December Newsletter, 2017

FTF Christmas

FTF Christmas

With the arrival of two veteran engineers, it feels like Santa came early to FTF! Aleksandra Pejdo, P.E. (SF) and Melissa Hazlett, S.E. (SLO) will help FTF expand the markets we serve, in accordance with our strategic plan.

Aleksandra Pejdo

  • Multi-Family – Market Rate and Affordable
  • Mixed-Use
  • Commercial
  • Tech / Industrial

Aleksandra Pejdo, P.E. brings over 15 years’ experience, having completed over one million square feet of post-tensioned concrete design throughout the Bay Area. Aleksandra is an active member of SEAONC (Structural Engineers Association of Norther California) and PTI (Post Tensioning Institute). Aleksandra will be leading our growth in the multi-family and mixed-use markets and can be reached in our San Francisco office at extension 113 and at


Melissa Hazlett, S.E.

  • K-12
  • Higher Education
  • Healthcare
  • Commercial
  • Military / Industrial

Melissa Hazlett, S.E. brings over 20 years’ experience in a wide range of projects, with a specialty in advanced seismic design. She will be working closely with Jillian van Enckevort, S.E. to expand our presence and integration into the Central Coast design community. Melissa can be reached in our San Luis Obispo office at extension 203 and at


The entire FTF Team is grateful to have both of these experienced structural engineers join our FTF Family, and we hope you get to meet them soon!

October Newsletter, 2017

Structural, Shoring, and Civil Engineering
by FTF Engineering

Want to minimize
complexity and cost?
Shoring Projects

When your project requires structural, civil and shoring engineering, FTF provides:

  • Single point of contact for architect and contractor
  • Design coordination by FTF reduces the architect’s work.
  • Integrated design leads to cost efficiencies.
  • Meetings and site visits by 1 company, not three

The results are less work for the architect, better coordination for the contractor, and cost savings for the owner.

What Our Clients are Saying

Here are two testimonials from clients who hired FTF for multiple scopes of work on their proejcts:

I have worked with FTF Engineering on two large and complicated single-family residential projects.

FTF has the unique ability to combine world class engineering and personalized service. They handled shoring design, civil and structural engineering. They managed complicated structural engineering with ease. There was zero doubt in my mind who I would turn to when my second project came along. FTF thinks outside of the box and proposes solutions that others would not even mention.

They are quite simply the most outstanding group of people I have ever had the pleasure of working with on a construction project, and continues to exceed my expectations at every turn. I am beyond grateful for their expertise, guidance and world class customer service.

— Shane Busch, Owner

Shoring Projects

From an architect working with FTF on a project where we provided structural, shoring, and guidance for temporary building shoring:

At a time when construction demand is at its highest, it is very hard to find a structural or civil firm that can devote proper time to a project and make sure everything is perfectly coordinated. FTF makes a great effort to go above and beyond what is expected of them – they get their work done efficiently and on time. Both structural and civil teams are diligent in their work and always make sure everything is detailed and properly coordinated with all teams.

Our architectural design has never been compromised by the structural aspects, as they are always able to find new ways to make the aesthetics work…

FTF is an exceptional company and it’s been a great pleasure working with them. I look forward to our future collaboration on many projects to come.

— Clarissa, Architect

Concerned We Are New to This?

John Dal Pino S.E., 34 years of means and methods engineering on large scale projects:

  • Excavation shoring
  • Underpinning
  • Building Shoring
  • Construction staging and sequencing – load analysis of existing structure
  • Crane and pump locations and path of travel analysis
  • Concrete construction re-shore plans
  • Engineered construction platforms

Nik Favretto P.E., and Skye Garrison P.E., S.E., 20 years of civil engineering experience:

  • Tentative and Final Maps
  • Stormwater Management to local requirements including EPA Clean Water and LEED requirements
  • Site water and sanitary sewer
  • Plat and Legal Descriptions
  • Retaining wall designs
  • Pump Stations
  • Site Grading including geotechnical remediation grading

Summer Newsletter, 2017

August 2017

FTF Finished Projects – Hillsborough Residence

This new ground-up house is carved into the gentle green hillside of Hillsborough. An elegant and modern residence that combines the indoor/outdoor living in the warm weather of the San Francisco Peninsula. A pool, spa, outdoor BBQ, and pool-house are just few of the luxury features of this house. The high-end experience continues inside with open spaces and two story high ceiling in the lobby, a master suite, media room, and a design award winning kitchen. FTF Engineering was able to complement the unique architectural design by Dan Phipps Architects with elegant and resilient structural solutions that withstand the forces of nature.

Hollywood Residence – In Construction

Located in the center of Los Angeles, this new single family residence combines luxurious architectural features with state of the art engineering. FTF Engineering was ready when the call arrived from a good client that requested from us to design a residence that is capable to withstand the largest earthquake without damaging the residence. The FTF team combined advanced seismic analysis with modern building technology to create one of the most seismically resilient private residences in the world. The project is currently in construction and is expected to be completed in 2019. We also designed the excavation shoring system that utilized steel soldier beams and cross-lot bracing to protect adjacent properties.

Cycling Events

This spring FTF teamed up with William Duff Architects and Murray Engineers rally about 30 AEC industry cyclists to ride the Wine Country Century hosted by the Santa Rosa Cycling Club. It was a great day on the bike and relaxing after completing one of the 100-mile, 100-km, or 35-mile routes. Randy Collins, James Enright, and Nadia Makoor participated in this event from FTF.

After doing the Wine County Century in May we kept up the momentum and in June a smaller group of AEC friends tackled a beautiful 75-mile ride with almost 9,000 feet of elevation gain that included the front and backside of Mount Hamilton. Randy Collins and James Enright rode their bikes in this strenuous but fun cycling event.

Company Events

We had an amazing tour of San Francisco’s tallest building, the Sales Force Tower. Our very own John Dal Pino, S.E. arranged for a structural tour of the Sales Force Tower for our staff, guided by his friend Superintendent John Rottman of Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company.

New Staff – Interns

We are excited to inform you that we have two engineering interns and an office intern for the summer! Kai Ling Liang is helping us with project work in the San Francisco office and Arzhang Derakhshani is our intern in the San Luis Obispo office. They are both engineering students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In addition, we have an office intern, Nicole Anderson, in the San Francisco office helping us with administrative tasks. We are grateful to have all 3 of these talented youth.