Robin R. Wendler


Robin R. Wendler

SE, Principal

Robin has been passionate about structural engineering for public and private schools since joining ZFA in 1985. Her project portfolio includes hundreds of educational facilities in Northern California ranging from the most basic mechanical modernization of a 1950’s finger plan elementary school to a 4-story steel moment frame community college library and everything in between. Robin is at the fore front of school seismic safety, as demonstrated by her recent work with the Division of the State Architect (DSA) and several school districts to evaluate and retrofit their buildings using the most current technologies and codes. She was a crucial part of the ZFA team selected by DSA for the seismic evaluation of Northern California’s most vulnerable schools which included creating a modified ASCE 31 template for targeting at-risk buildings, implementing this state-of-the-art assessment tool with numerous school districts and assisting with revamping DSA Procedure 08-03.

Robin is known for her unfailing dedication to her client’s needs, providing creative and responsive structural designs for all types of school buildings. Her expertise is further demonstrated by deft handling of the DSA plan review process, including work as a plan check consultant for DSA.


Master of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


  • California SE 3445


  • California Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH)

Selected Experience:

  • American Canyon High School, Napa, CA
  • Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma Campus, Petaluma, CA
  • Ross Elementary School, Ross, CA
  • Heritage High School, Brentwood, CA
  • California Maritime Academy Student Housing, Vallejo, CA
  • Humboldt County Office of Education Resource Center, Eureka, CA
  • Kenilworth Junior High School, Petaluma, CA
  • Windemere Ranch Middle School, San Ramon, CA
  • Santa Rosa Junior College Plover Hall Modernization, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Lower Lake High School Gymnasium, Middletown, CA
  • Pittsburg Civic Center, Pittsburg, CA
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