Foundation History

The Charles Pankow Foundation was established in 2002 by Charles J. Pankow, founder of Pankow Builders and a pioneer in the construction industry. The Foundation carries on his legacy, supporting and advancing the professional ideals and beliefs championed by Mr. Pankow during his lifetime.

We are a private, independent, non-profit, public benefit, philanthropic foundation, established exclusively for scientific, educational, and other charitable purposes. As a 501(c)3 organization under IRS code, all products resulting from our grants must be made available in the public domain.

The Board of Directors elected Richard M. Kunnath as President in 2004. In 2005 the Board selected Dr. Robert K. Tener as the charter Executive Director. The nine-member National Advisory Council held its inaugural meeting in December 2005. The first two research grants were awarded on April 7, 2006. The Foundation's initial office was in Ontario, California, subsequently moving to Claremont, California in September, 2007. CPF Annual Reports for 2006 and subsequent years document the ongoing history of Charles Pankow Foundation.

Upon the retirement of Robert Tener in June of 2012, Mark Perniconi was named Executive Director and the Foundation's offices were relocated to Vancouver, Washington. Also in 2012, the Board, Advisory Council and Staff undertook a thorough review of the Foundation's activities since it commenced research grant funding in 2006. This review resulted in the Board adopting, in 2013, a revised Mission Statement and adding a new Vision Statement that reflects a more end-goal focused and strategically based research program going forward.

In our first four years of grantmaking Charles Pankow Foundation has awarded 25 research grants with a total award value of over $8 million. Our first grantee Research Products were published in 2008. The Foundation continues its steady emergence as a value-adding institution, serving the U.S. building design and construction industry with needed, innovative solutions to practical market needs.

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Corrugated Sheet Steel Shear Wall testUniversity of California Berkeley and Tipping Mar Research Team displays Corrugated Sheet Steel Shear Wall load-testing for media open house.

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