FTF Engineering is a structural engineering design firm serving clients throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Coast. With offices in San Francisco and San Luis Obispo, our team of highly qualified structural engineers collaborates with project stakeholders to create innovative and efficient structural designs, provide clear construction documentation, and support construction implementation.
We consider engineering as a means to accomplish a client’s objectives. We enjoy a collaborative design process with architects and builders, together finding unique structural solutions – whether the building is a cancer research lab or a family’s dream home.
We have found that what most clients are looking for in engineering is simple: deliver on schedule and under budget. We treat our clients’ money and time as if it were our own.
Our shelves are lined with the latest codes, and we keep abreast of the most technologically advanced practices. For us, engineering is a calling, not just a job. We maintain a high commitment to constant improvement of ourselves and our community.
FTF Engineering is a State of California certified small business. Our SB (Micro) Certificate Number is 2000037.
FTF Engineering is focused on meeting client needs with a high degree of service and professionalism, with a staff of skilled and dedicated individuals.
To learn more about Structural Engineering, visit the Structural Engineers Association of California website.
If you are unfamiliar with the process of selecting a structural engineer, the state of California has published this guide to assist you: The Consumer Guide for Professional Engineering Services (pdf).
Randy Collins, S.E.
Founder & Principal
Randy founded FTF Engineering, Inc. in 2002, determined to provide the industry-leading engineering and client service that he learned at internationally prominent firms in Seattle and San Francisco for projects and clients in Northern California. Randy is passionate about developing people and communities, is committed to partnering with architects to push the boundaries of design, and loves collaborating with contractors to develop systems that are efficient and economical to construct.
In 2015, FTF opened a satellite office in San Luis Obispo to serve clients on the central coast, and strengthen connections to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
As of 2017, FTF has 15 employees, including over 50% women engineers and a diverse cultural mix – something that isn’t easy to accomplish in the profession but that Randy deeply values.
Randy holds a B.S. in Structural Engineering, Magna cum Laude, from the University of California, San Diego and a M.S. in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials from the University of California, Berkeley where he received a Regent’s Fellowship.
Randy’s personal interests include cooking and entertaining friends with his wife, enthusiastically supporting his daughter’s academic, athletic and travel adventures, coaching his son’s baseball team, biking with friends and colleagues, surfing at Ocean Beach, and the occasional swim in the Bay. And wine – especially Italian wine.
John A. Dal Pino, S.E.
Joining FTF as a Principal in April 2016, John is bringing his broad range of project work including structural design and analysis for new buildings, seismic evaluation and strengthening of existing and historic buildings, and construction-related mean and method activities including deep excavation bracing, and assessing the impact of underground tunneling on above grade structures. He has managed a number of very large projects of various building types and occupancies.
John’s design philosophy is that he wants to work with clients who value our services and wants to establish long-term relationships. After listening to and fully comprehending his clients’ needs, he tries to find a solution that is tailored to their specific business needs first, and then determines how it fits within the building code, rather than the other way around. John is at his best when he integrates his business and economics knowledge with structural engineering to provide best-value services to his clients.
John’s significant projects include: San Francisco International Airport North and South International Garages; San Francisco International Airport BART Station; Kaiser San Francisco Medical Center Seismic Strengthening; La Concha and Vanderbilt Condo Hotels and Parking Facilities, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Cowell Student Health Center Seismic Strengthening and Expansion, UC Santa Cruz; Seismic Evaluations and Perimeter Security and Blast Analyses, General Services Administration, Nationwide; BART Lake Merritt Administration Building Dismantling, Oakland, California; Solyndra Solar Panel Manufacturing Facility, Fremont, California; and Evaluation of Effects of Tunneling Construction on Buildings, Los Angeles Metro Rail .
John’s favorite part of a project is the construction phase, and the best ones involve risk and something big, like moving a huge amount of dirt with a giant excavator, installing a field of concrete piles, perching a truck crane precariously while hoisting a tower crane frame, or erecting long-span steel trusses on the roof over an occupied building. He also has a healthy respect for electricity, but that is another story.
