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MHP Named “Corporate Champion” by PCRF!

February 27th, 2014


MHP is honored to be named a “Corporate Champion” by the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation!

PCRF awards this honor to partners who “are not just sponsors, but who go above and beyond by forming teams, fundraising, volunteering and above all, sewing PCRF into the fabric of their company’s corporate culture”. For the past 10 years, MHP has supported this worthy cause by participating and sponsoring the annual “Reaching for the Cure” Run/Walk/Bike event.


This year is no exception. Team MHP will be on the course March 29th and 30th, running, walking, biking, and showing our love and support for the nearly 13,000 children diagnosed with cancer each year. With each step, we aim to encourage, inspire and honor all of the precious children and their families who continue to fight this disease while reaching for the cure!


“The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give” ~ Walt Whitman

Hollywood Fault Puts New Developments on Shaky Ground

February 26th, 2014


USGS recently issued a new preliminary fault map that includes the Hollywood Fault. The new maps show that several major developments planned in Hollywood are much closer to an active earthquake fault than Los Angeles city officials have stated. The draft maps depict the course of the Hollywood Fault, which runs from Atwater Village and Los Feliz, through a bustling section of central Hollywood and west along the Sunset Strip.

Map: The Hollywood fault and proposed developments

The maps indicate a zone of approximately 500 feet around the fault, and state law requires any new development within the zone receive extensive underground seismic testing to determine whether the fault runs under it. The law prohibits building on top of faults.

When the state formally adopts a final version of the maps in 2014, the rules will affect future development in two fast-growing areas: Hollywood, north of Hollywood Boulevard and West Hollywood, along Sunset Boulevard.


Developments in the state’s preliminary earthquake fault zone include the proposed Millennium Hollywood skyscraper project, the huge Blvd6200 development now under construction, and a planned apartment complex on Yucca Street.

MHP will continue to follow this story as it unfolds, as the final results will surely create a ripple effect among developers seeking to shine in the City of Angels.

Ken O’Dell Appointed to 2013-2014 SEAOSC Board of Directors

September 10th, 2013


MHP stays evolved and committed to the industry through our involvement with organizations such as SEAOSC (Structural Engineers Association of Southern California). In fulfilling this commitment, MHP is pleased to have Ken O’Dell join the SEAOSC Board of Directors.

Ken is looking forward to assisting SEAOSC’s newly formed committees to elevate the profession and to collaborating with the 2013 Buildings At Risk Summit.

Congratulations Ken!


May 1st, 2013

The boxes are unpacked, the dust has settled, and MHP officially has a new home!


Though we haven’t traveled far, our new location brings with it a revitalized sense of creativity and a beautiful environment worth bragging about. Located within “Douglas Park”, a new state-of-the-art, mixed-use business environment just minutes from Long Beach Airport, our new collaborative space provides our firm with endless opportunities for continued growth.



As you can see, we are thoroughly enjoying our new home…


Although some may have taken “home” a bit too literally…


Needless to say, all of us here at MHP are energized and excited to cultivate fresh ideas and expand our horizons, while continuing to provide the excellent service and expertise that is synonymous with the MHP name.

Come on by…Our doors are always open!

March 12, 2013 at 6:00PM: Ken O’Dell to Present an Evening of Discussion at AIA Orange County

March 12th, 2013


Structural Systems


We are pleased to announce our most recent Structural Systems Presentation for AIA Orange County. on March 12, 2013 MHP’s Vice President and Partner Ken O’Dell, S.E., LEED AP will present an evening of discussion on structural considerations relevant to interns, designers, architects and members of the architecture profession planning to sit for the Structural Systems section of the ARE. The discussion will review structural codes and loading criteria, materials of construction, and structural systems and configurations. Specific areas to be presented include:

-Criteria for Dead, Live and Lateral (Earthquake and Wind) loading
-Material of Constructions (Steel, Concrete, Masonry, and Timber) including review of their differing benefits
-Review of vertical and lateral load resisting systems including foundations
-Audience participation (Q&A)
-Sample problems

Time: 6PM-8PM (March 12, 2013)
Where: AIA Orange County
4100 Birch, Suite 300
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Tickets are available via the AIA Orange County website.

AIA Members:             $20                  Non-Members:            $50

Will-Call (No Additional Fee)


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