Barrish Pelham Consulting Engineers is pleased to announce we have ranked in the top 10 for The Best Firms to Work For Awards program in 2016. Over the past eight years, BP has been in the top ranks for the Structural Engineering division. We would like to thank our dedicated staff and their families once again!
This is a prestigious list honoring the creation of outstanding workplaces in architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms. These firms have been recognized for their ability to inspire their teams to perform at the highest levels and create an environment where their employees feel valued, and can clearly see their contribution to the overall mission and success of the firm.
The winners will be celebrated at the A/E Industry Awards Conference held at The Arizona Biltmore in September 2016. Firms who applied were evaluated comprehensively on firm culture, workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, professional development, and more – both from the management and staff’s perspectives. The award winners will be featured in the upcoming August issue of Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine. To see the complete listing of winning firms, click here.
Barrish Pelham Consulting Engineers is excited to announce, through our graphic consultant MiDESign & Marketing Consultancy, our website barrish.com has been awarded a 2016 Graphic Design USA, American Web Design Award. Thank you MiDESign!
Graphic Design USA is the largest and most prestigious Graphic Design Publication in the Industry. This competition is an annual showcase of the power of design to enhance websites and online communications. The award showcases only the very best web designs in the country with over 1,150 entries from Design agencies throughout the United States. Our congratulations go out to MiDESign & Marketing Consultancy!
You can find this award, along with the other American Web Design Award winners at the following link: http://contests.gdusa.com/competitions/web-design/2016-american-web-design-awards. You can also see Barrish Pelham's numerous additional awards for engineering, design, and business practices at www.barrish.com.
The student chapter of SEAOC at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo visited the offices at Barrish Pelham recently. The students and faculty were able to speak with our engineering staff one-on-one, showcasing our most recent projects, and enjoying an early Thanksgiving lunch.
The winners were celebrated at the A/E Industry Awards Conference held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston, MA on September 3-4, 2015. Lisa Esquivel, HR Director, for BPA was in attendance to accept the award. Firms who applied for this prestigious ranking were evaluated comprehensively on firm culture, workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, professional development, and more – both from the management and staff’s perspectives. Awards were given in the categories of architecture, civil engineering, environmental, multidiscipline, and structural engineering.
To see the complete listing of winning firms, click here.
Barrish Pelham was happy to donate several completed back-packs, which included notebooks, pens, pencil, etc. to the Mustard Seed School this July. The Mustard Seed School is an emergency school which helps transition homeless children back into the public school system (associated with Loaves & Fishes). Along with three other A/E consultant firms, a total of 119 completed backpacks, as well as socks, underwear, and miscellaneous school supplies were donated. It was a great day for all the children and staff when they received their backpacks. To learn more about the Mustard Seed School or to donate, please visit their website at http://www.sacloaves.org/programs/mustardseedschool.
Sacramento, CA - Sacramento's own Barrish Pelham & Associates has been recognized as the leader in structural engineering firms to work for. Barrish Pelham was named #1 in the 2013 national rankings by Structural Engineer magazine. The company has been ranked in the top 10 for the previous six years. 2013 marks a breakthrough year for us in being named #1 and in successfully overcoming the recession's impact on architecture, engineering, and construction firms in the region, reported company President Steve Pelham.
Structural Engineer magazine honors firms who commit to creating great workplaces and their ability to inspire teams to perform at the highest level. These firms create an environment where their people are valued, can reach their full potential, and clearly see their contribution to the overall mission and success of the firm and its clients. "The way to be a great firm is to have great people", noted Mr. Pelham.
Barrish Pelham & Associates is a structural engineering firm headquartered in Sacramento, CA. They have been providing structural design for commercial, civic, educational, and healthcare facilities in California and Northern Nevada for over 68 years along with investigation and reconstruction of existing buildings. The current owners are Mr. Stephen Pelham, Mr. Jason Scanlan, Mr. Ian Williams, and Mr. Peter Sandlin.
Distinguished firms were honored during an awards celebration on June 20th during the Best Firms Summit in Chicago, Illinois. The top three firms were Barrish Pelham & Associates from Sacramento CA, ARW Engineers, from Utah and Huckabee of Texas.
Barrish Pelham & Associates named "Best Firms to Work For" for the 5th Year by Structural Engineer Magazine
Sacramento, CA - Structural Engineer Magazine announced the results for the National 2011 Best Firms to Work For. Sacramento's own Barrish Pelham & Associates, again ranked in the Top Three. Barrish Pelham has ranked in the Top Ten for the past five years.
Structural Engineer magazine honors firms who commit to creating great workplaces. The top firms are characterized by excellence in six categories: culture, benefits, performance & recognition, compensation, professional development, and recruiting and retention. The annual Best Firms to Work For Ranking recognizes the firms with these qualities. The annual summit is where people from the A/E/P industry gather to acknowledge the winners and share strategies, success stories, and industry news.
Barrish Pelham & Associates, Inc. is a small Structural Engineering firm located in Sacramento, CA and has been in business for over 65 years. The current owners are Mr. Stephen Pelham, Mr. Peter Sandlin, and Mr. Ian Williams.
Distinguished firms were honored during an awards celebration on Sept. 29 during the 2011 Best Firms Summit in San Diego, California. The top three firms were ARW Engineers, from Ogden, UT, Barrish Pelham & Associates, Inc. from Sacramento, CA and Bracken Engineering from Tampa, FL. Three California companies rounded out the top 10. Along with Barrish Pelham, Degenkolb Engineers from San Francisco ranked 4th and Hinman Consulting Engineers from San Francisco ranked 5th.
