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Alex Salter, PE

Vice President

University of Wisconsin, Madison,
B.S. Engineering Mechanics

California M.E. No. 34293

  • Institute of Noise Control Engineering
  • Allied Member of AIA San Francisco
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The Impact of Design

The environment in which you live and work has a direct effect on your quality of life. Acoustical engineering is my way of bettering people’s lives while pursuing my interest in architecture, engineering, and construction in the built environment. This work came full circle when I presented at a conference held in the same ballroom where I had recently designed an isolation system to reduce noise from the parking garage above. As a member of ASHRAE, I also worked with the City of San Francisco Department of Public Health to reduce automotive noise and air pollution. I am most proud of my work for the Commonwealth Club of California, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Brower Center: the first LEED Platinum certified building on the West Coast.

A Lifelong Tinkerer

I was first inspired to pursue acoustical engineering through early studies in physics and mechanical vibration. While growing up on the East Coast, my father told me about his cousin, Charles, who ran an engineering firm in San Francisco. I inquired about an internship and the rest is history. I fell in love with the work and the city, and since joining Salter in 2003, I have always sought the challenge of providing a healthy acoustic environment while allowing the architectural design and craftsmanship to shine. Outside the office, I’m constantly renovating my home, mountain biking on Mount Diablo, and spending time with my wonderful family.