Gwenyth R. Searer



Gwenyth Searer works on projects involving a wide variety of structural materials, including steel, concrete, timber, masonry, and aluminum. She also has significant experience evaluating facade access issues and existing claddings as well as peer review of new claddings.

Ms. Searer has particular expertise in the field of earthquake engineering. Her experience includes the investigation of earthquake-damaged structures after a number of major earthquakes, including Loma Prieta, Northridge, Turkey, Nisqually (Seattle), Tōhoku (Japan) and Napa. She has performed linear and nonlinear seismic analyses of concrete shear wall buildings, concrete and steel moment-frame buildings, steel braced frame buildings, unreinforced masonry structures, and wood structures.


Earthquake Engineering

  • Aloha Stadium - Honolulu, HI: Seismic, wind, and gravity strengthening of steel-framed stadium structure
  • Investigation of damage from a number of major earthquakes, including Loma Prieta, Northridge, Nisqually (Seattle), Tōhoku (Japan), and Napa
  • U.S. Department of State: Seismic assessments of more than 350 structures worldwide
  • Yosemite Rangers’ Club - Yosemite, CA: Seismic strengthening of a National Historic Landmark


Facade Access

  • One Bush Street - San Francisco, CA: Assessment of existing facade access system, and design/testing of new system
  • Metrowest Building - Naperville, IL: Assessment/testing of facade access system
  • Parris Landing - Charlestown, MA: Assessment of fall protection system
  • 50 Fremont Street - San Francisco, CA: Investigation of distressed building maintenance unit
  • 246 Second Street - San Francisco, CA: Design and testing of new intermittent stabilization anchors


Facade Assessment

  • One America Plaza - San Diego, CA: Structural and architectural reclad design for “crown” of building
  • 10th Street Garage - Olympia, WA: Investigation of glass cladding distress
  • 888 O’Farrell - San Francisco, CA: Aluminum panel rainscreen reclad design for twin fourteen-story towers

Failure/Damage Investigation

  • Glendale Adventist Academy - Glendale, CA: Investigation of a glue-laminated beam failure
  • Solus Facility - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA: Investigation of structural damage from explosion
  • Water Reclamation Plant - Palmdale, CA: Investigation of fracturing reinforcing steel


Fire Damage Investigations

  • I-5 Tunnel - Los Angeles, CA: Assessment of fire damage to a concrete tunnel
  • I-710/SR-91 Interchange - Los Angeles, CA: Assessment of fire damage to a concrete overpass
  • 760 South Vail Avenue - Montebello, CA: Investigation of fire damage to precast concrete walls


Load Testing

  • San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge: Cyclic fatigue testing of structural components
  • Courthouse Square - Salem, OR: Load testing of flat slab structures


Peer Review

  • Spring Condominiums - Austin, TX: Structural design review of a forty-two-story concrete high-rise tower
  • Temple Lofts - Long Beach, CA: Structural design review of two five-story concrete residential towers


Structural Analysis

  • Alexander Dam - Kauai, HI: Design of replacement spillway
  • Harmon Tower - Las Vegas, NV: Assessment of structural design
  • Prince Kuhio Parking Garage - Honolulu, HI: Design of new vehicle barriers
Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)


Civil Engineer in CA, NV, OR, and WA
Professional Engineer in NY
Structural Engineer in AZ, CA, HI, NV, OR, and WA


University of Delaware
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 1992

Cornell University
Master of Science, Civil Engineering, 1994