Erik Okstad


Senior Associate
Civil Engineer - California
M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA; B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering,University of California, Berkeley, CA

In his time at R+C, Erik has worked on some of the firm's most recognizable projects such as the UC Davis Shrem Art Museum known for its landmark steel canopy. Blending aesthetics with functionality, he is responsive to the needs of owners, stakeholders, and design team members, facilitating communication across disciplines to resolve complex issues. Erik was a key member of the team for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Bechtel Center for Ocean Education and Leadership and is currently involved in projects for San Jose State University, San Francisco State University, and NASA Ames campus, bringing enthusiasm to all his projects.

Beautiful, Functional, Green

Alan led the R+C team to design a visually minimal support structure for the complex photovoltaic panel canopy between buildings at UC Merced’s Science and Engineering 2 building. The canopy is composed of vertical as well as horizontal PV panels and provides not only a solar energy source for the building, but shading for the plaza and a visually striking entrance.