Barrish Pelham & Associates, Inc. ranked 2nd place in the Small Firms Division. For more information on Barrish Pelham & Associates, Inc. please visit www.barrish.com .
The October issue of Structural Engineer magazine has the complete list of the top 12 companies, along with Honorable Mentions. For more information on the 2011 Best Structural Engineering Firms To Work For and read the article, visit http://www.gostructural.com/magazine-article-gostructural.com-10-2011-2011_best_structural_engineering_firms_to_work_for-8536.html
The Great California ShakeOut is a statewide earthquake drill spanning all 58 California counties. There are 8.2 million participants and counting!
Most residents of the Central Valley are familiar with the occasional â€œrollâ€ of a Bay Area earthquake. Few know that there are actually earthquake-producing faults that underlie the valley sediments below them. These faults have been deeply buried by sediments deposited by flooding rivers since they last ruptured. Included in this group is a buried fault that in 1892 produced a strong (estimated M6.6) earthquake centered in the Vacaville-Winters area, where significant damage occurred. Other poorly defined faults in the Central Valley include the Midland, Sweitzer, Dunigan Hills, and Willows faults, along with whatâ€™s generally referred to as the San Joaquin fault zone, which is made up of numerous buried faults extending along the western margin of the Great Valley. Because we cannot yet clearly define the locations of most faults buried beneath the valley floor, it is impossible to calculate what ground motions are likely to be produced if they were to rupture. However, we do know that the shaking can be significantly damaging as indicated by the 1892 Vacaville-Winters earthquake and the 1983 Coalinga earthquake (M6.5).
Join Barrish Pelham & Associates, Inc. as we participate in The Great California ShakeOut on October 20th at 10:20 a.m.!
For more information and to sign your firm up follow the link provided here: http://www.shakeout.org/
California Structural Engineers Urge State Lawmakers to Help, Not Hinder, At-Risk Public Schools to Qualify for Funds Earmarked for Earthquake Safety
SACRAMENTO, CA - MAY 6, 2011
At a special legislative hearing the Structural Engineers Association of California, representing 3000 structural engineers in the State (www.SEAOC.org), urged lawmakers to help, not hinder, the efforts of at-risk public schools to qualify for State funds already earmarked for seismic repairs. To date, only three school sites have received $4.7 million of the $200 million set aside by the voters five years ago under Proposition 1D. These funds were earmarked to be used to assure school buildings would be able to withstand future earthquakes to keep students and teachers safe within the structures.
SEAOC believes the reason for the funding delay can be attributed to several stumbling blocks including the inaccuracy of the original list of schools identified for upgrades, the administrative requirements schools must meet to qualify for the funds, and the lack of a comprehensive seismic study of all public K-12 schools statewide. SEAOC's assessment is based on its own analysis and other information made public last month about the State program.
SEAOC's President Steve Pelham, a practicing structural engineer in Sacramento, presented these findings and the group's recommendations for action at the Senate
Select Committee on Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness chaired by Sen. Ellen
Corbett on April 27, 2011.
In 2002, under Senator Corbett's leadership, the State lawmakers took critical steps toward identifying vulnerable schools. Although the resulting AB 300 report was produced on a shoestring budget, it was a good start -- but it was only a start, noted Mr. Pelham. At that time, the retrofit funding of $200 million was made available for qualifying projects. However that amount was only 4 to 5 percent of the actual expected funds needed, which was identified to be in the range of $4 to 5 billion. At present the State Allocation Board is bogged down in distributing the available $200 million because schools that initially qualified have not been able to meet unclear administrative requirements or have not been able to produce required local matching funds.
While SEAOC believes California schools are among the safest in the world, the Association also believes that many schools built between 1933 and 1980 need to be strengthened. Therefore, SEAOC told the committee it recommends three steps be taken immediately to increase the safety of California's school children.
1. Allow more vulnerable schools in the high-seismic regions of California to be eligible for the $200 million in Prop 1D funds. "We recommend that schools be allowed to come forward on a first-come, first-served basis so that funds can be distributed efficiently," Pelham said. He added that, "We must not be fearful of creating a waiting list for funding of eligible buildings. Our greatest liability lies in inaction rather than proactive actions to address the issue."
2. Fund the next step to identify eligible school facilities. "The study initially completed was a triage process and needs to be followed by more thorough seismic evaluations," noted Mr. Pelham. "Just consider, for example, a recent study by two structural engineering firms under a grant from the California Seismic Safety Commission. As a result of their study, only 20 schools of the 38 schools listed as "Category 2 Most Vulnerable" buildings were found to belong on the list -- a reduction of nearly 50 percent of the buildings considered at risk."
3. Make basic seismic evaluations -- such as ASCE 31, which is the national standard for seismic evaluations -- a required criteria for existing funding sources. "We believe it is bad policy to allow State funds to be spent on at-risk schools unless funds are first used to prevent collapse hazards through deferred maintenance and modernization programs. In sum, we believe that seismic retrofits can be achieved at substantially reduced disruption and cost when coupled with other modernization or deferred maintenance construction work."
Mr. Pelham also noted that, "CA has passed groundbreaking legislation after local earthquakes, such as the Field Act of 1933, Hospital Facilities Safety Act of 1973, Alquist Hospital Safety Act of 1983 and SB 1953 amendment of 1994. Yet, there is still much to be done. Our timeframe to prepare is short. "My purpose of testifying was to communicate simple, cost-effective, and immediate steps that can be taken to substantially increase CAâ€™s seismic safety, reduce loss of life, and increase functionality of schools, post disaster centers, and other critical facilities after an earthquake," he said.
For more information or to interview Mr. Pelham, please contact Patricia Coate, media contact for SEAOC at 503-336-4151.