Mike Korolyk has made substantial contributions to Tipping's engineering practice, weaving dynamic creativity and the ability to effectively organize information and design with his rare understanding of performance-based seismic design, analysis, and computer programming. As a result, he sees solutions where others would see only obstacles, and his design of analytic strategies and creation of analytic tools has driven much of our success in performance-based seismic design in the last ten years.
Mike has been crucial to the design of many of Tipping's award-winning projects: the San Francisco Public Utilities Headquarters, the Rene Cazenave Apartments, the Carquinez Senior Apartments, 680 Folsom Street, and UC Berkeley’s Hearst Greek Theatre, among others. He also performed the seismic evaluation of the Washington Monument after Virginia’s 5.8 Mineral Earthquake in 2011.
Most notably, Mike was the primary force responsible for the analytical framework and execution of FEMA P-807: Guidelines for the Seismic Retrofit of Weak-Story Multiunit Wood-Frame Structures. The intent behind this FEMA-driven project was to create a method of evaluation and retrofit technically robust enough to predict seismic performance, while also being usable by engineers who may have limited experience in performance-based design and nonlinear response history analysis. Moreover, Mike conceptualized and created the Weak-Story Tool, a software program that accompanies the guidelines. It allows the user to combine shear-wall backbone curves and calculates quantities needed for the evaluation. The CAD-like graphical interface gives users access to the analytical results and helps to protect against errors in input and bookkeeping.
Mike earned his B.S. in civil engineering and his M.S. in structural engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined Tipping in 2006 and was named principal in 2014.