Susie Nakaki SE


San Francisco, CA

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    Susie Nakaki implements creative design to develop cost effective structural solutions for various types of construction. She focuses on introducing new structural design procedures to improve building performance, reduce construction cost and speed the transfer of knowledge from concept to development to implementation. Susie is active in several design oriented research programs, studying the innovative use of precast concrete to resist seismic loads. These programs call on her experience as a structural designer to develop practical design solutions to relevant research problems. Susie has been involved in the design of a wide variety of building types, including regional retail projects, parking structures, multi-family concrete residential projects and both steel and concrete office buildings. She is often brought into projects by developers and contractors early on in the design process to help guide the design team toward cost effective building solutions. In many cases, this calls on her extensive academic research experience and years of participation in professional engineering committees and code writing bodies to think outside the box. With this background and experience she is able to develop non-traditional structural solutions that provide less expensive building solutions than are typical, but which meet both the intent of the building codes as well as the reality of the environment loads a building can encounter during its design life. She joined KPFF in 2014. 

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    • Master of Science, Civil Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
    • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
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    Project Experience

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    • Registered Structural Engineer: CA
    • Registered Civil Engineer: CA
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    • American Concrete Institute
    • American Society of Civil Engineers
    • Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute
    • Precast/Prestressed Concrete Manufacturers Association
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