R+C Wins 2 SEAONC EISE Awards
The Structural Engineers Association of Northern California has selected UC Santa Cruz Long Marine Laboratory Mammals Pools Expansion and Oakland International Airport Terminal 1 Renovation as winners of the 2018 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards! R+C is proud to have served as structural engineer for both projects.

The UC Santa Cruz Long Marine Laboratory is world renowned for its marine mammal research. Decades of direct marine exposure and an expanding program called for a renovation and expansion of the facility so that researchers can to continue making new discoveries for decades to come. Careful material selection, a constrained site,  precise specifications, and economic design are contributing factors to a complex, successful structural renovation. The project won an Award of Excellence, Special-Use Structures and will go on to compete in the SEAOC Awards.

Oakland International Airport’s Terminal 1 was originally built in the early 1960s.  It consists of five main structures, all of reinforced concrete construction, and supported on piles.  The terminal was modified over time to follow the changing requirements of air travel, resulting in several additions. R+C retrofitted and renovated three buildings of which “M102” presented structural complexity that called for a unique solution - a cast steel collar. The connection of the truss members at the top of the columns has taken on many shapes to meet varying demands of aesthetics, constructability and strength. A steel casting option was explored and developed iteratively that responded to production and loading requirements. Using cast steel soon became a preferred alternative after mock-ups in the existing structure proved that the shape of the casting was aesthetically pleasing. The renovation project won an Award of Merit, Retrofit/Alteration. Learn more about the project here.