CTBUH Emerging Leader of New York Award

Congratulations to our Associate Partner, Jessica Mandrick, on being named one of five 2019 Emerging Leaders by the CTBUH New York Future Leaders Committee.

GMS is proud to have such a committed professional on our team and this award is well-deserved. Jessica started at GMS in 2007 as an engineer and has worked on a broad range of projects. Within our office she advocates for broader internal education programs, wider exposure to different project types and encourages participation in professional organizations. “It is important that engineers see hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes as more than just loads, and consider their societal impact. Engineers are well educated to take a seat at the table in the larger conversation on disaster preparedness, risk tolerance, and infrastructure investment.”

We congratulate Jessica and know this is just one of many honors she will receive throughout her professional life. And we thank her for her contributions to our industry.

The award will be presented during the CTBUH NY Regional Conference Reception on Friday, November 1, 2019 at The Penn Club in New York City.

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Form and Force – IASS Symposium

The IASS 60th Anniversary Symposium (IASS SYMPOSIUM 2019) and 9th International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures (STRUCTURAL MEMBRANES 2019) have merged into a joint international conference, FORM and FORCE 2019, aiming to provide a forum for state-of-the-art contributions and fruitful discussion in the broad fields of shell, spatial, tension and inflatable structures. The 2019 conference was held in October in Barcelona, Spain and it covered concepts related to material, design, computation, construction, maintenance, history, environmental impact and sustainability of shell, spatial, tension and inflatable structures in all fields of application.

Miguel Lopez of GMS presented a paper, Lateral Load Resisting Facades, co-authored jointly by the GMS Structural Engineers and Building Envelope consultants Miguel Lopez, Joseph Blanchfield, Philip Murray, David Kazibwe, Carolyn Bai, Ramon Gilsanz. The paper’s abstract follows:

Simple modifications to traditional curtain wall slab anchors allow designers to incorporate a structure’s building envelope system into its lateral system, leading not only to improved structural performance, but a reduction in the building construction’s carbon footprint. This approach of integrating architecture with structural design to optimize building performance and construction embodies the principles of efficiency, economy, and elegance championed by the late Princeton Professor David Billington. In this paper, the potential benefits of utilizing façade members to contribute to the building stiffness is studied by reanalyzing 510 Madison Avenue, a 2012 Class-A steel high-rise office building in Manhattan. The building’s lateral system is comprised of moment and braced frames. The building’s façade is a unitized aluminum curtain wall system that utilizes traditional curtain wall anchors designed to prevent the transfer of loads between the façade and the structure.

GMS Partners Philip MurrayRamon Gilsanz and colleagues Zoe Champion and Helena Ariza also attended the conference, noting the networking opportunities and planned workshops to learn about new software applications, among other things. For more information, click here.

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SEAoNY Annual Meeting 2019

Last Tuesday, September 24  SEAoNY celebrated their Annual Meeting of 2019.

GMS Partner Jonathan Hernandez  hosted the evening as the immediate Past President. At the evening’s conclusion, he awarded  Vicki Arbitrio with life membership as the 2019 SEAoNY Honorary Member and gave two scholarships in her name. Kamil Pisula of City College and Carol Shlyakhova of NYU are each studying structural engineering; their winning essays will be published in an upcoming issue of Cross-Sections, the SEAoNY publication.

Current SEAoNY Treasurer and GMS Associate Partner Eugene Kim was also in attendance.

For more information, click here https://seaony.org/event-3508398

 

 

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Fairfield University Unveils Plans for New State-of-the-Art Convocation Center

Fairfield University and Centerbrook Architects and Planners have shared new images of the #Stags new Convocation Center. Have a first look here  https://fairfieldstags.com/feature/ConvocationCenter

This new 85,000 sf facility will include a 3,500 seat multi-use space for basketball, volleyball or university events and concerts. The seating can be reconfigured to allow two practice courts, or infilled to create an event or dining space. The venue includes a state-of-the-art broadcast and media center, as well as spaces devoted to the student athletes. The GMS team includes: Gary Steficek, Eugene Kim, John Hinchcliffe, Nam Hee Kim, Khaoula Msaaf, Nicolas Gomez, Phoebe Wang, Kristina Zarrella, Juan Escobar, Arkadi Goldin, Irina Goldin and Miryam Varona.

