Steven Patton, SE

Senior Associate

Steven began his career on construction sites, working for his father’s general construction business from a young age, building and renovating custom homes. He joined ZFA in 2013 as an experienced project manager specializing in structural analysis and retrofits of existing buildings. He works collaboratively to design higher education facilities, healthcare, commercial, office, and civic structures. Steven gives back the community by mentoring high school and college students in STEM programs.


    • Exceptional history of innovative designs strengthening structures to withstand large seismic events
    • Structural engineering for numerous facilities requiring special seismic criteria and above-normal code requirements, using advanced analysis techniques and performance-based design methodologies

Steve has worked on a wide variety of ZFA projects, including CDCR RJ Donovan and Mule Creek Correctional Facilities, 385 Sherman mixed-use project in Palo Alto, Hayward Fire Training Center, and Stanford Public Safety Buildings.

“Resilience is about more than just our buildings, it is also a big part of why I volunteer my time to mentor future engineers—as our challenges increase, so must our talent pool.”
18 years
BS in Architectural Engineering
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

MS in Civil Engineering
Stanford University, Palo Alto
Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC)

American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)

Engineers Alliance for the Arts (EAA)

Cañada College STEM Speaker Series

Cal OES Safety Assessment Program
Steven enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children more than anything else. He’s also an avid outdoorsman who enjoys camping with his cub scout, fishing, archery, hiking, biking, and maximizing his time spent outside. Most of his remaining time is spent tinkering in his garage on a milling machine or working on home renovations.