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Improving Community Resilience Through Public-Private Partnerships: The BORP Strategy

Structural Focus President and SAFEq Institute Managing Director, David Cocke, S.E., F. SEI, F. presented Improving Community Resilience Through Public-Private Partnerships: The BORP Strategy during the 2015 International Code Council (ICC) Global Conference held in Long Beach, California on September 28, 2015. The International Code Council is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.


David Cocke, S.E., F. SEI, F. ASCE, founded Structural Focus in Los Angeles in 2001 after 20 years at a previous firm in California. He is a registered structural engineer in a dozen states and has an expertise in seismic evaluation, historic preservation, retrofit design and new structural design. Some of David’s more notable projects include the Annenberg Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills, the Google Los Angeles headquarters, Red Bull North America headquarters, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple restoration in Los Angeles, multiple buildings at Dreamworks, Warner Bros., and Sony Pictures, and many others. In 2013, David co-founded and is the Managing Director of SAFEq Institute which serves as a resource for post-disaster inspections information and provides direct consulting services to government entities and business owners. He believes that preplanning and partnerships with Cities can greatly reduce business interruption after an earthquake or other disasters. That belief was the driving idea behind co-founding SAFEq Institute. David currently serves on the Board of Directors and Board of Governors of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and the Structural Engineers Institute respectively and has served on numerous Boards for the Structural Engineers Association in California, and on the Board of numerous preservation organizations.

Download the presentation here.

Earthquake Stories

  • Oct. 17, 1989. The strongest earthquake to hit the area since the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, it caused more than 60 deaths, thousands of injuries, and widespread property damage.
  • The Northridge earthquake was an earthquake that occurred on January 17, 1994, at 04:31 Pacific Standard Time in Reseda, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, lasting for about 10–20 seconds. The death toll came to a total of 57 people, and there were over 8,700 injured. In addition, the earthquake caused an estimated $20 billion in damage, making it one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history.
  • The 1991 Costa Rica earthquake (also known as Limon Earthquake or Bocas del Toro earthquake), occurred at 3:57 pm local time 21:56:51 on April 22, 1991. The epicenter of the 7.8 Mw earthquake was in Pandora, Valle La Estrella, in the Caribbean region of Limon, Costa Rica, 225 kilometers (140 mi) northeast of San José. The earthquake was felt all over Costa Rica as well as in western Panama. The earthquake took at least 48 lives including Bocas del Toro, Panama, in where more victims and damage was reported. Roads and bridges between Limon and Sixaola border all were destroyed, also to reach epicenter town was only available by helicopter from Panama side.
  • 1992 – Ferndale California – At 12:42 a.m. PDT on April 26, 1992, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit the same area causing some additional damage in the Ferndale, Petrolia, and Fortuna areas. A fire caused by a broken gas main destroyed much of the business district of Scotia. The quake was felt throughout much of northern California.

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