PEOPLE

Meet the people who make it all happen.

David Richwood, PE

Vice President

408.467.9100   drichwood@bkf.com

David LaVelle, PE, LEED AP President, CEO

650.482.6308

dlavelle@bkf.com

 

“During my career in the engineering business I have seen many changes. Storm water treatment regulations, CAD, Design-build, ADA, and the focus on sustainability have changed the way we design our projects. BKF’s ability to understand the changes, and address them to benefit our clients, has been a big factor in our success.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

“My experience includes project management of major highway, residential, commercial, educational, medical and research facility projects. I am proud to have been responsible for managing large multi-faceted design teams resulting in the successful completion of more than $1 billion of transportation projects in California.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRINCIPALS

 

Natalina Bernardi, PE, LEED AP

Vice President

 925.396.7737 nbernardi@bkf.com

“I have been extensively involved in the engineering design and management of many highways, streets, bridges, parking lots, and pedestrian facilities in both Northern and Southern California. It's very important to me to work closely with public agencies, community organizations, utility companies, institutions, and private owners to address their specific concerns and incorporate regulations into design.”

 

Daniel Schaefer, PE, LEED AP Vice President

925.940.2214 dschaefer@bkf.com

“I believe that value is adeptly created through leveraging past experience with shared vision. By aligning our firm’s values with our clients’ goals, BKF influences our personal efforts to maximize the results. I enjoy working with my clients during the feasibility, alternative analyses, and planning stages to ensure that a project’s viability is considered early. On this foundation, we can work together to implement each project’s objectives.”

 

 

 

Todd Adair, PE

Vice President

650.482.6401

 tadair@bkf.com

“I work on a diverse array of projects, from site development for residential subdivisions, to high profile commercial developments. I also focus on environmentally sensitive and complex projects that make up a large part of the Bay Area landscape, including hillside developments, closure and development of landfill sites, bay mud soil projects, and endangered species habitats. I pride myself on the relationships I have established with my clients and always find a way to make sure that their needs come first.”

 

Scott Schork, PE

Vice President

408.467.9126 sschork@bkf.com

“My main objective with all projects is to add value and exceed the client’s expectation. I achieve this by combining my technical expertise with proactive management techniques, delivering comprehensive design solutions for private and public projects. My aggressive hands-on approach to management has resulted in hundreds of successful projects ranging from small in-fill sites to large-scale developments such as Santana Row.”

 

 

 

Greg Hurd, PE, PLS, LEED AP Vice President

707.583.8519

 ghurd@bkf.com

“I recognize that our clients are diverse and have different consulting needs. We keep each client's ultimate project goals in mind while managing the project budget, scope, regulatory compliance issues, safety, and overall efficiency. I make every effort to meet and exceed client expectations by providing cost-effective solutions that incorporate creative planning and superior technical execution through bringing the strongest possible team to the project from both in-house and outside resources that lead to successful outcomes--the client's vision, delivered.”

 

 

Jaysen Long, PE, LEED AP

Vice President

916-556-5826

jlong@bkf.com

“Relationships are key to the success of a design professional. Establishing or maintaining a long-term relationship with a client is my primary intention on each project we undertake. To that end, our thoughtful and sustainable designs are driven by an understanding of our clients’ goals. We strive to build trust and confidence in BKF as a reliable partner in a project’s success.”

 

 

 

Chris Rideout, PE

Vice President

925.396.7764 crideout@bkf.com

Davis Thresh, PLS

Vice President

408.467.9114 dthresh@bkf.com

“Anticipating and identifying critical design and project constraints early in the design is instrumental to the success of a project. I feel that proactive communication, both within the design team as well as with project stakeholders, is also key to success.”

 

 

 

“Surveying is my passion. I began my surveying career in high school, working as a chainman on a field crew. It’s an amazing process to be a part of living history for future generations to build great things. I share this perspective everyday with my teams - keeping them engaged to complete projects with a high degree of professionalism and to the client’s satisfaction.”

