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Hensolt SEAONC Legacy Committee: Project Launch

Tuesday, August 14, 2018  
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In 2014, SEAONC received a generous donation from the family of Walter Hensolt. Walter was a dedicated structural engineer for fifty years, where he was a principal at his firm, Chin & Hensolt Engineers. He left his professional legacy in the San Francisco Bay Area with signature projects such as the Transamerica Pyramid, Candlestick Park, the St. Francis Hotel Tower, One Market Plaza and Marine World-Africa USA.

In honor of Walter’s donation, the SEAONC Board of Directors approved an initiative in 2015 to create the Hensolt SEAONC Legacy Project. The purpose of the Hensolt SEAONC Legacy Project is to establish a continually expanding interactive online database of the history of structural engineering in Northern California, featuring stories and backgrounds on the engineers, structures, organizations and events that have shaped the structural engineering profession in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Our committee is proud to announce that after three years of research, design and hard work by SEAONC committee volunteers, the project has been launched and may be viewed at

With the launch of the project, SEAONC now has the ability to document any engineer, structure, organization or event that has had an impact on structural engineering history in Northern California. And while the first entries for the project cover a broad range of our profession over time, the committee understands that it has barely scratched the surface in documenting the history of structural engineering in Northern California. This is where the committee needs your assistance.  We ask that after exploring the website, you click on the contribute link and provide the committee with areas you would like us to focus our efforts on next.

Of course, our committee is always looking for more ideas, energy and participation from the SEAONC membership. This committee provides the unique perspective on the history of structural engineering in Northern California and it is an opportunity to learn and understand how our profession has evolved. Therefore, if you are interested in participating in this ongoing endeavor, please contact the SEAONC office at 415-974-5147 or

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