Santos & Urrutia Structural Engineers

PRINCIPALS’ BIOGRAPHIES

Rodrigo Santos

Rodrigo Santos

Title: Principal

Rodrigo Santos

Rodrigo Santos

Rodrigo Santos is Principal and Co-Founder of Santos & Urrutia. In 1977 he came to the United States from his native Ecuador to study engineering and soon earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from Stanford University. Rodrigo is a California licensed Civil and Structural Engineer. He is an innovative engineer who approaches any project from many different angles while making the development of durable and efficient structures his top priority. He brings over 25 years of experience to the development of mixed-use spaces, office complexes, apartment buildings and hotels. He has collaborated with world-renowned architectural firms Stanley Saitowitz, Ace Architects and Arquitectonica on such acclaimed structures as the Mill Race Park in Columbus, Indiana, the Dixie Jordan House in Oakland and the Alpine Drive Residence in Beverly Hills.In 2000, Mayor Willie Brown appointed Rodrigo to the San Francisco Building Inspection Commission (BIC) where he served as the structural engineering chair. In 2004, Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Rodrigo BIC president.

Rodrigo is active in community service projects throughout the city and especially in the Mission District – S&U’s home. Rodrigo is a strong advocate of Friends of the Urban Forest and the Coalition For Car Free Golden Gate Park. In addition, he has donated technical equipment and assistance to the York Street Community Center. Rodrigo is an avid marathon runner and has completed over 50 marathons in the last 10 years with a consistent under 3:15 Boston qualifying time.

Email: rsantos@santosurrutia.com

Albert Urrutia

Albert Urrutia

Title: Principal

Albert Urrutia

Albert Urrutia

Albert Urrutia is Principal and Co-Founder of Santos & Urrutia. He combines an artist’s eye with structural engineering expertise. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley and a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering from Stanford University. He is a California licensed Civil Engineer and a licensed Structural Engineer in California, Nevada, Indiana and Alaska. He has over 25 years of experience planning structures that meet the demands of the Bay Area’s unique geography.Albert specializes in technically challenging projects such as hospitals and schools and has been closely involved with the design of several facilities in the San Francisco Airport’s new International Terminal. Albert was also part of the team behind several pieces of public art that adorn some of San Francisco’s most beloved landmarks such as the “Sinking Ship” at the Yerba Buena Gardens, the “Up-A-Tree” tree house at the Arboretum in Golden Gate Park and the concrete light steps along the Embarcadero. In Columbus, Indiana, Albert provided engineering services for the award winning Mill Race Park.

In addition to his design work, Albert has performed plan checking for the California Division of the State Architect. He is a member in good standing of SEAONC, the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California.

Email: aurrutia@santosurrutia.com


TECHNICAL TEAM

Jason Au

Jason Au, P.E.
Title: Engineer

Jason Au

Jason Au

Jason Au is an Engineer and has been with Santos & Urrutia since January 2013. He graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Currently, Jason is involved with the NEESsoft-Seismic Risk Reduction for soft-story, wood frame buildings.Email: jau@santosurrutia.com

Boris Bekker

Boris Bekker
Title: Engineer

Boris Bekker

Boris Bekker

Boris has been with Santos & Urrutia since 1992 and is currently a Sr. Project Engineer. He graduated from Moscow College of Civil Engineering in 1982.Email: bbekker@santosurrutia.com

Lok Chan

Lok Chan, P.E.
Title: Engineer

Lok Chan

Lok Chan

Lok Chan is an Engineer and has been with Santos & Urrutia since 2012. Since graduating from UC Berkeley, Lok has been working on the architectural and structural aspects of various projects, both commercial and residential. As a frequent customer at the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection, he knows the ins and outs of the plan check process.During his free time, Lok enjoys playing computer games, reading, gardening/composting, and playing with his baby daughter.

Email: lchan@santosurrutia.com

Michael Chan, P.E.