 

Brian Scott, PE

Vice President

650.482.6335 bscott@bkf.com

“Since starting my career here at BKF many years ago, I have grown both professionally and personally. As a father of 3, my approach to design is influenced by how I would like the future to look for my children. This future includes incorporating sustainable design into healthcare and educational campuses, residential and commercial developments, and park and public utilities.  When designing, I try to envision how my family would feel using these facilities. My goal is to help your project become a place that many generations can enjoy.”

 

 

VICE PRESIDENTS

 

Jacob Nguyen, PE

Vice President

408.467.9143 jnguyen@bkf.com

“I am passionate about community-oriented projects, ranging from pedestrian-friendly trails through sensitive wetlands to downtown streetscape beautification projects around the Bay Area. On all my projects—large or small, I strive to deliver value to the project team by exploring innovative design alternatives, understanding the value of community involvement, and respecting all aspects of the environment.”

 

Gordon Sweet, PE

Vice President

925.396.7736 gsweet@bkf.com

“As a Transportation Engineer in the San Francisco Bay Area over the past two decades, I take great pride in participating and facilitating in the planning, environmental clearance, design, approval, and construction processes associated with transit-related engineering projects. From railway projects in Santa Clara County to freeway improvements in Sonoma County, I relish and embrace each opportunity to successfully manage and build transportation projects that help Northern Californians move towards the future.”

 

Eric Girod, PE, LEED AP

Vice President

925.396.7751 egirod@bkf.com

Tom Morse, PE, LEED AP

Vice President

650.482.6419 tmorse@bkf.com

“I strongly believe that a thorough understanding of my client's needs and expectations is paramount to a successful partnership.  My management approach is grounded on clear communication and hands on design involvement through all phases of development.  Being able to draw from my wide range of experience from master planned mixed-use redevelopment, to hillside single family subdivisions, to backbone utility infrastructure, offers a well-rounded perspective that I provide to all my clients.”

 

“I have experience with a wide variety of land development projects, including large-scale commercial, office, and R&D developments. My responsibilities have included project management, preparation of construction documents including site, grading, and utility design, and specifications. I also have extensive experience preparing feasibility analyses, and assisting development teams through the entitlement process, including environmental review, planned development zoning, and tentative map approval.”

 

Roland Haga, PE, PLS, LEED AP Vice President

650.482.6407

rhaga@bkf.com

Alex Calder, PLS

Vice President

650.482.6385 acalder@bkf.com

“I enjoy being an integral part of project design teams that strive to understand our client needs and expectations while meeting their project goals. My experience lends itself to developing innovative design alternatives while working through entitlement processes and meeting stakeholder’s requirements. Employing a hands on approach and drawing from my experience has allowed me to be successful in taking development plans related to residential, commercial/office, retail, education, parks and industrial projects from concept level through construction throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.”

 

 

 

“My experience includes all facets of land surveying with expertise in both the mapping and construction phases of our client’s projects.  I take great pride in mapping the property and encumbrances, foreseeing complex boundary/legal/title issues, and ensuring our client’s protection during the construction.  I bring passion to projects and strive to exceed our client’s expectations.”

 

ASSOCIATES

 

Simon North, PE, LEED AP

Associate

650.482.6377

 snorth@bkf.com

“My civil engineering career includes a variety of residential, commercial, industrial, and mixed-use projects in Northern California. My responsibilities often include taking projects from the conceptual stage through construction. Currently, I am involved with new mixed-use development projects in the bay area, including Brooklyn Basin in Oakland and both Salesforce Tower and Hunter’s Point/Candlestick Point Phase II in
San Francisco."

 

 

Luis Garcia, PE

Associate

925.396.7769

lgarcia@bkf.com

“I have many years of technical and management experience in transportation engineering. My project expertise centers on highway, roadway, and utility improvements, which involve interchange modifications, widening of local roads, and right of acquisition in urban areas.”

 

 

 

 

Jeff Wang, PE

Associate

408.467.9147

jwang@bkf.com

Isaac Kontorovsky, PE

Associate

408.467.9187 ikontorovsky@bkf.com

John Lamon, PE

Associate

925.396.7704 jlamon@bkf.com

Yousra Tilden, PE

Associate

650.482.6402

ytilden@bkf.com

“I have extensive experience in project design and development, and I have worked on many campus facilities in Northern California including UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, Stanford University, CSU Stanislaus, UOP, and many community college campuses throughout the state.”

