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KPW Structural Engineers Overview

Oakland, CA
1 to 50 employees
2007
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
Unknown / Non-Applicable
KPW has been providing structural engineering consulting services in and out of the San Francisco Bay Area for a decade. In July, 2017, KPW will celebrate ten years of providing excellence and innovation in the structural engineering field through multiple market sectors. We ... Read more

Mission: As advocates for collaboration, we believe in open communication, innovation, and building value into our design process. During design, we actively engage with the building owner and design consultants to discuss strategies to provide the optimum structural solution for the ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Last month, CRB invited six members of the KPW team to participate in the Chocolate Factory program at Skyline Elementary School in Daly City. The project encourages kids to think about careers in math and science in fun and creative ways by building Chocolate Factories. They take into account all aspects of building working factories, such as, plumbing, electrical components, transportation, and structural elements. We all had a great time and can’t wait for next year’s event!

  • KPW made the San Francisco Business Times' Top 50 Engineering Firms in the Bay Area list for the second year in a row! We have a fantastic and talented team, without whom this wouldn't be possible. To all the people who've supported us through the years, thank you!

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KPW Structural Engineers – Why Work For Us?


KPW has been providing structural engineering consulting services in and out of the San Francisco Bay Area for a decade. This year marks KPW's ten years of providing excellence and innovation in the structural engineering field through multiple market sectors. We strive to offer valuable insight and guidance for the engineering, architectural, and construction industry, while balancing cost, schedule, and sustainability. No matter what scale the project may be, our team approaches all projects with the same award-winning services and attention to detail.

KPW Principals, Kevin Treat, John Westphal, and Jim Passaglia bring over 70 years of collective experience, enthusiasm, dedication, and ingenuity to the practice. Together, they form a team of talented designers, expert engineers, and overall problem-solvers. They share responsibility for oversight of all KPW projects, as well as human resources, marketing, and information technology.

Behind every great leader stands an experienced support team, a group of experienced individuals whose technical knowledge of industry standards provides the foundation for success. KPW Associates & Senior Staff increase the strength and depth of the KPW team. Their combined leadership and management of KPW staff ensures that each project incorporates multiple levels of oversight, thus surpassing project specific technical requirements, while simultaneously providing well-coordinated and constructible designs.

KPW specializes in the structural design of life-science and technology facilities, mission critical buildings, hospitals, civic/federal, public and private schools (K-12, community colleges, and universities), multifamily and mixed-use residential, and other market sectors.

As advocates for collaboration, we believe in open communication, innovation, and building value into our design process. During design, we actively engage with the building owner and design consultants to discuss strategies to provide the optimum structural solution for the project specific needs. This method usually involves looking at a project holistically and taking into consideration all disciplines, seismic performance objectives, budgets, and schedule.

During construction, we are fully engaged with the contractors and strive to provide a quick process and response to RFI's, submittals, and other construction related issues.

We maintain our vision of doing what is best for the project and our clients appreciate this approach as it leads to more efficient designs and a streamlined construction schedule. The management team is fully vested in this method and have worked with numerous public agencies on a variety of successful projects.

Here at KPW Structural Engineers, we encourage our team members to take part in mentor programs to promote personal and professional growth.  We work hard to maintain a friendly and diverse working environment. We believe in providing the best tools,    training, and opportunities to lay the foundations of not just a job, but a career in the structural engineering field.

KPW offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and benefits. We are most interested in long term, committed employees that will grow with our business and be rewarded with our collective successes. We offer immediate part time and full-time positions in a professional and growing firm. If you are looking to join a stimulating and rewarding work environment, KPW is the place for you.

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    "KPW is more than just a place of work"

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    I have been working at KPW Structural Engineers part-time

    Pros

    - Atmosphere is fantastic
    - Majority of the employees here are super welcoming and caring
    - Everyone has more than just a coworker to coworker relationship and everyone's pretty close
    - Communicating with management smooth and easy
    - Principals and office manager are all very understanding
    - Flexible hours
    - Value the importance of education
    - Company has a very bright future

    At KPW, you don't just feel like an employee; you feel as if you're a part of a "KPW Family," which you don't often find at places of work.

    Cons

    Not many cons with this position, the only issue I've faced is that some employees don't clean areas after themselves and expect for you to do it

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at KPW Structural Engineers (Oakland, CA) in August 2017.

    Interview

    I applied for the position advertised in a SEAONC ad. I was interviewed by the two founders of the firm.

    The position appeared to be a fake. The Principals of the firm insisted I bring work samples. They kept reminding me constantly to show up for the interview via phone and email.

    The firm told me I would be paid and treated like an EIT even though I had a California Structural Engineer License and many years of significant experience in the work types the firm designed. The Principals kept telling how inferior I was because they did not want me designing projects at this firm. They had the audacity to blame me for what other firm did to me in my career. They were taking notes about everything I said. I think they were using me for free consulting.

    They refused to let me take a tour of the office. I was left wondering whether they planned on firing someone.

    They claimed I would have to work as an EIT even though they hired people of my experience level and Associates in the firm.

    After the interview, I was asked if I could email them PDFs of my work samples. After I refused to do it, the firm turned me down for the position. I do not believe they do not know how to design buildings for seismic forces. They wanted my plans for free because the firm allegedly has software that converts PDFs into CAD details for their use.

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    • Would you take a pay cut so you make as much money as an EIT?   1 Answer
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KPW Structural Engineers Awards & Accolades

  • Excellence in Structural Engineering Award - Award of Merit for New Construction, Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC), 2013
  • Largest Engineering Firms, San Francisco Business Times, 2017

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