David R. Cooper

David Cooper

David R. Cooper

SE, LEED AP, Principal

For more than 30 years, David Cooper has performed structural design, construction review, and project management. At ZFA, he has built a broad portfolio that emphasizes winery design together with a variety of commercial and industrial work. Dave is very adept at the innovative design use of building materials – some of which are beyond the standard repertoire of most structural engineers – including light gage steel stud framing (both exterior curtain wall & complete building design), aluminum design, and ‘stabilized earth’ technology. Dave has also been a structural consultant for General Electric Company power plants and has assisted civil engineers in the design of concrete wells, tanks, and other structures at treatment plants. He has experience with drilled pier and driven pile foundations, in addition to typical spread footings. In 2005, he spent a week as a volunteer doing structural assessments in St. Bernard Parish after Hurricane Katrina.


Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman


  • California SE 2768
  • Montana PE 4987
  • Louisiana PE 34391
  • North Carolina PE 035467
  • Florida PE 68148
  • Maryland PE 43559
  • United States Green Building Council LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional)
  • NCEES and SECB registered (national licensing clearinghouses)


  • Structural Engineer’s Association of Northern California (SEAONC)
  • Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)
  • Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute / Steel Framing Alliance (formerly Light Gauge Steel Engineers Association)
  • American Concrete Institute
  • American Consulting Engineer’s Council
  • Applied Technology Council

Selected Experience:

  • Fetzer Vineyards, campus buildings, Hopland, CA
  • Fetzer Vineyards, Five Rivers, Paso Robles, CA
  • Meridian Vineyards, campus buildings, Paso Robles, CA
  • St. Francis Vineyards, campus buildings, Kenwood, CA
  • Clo Du Bois Vineyards, Geyserville, CA
  • Sonoma Cutrer Vineyards, Windsor, CA
  • Cuvaison Vineyards, campus buildings, Carneros, CA
  • St. Helena Carnegie Library building rehabilitation, St. Helena, CA
  • Rammed earth residences in Sonoma, Kenwood, Chalk Hill, and Green Valley areas
  • Perform Wall / Rastra buildings in Sonoma
  • Custom homes in Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys
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