DEI & The Built Environment

On July 27th, our Founder, Thuy Fontelera, participated in a Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Silicon Valley event through their DEI Task Force Team. The event centered around DEI & The Built Environment. The built environment is undergoing a remarkable transformation as DEI requirements are becoming deeply ingrained in nearly every development project. The event presented an incredible opportunity to learn from industry experts who shared their experiences, industry trends, and invaluable insights. Together, they explored how each perspective contributed to building a more equitable future for generations to come.

Moderated by Sarah Mancuso, NorCal Market Director at JLL, the event featured:

  • Thuy Fontelera, Founder and Principal of Element Structural Engineers, brought innovative thinking to integrating DEI principles from the engineering side into affordable housing projects.
  • Fatimah Aure, Director of Field Building and Capacity at The Kelsey, advocated for inclusivity and accessibility in housing and development.
  • Fernanda Perdomo-Arciniegas, Equity, Access, and Inclusion Manager at the City of Sunnyvale, emphasized the role of local governance in DEI-driven urban development.

Throughout the event, attendees discovered the power of diversity, understood equity in design, and explored strategies for building an inclusive future. The event inspired everyone to work towards a brighter, more equitable future.

Watch the event recording below:

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Structural Engineering Expertise: Affordable Housing

With our commitment to being a community-driven and mission-driven firm, we take pride in our expertise and knowledge in providing structural engineering services for affordable housing projects. Our understanding of critical factors, such as tax credit applications and construction budgets, enables us to assist clients on a deeper level in achieving their funding and financing goals. With a focus on comprehensive lateral system designs and detailed pricing stages, we ensure accuracy and cost-efficiency throughout the project. We will delve into the intricacies of affordable housing projects and highlight our experience in delivering successful outcomes for our clients and the communities we serve.