- Aakash Prasad CEO, Design Everest
- Matthew Burkert Director of Engineering, Design Everest
- Zarna barday Senior Engineer, Design Everest
- Vern Wulfekuhle Director of Architecture, Design Everest
- Romain Curtis Architect, Design Everest
- Kelsey Henck Project Manager, Design Everest
- Piotr Moncarz Professor of Civil Engineering, Stanford University
- Michael Hungerford Developer, Founder of Hungerford Properties
“Mt. Everest is a symbol of Nature’s most impressive structure – we must ensure a sustainable planet through our hubs, technologies and building designs to preserve the future of our planet.”
Aakash established Design Everest, Inc in 2005 with his father who is an experienced structural engineer in California. Later, he went on to study at UC Berkeley College of Engineering. During his experience in the technology startups, he realized that the delivery of structural engineering services in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) sector has remained relatively unchanged for decades, and saw the huge unique value Design Everest could bring to the industry by making technology the backbone of the company.
Matthew is a California Licensed Professional Engineer with experience in designing residential projects all over the city of San Francisco, specifically focusing on retrofitting seismically-hazardous structures. With Design Everest, he oversees the engineering team and works to create improvements within the company and the industry. He shares Design Everest's vision of making high-quality design and engineering services accessible to everyone through the use of technology, informational resources, and innovation.
Vern J. Wulfekuhle is a Registered Architect licensed in California, Arizona and Utah. Vern is NCARB certified. His first project after graduating, a shelter for abused women and their children, received an AIA Regional Design award. Vern was highly involved in the renovation and restoration of several historic properties including the Wisconsin State Capitol. With more than 23 years of experience, Vern’s portfolio encompasses a wide range of project types. He has experience with numerous commercial projects, from new office buildings to master planning and sequencing of renovations for a major bank. Projects have included hotels, museums, restaurants, single family homes and multi-family developments. He views each project as a chance to learn something new which can be a benefit to the next project – no matter the project type.
Zarna has been a part of the Civil Engineering industry for about 9 years in various capacities including designing steel, concrete structures as well as land development, stormwater management & ADA accessibility. She is a CA licensed Professional Engineer. She thinks being with this industry has been an intellectually rewarding and stimulating ride so far. The AEC industry needs to adapt to new technologies with changing regulations and client needs. Design Everest offers a unique and efficient opportunity to work from home in the growing AEC industry which she thinks is far ahead of the curve offering quick coordination, faster turnaround time with quality work towards a common satisfying goal.
Romain Curtis is a California Licensed Architect. He greatly supports the green construction movement, is a LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council, and a Certified Green Point Rater for Built It Green. Romain was a member of the Emergency Architect nonprofit organization and with them taught an architecture class and spent the summer of 2004 at the Kabul Polytechnic University in Afghanistan. As part of Design Everest’s Architectural Design Advisory Board, Romain helps with growth, quality control, and design.
Kelsey works as one of our Project Managers coming to us with a B.S. degree in Structural Engineering from UC San Diego and is a certified engineer in training. She comes with knowledge of the construction process from her years working at the Powell Structural Laboratory at UCSD, where she worked with professors to construct and test structures for their research. From her time working as a facilities engineer at large commercial companies to managing a start-up in Colombia, Kelsey brings a broad skillset to the team. She is eager to help grow the Project Management team by focusing on how to streamline processes, reduce redundancy, and train the project managers and clients on the permit process from start to finish.
Dr. Piotr Moncarz is an advisor at Design Everest and has worked in the areas of reinforced and prestressed concrete, wood mechanics, steel structures, earthquake engineering and seismic assessments, field and analytical structural failure investigations, structural analyses of transmission towers, and investigations of ship and offshore platform failures. Dr. Moncarz is a Stanford Certified Project Manager skilled at providing means and methods to project and program organization and management. Dr. Moncarz is an Adjunct Professor in the Civil Engineering Department of Stanford University. He is Chairman and Co-Founder of the U.S.-Polish Trade Council of Silicon Valley, vice president of the Polish American Engineers Council of North America, and chairman of ElectroMobility Poland SA.
