Our Firm

Established in 1960, Rutherford + Chekene (R+C) is one of California’s foremost engineering practices providing structural and geotechnical engineering. R+C’s staff provides cost-effective solutions that address unique project challenges rather than overdesigns. We look at projects holistically and strive to work with the owner and the design team as a real partner to optimize each project.

R+C provides new design, advanced structural analysis, seismic evaluations and retrofits, peer review and plan review, and full geotechnical services.

Our Values

We aim to create value for our clients and projects through our values.


Working within our firm as teammates and collaborating with architects, builders and facility owners is at the heart of our practice. R+C strives to promote a collegial atmosphere within our office and on the job.

Real, Innovative Solutions

We believe that unique projects deserve unique and thoughtful solutions. We are a listening partner to our clients and to our design team peers. We base our project solutions on tried-and-true methods and extensive industry research and experience, but we look at each project holistically—from an owner-user-team perspective rather than just as a discipline—to result in buildings that are meaningful to users for years to come.


We have been pioneers and promoters of BIM use since its early years. We have completed more than four billion dollars’ worth of projects with Revit and/or Tekla. We see and practice the value of BIM as a collaborative, learning and visualization tool and a state of mind.

Green Practice

From within our office walls to the steel and concrete that go into our projects, R+C practices green solutions. R+C incorporates principles of sustainable design into our work through the use of recycled materials, low VOC product specification, and careful selection of high-performance structural systems. Our practice includes measuring a structure’s carbon footprint to make optimal design choices.