Michael Chan, P.E.
Title: Project Engineer

Michael Chan

Michael Chan

Michael Chan is a Project Engineer and has been with Santos & Urrutia for over 10 years. He is a California licensed Civil Engineer with over 15 years of structural engineering experience. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1989. He has been involved with the design of new buildings and seismic retrofit of existing buildings. His expertise lies in working collaboratively with design and construction teams to develop an accommodating structural design while easing constructability.Email: mchan@santosurrutia.com

James Lo

James Lo
Title: Engineer

James Lo

James Lo

James Lo is an Engineer at Santos & Urrutia. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from UC Irvine and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California. He is certified as an Engineer-In-Training. James has been heavily involved with the structural design of several projects including residential and commercial buildings in the Bay Area. His experience includes wood, concrete, and steel design.Email: jlo@santosurrutia.com

Paul Means, P.E.

Paul Means, P.E.
Title: Sr. Project Engineer

Paul Means

Paul Means

Paul is a Sr. Project Engineer and has been with Santos & Urrutia for over 17 years. He is a California licensed Professional Engineer. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1988. He has worked on a variety of large projects as a lead Project Engineer including the Mission Bay Housing Project at Orlando Cepeda Place in Mission Bay, the Pallisades Development in Calistoga and the Wilson Building on Market Street in San Francisco. As the lead engineer on these projects, Paul has worked closely with the design teams from the development of construction documents through construction.In his free time Paul enjoys watching movies and sports.

Email: pmeans@santosurrutia.com

Kate Opena, S.E.

Kate Opena, S.E.
Title: Sr. Project Engineer

Kate Opena, S.E.

Kate Opena, S.E.

Kate Opena is a Sr. Project Engineer and has been with Santos & Urrutia for over 11 years. She is a California licensed Structural Engineer. She graduated form UC San Diego with a Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Engineering and has 16 years of engineering experience. She has worked on various commercial and residential projects including new construction, seismic upgrades to existing buildings, shoring design, and finite element analysis.In her free time, Kate enjoys spending time with family and gardening.

Email: kopena@santosurrutia.com

Alex Santos

Alex Santos, P.E.
Title: Engineer

Alex Santos

Alex Santos

Alex Santos is an Engineer and has been with Santos & Urrutia since 2006. Alex earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA with an emphasis in structural design. He is an active member of the American society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as well as Chi Epsilon, the national civil engineering honors society.Alex’s projects have primarily involved residential and commercial new developments and remodels in Noe Valley and the Mission districts in San Francisco. He recently engineered the remodel of the highly rated Lolinda restaurant and roof deck on Mission and 20th Streets. He is currently the engineer of a full remodel of a three-story 19th Century Victorian on 24th and Bartlett Streets.

In addition to his duties as an engineer, Alex is spearheading Santos & Urrutia’s involvement with soft-story legislation recently passed in San Francisco mandating seismic retrofits to buildings with substandard lateral force resistant systems. He has led numerous neighborhood outreaches and conversed with residents across the city to educate homeowners and tenants about the necessity of this legislation.

Alex admires the cultural identity of San Francisco presented in its diverse architectural landscapes and seeks to have a responsible impact on the growing development of the city moving forward.

Email: asantos@santosurrutia.com

Edmond Wong

Edmond Wong
Title: Engineer

Edmond Wong

Edmond Wong

Edmond Wong is an Engineer and has been with Santos & Urrutia since 2012. Edmond graduated from University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Edmond has provided engineering solutions for commercial and residential facilities.During his free time, Edmond enjoys cooking, traveling, and exercising.

Email: ewong@santosurrutia.com

Shao Jun Zhang, P.E.

Shao Jun Zhang, P.E.
Title: Project Engineer

Shao Jun Zhang, P.E.

Shao Jun Zhang, P.E.

Shao is a Project Engineer and has been with Santos & Urrutia since 1999. He is a California licensed Professional Engineer. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He has worked on many projects including the Mission Bay Housing Project at Orlando Cepeda Place in Mission Bay and the Wilson Building on Market Street, both in San Francisco.Email: szhang@santosurrutia.com