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The state recently abolished the position of Chief of Operations which had a
Structural Engineer filling that position. In January, the then-State
Architect was asked by SEAOC representatives why he did that. He replied
that we should allow his attempts at reorganization a period of one year
before evaluating its effectiveness. Currently there are four principal
engineers, one each in the regional offices of DSA.

Fred Turner, Staff Structural Engineer, California Seismic Safety
Commission, 1755 Creekside Oaks Drive Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95833
916-263-0582 Work Phone, 916-263-0594 Fax fturner(--nospam--at)
-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Espenlaub <Cespenlaub(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Thursday, March 02, 2000 12:18 PM
Subject: RE: New California State Architect

>Who is(are)the State Engineer(s).  Shouldn't they be responsible for
>reviewing the engineering portions of the work.  Since when is an
>Architect capable.  That is why they hire engineers; isn't it?
>Charles F. Espenlaub, III, P.E.
>Martin-Espenlaub Engineering
>-----Original Message-----
>From: fturner [mailto:fturner(--nospam--at)]
>Sent: Thursday, March 02, 2000 1:26 PM
>To: Listserve SEAOC
>Subject: New California State Architect
>Governor Gray Davis today announced the appointment of Stephan
>as State Architect.
>Mr. Castellanos, 51, of Valley Springs, is a partner and architect at
>Castellanos Architects, a position he has held for 20 years. He has been
>active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and has led
>Institute in improving governmental relations, heightening public
>of architectural excellence, and advocating for diversity within the
>profession. Mr. Castellanos is a member of the AIA Board of Directors
>has represented California as the regional AIA director since 1998. He
>earned numerous awards of achievement including the Presidential
>from the American Institute of Architects, California Council in both
>and 1998. Mr. Castellanos earned a bachelor of architecture degree from
>California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
>The State Architect is responsible for reviewing the plans and
>of publicly funded schools and essential services buildings. The State
>Architect reviews the building process to ensure that the plans, their
>specifications, and the actual construction are in compliance with
>California's exacting requirements for structural safety, fire and life
>safety, and accessibility for the building classifications.
>Mr. Castellanos will receive a salary of $104,570. This position
>Senate confirmation