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THE FIRM

OUR HISTORY

Hom-Pisano Engineering, Inc. was founded in San Francisco in 2008 by Michael Hom and Jason Pisano. The firm was incorporated in the State of California on August 15, 2008.

WHY CHOOSE US

With our primary focus on the client, we hold each and every project to the same high standard of care and quality of service no matter the size or scope. We believe that the involvement of the engineer through all phases, from schematic design through construction, is critical to the successful and economical completion of each project.

Our scope of structural engineering and consulting services covers a wide range of project types including but not limited to:

  • New single and multi-family homes
  • New commercial buildings
  • New civic/municipal facilities
  • Green buildings & sustainable design
  • Restaurants
  • Interior remodeling
  • Vertical/horizontal additions
  • Full seismic upgrade
  • Voluntary lateral/seismic stiffening
  • Structural upgrade/repair
  • Soft-story retrofit design
  • Exterior deck design (rear & roof)
  • Balconies
  • Stair replacement/upgrade
  • Foundation repair/replacement
  • Art & science exhibits
  • Specialty (non-building) structures

An Eye Toward Sustainability

Buildings account for almost 40% of total energy consumption and 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Additionally, building construction, renovation, use and demolition together constitute about two-thirds of all non-industrial solid waste generation in the U.S. (www.epa.gov). We find these numbers to be staggeringly high and believe that we as design professionals have a distinct responsibility to ourselves, our clients and the environment to approach structural design with sensitivity towards resource consumption and environmental impact.

We stress the importance of getting involved early in the design process to address structural implications of proposed green architectural features as well as discuss aspects of the project where sustainable structural features can be implemented. Examples of sustainable structural features that we have used in our projects include high fly ash concrete, structural steel (which is inherently the most recycled material used in building construction), engineered wood products, and all-bolted structural connections to facilitate deconstruction, among others.

OUR TEAM

Michael A. Hom, P.E. Founding Principal

Mike has over eighteen years of professional experience particularly in the design, permitting and construction management of residential buildings.  He specializes in the design of vertical and horizontal additions, full seismic upgrades, and interior remodeling projects.  He pays special attention to constructability in the design phase and is distinctly attentive and responsive during construction.  Mike is a native San Franciscan and lives in the Sunset with his wife and three children.

Education
University of California, Berkeley – B.S.C.E., 2003
Stanford University – M.S.C.E., 2004

Registration
California: Civil Engineer, 2007

Professional
Structural Engineers Association of Northern California

Jason A. Pisano, P.E., LEED® AP Founding Principal

Jay has over seventeen years of professional experience in the design of new buildings including civil and municipal facilities, K-12 schools and performing arts centers. He also has extensive experience in the design of residential remodels, additions and seismic retrofits. His design capabilities encompass a wide range of construction materials from concrete and masonry to wood and steel, and he is skilled in the analysis and design of various types of complex structural systems.  Jay was born and raised in western Massachusetts and enjoys hiking, mountaineering, travel and photography.  His office is located in Westfield, Massachusetts.

Education
University of Massachusetts, Amherst – B.S.C.E., 2003
Stanford University – M.S.C.E., 2004

Registration
California: Civil Engineer, 2006
Massachusetts: Civil Engineer, 2011
Washington: Professional Engineer, 2018
Oklahoma: Civil Engineer, 2010
LEED® Accredited Professional

Professional
Structural Engineers Association of Northern California

Matthew S. Coelho, P.E., LEED® AP Senior Associate

Matt has over seventeen years of professional experience in the design and analysis of both new and existing buildings. He is particularly proficient with the latest drafting and computational software, drawing upon years of experience in complex mathematical model development. Matt was born and raised in New Jersey and enjoys climbing, yoga and soccer. Matt is also a Certified Cicerone®, an expert in selecting, acquiring and serving a wide range of beers.

Education
Carnegie Mellon University – B.S.C.E., 2002
Stanford University – M.S.C.E., 2004

Registration
California: Civil Engineer, 2008
LEED® Accredited Professional

Jennifer J. Muyco, P.E. Project Engineer

Jenny has over eighteen years of professional experience in the design and construction review of residential buildings. She has designed additions and remodels, new single-family residences (production homes and custom homes), and multifamily residences throughout the San Francisco bay area. Jennifer lives in South San Francisco with her husband and daughter.

Education
University of California, Berkeley – B.S.C.E., 2002

Registration
California: Civil Engineer, 2009

Carlos M. Machado Project Engineer

Prior to joining HPE, Carlos was involved in an assortment of projects all across the country totaling over $1 billion in construction costs and varying in scope, square footage, materials, usage, owner requirements, and funding sources.  Carlos specializes in constructability, fostering a collaborative “design-build” workflow in his projects by incorporating “means and methods” considerations into the design phase.  His portfolio includes new construction as well as seismic retrofits, remodel projects, “High-Definition BIM” modeling (3D and 4D) and construction-level detailing of various materials (concrete reinforcement, structural steel, cold-formed steel, and wood).  He’s had the pleasure to work on projects for Disney, Tesla, Apple, Yale University, Veterans Affairs, among others.

In addition to structural engineering, Carlos is passionate about S.T.E.A.M. education and is regularly found in the classroom inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.  When he’s not traveling to World Cups or visiting family in Portugal, you can also find Carlos volunteering in our local Portuguese community.

Education:

Master of Science, Civil Engineering (Structural emphasis)
Stanford University, 2004

Bachelor of Arts, Architecture w/ Minors in City & Regional Planning & Structural Engineering

University of California, Berkeley, 2001

Sam Wong Engineer

Sam was born in Hong Kong and came to San Francisco at the age of 10. He considers himself a San Franciscan and hopes he will contribute to the field of Structural Engineering to help the company and San Francisco grow in the future.

Education
San Francisco State University – B.S.C.E., 2011