Chris S. Warner

Chris Warner

Chris S. Warner

SE, LEED AP, Senior Principal

Chris Warner, a principal with ZFA, has performed structural design and analysis for many project types, including industrial, residential, winery, and commercial facilities. An additional area of expertise for Chris is energy generation projects, a genre for which he is the leader at ZFA. Chris is adept in the use of new and unusual products and methods for the design of projects that require a unique approach. One example is Ridge Vineyards, an 18,000 square foot winery with straw, in-fill style walls, which, at the time of design and construction, held the distinction of being the largest straw bale building in the world. Recently, Chris has worked with the Division of the State Architect to implement the installation of solar panels on several school campuses around the Bay Area.


Master of Science in Structural Engineering, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering,University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA


  • California SE 4613
  • United States Green Building Council LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional)


  • Structural Engineers Association of California
  • PG&E Emergency Response Member
  • State of California Department of Emergency Services Emergency Response Member

Selected Experience:

  • Santa Rosa Junior College – Petaluma Campus, Petaluma, CA
  • Mendocino K-8 School, Mendocino, CA
  • American Canyon High School, American Canyon, CA
  • Gale Ranch Elementary School, San Ramon, CA
  • Creekside Elementary School, San Ramon, CA
  • Santa Rosa Junior College – Public Facilities Training Center, Windsor, CA
  • Napa Valley College – St. Helena Center, Napa, CA
  • Santa Rosa Junior College – Shone Farm, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Ridge Vineyards, Healdsburg, CA
  • Sonoma-Cutrer Winery and Champagne Cellar, Phases I-IV, Windsor, CA
  • Valley of the Moon Winery, Glen Ellen, CA
  • Meridian Vineyards, Paso Robles, CA
  • St. Francis Vineyards, Kenwood, CA
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