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David Cocke

Principal and Founder, S.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, F.SEAOC

David Cocke founded Structural Focus in 2001 after 20 years at a previous firm. He is a registered structural engineer in California, Arizona, Nevada, and several other states, with expertise in new structural design, seismic evaluation, historic preservation, and retrofit design. David has managed a variety of project types and sizes, including large and small historic landmark building strengthening and repairs, new laboratory buildings, repair and retrofit of commercial buildings, design of new studio production facilities, evaluations of large building inventories (industrial, high-tech and film studios), and numerous university and school renovations, additions and strengthening.

David has served in many leadership roles and on numerous Boards of Directors of professional engineering organizations and preservation organizations. Recently, he served as the President of ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. Currently, David serves on the board of the Applied Technology Council and the University of California’s Seismic Advisory Board.

He is very active in the preservation of historic buildings and has made numerous presentations regarding the reuse of existing buildings as supporting sustainability principles. David co-founded and is the Managing Director of SAFEq Institute,  a resource for post-disaster inspection information and providing direct services to government entities and business owners. David is a recognized expert in building business resiliency and continuity related to disaster risks. He believes that pre-planning and partnerships with cities can greatly reduce business interruption after an earthquake or other disasters. That belief is the driving idea behind SAFEq Institute.