Mr. Stevenson joined RDA in January of 2015. Mark joins us from TIPPING MAR located in Berkeley, CA. He brings over twenty-seven years of engineering expertise to the firm, as well as eighteen years of prior experience working in the construction industry. His hands-on background in construction gives him a unique and valuable perspective on structural design and detailing. In addition to his continuing interest in wood and timber construction, Mark has completed a wide variety of projects in steel, concrete, and masonry, including an unusual base-isolated monument designed for a thousand-year service life.
Mark’s projects at TIPPING MAR include several multi-unit residential and mixed-use developments. One recent example is the light-gauge steel framed Oxford Plaza Housing project in Berkeley and its sister building, the David Brower Center. The Brower Center office building is a concrete structure that relies on innovative post-tensioned concrete walls that return the building to plumb even after a severe earthquake.
For the last two years Mark was with TIPPING MAR, he collaborated with Project Frog in San Francisco, a firm designing and marketing flat-pack building systems for schools and medical office buildings. These systems offer high quality, affordable architecture which assembles quickly. Development of these platforms is challenging, requiring intensive coordination for constructability along with design for high wind and seismic forces.
Mark received his master’s degree in structural engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Master of Science, Structural Engineering
University of California, Berkeley, 1998
Bachelor of Science, Zoology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1980
Design Award, American Concrete Institute (ACI), 2011
Structural Engineers Association of Northern California
“Sustainability Through Strength: Integrating Post-tensioned Lateral Systems
and Slag Cement Concrete for a Model of Environmental Architecture,”
Stevenson, M. and Panian, L., Concrete International, March 2009
“Post-tensioned Walls and Frames for Seismic Resistance – A Case Study of
the Brower Center,”Stevenson, M., L. Panian, M. Korolyk, D. Mar,
SEAOC 2008 Convention Proceedings