BAY AREA STRUCTURAL,INC performs general engineering, earthquake retrofit design, environmental and structural design, construction management, and environmental services for federal, commercial, industrial and residential projects in California ( predominately in the San Francisco Bay Area ). Our staff is committed to delivering services that will keep projects on schedule and within budget. We have in house California registered civil engineers , structural engineers, and professional designers. Our first priority is to satisfy our client's interests. Bay Area Structural,Inc has a professional familiarity with  the geographic area, markets, city requirements, and design obstacles that have helped us build an excellent reputation.

Associates & Staff

David Benaroya Helfant, PhD, M. ASCE, ICC, Assoc AIA,HAZSRRAC
General Manager

David is  Principal and Senior Project Engineer of the company  with 27 years of engineering architectural and construction experience in California, Washington, New Hawaii, New york and Hawaii. His experience encompasses a wide spectrum of structural, environmental, and civil engineering projects, specializing in structural assessments, seismic reinforcing, building envelope and construction defects, plans and specification evaluation, quality control, building construction, construction methods, and management. Along with his professional experience, he has also worked on publications and working papers, and has conducted professional lectures and seminars.


Arathi Gopakumar, PE, LEED AP
Project Engineer

Arathi received her Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from India. She began her career working at one of the leading structural engineering consulting firms back in  India. She moved to the United States to receive her Master's degree at Arizona State University and has since been continuing her career as an engineer in the Bay Area. Arathi has been with the company since August 2008. Some of her projects include working with the city of El Cerrito on their seismic retrofit program of unreinforced masonry buildings, and designing and developing plans for various  residential buildings.She is currently registered in California.

Lucas Johanson Zimmer, EIT
Office Engineer/Contract Administrator

Lucas graduated from San Francisco State university University in San Luis Obispo, with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. He has been with the company since March 2012. He has assisted in designing and developing plan sets for residential structures and also heads the contracting and accountating department in the company.