 

 

“My management experience of water resources projects includes water and recycled water, sewer pipelines, rate studies, and water, sewer and stormwater system master plans. I've been responsible for planning, design and construction administration, and preparation of plans, specifications and cost estimates. I also have an in-depth background in permitting and grant process, preparation of contract documents, and agency coordination.”

 

“I have many years of experience engineering transportation solutions in California. I specialize in geometric design, traffic signal design, ramp metering, signing plans, construction detour design, pavement delineation, and staged construction plan preparation for public and private sector clients. I strive to optimize a design by meeting project operational requirements and minimizing costs.”

 

 

 

 

 

“As a strong advocate of environmentally responsible design, I integrate green technologies and practices consistent with today’s ecological needs. My management style and approach to project planning is centered around providing solutions that combine integrity, aesthetics and mindfulness for the project’s schedule, budget, and efficient construction procedures.”

 

Geoff Coleman, PE, PLS

Associate

707.583.8520 gcoleman@bkf.com

"I am responsible for the review, coordination and oversight of civil engineering projects. With 20+ years of experience in hydrology and hydraulic design and integration of low impact development (LID) techniques, which harvest storm water and encourage infiltration, I aim to increase value and longterm sustainability on every new project."

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Mills, PE, PLS

Associate

925.940.2207
cmills@bkf.com

"With 20+ years of technical design and management experience, I work hard to manage projects with clear communication and documentation. As an Associate Project Manager, I'm responsible for managing all aspects of the feasibility, compliance, design, coordination, review, and approval of projects. I manage large design teams and work closely with public agencies, community organizations, utility companies, institutions, and private owners to incorporate specific concerns and regulations into the design."

 

Eric Swanson, PE, QSP/QSD

Associate

925.940.2206 eswanson@bkf.com

“I specialize in infill and reuse sites.  I leverage my understanding of the local site conditions, governing jurisdiction requirements, and my construction background to deliver successful projects. I especially enjoy the design-build delivery system, as I believe the collaborative process provides the best value for the project owner. Through extensive communication I am able to identify and resolve challenges efficiently for my clients."

 

 

 

Jason White, PE, LEED AP

Associate

925.940.2218
jwhite@bkf.com

"I have always enjoyed the design process and sense of achievement that results from arriving at thoughtful, sustainable solutions through collaboration with clients, stakeholders, and design team partners. With 20+ years in civil engineering managing projects throughout Northern California, I am able to provide valuable insight  from a project’s conception, entitlements, design and construction.  I lead a team of engineers proficient in supporting civic, transportation, education, and private development projects with emphasis on frequent communication and teamwork."

 

 

James Dallosta, PE

Associate

650.482.6414 jdallosta@bkf.com

”Integrating sustainable design strategies with a thoughtful consideration of infrastructure requirements and site constraints is fundamental to a project’s success. My approach to project management and collaborative client and consultant relationships has a proven track record on a wide variety of land development projects, including mixed-use, commercial, residential, roadway, R&D, and campus developments. Building on my experience with sustainable infrastructure, site planning, grading, utility design, cost estimating and construction administration, I am able to effectively consult with clients to deliver results at multiple phases of the development process.”

 

 

Chuck Humpal, PE, QSD/QSP

Associate

650.482.6320 chumpal@bkf.com

"Civil engineering is problem solving, but the technical design is often the least demanding problem to be solved.  Understanding and addressing clients' needs and expectations, satisfying agency requirements, clearly presenting options and recommendations to facilitate team decisions, and developing a design that is constructible and cost-effective as well as technically correct - these are the aspects of the job that keep project management challenging and rewarding for me after 25+ years in the industry.  Working with a great team of professionals, including owners, management consultants, designers, contractors, and reviewers, to successfully complete a difficult project - that is what makes the job enjoyable."

 

 

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