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2017-2018 Nominees

Kenneth D. O’Dell, S.E., P.E., LEED AP
Principal – MHP, Inc. Structural Engineers

Ken D. O’Dell joined MHP, Inc. in 1989 after graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering. At MHP, as one of five principals, he manages design and seismic renovation projects and leads forensic investigation work for the firm while providing staff guidance in design, coordination, project management, and construction support. Since joining MHP, Ken has undertaken numerous significant projects as Engineer-of-Record including high and mid-rise hotel and multi-family projects along with significant community college and K-12 work. Additionally, he provides onsite assessments for numerous seismic risk and due-diligence projects.

Massoud Abolhoda, S.E.
Santa Barbara County Planning and Development

Massoud Abolhoda is a California licensed Structural Engineer. He received his Masters of Science in structural engineering from UCLA in 1981 and his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering in 1980. Massoud practiced structural engineering for 8 years before joining the public sector. He led the Building and Safety Division of the City of Fremont from 1996 to 2009, where he introduced the first mandatory soft-story seismic retrofit in 2008.  Under his leadership, the City of Fremont received the first ISO #1 award in the United States in 1999 for superior building code adoption and enforcement services. Massoud has been serving as the Building Official of the County of Santa Barbara since 2011.  Massoud was the recipient of the CALBO 2007-2008 Building Official of the Year Award.

Patti Harburg-Petrich, SE, LEED AP BD+C
Associate Principal at BuroHappold Engineering

Patti Harburg-Petrich has designed structural solutions for many building types, including commercial, healthcare, education, sports, and industrial. She has a particular interest in historic retrofit projects and sustainable design and she has a passion for community-centric work.  Patti is a licensed Structural Engineer in the state of California, LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction, and certified Disaster Service Worker for the State of California Safety Assessment Program. She serves on the board of the ACE Mentor Program and volunteers for the Spark Mentor Program.

Donny Harris, S.E., LEED AP
Associate at KPFF Consulting Engineers

Donny joined KPFF in 2002 where he was already familiar with the construction industry practices. He has worked on various project types including, Healthcare, Education, Airport, Port, Residential, Retail, Entertainment, and Corporate. Along with many other technical skills, Donny specializes in Shoring Design which he has done for many types of clients including the Port of Long Beach, where he has become proficient in the codes and regulations of maritime projects. He enjoys sharing his understanding of construction materials and building practices to get to the most effective structural solutions as a team. Donny’s passionate about improving our community and living spaces using modern innovations with traditional ideas of the past.

Truong Huynh, P.E.

General Superintendent of Development Services at City of Long Beach

Mr. Truong Huynh is the General Superintendent of Development Services, a manager in the Building and Safety Bureau within the City of Long Beach’s Department of Development Services.  Mr. Huynh is a licensed professional engineer and a certified building official with over 20 years of experience in the building and safety profession.  Mr. Huynh began his career with the City of Long Beach in July of 2005 and is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and coordinating the programs and activities of the Engineering and Plan Check Services Division. Previously, Mr. Huynh worked for 9 years at the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Building and Safety.


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