Nishkian Dean Turns 15Sep 09 2014 · 0 comments · COMPANY NEWS, NISHKIAN DEAN ·0
In the spring of 1999, Edwin T. Dean had a chance meeting while attending an Applied Technology Council board meeting in New York. That connection led to an introduction to Levon Nishkian.
The Nishkian family established the San Francisco, CA based Nishkian Engineering Firm in 1919. Levon Nishkian joined the firm in 1974 and later became the owner. The firm became Nishkian & Associates in 1989 with Kevin Menninger and later the Nishkian Menninger. Several conversations after meeting, Levon, Kevin and Ed partnered to form Nishkian Dean. Since then, the Association has grown, adding affiliate offices Nishkian Monks, located in Bozeman, MT, and Nishkian Chamberlain, in Los Angeles, CA.
During its early years, Nishkian Dean was heavily involved in projects that developed along with the technology wave growing in the Pacific Northwest and the Bay Area. The firm enjoyed seven busy years at its first office, which was located in the historic Spalding Building on SW Washington Street and 3rd Avenue in downtown Portland.
Over the next decade, the firm shifted focus to accommodate the ever-changing economy. Projects arose, ranging from seismic retrofitting of existing buildings to aerospace programs with NASA. Throughout all of the industry change, Nishkian Dean never lost its sense of community and strove to remain at the forefront of structural engineering technology and consulting services.
Recognizing that the physical environment of the Pacific Northwest is unique, the firm has employed innovative ways to tackle challenging projects. The team has become experts of advanced design technology tools and continues to provide project recommendations that consistently meet their clients’ needs. Partnering with top-notch, local and national construction, architecture, and civil firms has opened up new and exciting opportunities, as well.
Today, Nishkian Dean has offices located at 1022 SW Salmon, in another historic building at the heart of the Portland community. The firm has played an integral role in creating unique educational environments, structurally sound offices, earthquake-ready parking structures, restaurants, and launch towers. The team has learned over the past fifteen years that the sky is literally the limit and they look forward to what the future holds.