CSDA Design Group’s Principal of Acoustics Leads Panel of Experts in Multi-City Discussion on Acoustics & Energy Performance

Designing for Occupant Comfort: Acoustics and Energy Performance in Multi-Family and Mixed-Use Buildings

We are pleased to announce that Randy Waldeck, CSDA’s Principal of Acoustics, will be leading a panel of experts for the WoodWorks Wood Products Council in multiple cities throughout California starting tomorrow March 6th in San Diego; continuing up to Los Angeles on March 7th and concluding in Oakland on March 8th, 2018. Below are the scheduled program locations with all pertinent details including links for this week’s discussions or you can visit the WoodWorks website here for more information.

Please note that attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3 PDH credits or 0.3 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.






San Diego

When: Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
Time: 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: $30 (includes lunch)
Where: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station
2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116
San Diego, CA 92106
Parking Info: Free Parking
Map & Directions: Here

Los Angeles

When: Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
Time: 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: $30 (includes lunch)
Where: Westside Conference Center
6100 Center Drive, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Parking Info: Parking available for a reduced rate of $5 per car with validation
Map & Directions: Here


When: Thursday, March 8th, 2018
Time: 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: $30 (includes lunch)
Where: AIA East Bay
1405 Clay St
Oakland, CA 94612
Parking Info & Map/Directions: Here

CSDA to Play Leading Role This Month at the 39th Annual CASH Conference

CSDA Design Group (CSDA) will be making a big impact on the 39th Annual Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) Conference to be held February 26-28 in Sacramento, CA. Attendees of this event include Superintendents, Chief Business Officers and Facilities Directors from K-12 Public Schools throughout the state. The workshops, roundtables and keynotes at this annual conference provide important information that educators, designers and builders alike can use to improve educational facilities for today’s students and  tomorrow’s leaders. The Conference Brochure can be found here.

CSDA will be leading a key workshop and roundtable in which they will share their expertise in the design of educational facilities.

Michael Schoen, AIA, LEED AP, and Principal of CSDA’s Los Angeles office, in conjunction with Dr Leah Hanes, Executive Director of Two Bit Circus, will moderate a roundtable discussion entitled “Classrooms of the Future: High Performance Learning Environments”. Mike and Leah will be presenting ideas and case studies demonstrating how students’ and teachers’ performances are enhanced by efficient and inspiring facilities. Leah will explain how Two Bit Circus’ innovative critical thinking process is creating curriculums of future and how classrooms can best support them. Technology and flexibility as design tools will also be discussed

Zachary Goodman, AIA, LEED AP, and Associate Principal of CSDA’s San Francisco office will partner with Bobbie Plough, Ed.D, Associate Professor at California State University East Bay; Kate Mraw, CID, LEED BD+C, Associate Principal at LPA, Inc. and Dr Julie Cramer of Wayfinding Education to present case studies which demonstrate how a STEM or STEAM learning environment that is authentically aligned with a district’s educational goals creates an ecosystem of relevant learning and engaged students. The role of the teacher evolves to “facilitator of learning” and the student to that of an “educational entrepreneur;” influencing the design response of STEM environments and, ultimately, encouraging professional learning as new instructional strategies are realized.

CSDA is a leading educational facilities design firm and a thought leader in the development of 21st Century education and sustainable design principles. As part of the upcoming CASH Conference, CSDA has submitted its new Hayward High School STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) building designed for the Hayward Unified School District for a 2018 Leroy F. Greene Design + Planning Award in the “Projects in Design” category.

CSDA Design Group Announces Senior Staff Promotions

San Francisco, CA – December 7, 2017: CSDA Design Group announced today that Cynthia Ketelsen, AIA, LEED AP has been promoted from Associate Principal to Principal of their San Francisco office to lead their architecture practice in Northern California.  Cynthia has designed and managed new construction and modernization projects for K-12 schools, libraries, theaters, gymnasiums, student housing and recreation and aquatic facilities in the Bay Area for more than 25 years.