Image courtesy of Centerbrook Architects and Planners

 

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Vacation Homes

Whether you’re shopping for a home or planning your next vacation stay, take a look at these homes GMS has engineered…

Among GMS’ extensive portfolio, we bring vast experience with single-family residences in New York and throughout the Americas.  Many of our projects are located on inland, mountain and coastal properties including eastern beachfront homes in hurricane prone regions within high velocity wave zones in the flood plain, and pacific beach properties where landslides and earthquakes pose additional hazards.  These homes are constructed using timber, steel, architecturally exposed concrete and extensive glass facades. Contact Phil Murray if you are thinking of building your own dream.

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Restoration Hardware

Courtesy of Restoration Hardware

The intersection of Ninth Avenue, Gansevoort Street and Little West 12th Street in Manhattan’s Gansevoort Market Historic District, has been in active use for over 150 years. It has served as an open air market, stables, a meatpacking warehouse and, as possibly it’s most notable incarnation, the home of the much loved bistro, Pastis. It is now the new 90,000 square foot home of Restoration Hardware’s Manhattan flagship.

The transformation from 19th century, 2 story warehouse space to 5 story, 21st century retail and design showcase, complete with a central atrium and glass elevator, was no easy task. The project involved gutting the interior of the original structure while carefully preserving the original brick enclosure and building a new glass and steel structure within.

To complicate matters, the building is located close to the flood plain and excavation was required to build a new basement and foundations to support the new construction.

The new structure is steel framed, using moment frames with composite concrete and metal deck floor slabs. This system was designed to provide flexibility in the retail layouts and provide support for the original brick exterior walls and the new awning along Ninth Avenue and Little West 12th Street. Beams accommodate stone floor finish throughout the retail spaces and were designed to minimize foot-fall vibration.

The building, designed by Wormser + Associates Architects with façade by BKSK Architects, artfully melds old and new, retaining the original base and preserving the charm and character of the authentic brick facades. RH collaborated with Backen Gillen Kroeger Architects for the RH tenant design. The new glass and steel structure rises out of the base creating an open plan for retail including a rug showroom, a materials library, a coffee bar and a rooftop restaurant with panoramic views of the area.

GMS is well versed in the challenges of converting existing historic structures for re-use – click here to see some other projects or call Phil Murray or Carl Zanier to see how we can help you.

Courtesy of Restoration Hardware

Courtesy of Restoration Hardware

Courtesy of Restoration Hardware

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MCC Theater Moves to a New Home

©Michael Moran OTTO

The Manhattan Class Company (MCC) began 32 years ago as a collective of young actors, writers and directors with the mission of re-defining the NYC theater scene. Finally, after years of renting and relocating, this Off-Broadway non-profit now has a permanent space of their own!

Located on 52nd street in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen, their new 27,000 square foot space has two state of the art theaters with 45 foot ceilings, rehearsal space, offices and a bar. The theaters, one with proscenium-style seating for 245 and the other with a flexible layout to seat up to 100 people, are designed by Andrew Berman Architects to, as the theater website touts, ‘do what they do best: promote conversations’.

The space was delivered in white box condition and the architect wished to maintain the exposed concrete aesthetic. In the large theater, GMS designed a new exposed concrete balcony, a new control room level, exposed structural steel catwalks, flying grid supports and technical balconies. In the smaller theater, GMS designed new cold-formed steel control room and control room ceiling, and structural steel catwalks and lighting supports. There are two large rehearsal studios, theater administrative spaces as well as the bar, pantries, a green room and box office. Additional floor space was created at an intermediate level for dressing rooms and wardrobe. Both theaters are acoustically isolated, as the facility is situated in the lower levels of an apartment building which is located over the Amtrak train tunnels.

GMS has extensive experience with NYC theaters – building out new spaces, moving existing and historic theaters, preserving historic features and supporting restorations of all kinds. Give Jessica Mandrick or Ramon Gilsanz a call to see how we can help you build, modify or renovate your theater space.

©Michael Moran OTTO

©Michael Moran OTTO

©Michael Moran OTTO

©Michael Moran OTTO

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Eugene G. Mui, 1936-2019

The team at GMS are so saddened to learn that Eugene G. Mui, GMS’s first employee, passed away on June 19, 2019. Eugene’s wisdom and patience helped shape the firm that we have become. He is fondly remembered and will be missed by all who knew him.

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2019 Qu-AKE World Pride March

We are happy to announce GMS is joining Queer Advocacy and Knowledge Exchange (Qu-AKE) in the 2019 World Pride March on June 30th!

With our sponsorship, we will have 20 GMS employees march with Qu-AKE. Come join us!

