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Janah A Risha


Structural Engineer – California and Nevada

Professional Engineer – Civil – California and New Jersey


Masters of Science, Civil Engineering – Stanford University, Stanford, California

Bachelors of Science, Civil Engineering – Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Mr. Risha specializes in large scale design and trouble‐shooting the hard‐to‐build, highly technical projects. He has been practicing structural engineering for over 25 years and has extensive experience designing structural systems for diversified building projects. His portfolio includes structural engineering for numerous building projects, performing structural design in steel, concrete, masonry, and timber. Mr. Risha has designed structural rehabilitation and seismic strengthening schemes for numerous buildings, supervising the preparation of plans, details, and specifications.

In addition to traditional building projects, Mr. Risha has also been providing Structural Engineering design and construction documents for the Motion Picture and Television industry since 1994. He is active with several professional organizations, including the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC), serving as President for 2017-2018 term, Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC), serving as its President in 2011-2012, American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), International Code Council (ICC), and the Fellowship of American Society of Civil Engineers (F.ASCE).

Professional Affiliations

President 2017-2018, Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)

Fellowship of American Society of Civil Engineers (F.ASCE)

American Concrete Institute

American Institute of Steel Construction

Applied Technology Council

International Code Council

Associate AIA Member

Past Chair – Southern California Development Forum (SCDF)

Professional Memberships

Past President and Member of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC)

Past Chair, SEAOC Building Code Streamlining Committee

SEAOSC Existing Buildings Committee and SEAOSC Building Code Committee

Chair of Technical Committee , SEAOC 2006 Convention

ASCE Standards Committee on Condition Assessment of Buildings

ASCE Standards Committee on Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings

Project Experience Types

Mixed-Use Structures and Developments

Educational (K-12, Community College, Higher Education, Public/Private)

Healthcare (Hospital and MOB)

Commercial (New and TI)

Residential (Multi and Single Family)






 Robert T. Lyons, S.E.


Structural Engineer – California and Massachusetts

Professional Engineer – Civil – California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington


Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering – Cum Laude ‐ University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Lyons is a well-respected structural and civil engineer with over 35 years of design experience and is one of the industry’s leading experts in all aspects of structural and civil engineering in California. Bob understands better than most the operational needs of the client and the stringent demands of the California regulatory environment. As Principal, Bob is responsible for all phases of project development, structural design and system selection, seismic design, construction administration and client interface. His broad portfolio of design work includes major projects in the municipal/institutional environment, healthcare field, education and earthquake engineering, to modernizations, as well as demonstrated professional expertise in alternative structural systems and construction materials.

Bob has been the structural and civil engineer of record for many out-of-state projects and is licensed in 12 states. Bob’s technical prowess and mastery is evident in some of the types of projects he has managed, which include several projects for Los Angeles Unified School District (under DSA regulation), Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Scripps Memorial Hospital and several Kaiser Medical Facilities. Also, Bob has served on numerous structural committees, resulting in published code provisions. A couple of Bob’s most recent achievements are his election to President of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC), and receiving the S.B. Barnes Research Award 2017 for his contributions to SEAOSC and the industry.

DSA Experience

Bob’s experience with projects under the jurisdiction of DSA dates back to the late 1970’s (formerly OSA-SSS) and continues through today. He is knowledgeable about DSA procedures. He is the Structural Engineer of Record for several ongoing projects under DSA authority now in design and construction and the Principal in Charge for several current on-call agreements with local school and community college districts.

OSHPD Experience

Bob’s experience with OSHPD projects began in the mid 1980’s and serving first as project manager and later as the Structural Engineer of Record for perhaps 100 department remodels (lost count!), damage investigations, expansion projects, SB 1953 related evaluations – documenting, reporting and SPC and NPC upgrades, to a full hospital campus, Kaiser Baldwin Park Medical Center

Professional Affiliations

Structural Engineers Association of California and Southern California (SEAOC and SEAOSC) Member Since 1981 Awarded prestigious Honorary Member status for service to the Association in 2010. Awarded the SB Barnes Research Award, 2017 as a member of the SEAOSC Safer Cities Survey Task Group SEAOSC President (2017-2018) SEAOSC Board of Directors 2003 to 2005 SEAOSC Board of Directors Executive Committee 2016 to present Current SEAOC Board of Directors, Executive Committee SEAOSC Committees, various since early 1980’s including seminar committee, code committee, steel committee co-chair 1998, Steel testing and Inspection Sub-committee, Seismology – vice chair 2000/2001, chair 2001 to 2006