John considers his being forthright, honest and confident and not worrying too much what other people think about him as virtues of doing business. Also he is not afraid to ask “what if…” questions. Knowing that engineering is more art than science, and questioning results until they make sense. Furthermore, he is not afraid to take calculated risks.
John has a passion for reading and experiencing history, and learning about how our predecessors created the world we live in. He is truly fascinated by the history of Russia and the Soviet Union from about 1800 onward. During that time, the Russians and Soviets created and dissolved almost every economic, cultural, political and societal system we know of, with obviously mixed results. He is also passionate about conserving our natural resources. He loves to travel in the American Southwest, particularly the red rock country of the Utah national parks and old ghost towns like Bodie, CA and Grafton, UT, taking pictures with his Nikon. He also loves to explore German and Italian castles, historic train stations and the back roads of Eastern Europe, particularly the Balkans, on what for Americans is the edgy side of a vacation. Then relaxing at a nice hotel with a glass of the local wine. For John, travel is learning and experiencing, not sitting at the pool getting sunburned.
John sponsors three teenage boys through the Save the Children program. The boys live in Appalachia (eastern Kentucky and Tennessee) and clearly don’t have the advantages that his own two sons had growing up in California. John communicates with them by letter regularly and send them books for the holidays. John is hopeful that he can, in a small way, encourage them to achieve educational excellence and go on to college by telling them about what he has been able to achieve in engineering and life in general because of his education at the University of California.
Prior to FTF Engineering, John had an accomplished career at Degenkolb Engineers in San Francisco, California from 1982 until 2016.
John holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and a M.S. degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley; furthermore, he completed his M.B.A from UC Berkeley as well. He is a licensed structural engineer in the state of California, he is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC), the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).
Nik Favretto, P.E.
Nik Joined FTF Engineering in 2012, bringing many years of structural engineering, seismic design and project management experience and a thorough appreciation for FTF’s collaborative deadline-driven environment. He is a proven leader who has designed and executed a broad variety of projects including residential, commercial, retail, and seismic retrofit work, keeping value and results sharply in focus while consistently optimizing staff management, firm operations, process and project delivery. Nik is an innovative thinker with strong analytical and problem solving skills developed and well-honed while working as a project manager for major construction projects in Europe. These included the construction of more than 1Million square feet of military camps for NATO in Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is committed to advancing the state of the art of structural engineering and has completed complicated projects such as a Performance Based Design residence in Portola Valley and the Altschool project in San Francisco. He brings a rigorous and multi-disciplinary approach to making the most complex design elements constructible.
Outside the office, Nik gives generously of his time as a tutor for young students at Back on Track in San Francisco and enjoys participating in the revitalization of disadvantaged neighborhoods as a member of Rebuilding Together. In his free time he wanders the streets of San Francisco in search of the perfect photograph.
Nik holds a B.S., Summa Cum Laude in Civil Engineering and a M.S. in Structural and Earthquake Engineering, both from the San Francisco State University, where he has taught engineering classes. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Rijeka, Croatia. Nik is a licensed Civil Engineer in the State of California with professional affiliations including the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) and The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).
Nik’s Published Works include:
"Seismic Design and Performance Evaluation of Steel Plate Shear Walls Considering Plate Frame Interaction" (J.Enright, C.Chen and N.Favretto, EUROSTEEL 2014, September 10-12, 2014, Naples, Italy)
Aleksandra Pejdo, P.E.
Aleksandra Pejdo, P.E. has recently joined FTF Engineering as an Associate to further broaden the firm’s structural engineering services. Aleksandra has over 15 years of experience and has successfully completed over 1,000,000 sq. ft. of post-tensioned concrete slab design in the Bay Area, focusing on multi-family, mixed-use and affordable housing design. Aleksandra is also experienced with high-end residential projects.
Aleksandra received both her Masters degree in Civil Engineering – Structures and Mechanics and her Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University.
She actively participates in the activities of SEAONC (Structural Engineering Association of Northern California) and of PTI (Post Tensioning Institute). In her spare time, Aleksandra enjoys cooking and walking.
Jillian van Enckevort, S.E.