The Queer Advocacy and Knowledge Exchange (Qu-AKE) is a national, nonprofit, inclusive network for professionals working in the fields of civil engineering, architecture, urban planning, geosciences and construction. We exist to ensure visibility and protection of LGBTQ+ professionals in our fields, by facilitating networking opportunities, providing a forum for mentorship, and fighting discrimination against members of our community in the workplace.

For more information, email info@qu-ake.org

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GMS Promotions 2019

The partners of GMS are proud to announce the following promotions effective June 1, 2019:

Tele Gonzalez to Principal,

David Hoy, David Shea and Jeff Stratton to Associate Partner,

Mark Beltramello, Aaron Doliber, Carmen Garavi, John Hinchcliffe and Alvaro Martinez to Associate,

Hannah Garfield, Patxi Goicolea, Ruilong Han, Teodor Ispirski and Dana Saba to Project Engineer and

Jean Laurent and Matt Hong to Senior Engineer.

“These promotions are a testament to their hard work and efforts to learn and grow as professionals. We are very happy that they are working with us, and we hope that they will continue to grow with us for many years!”, said Ramon Gilsanz as he made the announcement.

Left to right in back row, Teodor Ispirski, Jeff Stratton, Aaron Doliber, Mark Beltramello, Alvaro Martinez, John Hinchcliffe and in front row: Jean Laurent, Tele Gonzalez, Carmen Garavi, Dana Saba, Hannah Garfield.

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Updating the Existing Building Code

GMS Partner Karl Rubenacker attended the International Code Council’s Committee Action Hearings in Albuquerque, May 4 and 5 on behalf of the NCSEA existing buildings code advisory committee. These hearings offered code officials, architects, builders, engineers, and other design professionals the opportunity to provide input on proposed code changes to the Group B International Codes® for 2021.

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2019structurescongress

Meet us at the 2019 SEI Structures Congress!

April 24 through 27, 2019 GMS Partners Ramon Gilsanz and Karl Rubenacker, as well as Associate Partners Eugene Kim, Jennifer Lan and Jessica Mandrick will travel to Orlando, Florida to attend this year’s ASCE/SEI Structures Congress.

Jessica will be moderating Innovation in Software and Technology for Structural Engineering (Session 508025), Thursday April 25 at 9.30 AM. Ramon will present on Optimal Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures (496799), Friday April 26 at 1.30 PM. Jennifer will present on Findings from the ATC Mexico City Earthquake Reconnaissance (507867), Friday April 26 at 1.30pm (with Ramon as co-presenter) and Ramon and Karl will present different chapters of the ASCE/SEI Design Guide Alternative Load Path Analysis Guidelines for Disproportionate Collapse (504616), Saturday April 27 at 11am.

On Wednesday April 24, Ramon and Karl will meet with the ASCE Standards Committee on Disproportionate Collapse Mitigation and Jessica will chair the SEI Board Young Professional Committee meeting.

Drop us a line if you will be attending, we would love to have a chance to catch up with you while we are there!

Click here to learn more about the Congress http://www.eventscribe.com/2019/STCONG19/ Or follow on Twitter #Structures19

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Hermes to present at the 2nd Annual Design Build Excellence Spring Symposium

GMS Partner Achim Hermes will be presenting at the 2nd Annual Design Build Excellence Spring Symposium on Friday, April 26th of this year.

Achim will present on “Building Facade Essentials: Acoustical Design, Implementation, and Quality Assurance” together with AKRF.

Click to learn more and register http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-design-build-excellence-spring-symposium-registration-59106774955

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Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)

Join GMS Senior Structural Engineer Hannah Garfield, PE, along with architects from Gensler and builders from Structure Tone for a panel discussion at the March Chapter Meeting 3/13 of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Metro NY Chapter. Architectural Metal and Glass: A Powerful Combination will explore a recent project featuring a glass and metal guardrail for a multinational consulting firm’s offices in Midtown Manhattan.

For more information https://lnkd.in/dQ8cNsj

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Welcome John!

We are happy to welcome John Lantry back to GMS! We look forward to having him work on our work for the NYC School Construction Authority and for the NYC Economic Development Corporation!

