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Affordable, Low Income, and Transitional Housing

SSF is a passionate and committed partner for your affordable housing projects. Whether your project serves communities and households earning less than the area’s median income, seniors, veterans, housing-insecure, or those with chronic behavioral health needs, we have the experience to support your team. Contact your favorite SSF team member.

 

Expertise

Every project benefits from our cumulative structural engineering experience.

New Structures

Every project is unique. We get that. Whether it’s commercial, educational, faith, hospitality, medical, multi-family, public, or residential, let us help you realize your vision!

Existing Buildings

We are passionate about existing structures. We give them the respect they deserve. Whether you need structural engineering for earthquake retrofits, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, PML studies, or building assessments, SSF is here for you.

Special Projects

Bring us your unique structural challenge. We dare you. Art installations. Climbing gyms. Fire escape testing. Float homes. Folding buildings. Mechanical upgrades. Park structures. Roof anchor testing. Seismic retrofits. Shipping containers. What else do you have?

PROJECTS

Projects Are What Inspire Us

 

Residential

Residential. Any Shape. Any Size.

Single Family

New or existing, we do it all. Half of our business is single family residential structural design. Earthquake evaluations. 2nd story additions. Remodels. New construction. A simple beam.

Multi-Family

Whether it’s 5-over-2, mid-rise, or renovating existing buildings, SSF has provided structural design for multi-family projects since 1995.

People

The Real Story Behind Our Success

 

Blaze Bresko

Managing Principal

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Lori DeBoer

Associate Principal

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Karl Rosman, PE

Associate Principal

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Scott Brown

Senior CAD Technician

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Evin Gibson

Associate Principal and Technical Lead

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Brett Mozden, PE

Principal

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Kellen Bresko

CAD Technician

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Joe McCoy

Staff Engineer

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Laura Nettesheim

Project Engineer

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Brian Rittereiser PE, SE

Principal

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Holly Ashford

Project Engineer

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Chardie Byrne

Managing Principal - Operations

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Lindsey Woods

Accounting Assistant

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Zane Kanyer, PE, SE

Principal

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Taylor Vincent

Project Manager

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Josie

Lazy Dog

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Nathan Darden

Senior CAD Technician

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Randy James

Drafting Manager

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Greg Coons, PE

Principal and Technical Director

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Dennis Kuzubov

Staff Engineer

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Ryan Anderson, PE, SE

Associate Principal

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Aaron Lieberman

Project Manager

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Howie

Little Bud

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Garrett Skelton

Project Engineer

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Mitchell Borseth

Staff Engineer

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Wallace

Skinny Dog

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Gilbert Zapata

Office Cooridinator

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Bart Blans, PE, SE

Senior Project Manager

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Robert Henry

Senior Project Manager

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Ethan Chamberlain

Staff Engineer

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Teagan Allen

Staff Engineer

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Ryan Reichman

Managing Principal

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Frankie Galeotti

Project Engineer

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Heidi Maki

Associate Principal - Marketing & BD

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Lan Nguyen

Staff Engineer

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Sunny Sidhu

Project Engineer

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Sebastian Quintana

Staff Engineer

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Mat Johnson

Senior Project Manager

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Aiko Hollinger

Marketing Specialist

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Elliot Holzhauer

Staff Engineer

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Macky Hamilton

Staff Engineer

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Jocelyn Tetreault

Project Manager

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Tony Williamson

Senior CAD Technician

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Karina Bovee

Staff Engineer

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Sean Johnson

Senior Project Manager and Technical Lead

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Sean King

Associate Principal / IT Manager

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Nicole Huffert

Project Engineer

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Luna

New Dog

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Tyler Witthuhn

Project Engineer

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Stephen Kern

Senior CAD Technician

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Dan Say

President / Managing Principal

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Francesca Renouard, PE, SE

Associate Principal

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Tim Mealy

Senior Project Manager

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Greg Juttner

Associate Principal

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Beth Morales

Project Manager

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Chris Potter, PE, SE

Associate Principal

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Carlos Galvan

CAD Technician

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Alyssa Dang

Staff Engineer

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Pete Krebs

Associate Principal

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Dennis Nelson

BIM Manager

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Testimonials

Why do you choose to work at SSF? "Flexibility, Flexibility, Flexibility! Also, a great group of engineers."


