Multidisciplinary Approaches to Rehabilitating the War Memorial Veterans Building

Date: September 18, 2020 12:00pm
Location: Online Zoom Webinar
san francisco war memorial

Friday, September 18, 2020
12:00 – 1:30 p.m., EDT

Eastern: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Central: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Mountain: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Pacific: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Online Zoom Webinar

aiaParticipants will earn 1.5 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 


Built in 1932, the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building is an icon of Beaux-Arts architecture and an important structure to many stakeholders, including veterans and the City of San Francisco. To repair pervasive water leakage – as well as to provide life safety and limit damage in the event of an earthquake – the award-winning rehabilitation of this historic landmark included seismic upgrades, waterproofing, mechanical improvements, and conservation of interior spaces and the building enclosure. In this webinar, we will explore this case study and discuss how the construction challenges and repair design relate to restoration projects across the United States.

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the design tradeoffs involved in treating historic skylights within a metal roof structure.
  • Understand the opportunities and limitations for repairing historic steel windows.
  • Learn how to prioritize facade repairs when working with a limited budget.
  • Learn about the seismic vulnerabilities prevalent in historic buildings and understand the potential project benefits of employing a more sophisticated, performance-based structural analysis for a seismic upgrade. 




taryn williamsTaryn N. Williams, S.E. | Senior Project Manager
Taryn Williams has extensive experience in building technology and structural engineering. Clients and colleagues value Taryn's grasp of both disciplines, as well as her diverse project experience, which includes building enclosure investigations, construction claim investigations, condition assessments and repair designs for historic structures, seismic evaluations of existing buildings, and probable earthquake loss evaluations. Her knowledge of and enthusiasm for engineering principles make her a natural teacher, and she enjoys writing and speaking engagements aimed at educating clients, colleagues, industry professionals, and the public. Taryn is a Vice President of the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI) and the Past President of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC).

steve harrisStephen K. Harris, S.E. | Principal
Stephen Harris is a structural engineer with experience involving the design of new structures, seismic strengthening of existing structures, and seismic and structural evaluations. His noteworthy projects include the seismic upgrade of the historic War Memorial Veterans Building in San Francisco, CA; the expansion, remodel, and seismic upgrade of the J. Paul Leonard & Sutro Library at San Francisco State University; the design for forty-two new Bachelor Enlisted Quarters buildings at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp in Pendleton, CA; the design of the twenty-nine-story 199 Fremont Street office building in San Francisco, CA; and the expansion and seismic upgrade of Genentech’s Building 3A/B in South San Francisco, CA, employing passively damped exterior buttresses.