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Chicago Architecture Center

ICYMI, or were not able to make it to the Chicago Architecture Center last month, GMS’s Ken Oen, P.E. (second from right) participated on a panel (from the left) with CTBUH‘s Antony Wood,  Mark Anderson, of the John Buck Company, and Benjy Ward, of Gensler  shown here with Lynn Osmond of the CAC (center). http://www.ctbuh.org/Events/CTBUHRelatedEvents/CACBuildingTallLecture/tabid/8117/language/en-US/Default.aspx

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Cultivating a Constructive Partnership

Since the mid-1990s, GMS has been pleased to work with Centerbrook Architects and Planners on a host of ingenious and extraordinary projects. Over the years, our 25 collaborations have included academic and cultural institutions, athletic facilities and sports arenas, places of worship, and private residences. Today, our teamwork continues at Yale University’s Peabody Museum and Greenwich Country Day School.

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The Sky’s the Limit?

GMS understands tall buildings. Our engineers and architects are experts in not just the skyscraper’s “bones” (the structure), but its “skin” (the envelope) as well.

On October 22nd, Achim Hermes will travel to the annual Middle East Conference of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) in Dubai to participate in a panel discussion about “skinning tomorrow’s skyscrapers.”

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Reimagining Retail

GMS excels at designing structures to support and house unique shopping environments. From new, ground-up construction to renovation; from white-boxing to full-scale fit-out, we work with a vast array of materials – including architectural concrete, exposed steel, heavy timber, structural glass, plastics and polymers – in order to solve complex interior design challenges.

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Leading the Way

At GMS, we recognize the importance of being engaged in our professional community through organization membership, peer-networking, and conference participation. Not only does this help us keep abreast of the most current technologies and practices, it also allows us to share our experiences and provide guidance to other professionals. We therefore endeavor to serve as leaders within the community by assuming governing roles in various engineering organizations.

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Inside Eaton Workshop – the New Hotel Brand Designed for Social Change

Eaton Hotels is pioneering an ‘interdisciplinary hotel experience’, providing innovative spaces and ‘provocative’ content, food and programming, in an effort to bring social change to the hospitality industry. GMS served as structural engineer for this new brand to establish their first property in the US at 1201 K Street NW in Washington, D.C.

This property is composed of a nine story tower constructed in 1962 with integrated below-grade parking garage and a five story building constructed in 1942. The design involved reinforcement of the upper levels and removal of an existing rooftop pool to accommodate additional suites at the upper level and a new rooftop bar. The building is also equipped with upgraded infrastructure and a new façade.

Originally a printing press in the 1940’s and then a bus station in the 1960’s, it was more recently a Sheraton Four Points hotel. In addition to the 209 hotel rooms, the 175,000 sf property also houses a radio station, a 50 person theater, a coffee shop, restaurant, an indoor/outdoor rooftop bar, a co-working space and a wellness center.

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Montroy DeMarco Architecture and 1 Oak Complete Mixed-Use Silver Star Building in LIC

Photo credit: Ola Wilk/Wilk Marketing Communications

GMS provided structural engineering services for the core and shell of a new building of approximately 162,000 sf over 10 stories, plus a full cellar. The building includes a new car showroom with service / repair area at street level, a used-car showroom above, and parking garage below. The upper levels and the roof are designed for residential occupancy. The project is adjacent to the subway line running along Northern Boulevard, so approval of the MTA was required to obtain construction permits.

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Manhattan’s Growing Sephardic Community Says New Center a Win for Ashkenazi Jews

This new temple and community center incorporates a pool in the sub-cellar, a wellness center, synagogue lobby and café at the ground level, an auditorium, with balcony, classrooms, offices, a double-story high gymnasium, a banquet room and rooftop play area as well as necessary ancillary spaces.  The building is approximately 170 feet tall and encompasses approximately 65,000 gsf.

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Gap + Old Navy Arrive at Times Square

Gap Inc. has opened its largest site in the world, a 70,000-square-foot location that houses side-by-side Gap and Old Navy flagships in Manhattan’s Times Square. It’s estimated that roughly 450,000 people pass through the area each day, or more than 50 million people per year. Built simultaneously, the two stores occupy most of the massive space that formerly housed the Toys “R” Us flagship, a previous GMS project, which closed at the end of 2015.

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The Devil Is in the Details: Documenting Steel Connection Design

For structural steel connections, there are three different ways to show the details on the Structural Engineer’s drawings as defined by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Manual of Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges. This Code provides a “framework for a common understanding of the acceptable standards when contracting for structural steel.” 

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2018 CTBUH Award Finalists by GMS

GMS is proud to have collaborated on two projects that placed as finalists in this year’s Tall + Urban Innovation awards. 35XV (35 West 15h Street) was recognized in the Best Tall Building category; 56 Leonard Street was recognized in the Best Construction category. The CTBUH Awards recognize projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level.

