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John A. Martin & Associates


John A. Martin & Associates, Inc. (JAMA)
Main Office: 950 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Additional Offices: Tucson, Arizona
Stevenson Ranch, California
Costa Mesa, California
San Diego, California
San Luis Obispo, California
Lakewood, Colorado
Honolulu, Hawaii
Las Vegas, Nevada
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Beijing, China
Number of Employees: Over 450, including 80 licensed structural engineers

Engineering Specialties: [1]
Structural Design of Structures
Design-Build
Foundation Design
Feasibility Studies
Seismic Evaluations and Upgrades
Renovation / Repair Design
Structural Analysis
Sustainable Design / LEED
Evaluations / Investigations
Programming, Conceptual, Schematic Design, through Construction Administration
Forensic Investigations
BIM Design
Blast Design
Historic Design Considerations
Nonlinear Dynamic Response Analyses
Performance Based Earthquake Engineering
Design of Base Isolated Systems
Design of Structures with Energy Dissipation Devices
Research and Development
Vibration Analysis and Design
Structural Peer Review
Structural Plan Checking
Damage Assessment
Probable Maximum Loss
Legal / Expert Witness

History: [2]
In 1953, John A. “Jack” Martin, Sr. founded JAMA with principals Greg Clapp, S.E. and Steve Schiller, S.E. The firm’s first large project was The Fremont Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, completed in 1956.
Following their start in the hotel and casino field, JAMA expanded towards sports entertainment venues, theaters, convention centers, and both office and residential projects. With capabilities in structural design for all project types and sizes, JAMA has completed projects worldwide.
The firm has been awarded a large number of awards throughout the years. JAMA has been recognized for their innovative use of materials, excellence in structural engineering, design, and merit. In 2004, JAMA received awards from the Structural Engineers Association of California for their landmark design and best use of new technology in the new construction on the Walt Disney Concert Hall. They also won three awards for their structural design of the Staples Center in Los Angeles. JAMA’s work on UCLA’s Royce Hall won a Superior Structural Engineering Excellence Award, making the firm very well-established in the seismic field as well. [3]
Throughout the years JAMA has had numerous publications; the majority have been written by Farzad Naeim, Ph.D., S.E., Director of Research and Development. Topics include structural design, earthquake engineering, and seismic analysis. [4] Additionally, Naeim has written a book, and edited another, dealing with seismic design. [5] Structural Analysis & Design of The Walt Disney Concert Hall was published by JAMA associates including Naeim and John A. Martin , Jr., S.E., the founder’s son who is JAMA’s structural project director.
Today, JAMA is one of the largest privately-owned structural engineering firms in the nation and has 12 offices in the U.S. and one in Beijing. On average, JAMA completes over 60 million square feet of new construction annually throughout the world.

Selected Projects:

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California


Anaheim Community Ice Stadium, Anaheim, California


Cooper Union New Academic Building, New York, New York


San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California

Additional Projects:

Fremont Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. Courtesy of JAMA, Inc.


MIT Stata Complex Engineering Building, Cambridge, Massachusetts


Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pasadena, California


Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

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Written by Anna Hernandez

January 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Posted in Engineers