Gary Y. K. Chock, S.E.


He has been engaged in structural engineering since 1980 and has been responsible for many major private industry projects in Hawaii and Asia He has been responsible for the Martin & Chock’s strategy of integrating design with structural cost monitoring and value engineering. He also has been engaged to conduct independent value engineering studies on numerous high-capitalization development projects. He has conducted risk and annualized expected loss analyses of multiple hazards.

He has been a proponent of performance-based structural analysis techniques, by which buildings may be designed to attain a specific objective within a range of performance levels. These procedures explicitly consider the changes in building response created by yielding and damage to structural components during extreme loading events, and so they are also applicable to existing buildings.

His work with the State and Counties has involved hurricane shelter planning and hurricane hazard research, building assessments, hazard mitigation, seismic research, building codes, and emergency response planning. Gary Chock authored the Multi-Hazard Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan for the City & County of Honolulu, a comprehensive plan for the mitigation of losses from natural hazards prepared in accordance with the federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. He also performed the engineering risk analyses of earthquake, hurricane, and flood hazards for the UH System-Wide Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Mr. Chock was the 2007 President of the Structural Engineers Association of Hawaii (SEAOH) and organized its response to the October 15, 2006 Kiholo Bay Earthquake. Projects conducted for State of Hawaii Civil Defense include detailed analysis of expected earthquake losses for Hawaii and Maui counties by developing databases of the building inventory and customized modeling of Hawaii construction and geology for the HAZUS software. In 2005, he co-authored Earthquake Hazards and Estimated Losses in the County of Hawaii, for State Civil Defense, which won the 2007 Overall Award for Excellence in Mitigation from the Western States Seismic Policy Council. Since the Kiholo Bay earthquake, FEMA has engaged Mr. Chock on several earthquake damage mitigation projects and investigations.

Mr. Chock has actively led the efforts in modernizing Hawaii's hurricane wind criteria in light of the most recent data, hazard analysis methodology, and codes. He completed comprehensive wind studies for new wind design mapping for the entire state. Mr. Chock was the chairman of the State Civil Defense Hurricane Shelter Standards Committee organized to develop public shelter criteria required by the Disaster Emergency Preparedness Act of 2005. As a consultant to the Insurance Division of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, he developed the Wind Resistive Device Technical Specifications for the Loss Mitigation Grant Program [HRS 431:22]. He is serving a four-year term as SEAOH’s representative to the State Building Code Council, which decides on the codes and standards to be utilized statewide.

In 2004-2005, he prepared the major updating of the Honolulu Emergency Operations Plan, to include a new Terrorism Incident Response Plan. Gary Chock also has authored the Emergency Operations Plan of the County of Kauai and the County of Maui. Mr. Chock is also an approved data custodian under a DD 2345 Militarily Critical Data Agreement, and performs Blast Effect Analysis and Anti-Terrorism Force Protection using methodologies of the US Army Corps of Engineers Protective Design Center.

Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Stanford University, 1980
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Hawaii, 1978
Structural Engineer/Hawaii, 1985
Structural Engineer/California, 1986

State Building Code Council, State Department of Accounting and General Services
International Building Code Structural Committee Member 2006-2007
American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE-7 Task Committee on Wind Loads
American Association for Wind Engineering
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
Hawaii Representative to the Building Seismic Safety Council
Structural Engineers Association of Hawaii, 2007 President
Chock, G., et al, “Compilation of Observations of the October 15, 2006 Kiholo Bay (Mw 6.7) and Mahukona (Mw 6.0) Earthquakes, Hawaii,” Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Report, December 31, 2006.
Chock, G., Peterka, J., and Yu, G., “Topographic Wind Speed-up and Directionality Factors for Use in the City and County of Honolulu Building Code,” 10th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering, 2005.
Chock, G. and Cochran, L., “Modeling of Topographic Wind Effects in Hawaii,” Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, August, 2005.
Chock, G., “Modeling of Hurricane Damage for Hawaii Residential Construction,” Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, August, 2005.
Chock, G., “Emergency Operations Plan for the City and County of Honolulu,” 2005.
Chock, G., “Multi-Hazard Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan for the City and County of Honolulu,” 2003.
  • The Keola La`i Condominium; Honolulu, Hawaii (2005-2008)
  • The Pinnacle; Honolulu, Hawaii (2006-2008)
  • Lanikea at Waikiki Condominium; Honolulu, Hawaii (2005)
  • Comprehensive Wind Study Incorporating New Design Mapping for Use in the Honolulu Building Code
  • 280 Beachwalk; Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Ko`Olina Center and Station; Kapolei, Hawaii
  • 2100 Kalakaua Avenue; Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Multi-Hazard Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan for the City & County of Honolulu
  • USARPAC Command & Control Facility Planning Study; Ft. Shafter; Hawaii
  • Keaukaha Military Reservation Joint Military Center, Phase I; Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
  • Fleet Store and MWR Outdoor Gear Facility NAVSTA; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
  • Child Development Center NAVSTA; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
  • University of Hawaii Systemwide Hazard Mitigation Plan; Honolulu, Hawaii