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Samuel Mengelkoch

Principal, SE

Sam has over 22 years of experience in structural engineering and project management for new, existing, and historic building projects. As a Principal with Structural Focus, Sam serves as Principal-in-Charge and Project Manager for ground-up, seismic retrofit, adaptive reuse, and historic rehabilitation projects; he recently completed the construction phase of Harbor House, an adaptive re-use and seismic retrofit project, and is currently working on the renovation of a multi-building beachfront hotel, a ground-up podium-style luxury multi-family, and a historic adobe restoration project. Sam was re-elected President of the Southern California Chapter of EERI in 2024 and is an active member of SEAOSC, ULI, and LAHQ.  In October 2005, Sam volunteered with the California Office of Emergency Services to provide structural engineering support in areas heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina in and around New Orleans.  He is also responsible for organizing the Structural Focus earthquake response program and assisting DreamWorks Animation and the City of Glendale in developing the first post-earthquake Building Occupancy Resumption Program in Southern California. Sam holds clear communication paramount in his work, and clients and fellow engineers value his insight and leadership.