Dennis Nelson, SSF Team

"SSF Engineers all work on a variety of wood, steel, masonry and concrete projects.  It is pretty special to get that kind of breadth of experience."


Brian Rittereiser, Principal

"I look forward to going to SSF every morning. Our efforts are targeted toward producing the best work product possible for our clients. To do that, we focus on creating a work environment that fosters creativity and happiness among employees. That may mean wearing shorts and a t-shirt to work or bringing your dog. Being as comfortable and happy as we can be allows us to produce the best work possible. I believe this shows in our product."


Brett Mozden, Principal

"Alternate Transportation Supported!  SSF has bike racks and a shower for bicycle commuters!"


Dan Morrow, Retired Principal

Why do you choose to work at SSF? "We get to work on a wide range of interesting and meaningful projects with fantastic coworkers and clients. At SSF you're provided support and encouragement to grow in your career in a way that is most suited to you and your specific interests and passions."


Francesca Renouard, SSF Team

Why do you choose to work at SSF? "My desire was to be a part of a team that worked on cool projects, valued life outside of work, and had a happy and healthy work environment. I found just that (and more) with SSF!"


Dennis Kuzubov, SSF Team

What drew you to work at SSF, and why do you think our clients like to work with us? "I enjoy SSF's casual work environment, extra-large work spaces and the opportunity to work very independently. I think clients like to work with us because of our quick response time."


Bart Blans, SSF Team

"I appreciate the company's community involvement, not only through our radio sponsorships with KUOW and KEXP, but our commitment to AIA, Design In Public, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Seattle, SMPS Seattle, Food Lifeline, The BLOCK Project, and more!"


Heidi Maki, Associate Principal

Why do you choose to work at SSF? "I love working at SSF! We get to work on interesting projects, my coworkers are fantastic, and I feel valued and supported as an employee. We do have great benefits, which is awesome, but it's the culture and work environment that have kept me here since 2013."


Beth Brown, SSF Team

"At SSF, the entire team is valued, from support staff, to IT and CAD, to technical staff. We provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere in which to excel. And most importantly ... who wouldn’t like a dog-friendly office?"


Heidi Maki, Associate Principal

"SSF hits it out-of-the-park with communication and creative design. For all projects, we provide a personal commitment and a fun, collaborative experience."


Blaze Bresko, Principal

"I get paid to do what I love to do, what I believe I have been made to do, for my friends and with my friends.  If that isn’t motivation, I don’t know what is!"


Ryan Reichman, Principal

Why do our clients choose to work with us? "We have a large range of project types that we work with regularly, and we are flexible when it comes to working out the specific needs of each client."


Chris Potter, Associate Principal

"I think clients like the fact that we have both talent and personality. We’re a smart group of individuals with varying interests, tons of character and stories to tell.  We’re engaging, not stuffy."


Chardie Byrne, Principal

Why do our clients choose to work with us? "I think our clients like that we prioritize answering the phone and responding to emails even when things are busy.  From what I hear, that's less common than you would expect!"


Evin Gibson, Associate Principal

What makes SSF different from other engineers?  "The variety of design philosophies, our appreciation for aesthetics, a building’s historical significance, and its impact on the community."


Scott Brown, SSF Team

Why were you drawn to join the SSF team, and why do our clients choose to work with us?  "SSF is a leader in local historic preservation AND we genuinely care about the communities where we work.  From a client's perspective, we approach each project with an appreciation for what makes it unique.  We don’t rely on “one size fits all” type solutions."


Francesca Renouard, SSF Team

"We challenge our staff to push their own limits as much as they can."


Gary Swenson, Retired Principal

What drew you to work at SSF, and why do our clients choose to work with us?  "The SSF team is made up of genuine people who value aesthetics. We communicate well with our clients and work hard to find solutions to support their design - within the limits of Newtonian physics!"