Professional Member of American Institute Steel Construction 1997 to present Committees – Seismic Provisions for structural Steel Buildings and Prequalified Connections for Special and Intermediate Steel Moment Frames Peer reviewer for AISC peer reviewed papers, early 2000’s SEAOSC and AISC liaison late 1990’s through mid-2000

Participation on various technical committees for BSSC, ASCE and other organizations throughout career

Project Experience Types

Healthcare – Hospital and MOB (New Facilities, Expansions, SB 1953 SPC and NPC Evaluations and Upgrade)

Education (K-12, Community College, Higher Education, Public/Private)

Entertainment Projects

Commercial (New and TI)

Forensic investigations of failures and litigation preparation

Seismic and Structural Investigations using ASCE 31 and 41

Central Plants, Hospital and Commercial

Seismic restraint design and detailing of overhead utility systems

Equipment anchorage and non‐building structures

Structural frames for support of RF shielding enclosures worldwide for ETS Lindgren

Access floor designs for Tate and their installers nationwide, as well as installers of systems by other manufacturers


Contributing author, Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings AISC 2005 (ANSI/AISC 341-05)

FEMA 350, SEAOC Commentary and Recommendations, Structure Magazine November 2002

Contributing Author, Prequalified Connections for Special and Intermediate Moment Frames for Seismic Applications AISC 2005 (ANSI/AISC 358-05)

Recommended Lateral Force Requirements & Commentary (AKA “SEAOSC Blue Book”), 1999, 7th Edition, Co-Leader of Chapter 7 (Steel)

Co-author, 1994 Northridge Earthquake case Studies, Chapter 1.15 Three Tilt-Up Buildings, tilt up Seismic Safety Commission, 1995

Lead author, Commentary and Recommendations on FEMA 350, SEAOC Seismology Committee, January 2002

Contributing Author SEAOSC 2016 Safer Cities Survey Authored and presented numerous technical presentations between 1994 and today

Peer reviewer, AISC Engineering Journal Articles, 2000-2005

NCSEA Structure – Feature article FEMA 350 SEAOC Commentary and Recommendations November 2002


Professional Engineer – Civil – California and Virginia

Structural Engineer – California


Bachelors of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Mr. Breaks’ breadth of skills and experience spans over 20 years in the structural and civil engineering fields. Matthew’s expertise includes inspection of concrete, steel and timber bridges, tunnels, trusses and other structures. His flexibility in working with clients and design professionals helps deliver seamless solutions to complex structural requirements from design development through project completion. Matthew is experienced in structural analysis utilizing steel, concrete, masonry and wood, and has completed projects in California, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Arizona and Washington D.C. His experience in working with high seismic  requirements makes him skilled in anticipating and resolving potential conflicts before they become challenges.

Some of Matthew’s most notable work includes: managing major structural renovations, including the addition of multiple new structures, at the Aerojet Rocketdyne De Soto campus in Canoga Park, CA; structural design services for the Cirque du Soleil production “Iris” located in the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA; structural design and construction support services for the 300,000 square foot multi-use facility Atlantic Times Square in Monterey Park, CA, which included a 14- Plex Movie Theatre; and, the award winning Saban Media Center for the Television Academy in North Hollywood.

Project Awards

The Saban Media Center: SEAOSC Excellence in Structural Engineering for Landmark Structures Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Award of Excellence for Commercial Office Buildings & Headquarters San Fernando Valley Business Journal Best Office Project, IIDA Calibre Award for Entertainment Best Project Cultural/Worship, ENR Southern Regional Winner.

Alliance Academy High School: SEAOSC Excellence in Structural Engineering Award of Merit, for the Retrofit/Structural Alteration Category

Professional Affiliations

Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)

Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC)

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Institute of Steel Construction

Project Types

Mixed-use Projects

Theatre and Performance Venues

Educational Projects

Commercial Buildings (New and TI)

Industrial and Entertainment Projects

Multi-family Residential

Custom Homes

Seismic and structural investigations using ASCE 31 and 41

Equipment anchorage and non-building structures

Seismic retrofit of existing structures

Fall Protection

Temporary Structures

Bridges/Tunnels (Highway and Pedestrian)

Tunnel and Bridge Inspections

Truss Inspections

Water Treatment Plants

Pump Stations