Reid Zimmerman PE


Portland, OR

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    Reid has focused his career on the seismic design and rehabilitation of buildings and bridges in regions of high seismicity. He seeks to maximize value by utilizing complex techniques and emerging technologies, such as performance-based design, nonlinear response history analysis, seismic isolation, energy dissipation, and re-centering systems. Before joining KPFF Portland in 2013, Reid worked in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since joining KPFF, Reid has been instrumental in nurturing our advanced analysis capabilities and leads in-house applied research projects (currently with Portland State University and the University of California Los Angeles). Outside of the office, he is an active member of the code development committees for ASCE 7 and ASCE 41 and has been published in journals ranging from Earthquake Spectra to Structure Magazine.

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    Masters of Science, Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials, University of California Berkeley 
    Bachelor of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California Berkeley
    Associate of Arts, Peninsula College

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    Project Experience

    VA Outpatient Clinic
    Park Avenue West Tower
    St. Vincent Medical Center - Main Tower Expansion - Seismic Study and Retrofit
    Portland Public Schools, Roosevelt High School Modernization, Portland, OR

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    Registered Civil Engineer: OR, CA
    Safety Assessment Program (SAP)/ATC-20, California Emergency Management Agency

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    Structural Engineering Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers 
    Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
    Structural Engineers Association of Oregon - Seismic Committee, Vintage Buildings Committee, and Structural Engineering Emergency Response Committee
    American Institute of Steel Construction 

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    Blog Posts

    June 30, 2015
    Acceptable Collapse?

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