Robert Henry, SSF Team

"I’m given the autonomy to do what I was hired to do: be an engineer and work with great colleagues and clients!"


Robert Henry, SSF Team

"SSF is equitable and truly values the happiness of their employees.  This is evident in the retention rate…people that work here stay here!  We get great bonuses, time and a half for overtime, 401k contributions and pay nothing for health care."


Brian Rittereiser, Principal

Why were you drawn to join the SSF Team and why do our clients choose to work with us?  "SSF works on interesting and diverse projects, and values and invests in the employees. I wanted to be a part of that. For our clients, SSF brings creative solutions and a willingness to think outside-the-box to achieve project goals."


Beth Brown, SSF Team

Why do our clients choose to work with us?  "We tend to say yes more than we say no, and we don’t always act like typical engineers."

 


Dan Say, Principal

“I love getting up in the morning to go to a place where I love the people I work with. I am fascinated with the young, smart minds that work here and feel that I learn as much from them as they learn from me; and at the same time privileged to work with those that have been with us for many years. I have often heard that we 'don’t seem like engineers,' well that is just fine with me.  We are 'engineers-for-the-people' - we can work with anyone.”


Dan Say, Principal

"We allow people to be themselves.  I’m proud of the people we have and the work that we do every day."


Chardie Byrne, Principal

"SSF Engineers have a high level of responsibility on projects and are empowered to make important decisions and come up with creative solutions. We are not just plugging and chugging through calculations we’ve done 100 times."


Brian Rittereiser, Principal

"When I was in grad school, I had a few classes with an SSF employee. He and I had similar personalities and he thought I would be a good fit. I love the work and the opportunity to design almost every project type you could imagine, from residential to retrofits to climbing gyms. I've been here since 2004 and am fortunate enough to be a shareholder. I think he was right!"


Zane Kanyer, Principal

Why do you choose to work at SSF? "Working at SSF is great because of the attentive mentorship, casual work environment, and variety of projects I work on every day. SSF has provided me with the tools and guidance to grow as a young structural engineer ten times over since my first day."


Mitchell Borseth, SSF Team

"SSF offers engineers the rare combination of diverse project types and scales with great clients in a fun, collaborative work environment. We enjoy thinking creatively and generating new approaches to resolve structural challenges."


Ryan Anderson, Associate Principal

What makes SSF different from other engineers? "SSF is more concerned with keeping clients (and employees) happy than trying to make a quick buck. We push for quality in every job we do."


Chris Potter, Associate Principal

"I like working here because I have the freedom to explore my ideas. I came here because the opportunities for growth are unparalleled, and the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. I stay here because my coworkers are awesome, you can’t beat the perks and there’s a constant effort by SSF leadership to make things even better. Shareholders wholeheartedly support my volunteer efforts – and I get volunteer PTO!"


Sean King, Associate Principal

Why do our clients choose to work with us? "We value architectural character in both historic buildings and new construction and believe that the structure should work in concert with the architecture."


Ryan Anderson, Associate Principal

"It is rare to find a company that doesn’t pigeon-hole employees into a certain project type for the sake of 'efficiency'.  SSF promotes diverse work experiences to help employees grow in their careers."


Zane Kanyer, Principal

"Here's a quote I saw recently. 'God made structural engineers so architects can have heroes too.' "


Tony Williamson, SSF Team

What makes SSF different from other engineers? "SSF tends to have a “can do” attitude and we are quick to respond when contacted."  Why were you drawn to join the SSF team?  "I was recommended by another employee. I was immediately attracted to what I perceived to be a well-run company with competent leadership. Luckily this perception proved to be true!"


Sean Johnson, SSF Team

"I like working here because of the great people, great leadership, fun projects, project variety, Tacoma location…great atmosphere. I keep working here for the same reasons. SSF's casual corporate vibe results in very productive, innovative and timely projects."


Tony Williamson, SSF Team

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