Edgar Plazola, SE

Sample Projects

  • CSU Channel Islands
    New 28,000 sf, 2 story Student Union, which included a seismic upgrade of an existing 1950s library building
    Camarillo, California
  • Salvation Army Crestmont College
    New 3-story, 18,000 sf dormitory
    Rancho Palos Verdes, California
  • The Music Center - Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
    Evaluation of the parking structure for improvements at the ground floor level
    Los Angeles, California
  • Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
    New steel framed canopies with engineered resin roofs at the entrances into the Arena
    Long Beach, California
  • Vasquez Rocks
    LEED Platinum Interpretive Center for the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation
    Agua Dulce, California
  • JP Morgan Chase Bank
    Evaluate and strengthen existing structural systems
    Various locations, California
  • South Beverly Grill
    Seismic retrofit of existing non-ductile concrete building as a part of a restaurant remodel
    Beverly Hills, California
  • Kaiser Permanente
    Upgrade of existing mission critical facilities at Riverside, Los Angeles and Fontana, California
  • University of Southern California
    Structural repairs and upgrades at several facilities on main campus and Health Sciences Campus
    Los Angeles, California

Project Engineer

Edgar Plazola joined Insight Structural Engineers in 2005. He has provided structural engineering solutions for a wide variety of clients including hospitals, commercial office buildings, and seismic retrofits of various buildings in the Los Angeles area.

Recently, Edgar was the Project Engineer on mission critical facility upgrade projects for Kaiser Permanente, several structural repair and upgrade projects on USC’s main campus and Health Sciences Campus, the new Student Union at CSU Channel Islands campus and a new 28,000 square foot dormitory for the Salvation Army Crestmont College.

Edgar is an active voting member at the state and local Existing Buildings Committee of SEAOC and a Disaster Service Worker certified by CalEMA to to examine and tag buildings after an earthquake.


  • University of Southern California
    Master of Engineering in Structural Design
  • California State Polytechnic Univ. Pomona
    Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Professional Registration and Accreditation

  • Structural Engineer, California
  • Civil Engineer, California

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Steel Construction
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)
    - Elected to Board of Directors, Southern California Chapter (2014-2016)
  • US Green Building Council
  • US Resiliency Council

Relevant Experience

  • Insight Structural Engineers (2005-present)
    Project Engineer
  • Miyamoto International (2003-2005)
    Project Engineer
  • Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (2001-2003)
    Engineering Intern

Awards and Honors

  • SEAOSC Excellence in Structural Engineering Merit Award for Vasquez Rocks, 2013
  • USC First Generation College Student Mentor Program, 2013 & 2014
  • AIA Restaurant of the Year Award Winner for South Beverly Grill, 2010
  • Structural Engineers Association of California, Scholarship Award, 2003
  • Maximizing Engineering Potential Award, 2003
  • Alliance for Minority Participation Scholarship Award, 2000
  • Chi Epsilon, Engineering Honor Society

Special Interests

  • Camping, hiking, and volunteering at school activities