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JAMA Gets into the Halloween Spirit

JAMA takes our holidays seriously, and Halloween is no different. As part of the firm’s monthly happy hour gathering, a friendly pumpkin carving contest got everyone in the Fall spirit. Employees and friends displayed amazing skill and creativity in their efforts – with everything from scary to political to funny pumpkins. The winner was the Pumpkin Burger, complete w/ pumpkin fries!
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JAMA Employees Rise to the Challenge for the YMCA

This September a group of JAMA high steppers took on 75 stories of the US Bank Tower in DTLA, which is home to the tallest stairwell west of the Mississippi. The effort was not only good for the group’s lungs but served as an important fundraiser for YMCA. Every dollar raised supported YMCA community programs in and around Downtown Los Angeles, including supporting YMCA program participation for children, teens
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JAMA Triathletes Compete for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Last Sunday, JAMA’s first triathlon team made up of Mike Brown, Sam Domiati and Larry Pitkin, took to the beaches and streets of Malibu to compete in the Malibu Triathlon Classic Relay. Money raised by the Nautica Malibu Triathlon goes to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Pediatric Cancer Research Program, which is dedicated to curing and preventing childhood cancers. The program provides groundbreaking treatments
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Kaiser Opens Chino Grand – A New Approach to Healthcare

JAMA celebrated alongside Kaiser Permanente, HDR Architects and Whiting Turner Contracting Company last month at the opening of Chino Grand, a 50,000 square foot, LEED Gold facility that is ushering in a new approach to healthcare. Considered a Health Hub, Chino offers traditional clinical services such as physician offices, exam rooms and labs, but integrates technology such as digital membership cards, express chec
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John A. Martin & Associates Announces Leadership Changes

JAMA is making adjustments to the firm’s leadership structure. After 38 years as President, John A. “Trailer” Martin, Jr. has turned the day-to-day management of the firm to partners Steven Ball, Kal Benuska, Shane Fitzgerald, Barry Schindler, Jackie Vinkler, and Kurt Clandening. Within this group Kurt Clandening, a 29-year veteran of the Los Angeles area, will assume the role of Managing Partner. JAMA has built a re
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JAMA Staff hosts SEAOSC Spring Education Event

As the SEAOSC Education Committee Chair, Matt Michnewich hosted a full day of structural education for over 50 engineers focused on seismic design and new local building ordinances. The morning session focused on the 2015 IBC SEAOC Structural/Seismic Design manual and included Irregularities & Discontinuous Elements, Wood Frame Design Examples, and Cold-Formed Steel Design Examples. The afternoon session focused
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Project Manager Matt Timmers Speaks to Chi Epsilon Chapter

Project Manager Matt Timmers, SE spoke to the Chi Epsilon Chapter of Cal Poly Pomona on May 9th. The Civil Engineering honor society was originally founded in 1922 to recognize and honor civil engineering students and professionals, and now has 137 active chapters at universities across the United States. Matt’s diverse project portfolio and his oversight on projects of all sizes, including the current 138,000 square
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Glendale Library Reopens After Extensive Rehabilitation

JAMA employees Barry Schindler and Ben Rogowski attended the reopening of the Glendale Central Library, completely closed to the public for 8 months as part of a 5-year design and renovation effort. JAMA provided structural engineering for the project, which reorganized and enhanced the overall quality of the original 1960’s two-way reinforced waffle-slab structure. New dual entries on the north and south ends connec
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JAMA Employees Volunteer at the LA Food Bank

On Saturday, April 29th JAMA team members Adena Nik, Kent Kaewwaen and Larry Pitkin volunteered at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. As the largest food bank in the country it seeks to assist the most at risk groups with food insecurity. When food products are donated to the Foodbank, it often needs to be sorted, cleaned or repackaged; referred to as gleaning. Adena, Kent and Larry worked together with over 100 othe
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JAMA and UCLA: An Introduction to SAP2000

JAMA team members Adena Nik and Project Manager Larry Pitkin have been teaching entry-level engineering classes this Spring, designed to introduce UCLA students to SAP2000. SAP2000, a structural analysis software, is widely used throughout the engineering industry but many universities lack hands on training with the program. Adena and Larry sought to help bridge the gap between UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of E
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