech Consultants as the lead designer. Since early 2016, BKF Engineers has supported the team developing the landside infrastructure design. Initial work has commenced removing wooden piles with the project’s completion anticipated in 2018.
We are honored to have been on the Stanford University Central Energy Facility project team (led by Affiliated Engineers) that received ENR's Global Green Project of the Year! Our work on the Stanford University campus reaches back to the 1950's, so we have helped shape the campus in many ways, but we are particularly excited about Stanford's latest wave of sustainable innovation and leadership and how it can help advance global clean energy and sustainability efforts.
Congratulations to Stanford University and the entire project team!
BKF has again received Best Firm to Work For, Hot Firm, and Top Workplace for the third year in a row (and countless years prior), but what does this mean for our team? The awards look nice up on the wall, but what effect do they have on our culture?
The stability and growth of our firm can be contributed to the hard work and dedication of many generations of BKF employees. As we've grown at a modest and thoughtful pace over the last one hundred years, we've kept our values in place and integrated best practices that work for the long term. We promote from within and build our team up one project at a time, so that we have a depth of knowledge that supports the growth of our younger staff. Ultimately, with this infrastructure in place, we have been able to build a top workplace in the nation.
BKF's top workplace awards represent a century of promotions from within and a commitment to work/life balance. They embody countless hours spent building a 100+ year sustainable civil engineering practice. They symbolize who we are and who we will continue to strive to be.
Learn more about our company, culture, and opportunities here.
BKF is expanding our 3D services! Learn more about our 3D scanning and modeling capabilities here.
We are honored to be a part of the Russian River Brewing Company dream team!
"We’ve assembled our own dream team to assemble our dream brewery,” said (co-owner) Vinnie Cilurzo. Architecture firm Archilogix will serve as the project lead on design, along with BKF Engineers, construction consultant Del Nordby, landscape firm Quadriga and landscape architect Bill Mastick. Read the full San Francisco Chronicle article.
After 10 years of planning, the community of Mill Valley celebrated the groundbreaking of the Miller Avenue Streetscape on June 20. The $18 million project rehabilitates one of the City’s primary roadways transforming the corridor into a complete street, balancing transportation modes between vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, and transit. Additionally, the project upgrades storm drainage infrastructure to reduce flooding as well as implements green street features to promote water quality.
Funded through local, County, State, and Federal sources, the design seeks to balance the need to repair basic infrastructure while preserving the charm and character of Mill Valley. The project includes several unique features including reverse angle parking, buffered bicycle lanes, custom transit shelters, and a pedestrian bridge linking the Sausalito-Mill Valley trail to Miller Avenue.
Since 2009, BKF Engineers in collaboration with Wallace Roberts & Todd have worked to plan, obtain funding, provide outreach, and develop the final streetscape design. Maggiora & Ghilotti is constructing the streetscape, which should be complete in about 18 months.
Business is booming, so we found ourselves a larger space to serve our growing client base in the Santa Clara County region. Next time you're in San Jose, visit us at 1730 N 1st Street, #600, San Jose, CA 95112.
Congratulations to Jen Colosi from our Sacramento office on her recent promotion to Business Development Manager at BKF. Jen has served on the local SMPS board for the past four years helping us grow our business by adeptly representing the firm at various events and actively tracking potential project opportunities. In addition, she has worked with many of the groups across our company through her assistance on countless proposals and training of new staff members. Her attention to detail and professional demeanor is unparalleled and we are lucky to have her talent on our BD/Marketing team!
There are many paths to successful sustainable projects, but carefully selecting appropriate methods for each unique site challenge is our specialty. We use the latest green design strategies and innovations so you save time, cash, and ultimately the earth. Learn more about BKF's 7 Paths to Sustainability here.
BKF's work on the newly built Mitchell Park Library in Palo Alto builds public awareness of sustainability in the built environment. The LEED Platinum certified library & community center integrated highly sustainable aspects including recycled-content materials, a high-performance envelope, and innovative stormwater management.
A big round of applause for all of your hard work in contributing to BKF's success over the past few years. It is our fantastic employees that continue to make BKF a top place to work. Meghan started with BKF in October 2012 and has been a great addition to the Pleasanton office. Meghan added, "I'm so happy to be able to work with such great co-workers and such a great company. I haven't been here my whole career, but I hope I'll be here for the rest of it." It has been a pleasure to work with Meghan and we are excited to continue to watch her career grow at BKF.
On March 4, 2016, City officials and the Richmond Museum Association celebrated the relocation of the SS Red Oak Victory into graving basin number 5 of Richmond’s Ship Yard Number 3. The facility was one of four shipyards in Richmond that constructed cargo vessels including Liberty and Victory ships to support the World War II effort. Applying assembly line manufacturing processes, Richmond’s shipyards built 747 ships by the war’s end, a rate never equaled by other facilities.
Construction of the Red Oak Victory began on August 15, 1944 and the vessel launched on November 9, 1944 from Kaiser Permanente’s Shipyard Number 1. The vessel loaded cargo at the US Naval Magazine Port Chicago and departed the San Francisco Bay for Pearl Harbor in early January 1945 spending the remainder of the war transporting supplies throughout Asia without casualty.
