Mike Davies, S.E.
April 20, 1961- October 18, 2020
In memory of Patrick Michael ‘Mike’ Davies
It is with great sadness that Hohbach-Lewin shares the news that Patrick Michael ‘Mike’ Davies passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020, at his home in Novato, CA.
Mike joined Hohbach-Lewin in 2012 from one of the fine old-line San Francisco structural engineering firms, H.J. Brunnier, and always showed great respect to our structural engineer forebears that brought our profession to where it is today. His knowledge of the practice of structural engineering in San Francisco was virtually unrivaled by anyone in his generation. He took great pride in being the structural engineering steward of 555 California St., an H.J. Brunnier building, designing its current existing building maintenance system as well as contributing to countless modifications to the structure through the endless number of tenant improvements that occur in a building of such stature.
Mike was a solid engineer and even a greater person. He would often convey that during his early life in Red Bluff, CA he developed a competitive approach striving for excellence in both his academic and athletic endeavors. He applied this tenacity to get his Civil Engineering degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1984 and then in his professional career dealing with anything he thought unfair to the structural engineering community. He championed that structural engineers should be valued as much as anyone on the collective design team and even more so than other professional service careers.
At the onset of his working at Hohbach-Lewin Mike was assigned many young engineers from all different backgrounds. Mike at sometimes would complain behind closed doors about the lack of assigned experienced engineers but never expressed that through his interactions with the newbies embracing the thrill of getting to share his depth of structural engineering knowledge he possessed. He was patient, informative, and diligent in sharing his experience with our next generation of structural engineers working constantly to place them in a position to succeed. Likewise, he provided sage advice to the more senior engineers at the firm on all fronts; including global structural system development, client management and best professional practices.
While at Hohbach-Lewin, Mike worked on a broad breadth of engineering assignments encapsulating almost every sector of our industry. Some of the most difficult projects that he engineered and that he was particularly proud of were his numerous projects for glass plants with Owens-Illinois, the Cinnamon Court Custom Residential House in Hillsborough, 1300 Station in Menlo Park and the Verité Winery located in Healdsburg. He was also an active member in the Structural Engineering Association of Northern California participating on the Existing Building Committee for the majority of his career and more recently on the Hensolt Legacy Project.
Mike had integrity, wisdom, professionalism, and a passion for the profession. Last, but not least, he was a fun, caring individual. All of us here at Hohbach-Lewin and many in the greater structural engineering community have fond memories of Mike’s zest in life, his laugh, and his love of family and friends.
Hohbach-Lewin was proud to have him as a Senior Associate at our firm and we will miss him dearly.
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