Built upon a solid service-oriented foundation, The Structures Group has earned a far-reaching reputation for operating with efficiency and dependability. We began over 50 years ago as a small California company named, Berkeley Plywood. We used a revolutionary new method for framing a roof on industrial and commercial buildings.

Originally named the Berkeley Panelized System, this framing method became the mainstay for large wood roof structures throughout the West Coast. Today we bring this innovation to projects across the United States. Throughout the years our philosophy has remained steadfast:

Good people, fully motivated and properly rewarded, produce the quality structures and service that our customers respect.

Our Team

Brian Vandenburgh

President

Graduated from University of Arizona in 1991 with B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering (Structural Emphasis). Registered Structural Engineer in Arizona, Texas, and Hawaii.

Brian began working for the predecessor in 1985 building “panels”. During college he worked for The Structures Group as a programmer and draftsman. After graduating college he gained experience as a consulting structural engineer in California and Arizona. Brian returned to The Structures Group in 1994 as a Sales Engineer. He advanced to Chief Structural Engineer, Vice-President, and President. He has designed hundreds of panelized wood roof structures as well as wood and steel roofs and floors. When he’s not at the office you’ll likely find him at Lake Powell, wakeboarding and wake surfing.

Lorri Franklin

Controller

Graduated from Arizona State University in 1998 with a B.S. Degree in Accounting, and from University of Phoenix in 2008 with a Masters of Business Administration Degree

Lorri began working in accounting and human resources in the construction industry in 1994. Lorri has 19 years of experience in developing and maintaining the system of internal accounting controls and financial reporting, human resource systems and office management. She has been working for The Structures Group Southwest since 2002. Lorri tried to quit in 2005 when her husband was stationed out of state. She’s so valuable that she has successfully worked remotely ever since!

Oren Christensen

Operations Manager

Started in construction as a Construction Claims investigator in 1975. Oren began working in the field for the predecessor to The Structures Group in 1979 as a Journeyman Carpenter. He worked his way up to Journeyman Forman with 25 years’ experience before being promoted to the office.

Oren provides coordination between trades, shop drawings, material requirements, steel joist/girder Bills of Material, liaison between field and office. Oren’s vast experience and problem solving allows him to anticipate field issues before construction begins. Oren married his lovely wife, Helen, in 1986. And, completely unrelated, he’s pretty good with a joke!

Joseph O. Santini

Sales Engineer

Graduated from Arizona State in 2003 with a B.S. Degree in Construction Management.

Joseph started his career in the construction industry working for his family’s structural and misc. steel business in Boston in 1994. After graduating college he went to work for a general contractor as a project engineer in Arizona. Joseph joined The Structures Group in 2004 as a sales engineer. In 2009 he returned to Boston and gained 5 years additional experience in all facets of steel fabrication and erection. He is now back at The Structures Group. He is efficient and thorough in estimating as well as project management for both wood and steel projects. Joseph has more tattoos than everyone else in the office, combined!

Joe Long

Field Superintendent

Began as an Apprentice Carpenter in 1995 and joined The Structures Group in 1998. He worked up to a Journeyman Carpenter in 2000 and Journeyman Forman in 2005. In 2007 he was promoted to Assistant Field Superintendent with the charge of increasing productivity and efficiency in the field.

Joe now manages all field operations and has been successful in significantly increasing production in panelized construction. Joe’s hair grows exceedingly fast. When he grows out his beard he looks like Jesus Christ!

Riki Philips

Chief Estimator

Studied at Ohlone College 1980-1983.

Construction experience began 1983 where he advanced to Journeyman in the California Roofer’s Union. Riki joined The Structures Group in 1994 and provides estimating and project management. He has extensive knowledge in steel and wood estimating and anticipating project requirements not shown on construction documents. Riki is an avid Cincinnati Reds fan and can catch smelt with a net!

Jim Willison

Purchasing Agent

Graduated from Arizona State University in 1977 with a Master’s degree in Technology.

Began as a Mason Tender in 1972, residential building in 1978, before joining the predecessor to The Structures Group in 1980. Besides being an expert at material acquirements and scheduling, Jim also holds a Journeyman Carpenter’s card and has worked in the field when needed. Jim is a certified shop teacher!