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150 Charles Street Wins AIA Housing Award

150 Charles Street has won this year’s AIA Housing Award in the category of Multifamily Housing. These awards, presented by the AIA Housing and Community Development Knowledge Community, emphasize the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and a valuable national resource. Overlooking the Hudson River, this building’s design emphasizes direct access to nature while also providing a high quality indoor environmental.

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Suitsupply Featured in Boston Globe

The European men’s fashion line Suitsupply will open its first Boston storefront at the address later this month, and will also operate a ground floor restaurant, Café Susu, at the location. It will be the brand’s 100th store, and the first time that the company has experimented with a cafe. Susu’s customers will have a view of the tailors as they do their alterations.

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9/11 Memorial & Museum 5k Walk/Run

On Sunday April 22, GMS will field a team of 14, along with family and friends, for the 6th annual 9/11 Memorial & Museum 5k Run/Walk and Community Day in Battery Park City.  The event supports the 9/11 Memorial & Museum as a place to learn the history of 9/11 and honor this National Day of Service and Remembrance.

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ATC-NIST Presents Blind Prediction Contest Findings at NASCC

At this year’s NASCC Steel Conference, organized by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) in Baltimore, the Applied Technology Council (ATC) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) presented modeling techniques, quality assurance techniques, challenges and engineering decisions involved in the recent blind prediction contest held to advance knowledge on design and modelling of deep wide-flange columns.

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Jennifer Lan Presents in EERI Webinar

Jennifer Lan was a panelist on an EERI Technical Case Studies Webinar, during which speakers who conducted reconnaissance following the September 19, 2017 Puebla-Morelos earthquake presented geotechnical and structural case studies. Jennifer’s presentation described the reconnaissance methodology and provided an in-depth analysis of building performance, using two buildings that were damaged during the earthquake as case studies.

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GMS Engineers Collaborate on ASCE Design Standards for 2022

Ramon Gilsanz, Jennifer Lan, and Eugene Kim attended several committee meetings in Denver, CO, to help develop building design standards for the upcoming 2022 edition of ASCE/SEI 7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures. Standard ASCE/SEI 7 is an integral part of building codes in the United States and is adopted by reference into the International Building Code, the International Existing Building Code, the International Residential Code, and the NFPA 5000 Building Construction and Safety Code.

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Holiday Wishes

Best wishes for a happy holiday season and a healthy, prosperous New Year!
— from all of us at GMS

Flatiron Reflection by Future Expansion is the 2017 winning design for the Flatiron Holiday Design Competition, a collaboration of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and the Van Alen Institute. GMS is proud to work with Future Expansion and The New Motor, to deliver this holiday gift to our neighbors. Special thanks to GMS team members Cathy Huang, Amanda Eldridge, Isaac Epstein, Dana Saba and Bryan Torres. Photography courtesy of ©Noah Kalina

Please visit Flatiron Plaza at East 23rd Street & Broadway, New York, now until January 1, 2018.

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Mexico City, Day 5 – Structural Monitoring and Reconnaissance Review

On Friday, the members of the ATC reconnaissance team reviewed their individual observations. Specific buildings were also identified for ongoing monitoring.<!–more–>

Having reached out to local engineers, building owners and residents, the team received helpful information about the earthquake itself, as well as the consequent building performance. Some residents invited our team members into their apartments to see the damage in person. The 9/19/17 earthquake caused structural damage — damage to buildings — precipitating 44 collapses. Many buildings also experienced non-structural structural damage (i.e. the shaking of contents within the buildings), or damage caused by geotechnical failure.

On this day, Laura Hernandez also assisted University at Buffalo Professor, Andreas Stavridis, with the instrumented inspection and measurement of a damaged building. Prof. Stavridis, member of the ATC team, conducted instrumented investigations of one building each day throughout this reconnaissance trip.

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Mexico City, Day 3 – Teams Investigate Building Damage

On Wednesday, the ATC reconnaissance team sub-groups were rearranged. Ramon and Jennifer’s group visited the Condesa neighborhood in the northern part of the city. Here the team assessed two buildings, one of which suffered some damage, and the other nearly none. Another group, including Laura Hernandez, focused on the southern area of Mexico City where they saw several structures with distinct damage

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Mexico City, Day 2 – Engineers review Seismic Standards and Inspection Procedures

GMS engineers and the other members of the Applied Technology Council (ATC) reconnaissance team arrived in Mexico City and coordinated their plan of action to study the effects of the 9/19/2017 earthquake on building structures. The first morning, they met at the WSP office to organize the reconnaissance for that day. In order to maximize the use of the researchers’ time, the team was divided into three smaller groups. Each went to a different section in the city to evaluate damage.