San Luis Obispo
Jillian is a highly analytical, results-driven professional with over 13 years structural engineering experience. Following her early education in architecture she shifted her focus to architectural engineering and since that time has worked in close collaboration with clients and contractors, taking a leadership role on site and in all aspects of project execution. Over the course of her career she has led numerous projects of substantial scale and complexity through to completion. Jillian joined Fred H. Schott & Associates in 2001. Following the merger with FTF Engineering in the spring of 2015, Jillian took on the leadership role for the San Luis Obispo office.
The breadth of her work encompasses residential, commercial and hospitality projects and numerous industrial and military based projects, including commercial launch facilities, satellite processing facilities and large antenna foundations. Jillian has performed numerous seismic analyses and is skilled in the design of foundation repairs and seismic retrofits in wood, steel and concrete as well as the creation of computer models for the development of structural damper systems. Her research into viscous dampers has focused on minimizing the effects of ground motion on building systems and finishes for both new construction and retrofits. She has also implemented a wide range of design software and drawing tools and is an experienced project manager.
Jillian’s Personal interests include gardening and backyard agriculture, and supporting the activities and adventures of her husband and young daughter.
Jillian holds a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is licensed in the State of California as both a Structural Engineer and a Civil Engineer. Her professional affiliations include Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC), The Central Coast Chapter of the International Code Council (ICC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Melissa Hazlett, S.E.
San Luis Obispo
Melissa has over 20 years of structural engineering experience in a wide range of project types. She has successfully managed projects in various industries, including healthcare, K‑12 and higher education, commercial-industrial and military. Melissa is experienced in providing structural analysis for industrial, institutional, educational, essential, military and public facilities. Her structural engineering capabilities encompass seismic retrofits, structural evaluations and peer reviews. Melissa hold a B.S. degree in Architectural (Structural) Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and San Luis Obispo Green Build.
Melissa’s hobbies are creating or admiring any form of art – (music, painting, knitting, attending art shows with my daughter), enjoying any form of comedy, (tv, movies, albums, specials, stand-up), and camping with her family.
James Enright, P.E.
James brings over 10 years of structural engineering experience in a broad range of project types including commercial, residential, healthcare, tenant improvement and seismic retrofit work. He is skilled in structural design using a diversity of building materials and construction methoJames brings over 10 years of structural engineering experience in a broad range of project types including commercial, residential, healthcare, tenant improvement and seismic retrofit work. He is skilled in structural design using a diversity of building materials and construction methods, as well as in the preparation of feasibility studies for new construction and renovations. He also had spent a great deal of his career working on-site and is an accomplished construction project administrator. Early on in his career he served as project manager for structural construction administration for Palomar Pomorado Health District’s 11-story, 740,000 square foot new Palomar Medical Center West in Escondido, CA, a nearly $1 Billion project. This hospital of the future is one of the largest buildings in the U.S. completed with integrated project delivery principles and one of only two U.S. hospitals with day-lit operating rooms. In addition, James is an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University, where he teaches engineering courses in Civil and Mechanical Engineering.
James is an enthusiastic community volunteer, participating regularly in Rebuilding Together San Francisco’s yearly seismic survey events. Following the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, he spent several weeks in the country teaching the principals of confined masonry design and construction to over 150 local builders and masons. In his free time James is an avid cyclist and an active member of SquadraSF Cycling Team. James is a USA Cycling certified coach and mentors other athletes as racing coach both for his SquadraSF teammates and on a volunteer basis as the San Francisco State University Cycling and Triathlon Team coach.
James holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a M.S. in Structural and Earthquake Engineering from San Francisco State University, where he was honored with the Graduate Student Award for Distinguished Achievement. He is a member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC), and SPUR.
Skye Garrison, P.E., S.E.
San Luis Obispo
Skye is an accomplished structural engineer with over 7 years of experience, most of which has been focused on California’s Central Coast. She has completed a wide variety of design projects ranging from high-end residential houses, hospitality, religious facilities, commercial, industrial, and seismic retrofits including an agriculture bridge over Morro Creek and a Ballistic Wall for Vandenberg Air Force Base. She is skilled in providing advanced structural analyses, preparing tract maps, and improvement plans. She confidently embraces every challenge with great attention to detail allowing her to define a unique and creative solution for each project.
