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History of H. J. Brunnier Associates

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    Following World War II, the office was responsible for the structural engineering of many of the City's most prominent corporate headquarters and offices. These include the 52 story Bank of America World Headquarters, the 22 story Crown Zellerbach Building, a 22 story addition to the Standard Oil Building, the 34 story PG&E Headquarters, the 22 and 40 story Chevron office towers on Market Street, the Golden Gateway Center, the Fairmont Hotel tower and the 30 story California State Automobile Association headquarters.
    The firm also designed the award winning Ice Arena for the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, Eastman Kodak's Pacific Northern Region distribution center in San Ramon, a major portion of the huge United Airlines Maintenance Center at the San Francisco Airport, and food processing facilities for

Marine Corps Air Station Helicopter Hangar - Tustin (1985)

Kraft General Foods Corp. in San Leandro.
    In 1963, the office incorporated as H. J. Brunnier Associates, under the ownership of six of its engineers, four of whom began their careers working for the firm in Panama. The office continues to practice with Principal Michael Davies.
    Brunnier Associates has received numerous other honors, including the American Institute of Architects' Award of Merit in 1957 and the Architectural Award

United Airlines Maintenance Base Buildings 15 & 15w - San Francisco (1976)

of Excellence from the American Institute of Steel Construction in 1970.
    The late Henry Brunnier was a "landmark" citizen as well as a designer of landmark buildings. He helped establish and served on the first California State Board of Registration for Civil Engineers and was elected the first president of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California. He was chairman of numerous committees of the San Francisco and California Chambers of Commerce. "Bru" Brunnier also distinguished himself as president of the California State Automobile Association, president of the American Automobile Association, and worldwide president of Rotary International, a community service organization with more than three million members.
    These days, the firm that bears Brunnier's name is renovating the United Airlines Maintenance Center and the Kraft General Foods' plant. The company is also involved in numerous projects for Owens - Illinois, an Ohio based glass container manufacturer which has been a client since 1935. In recent years, Owens - Illinois has become one of the world's foremost glass container manufacturers. Brunnier Associates has been responsible for the structural design of industrial plants for Owens - Illinois throughout the United States and in Mexico, China, Australia, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Hungary, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela.

Reprint from City By the Bay: A History of Modern San Francisco 1945 - Present
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