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Wilshire Grand Structural Showcase







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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Committee Showcase, Networking, Hors D'Oeuvres
Dinner & Presentation


Doubletree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown
120 S. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles CA 90012

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With a follow up to 2016 SEAOSC presentation, Principal Peter Maranian from Brandow & Johnston, Inc. will take a look at the construction of the tallest building west of the Mississippi's river, Wilshire Grand Center. Both Maranian and Leonard Joseph (Thornton Tomasetti) will discuss the partnership between the two firms, multiple city approval phases, the challenges and difficulties faced in executing the project such as the detailing and construction for the sail and spire, tower cranes, tenant improvements, and other retrospectives on this remarkable structure.




Josh Gebelein

Associate Principal

Brandow & Johnston


Josh Gebelein is an Associate Principal with Brandow & Johnston with 17 years of engineering experience. He is a licensed structural engineer and holds a Master's of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. During his career he has lived and practiced in Sacramento, Menlo Park, and Los Angeles, and has worked on international projects in New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Haiti and Turkey. Locally his projects have included some of the most iconic and significant structural works built in Southern California, including the Wilshire Grand Tower, the Metro Exposition Line and Purple Line Subway, Disney California Adventure Cars Land Radiator Springs Racers, the Burbank Airport Regional Transportation Center, and the U.C. Irvine New Replacement Hospital. He enjoys learning about advances in seismology, earthquake engineering, and materials science, and then exploring how to apply that knowledge into real practice as well as building code updates. He is currently a SEAOSC Director and Seismology Committee Vice Chair.



Peter Maranian

Brandow & Johnston


Peter J. Maranian, Principal, has 36 years of structural design experience with Brandow & Johnston, Inc. He was the Principal in charge of the structural engineering for the Wilshire Grand project for Brandow and Johnston who are the Structural Engineers of record for the project. As a licensed structural engineer and project manager, he is responsible for supervising all phases of project development, structural design and system selection, seismic design and rehabilitation as well as construction administration. Mr. Maranian is a recipient of the 1997 Murray Buxton Award from the Institution of Structural Engineers (UK). Mr. Maranian graduated with a BSCE from the Polytechnic of Central London and the Willesden School of Building and Technical College, England - First Class Honors.



Leonard Joseph

Thornton Tomasetti


With more than 40 years of structural experience following a BS from Cornell and MS and MBA degrees from Stanford, Leonard Martin Joseph has analyzed, designed and reviewed numerous high-rise buildings including the Petronas Towers and Taipei 101, sports facilities including the San Francisco Ballpark, hangars, hotels, historic buildings, manufacturing facilities and parking garages. He works with structural steel, conventional, prestressed and post-tensioned concrete, masonry, wood and light gage framing. For buildings around the world, Len deals with seismic, wind and other environmental hazards, and incorporates local construction practices into his designs. For the Wilshire Grand Center tower he led the advanced analysis effort for Performance Based Seismic Design and established, sized and conceptually detailed the building frame, shear wall reinforcement and uniquely configured outriggers with constructability, performance and long-term differential shortening in mind. Active in technical development and teaching, Len lectures and writes articles and books on structure for both technical and general audiences.







Wednesday, September 6, 2017 



5:00pm - 6:00pm

Social & Registration



Commitee Showcase, 
Networking & Hors D'Oeuvres 



Dinner & Presentation


Enroll on or before 8/25/17 for Early-Bird Discount


Early Bird / Regular

Members: $55 EB / $65 Reg
Non-Member: $65 EB / $75 Reg
Students: $35 EB / $35 Reg 


Reserve a Table of 8:

Member: $465
Non-Members: $535 




Single Event: $500 

Package of 4 Events: $1700

(limited to 10 sponsors total)

- Exhibit Table
- 2 Exhibitor Tickets (incl Dinner)
- 2 Dinner Tickets 



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