Michael is an advisor at Design Everest and is at the helm of Hungerford Properties’ development projects. Michael oversees all aspects of the portfolio’s residential and commercial developments from start to finish, including rezoning, design, planning, marketing, construction, financing, sales, and completion. In the two years alone, under Michael’s direction, Hungerford Properties’ developments have won over 15 national and regional awards, including best multi-family low rise development in British Columbia. Prior to joining Hungerford Properties 8 years ago, Michael was the Head of World Wide Business and Corporate Development & World Wide Sales Operations for eGain Communications (NASDAQ: EGAN), based in Palo Alto, California.
Design Everest is a leading supplier of engineering and design services in California for residential and commercial construction. We are dedicated to providing quality engineering services with project delivery on schedule and within budget. Whether working for the property owner, contractor, architect, developer, or investor, our goal is to deliver excellent engineering and related services.
- Coverage area in California
- Year of establishment 2005
- 75+ available engineers and designers
- Experience & Quality
- Cost Predictability
- Value Engineering
- Breadth of Expertise
- Ability to Take on a Project Anytime
- Responsiveness and Quick Turnaround
"I have had the pleasure to work one on one with Design Everest. Our company, City Construction, has had nothing but positive experiences with their entire team thus far. Whenever time is of the essence, they continuously meet our needs every single time and are very helpful when we have questions throughout the process. I wouldn't hesitate to refer them to any of my clients, friends or family." -Mary S.
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Design Everest is OPEN! We work remotely and are fully committed to taking on and delivering projects.
We are here to support your plans
Design Everest’s remote working model can safely take-up and deliver your projects within the current government guidelines on COVID-19 (a.k.a Coronavirus). This applies to many of our project scopes, including architecture, civil engineering, structural engineering, and construction administration across California.
How we are still able to support you safely?
Design Everest is set up to remotely leverage digital platforms (virtual meetings, calls, emails etc.) in client-facing and internal operations. Over the years, we have advanced this ability to the extent that we can continue supporting new and existing clients across many of our projects. Even projects that need an on-site visit can be fulfilled safely via video calls or in-person visits, where permitted.
Note that the present government guidelines permit the delivery of essential services, including those related to construction.
Are we still able to service projects across California?
YES, Design Everest's remote working model enables us to work safely with all clients, suppliers, industry partners, and internal staff as per government guidelines.
Are we limited to certain types of projects due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?
Design Everest can still support many of our types of projects (new or ongoing) safely. For example, new custom homes, accessory dwelling units, civil plans etc. We are committed to delivering these remotely and safely as per the current government guidelines. In case of any external dependency that is unavoidable/unavailable, your assigned Custom Success Manager or Project Manager will keep you posted on it and try their best to keep your plans in-progress.
Will ongoing or recently-contracted projects go ahead?
YES, our remote working model enables us to be fully committed to ongoing projects. In case of any external dependency that is unavoidable, unavailable or unsafe, your assigned Custom Success Manager or Project Manager will keep you updated and try their best to keep your plans in-progress. If an on-site visit is not feasible via a video call, we will try our best to fulfill the visit safely, where permitted.
Some of our clients are already going ahead with their projects with us via video calls or virtual meetings. Your assigned Customer Success Manager or Project Manager is happy to help you with this, where needed.
Why should you proceed with projects now?
There are multiple reasons for this. It's typical to plan the construction step in the summer. So, clients get started on the pre-construction steps (architecture, engineering, and construction admin) in winter or spring to stick to planned timelines.
Projects such as Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Additions/Remodels enable clients to rent/resale and generate revenue. Meanwhile, many clients are concerned about protecting their families and businesses against earthquakes by retrofitting their homes and buildings. These are just a few of the various reasons why it’s still reasonable for clients to stick to their construction plans.
Feel free to phone us at (888) 311-3015 Alternatively, you may contact your assigned Custom Success Manager or Project Manager directly via phone, email or virtual meetings.
To summarize, Design Everest is OPEN and able to serve new and existing clients, affiliates, suppliers, and industry partners.
Stay safe and rest assured that Design Everest can help you go ahead with your plans as per the recommended safety guidelines!