Seismic Safety and San Francisco’s Private Schools

Full seismic retrofit for St. Patrick's Seminary, Archdiocese of San Francisco

Full seismic retrofit for St. Patrick’s Seminary, Archdiocese of San Francisco

Due to growing concerns regarding the earthquake risk and San Francisco’s private schools, City supervisors recently approved a law requiring seismic evaluations of all private schools in the City and County of San Francisco. This law is the first of its kind in California. It will require approximately 120 private schools to complete seismic evaluations of their educational facilities within the next three years. At this time, the ordinance does not require school buildings to be seismically retrofitted, however, some may choose to update their structures voluntarily to make their facilities safer for students.

Randy DeVoto, principal of CSDA, was a member of the San Francisco Private School Earthquake Safety Working Group that recommended the legislation be enacted. As a member of this group, Randy worked with other volunteers including local parents, engineers, architects, school representatives and City staff to study the issues related to the earthquake risk of private schools in San Francisco. The group encountered concerns such as common expectations for the safety of schools, the evaluation of earthquake risk, as well as possible building improvement options. The group issued its report in December 2013.

In response to the new legislation, CSDA has partnered with Degenkolb, a San Francisco-based structural engineering firm, to deliver integrated services to guide private schools in completing the required evaluations and planning for possible renovations. Together, our team can provide seismic evaluations, master plans, ADA upgrades, seismic retrofits, phasing, and budget evaluations.

To learn more about San Francisco’s Earthquake Safety Implementation Program for Private Schools and to read the working group’s full report, survey results and recommendations, please click here.

Randy Waldeck to Speak at the 2014 Airport Noise Mitigation Symposium

Randy Waldeck, PE

Randy Waldeck, PE

Randy Waldeck, PE, Principal Acoustician of CSDA Design Group, will lead a presentation describing our work on the current Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) at the upcoming Airport Noise Mitigation Symposium (ANMS). Through this study for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, CSDA is evaluating methods for determining interior noise levels used in airport sound insulation programs nationwide. Our team of expert researchers is evaluating acoustical measurement methods employed in FAA-sponsored airport sound insulation programs including aircraft flyover, elevated exterior loudspeaker, ground level exterior loudspeaker, indoor loudspeaker and sound intensity.

Randy will discuss past, present and future ACRP research and how the national standards for noise measurement methods are evolving. He is working with the following consultants on the ARCP study:

  • Dr. Paul D. Schomer, PE, Principal Investigator
  • John C. Freytag, PE, Researcher
  • Herbert L. Singleton, PE, Researcher

About the ANMS
The 14th annual ANMS will be held October 5-7, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ANMS is attended by airport personnel, consultants, manufacturers, contractors and community leaders, with a focus on working together to plan and implement various mitigation measures to reduce aviation’s noise impact in the community. The symposium is organized by The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). Visit the ANMS website to learn more.

CSDA Announces Senior Staff Promotions


Zachary Goodman


Grace Gardner


Yong Yoo













Please join us in congratulating CSDA’s recently promoted staff members:

Zachary Goodman, Senior Associate: Zak Goodman, AIA, LEED AP, joined CSDA in 2013 as an Associate. For more than 25 years, he has been a Project Architect for numerous K-12 schools and several award-winning civic projects. Based in the San Francisco office, he is currently leading architectural services for some of our key clients including Lagunitas School District, Sequoia Union High School District and San Francisco Unified School District. As Senior Associate, Zak will continue to provide excellent service to clients while serving as CSDA’s Northern California educational architecture group leader.

Grace Gardner, Associate: Grace Gardner joined CSDA in 2007 as a Planner. She is based in our Los Angeles office where she applies her sound problem-solving and analytical abilities to lead the successful development of large campus master plans for national and international clients including Los Angeles Unified School District, American International School of Vienna and International School of Krakow. In her new position as Associate, Grace will continue to apply her expertise in planning as well as landscape architecture to work with design teams in developing 21st century learning environments that preserve and enhance campus safety, aesthetics and sustainability.

Yong Yoo, Associate: Yong Yoo, AIA, joined CSDA in 2011 as a Project Architect. Based in our Los Angeles office, he has more than 18 years of experience in the design and construction of public K-12 schools throughout the U.S. Yong’s portfolio is comprised of various project types including education, residential, religious, and commercial facilities. He is currently leading the design effort and overseeing the production of construction documents for CSDA projects in the Los Angeles area. In his new role as Associate, Yong will continue to focus on delivering projects on time and on budget with an emphasis on details, quality and proactive communication with all stakeholders.

CSDA Sponsors RECON Bay Area

RECON and CSDA photoCSDA is proud to be a champagne-level sponsor for the Real Estate & Construction Networking (RECON) Bay Area Chapter. RECON is a networking and professional organization for members of the commercial real estate and construction industries. Randy Waldeck, CSDA Principal, sits on the board and is involved in programming, planning and promoting the many benefits of RECON, including enhancing the career and business opportunities of its members.

For 2014, RECON Bay Area has chosen to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, by donating excess proceeds from local events and programs. To learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, please visit their website.

We hope to see you at a RECON event soon! View RECON’s calendar.

Tommy Tan Joins CSDA’s Acoustics Group

atan-0029Antonio (Tommy) Tan III, PE, has joined CSDA Design Group as an acoustician in the San Francisco office. Tommy will be supporting CSDA’s growing acoustical consulting group on various noise mitigation and design projects throughout California. He is a licensed mechanical engineer with more than six years of professional experience.

Prior to joining CSDA, Tommy worked for Nibecker & Associates, Inc. of Ventura and R.F. MacDonald Co. of Santa Fe Springs. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.