After the war, the Navy transferred the Red Oak Victory to private operators who from 1947 to 1968 used the vessel to transport cargo throughout and Asia and to the west coast of the United States. In 1968, the Navy placed the Red Oak Victory into storage at the National Defense Reserve Fleet in Suisun Bay. Recognized as one of the best-preserved vessels in the reserve fleet and its potential for use a floating museum, the Richmond Museum Association petitioned to obtain the vessel. On September 20, 1998, the Richmond Museum took stewardship of the Red Oak as part of the Rosie the Riveter/ World War II Home Front National Historic Park berthing the vessel at the Port of Richmond’s Point Potrero Marine Terminal.
In the early morning of March 4, a team of Museum staff supported by Foss Maritime Company successfully relocated the 5,000 ton and 455 foot long Red Oak Victory from berth 7 to graving basin number 5. The basins were the original dry docks used to construct the vessels for the war effort. Designed to launch vessels, bringing the Red Oak Victory back into the nearly 75-year-old graving basin presented a challenge. Over the last 6 months, the Port, City, Museum, and partners worked to install new mooring bollards, place fenders, clear the bottom of the basin of debris, and install new utility services.
In coordination with the relocation, the City celebrated the grand opening of the Riggers Loft Wine Company. Located adjacent to the Red Oak Victory and within an adaptive re-use of a historic shipyard building, the winery features exceptional wines and stunning vistas of Oakland, San Francisco, and Marin.
For the last 5 years, BKF Engineers’ Richmond office has acted as the Port Engineer supporting infrastructure improvements at the Point Potrero Marine Terminal as well as Terminals 1, 2, and 3. We are proud of the relocation of the Red Oak, the development of the Riggers Loft Winery, and the continued expansion of the Port’s facilities.
We encourage you to visit the vessel, which is open to the public Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 am to 3:00 pm. After your visit to the Red Oak, sample a tasting at the Riggers Loft Winery. More information available at www.riggersloftwine.com. Both are located at the end of Canal Boulevard within the Port of Richmond.
Redwood City, California – BKF Engineers, the leading California provider of civil engineering, planning, and surveying services proudly recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of two professionals within our marketing and business development group.
We are pleased to announce the promotion of Devon Kurcina to our Director of Business Development and Marketing. Since joining the firm in 2003, she quickly assumed a leadership role promoting our services while both developing and nurturing client relationships that helped the firm grow from a staff of 160 in four offices to a staff of over 350 across 11 offices. Recognized by her peers as an experienced business development professional, she is the former President of the San Francisco Chapter of the Society of Marketing Professional Services and was named Marketer of the Year in 2010 by the group. “We are fortunate to have Devon as part of the BKF team given her unlimited enthusiasm and attention to our client’s needs,” said Linda Schmid, BKF’s Chief Financial Officer.
Recognizing the outstanding contribution of improving our media presence and the firm’s 100-year promotional campaign, we are excited to announce Jesse Hodge as our Communications Manager. With a passion for visual design and media production, Jesse develops our website and intranet and leverages social media content to reach a broad audience. “In an ever increasing electronic world, BKF is pleased to have Jesse providing communications outreach to our employees, clients, and partners,” said David LaVelle, BKF’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
With the new promotions, BKF is poised to build its reputation and portfolio for many years to come – boldly beginning the second century in our legacy of delivering inspired infrastructure for a sustainable future.
Firestone Boulevard Bridge Replacement received an ACEC California 2016 Engineering Excellence Honor Award. BKF was responsible for Roadway/Civil Engineering on the Norwalk, CA bridge project led by Biggs Cardosa & Associates. Congratulations to the entire project team!
2015 was a busy year and our team rose to the occasion. BKF has promoted 23 teammates to management positions to support our growth. Their leadership and client focused approach helps BKF retain and acquire new work and we’re very lucky to have them leading our next generation of engineers and surveyors. Congratulations!
Here is the list in order of appearance (from left to right): Brian Scott - Principal, Roland Haga - Vice President, Tom Morse - Vice President, Eric Girod - Vice President, Jacob Nguyen - Vice President, Gordon Sweet - Vice President, Alex Calder - Associate, Yousra Tilden - Associate, Isaac Kontorovsky - Associate, James Dallosta - Associate, Simon North - Associate, Michael O'Connel - Project Manager, Sravan Paladugu - Project Manager, Ashley Stanley - Project Manager, Jaggi Bhandal - Project Manager, Sheila Amparo - Project Manager, Doug Petersen - Project Manager, Dale Leda - Project Manager, Patrick Chan - Project Manager, Kevin Wong - Project Manager, Ryan Bernal - Project Manager, Jonathan Tang - Project Manager, April Malvino - Project Manager.
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It has been both a fulfilling and busy year for BKF’s construction management team supporting the development of public infrastructure throughout the Bay Area. Highlights of recent projects include:
Each project had its unique challenges, but working in collaboration with local agencies, stakeholders, and contractors has helped us achieve excellent results. Our construction management team is looking forward to new challenges in the 2016 construction season!
BKF is building our team throughout California. Check out our new jobs portal here for the latest career opportunities!
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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