Outside of the office, Skye is an avid gardener and an enthusiastic participant in renovation projects large and small. She also enjoys helping her husband with ministry.
Skye holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus on Structures, also from California Polytechnic State University. She is a registered Civil Engineer in the state of California and a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Anna Teplitskaya, P.E.
Anna joined FTF Engineering in the spring of 2014 as a Design Engineer. Anna enjoys the challenge that each project brings especially the unique combination of mathematical precision and creativity of design. She began her career in the Bay Area with modeling a range of structures located across the globe; two of her favorites have been an asymmetric high-rise building in Las Vegas and a low-rise in a large suburb development in South Dhahran in Abu Dhabi.
Anna finished in the top 10 of her graduating class with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California State University, Northridge and then went on to receive her M.S. in Structural Engineering from Stanford University. She is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Norther California (SEAONC), the American institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Tau Beta Pi (TBP) – the oldest national engineering honor society.
Anna’s personal interests include hiking, snowboarding, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.
Having graduated from the San Francisco State University with a M.Sc. in Structural and Earthquake Engineering, Hamid joined FTF Engineering in pursuit of his engineering career. Prior to joining FTF, Hamid had taken part in several construction projects for five years. As a structural designer he participates in the designing process of residential building as well as soft story retrofit (SSR) projects. Hamid is enthusiastic about broadening his knowledge of structural designing and new trends in the construction industry.
Hamid likes engineering because engineering is a creative enterprise where he can think differently and imagine solutions to practical problems. He considers engineering as an art of creation and manifestation; where the creation aspect of structural engineering fascinates Hamid the most. Being a structural engineer provides him the opportunity to contribute to his community in the best way Hamid can think of.
Hamid hold an M.S. in Structural and Earthquake Engineering from San Francisco State University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tabriz University in Iran.
As a programming whizz, Hamid enjoys developing engineering programs and learning advanced structural analysis programs. In his spare time Hamid enjoys participating in activities and new experiences which challenge him physically and mentally. He loves nature and camping in the wilderness.
Nadia joined FTF Engineering in 2013, after completing her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. She is involved in a wide spectrum of projects including high-end residential, remodels, soft story retrofits and landscaping projects. Doing engineering at FTF is a great learning experience for her because she is exposed to a variety of projects which is very exciting since it is her first job in the engineering field.
Legos were her favorite toys to play with growing up (even to this day). She has always built and assembled things while imagining how they would be built in real life. One day, when she was still a kid, they were driving down I-580 and drove under a concrete bridge that held railroad tracks, and it was embedded into the hillside at both ends. It looked exactly like the bridge Lego piece she played with, so from that day on she decided to be an engineer. She finds it amazing to see things built that you draw and calculate on paper.
Nadia holds an M.S. degree in Structural Engineering and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from San Francisco State University. She is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction.
Nadia studied music and plays the piano and violin. She had planned to become a professional musician before deciding to get into engineering. She has played in many different orchestras since high school. Nadia also enjoys and plays soccer, which she thinks is the best sport in the world. In her spare time, she enjoys carpentry and building things and always makes up little projects for herself.
Brenna joined FTF in the spring of 2017. She is excited to start her career in the structural engineering industry as a designer at FTF. Prior to starting at FTF, Brenna has design experience as a structural engineering intern at firms in Washington DC and in Sacramento.
Brenna holds a B.S., Summa Cum Laude, in Civil Engineering from The George Washington University and an M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Davis. While at GW, Brenna was a Division I gymnast and she continues to follow her team from California. Brenna is a member of the Structural Engineering Association of Northern California (SEAONC), and the SF Chapter of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI). She recently joined the Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) committee of SEAONC which is a committee focused on promoting equity within the industry. She participates in the Pay Report Group within SE3 committee. In addition, Brenna has recently been elected for Secretary of the San Francisco Chapter of ASCE YMF (American Society of Civil Engineers – Younger Member Forum) for the upcoming year. In her free time, Brenna enjoys exploring Northern California and the Bay Area and spending time hiking in the region's parks.
