William Holmes


Bill has more than 50 years of structural engineering experience and is a national authority on seismic code and design issues. He has extensive experience in seismic evaluation, seismic risk assessments, and seismic upgrading, renovation and restoration of historic buildings. In addition to participating on research teams on projects throughout the United States, he has led efforts that have shaped a number of national and state codes, and he has worked internationally on seismic upgrade programs.

Bill has recently been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, which is among the highest distinctions an engineer can attain. He has also been awarded the Alfred E. Alquist Medal for Achievement in Earthquake Safety (Public Service) by the California Earthquake Safety Foundation, the H.J. Brunnier Award for lifetime achievement in structural engineering by the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, the Exceptional Service Award by the Building Seismic Safety Council, and Honorary Membership in the Structural Engineers Association of California and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.

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.