As Principal, Cynthia will lead CSDA’s San Francisco architecture practice, which has a 65 year history providing architecture services to school districts in the nine bay area counties. “I look forward to leading the CSDA team to further develop relationships with private and public education clients and continue to design schools that inspire learning.”

“Cynthia’s industry expertise, business acumen and experience in leading successful teams has already made her a vital addition to CSDA,” stated Principal, Randall DeVoto. “I see Cynthia’s engagement in our San Francisco office as proof of CSDA’s commitment to provide excellent service and create long term relationships. We have been fortunate to have someone of Cynthia’s caliber to fulfill this leadership position, so it was a natural transition for our firm. I am confident that she will continue CSDA’s philosophy of listening and collaborating to create high performance schools for our communities.”

CSDA Design Group announced today that Zachary Goodman, AIA, LEED AP, who joined CSDA in 2013, has been promoted from Senior Associate to Associate Principal of our San Francisco office. For more than 25 years, he has been a Project Architect for numerous K-12 schools and several award-winning civic projects. Zak is currently leading architectural services for some of CSDA’s key clients, including the Hayward Unified School District and The Moraga School District. “We have worked hard at CSDA to create a practice that puts client service, quality and creativity first. As an Associate Principal, I will continue to challenge our team to push these values, to act responsibly and to connect with our communities.” Zak will continue to provide excellent service to his clients while serving as CSDA’s educational architecture group leader in Northern California.

“On behalf of the firm, I want to acknowledge Zachary Goodman for his outstanding professionalism, dedication to quality, and commitment to CSDA and our clients,” said Principal, Randy DeVoto. “One of the most rewarding aspects of my position is mentoring our staff members and promoting them within the firm. I look forward to sharing in their continued success and supporting them in training our next generation of leaders.”


The CARE Group’s 1st Charity Event: Between Two Cranes

Please join The CARE Group and our very own Randy Waldeck in San Francisco for their 1st Charity Event: Between Two Cranes.  You definitely don’t want to miss it. The perfect industry event to kick-off the Holiday Season will benefit The Larkin Street Youth Services. Details and Registration below:

When: Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 | 5pm to 8pm
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Check-in and Networking
6:00 pm to 6:30 pm: Interview
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm: Networking

Where: Feinstein’s Club at The Hotel Nikko in Union Square
222 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102

What: The CARE Group Presents: Between Two Cranes
– Paul Zeger of Polaris Pacific will be moderator for Special Guest: Oz Erickson of The Emerald Fund
– Mike Martinez of Teamwrkx Construction to MC the Event.
– A Charity and Networking Event Benefiting Larkin Street Youth Services
– Passed appetizers and 2 top shelf drinks included with ticket!

Who: Construction, Architecture, Real Estate and Engineering professionals

How: Register on Eventbrite HERE

Cost: $95

For more information please check out The CARE Group’s newsletter HERE.

Indi Savitala Joins CSDA Design Group as Director of Acoustics in Los Angeles

CSDA Design Group (CSDA), an internationally-recognized architectural and acoustical design firm, has recently hired Indi Savitala as director of acoustics to meet the needs of its growing client base in Southern California.

Indi has a decade of design and consulting experience with clients on diverse project types including auditoriums, concert halls, corporate and executive office facilities, data centers, healthcare facilities, higher education schools, K-12 schools, mixed-use commercial and residential buildings, private residences, residential towers, and television/broadcast/recording studios. His musical, architectural, and engineering backgrounds have provided him with hands-on experience on a variety of projects and clients worldwide.

Indi has experience consulting on both the East and West Coasts, including being the New York City Noise Pollution expert appointed by Mayor De Blasio. In his career, he has successfully delivered hundreds of projects and millions of square feet of project work on time and within budget. Above all, his philosophy of leading with gratitude allows him to retain clients and makes him a sought-after team member.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Architecture with a concentration in Acoustics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of California at Davis.

“I had the pleasure of working with Indi years ago, and as a seasoned acoustician and project manager, I know Indi brings a well thought out design and approach to every project. His knowledge for the nuances of acoustical design has proven to be invaluable,” said Randy Waldeck, CSDA’s principal of acoustics.

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