Gene has extensive experience as a CAD designer in the structural engineering discipline in the San Francisco Bay Area. He enjoys close working relationships with structural engineers to clearly understand the structural components of the building design through drawing sketches and written explanations and thus giving him an opportunity to create structural design drawing submittals to clients. Throughout his working relationship with structural engineers, Gene also created a library of standards for quick reference and immediate use.
Gene’s structural project experience includes designer work for a variety of projects related to residential and commercial and health care projects. His previous experience with Paradigm Structural Engineers (PSE) as a CAD Technician includes Mission Critical Projects, such as Equinix SV5 Data Center, Sun Microsystems Data Center. Additionally, Gene broadened his CAD experience by participating in Life Sciences projects, such as Bayer Healthcare and Bayer Pharmaceuticals; Health Care projects, such as the Marin Health and Wellness Campus; Housing/Mixed projects, such as Santana Row and Pacific Heights Residence; Hospitality projects, such as Western Athletic Club and Hampton Inn and Suite Hotel.
Gene attended Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila, Philippines and received a B.S. degree in Architecture. He also holds an Auto-CAD Drafting Certificate from the Jewish Vocational School in San Francisco.
Gene is originally from the Philippines where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture before coming the United States in 1998. Gene’s personal interests include watching sports such as basketball, baseball and golf, and he enjoys walking and jogging in local parks and beaches.
Peter has extensive experience in architectural/ structural designing and construction management. Peter started his career in China where he participated in the construction management stages of a large real estate development project consisting of four 26-story buildings including 750 residential units and 350 commercial offices. Peter then continued his career in architectural designing and structural detailing in the San Francisco Bay Area, and his wide range of experience varied from residential housing, commercial buildings, and school projects to steel structural and metal parts detailing. One of Peter’s strengths is his ability to make efficient use of space and brings them to life in his design. He thrives and feels a sense of accomplishment when he recognizes the unique yet familiar designs of the residential homes and commercial buildings that he previously designed.
Peter attended the California Career College and received a vocational diploma in Architectural Drafting using AutoCAD. He also holds a vocational diploma in Construction Management from Guangzhou Construction Engineering College in China.
Peter enjoys spending time with his family and listening to music at his leisurey.
Dena has been a member of the FTF team since 2006 as Bookkeeper and recently came on in an expanded capacity as Controller. Originally from New Mexico, Dena received her Bachelor of Accountancy from New Mexico State University. Dena moved to San Francisco after graduating and now calls it home. She has extensive experience in both private industry and public accounting, most recently owning her own bookkeeping and consulting business working primarily with small sole proprietorships.
Dena holds a Bachelor degree in Accountancy from the New Mexico State University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
As a single mom, Dena keeps busy taking care of her teenage daughter and three dogs. She co-leads her daughter’s Girl Scout troop and is on the board of two non-profit organizations. In her free time, you can find her reading a good book or catching a baseball game at AT&T Park.
Marketing and Office Manager
Elizabeth joined FTF Engineering in the fall of 2014. She is delighted to be part of the FTF family and to facilitate the expanding company’s need for an office manager. Elizabeth brings years of administrative and marketing experience in the A/E/C industry to FTF Engineering. She has extensive professional experience in office management, project administration and marketing services.
She holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the California State University, Northridge. She is also an active member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS).
Elizabeth is active in her community and contributes her time to two literacy organizations. She is a Board Member with Project Second Chance and a tutor with Diablo Valley Literacy Council. In her leisure time, she enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking and walking. She is an avid museum-goer and practices photography.
A quote from one of our soft story contractors:
I’ve done over 10 retrofit projects with FTF, and also many more with other engineers. FTF develops well-coordinated, well-detailed plans, which lets me bid a project tighter – I need less cushion for unknowns and delays. FTF is also very responsive during construction with site visits and answering questions. They are collaborative and creative when solving problems, which saves my crews time and headaches, and that is reflected in my bid too.
Some engineers over-engineer a project which drives up construction costs, or their plans are missing details which cause change orders and delays during construction.
If you want to minimize your construction costs, start by investing in a good engineer. FTF is, in my experience, among the best.
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