Keeping It Local
MHP Structural Engineers Making Buildings Safe
The structural engineers at MHP, Inc. of Long Beach helped design projects throughout the city, including Long Beach City Hall and projects at Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach City College and Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific.
In the Long Beach Unified School District, the firm has helped design many school buildings, including Bancroft Middle School, Hill Classical Middle School and the science building at Millikan High School.
Recently, MHP conducted seismic screening assessments for 100 LBUSD campuses. The firm provided detailed seismic evaluations of select buildings to help determine which should receive top priority for retrofitting with Measure K funds.
MHP is serving as the structural engineer for the multi-year Jordan High School modernization project, the Poly High School and Wilson Classical High School auditorium renovations, and the Lindsey Academy modernization project.
Founded in 1973, MHP now has 30 employees, including engineers, designers and support staff who serve a diverse public and private client base throughout the western U.S.
MHP solidified its presence in Long Beach in 2000 when it merged with Bole & Wilson Structural Engineers, another Long Beach firm founded in 1965. Bole & Wilson was responsible for the design of many landmark buildings in the Long Beach area, including Long Beach City Hall.
“Long Beach has been a great location for the company, allowing us to attract excellent staff who enjoy the community and all it offers,” said Lance Kenyon, one of five MHP managing partners. Kenyon is a Cal State Long Beach graduate who was born and raised in Long Beach and continues to live here with his wife, Loree, and their three children, the youngest of whom will graduate from Wilson High this month.
“The relatively affordable housing, strong schools, coastal location and culture make the City of Long Beach an excellent location for our business,” Kenyon said.
Of MHP’s 30 employees, about half also live in Long Beach where they participate in the community through parks and recreation softball, Rotary, YMCA Board, the Architecture, Construction and Engineering Academy at Jordan High School, the Long Beach Symphony and local churches.
“We have strong roots in this community and are grateful to be able to work with the school district to make our schools even better for future generations,” said Kenyon. “There is no better feeling than knowing that you are contributing to the betterment of your community."