As the “green” building and design industry picks up pace, MHP continues to do everything we can to support the Architects and MEP consultants who are on the fore front of providing clients with environmentally friendly designs. MHP is proud to announce partner Terry Fernandez, S.E. and project engineer Jong-Kook Hong, P.E. as the first two LEED AP® accredited structural engineers at MHP. Congratulations!
MHP Structural Engineers partners, Rick Beall and Brad Ferris, project engineers, Serena Liu, Kathy Rantovich and Samir Abudayyeh and design engineer Shawn Alvira participated in the 11th annual PCRF 5K on May 3 to help raise over $150,000 for research on children’s cancer. Congratulations on a well-run event!
MHP Structural Engineers’ Principal and Partner, Lance Kenyon, S.E. and senior project engineer Kathy Rantowich, S.E. worked with California State University Northridge (CSUN) and P2S Engineering on a 13,000 square foot, 1 megawatt fuel cell powerplant at CSUN, which is the largest fuel cell power plant at any university in the world.
The power plant provides environmentally friendly power to the campus, providing almost 20% of the campus’ power needs. The fuel cell plant will reduce the university’s CO2 emissions by 60 million pounds during ts lifetime.
MHP provided the structural engineering for the foundations and anchorage of the fuel cell power plant. The fuel cell power plant is scheduled to be finished at the end of June 2009.
Jesse Karns, P.E. S.E., Vice President and Partner at MHP Structural Engineers instructed several structural engineers on progressive collapse mitigation as part of ASCE continuing education programs in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Karns will be presenting again at ASCE’s Boston Conference in April 2009.
Since as early as 1994, MHP Structural Engineers has specialized in the design of blast-resistant buildings and specialty structures, and has become nationally recognized, by both Blast Engineers and Structural Engineers, for the unique role it provides in bridging their respective needs. The 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center has significantly impacted and increased the need for national antiterrorism building design guidelines and standards. Mr. Karns, as a blast mitigation researcher, innovator and leader in helping to shape and enhance national Antiterrorism/Force Protection design standards, is playing an integral role in educating structural engineers how to design buildings that are responsive to the security needs of blast engineers, using practical examples and proven cost-effective solutions from actual projects.
Mr. Karns has participated in several research programs and has written many publications, including co-authorship of the GSA’s new June 2003 Section 5 – Progressive Collapse Guidelines for Steel Frame Buildings.