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In memory of Michael J. Bocchicchio Sr., AIA, 1942-2014

Michael J. Bocchicchio

Born in Chicago, Ill, but lived most of his life in California, Mike died peacefully April 27, 2014 in San Ramon and the opera of his life ended surrounded by his family.

Michael J. Bocchicchio was an architect with several years of experience in private architectural practice, managing major capital programs and hundreds of people in very complex organizational structures for large public, corporate, and institutional entities. He was an advisor to owners on matters of development, design, and construction.

He was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to the Court Facilities Working Group as an advisor to the California Court System.

Mr. Bocchicchio held the position of Associate Vice President—Capital Resources Management for the University of California System. In this capacity, he oversaw long-range development of facilities and provided policy direction, oversight and technical assistance for physical planning, design, construction, facilities management, real estate, environmental protection, and sustainability. He also held the position of Assistant Vice President—Facilities Administration which further included oversight of Building Management, Home Loan Programs, and Auxiliaries.

Mr. Bocchicchio was twice appointed State Architect of California by Governor George Deukmejian and confirmed by the Senate. As chief executive of the Division of State Architects, he had overall responsibility for the design and construction of state facilities; development of building codes and standards; review and approval for seismic safety and accessibility of plans and inspection of all K-14 public schools and all hospital construction in the State; management of toxic waste and hazardous materials; review and certification of public facilities for compliance with accessibility regulations; and joint administration (with the California Arts Council) of the Art in Public buildings Program.

Formerly with Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, Mr. Bocchicchio was that organization’s Regional Director of Planning and Facilities for Southern California. He had overall responsibility for the development of facilities from the long-range program planning, through master planning, property acquisition, design, construction, manufacturing and maintenance phases. He also held the position of Director of Facilities Design and Construction, Southern California Region.

Prior to joining Kaiser, Mr. Bocchicchio served in a similar position at the University of Southern California where he was University Architect and Executive Director. He was formerly a Project Architect with Edward Durell Stone, F.A.I.A., and has been in private practice as an architect.

He received his Bachelor of Architecture, Cum Laude, from the University of Southern California where he was elected to membership in the Tau Sigma Delta, National Honor Society. Subsequently, he completed the Advanced Management Development Program at the USC Graduate School of Business Administration, the Business Management Institute at Stanford University, and the Kaiser Permanente Executive Program, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. He is a Registered Architect in the State of California.

Membership affiliations include the American Institute of Architects; the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute; past Director of the California Engineering Foundation; past President of the National Association of State Facilities Administrators; professional associations, honor societies, and boards including Board of Directors (Treasurer) of Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center (LVPAC), a not-for-profit developer and operator of the Bankhead Theater and other arts facilities; and the St. Isidore Parish Council, and member of the Italian Catholic Federation. At LVPAC he chaired the architecture and construction committee, guiding the design and construction of the Bankhead Theater.

He became involved in Country Western dance which led Mike to meet his “special dance partner,” and lovely wife, Janet. In the 21 years they have been together they both became Impresarios, producing grand opera in the Bay Area. He performed jazz piano on stage and in numerous venues. They both shared the love of music.

Mike is survived by his wife and four sons, Michael, Mark, John and Christopher. He also leaves seven grandchildren and three sisters.

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