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Mexico City, Day 1 – Engineers Embark on Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance Mission

GMS engineers departed for Mexico City on Monday to be joined by remaining members of the Applied Technology Council (ATC) reconnaissance team reviewing the aftermath of the 9/19/2017 earthquake. The goal of this reconnaissance mission is to perform detailed assessments of reinforced concrete structures with all levels of damage. The reconnaissance will focus on identifying the likely cause of collapse in concrete buildings that performed poorly, and the likely cause of good performance in non-collapsed buildings in the immediate vicinity.

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GMS Engineers on ATC Reconnaissance Team Deployed to Assess Mexico City Aftermath

Mexico is one of the world’s most seismically active regions, sitting atop several intersecting tectonic plates. On September 19, 2017, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit the Greater Mexico City area killing 370 people and collapsing 40 buildings. The quake occurred on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, which killed around 10,000 people. The 1985 quake was commemorated, and a national earthquake drill was held, at 11 a.m. local time, just two hours before the 2017 earthquake. Twelve days earlier, the even larger 2017 Chiapas earthquake struck 400 miles away, off the coast of the state of Chiapas.

In support of ongoing U.S. Government-funded research and development projects in earthquake engineering, the Applied Technology Council (ATC) Endowment Fund is sponsoring a team of experts to investigate the performance of buildings in Mexico City following the event.

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White & Case Featured in Interior Design

GMS provided structural engineering services for this 440,000 SF interior renovation and re-stack of 9 floors in the McGraw-Hill Building at 1221 Avenue of the Americas. Project included structural modifications and reinforcement for a monumental stairway, health club, full service kitchen and dining area, UPS and data center, as well as roof dunnage and shaft openings for new HVAC equipment.

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529 Broadway Featured in the New York Times

This new 6-story commercial building in the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District replaces a two-story taxpayer building. The new steel framed structure, designed by BKSK Architects, features a terra cotta rain screen and glass curtain wall facade system that transitions along the building perimeter from punched windows representative of an earlier masonry era, to a more open open frame emblematic of SoHo’s later cast-iron era. The entire 52,000 square foot building is leased by Nike. According to the New York Times, “design fans should soon be recognizing it as one of the most exciting and intelligent structures to be built for decades, anywhere.”

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YIMBY spotlights 122 East 23rd Street

New development is an infrequent occurrence in the East 20s, but from 121 East 22nd Street through to 122 East 23rd Street, Toll Brothers City Living is almost finished on their latest project, designed by the Office of Metropolitan Architecture. GMS is providing exterior envelope consulting services for this new mid-rise residential condominium building.

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Jonathan Hernandez – President-Elect of SEAoNY

Jonathan Hernandez, GMS Partner, was inducted as the President-Elect for the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) for 2017-2018. The ceremony occurred during SEAoNY’s Annual Meeting, held at the Center For Architecture in New York on September 14, 2017.<!–more–>

The purpose of SEAoNY is to advance the art of structural engineering in New York by improving the flow of ideas and building the community of colleagues. SEAoNY also reaches out to other professionals, outside the engineering community, who work in related fields with common interests. The association sponsors workshops, panel discussions, lectures and seminars with the aim of addressing topics of interest and concern to structural engineers. SEAoNY is a member organization of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA). Jonathan is also a member of the NCSEA Board of Directors.

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20 Years!

In the past few weeks, FIVE of our colleagues celebrated a work anniversary at GMS.

Many thanks to Juan Escobar, Carl Zanier, Tim Barnard, partner Joe Basel, and Ken Chu for their hard work and creativity over the last 20 years.

Each has helped form our firm and nurture our next generation of structural engineers.

 

Thank you!

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New Professional Engineers for 2017!

GMS is very proud to recognize our engineers who have successfully attained their Professional Engineer (PE) licenses this summer: (photo from left) Carolyn Bai, PE, Isaac Epstein, PE, Sanaz Saadat, PhD, PE, Daniel Gleave, PE, and Akbar Mahvashmohammadi, PhD, PE.

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GMS Participates in 2017 ACE Mentor Program

GMS is again sponsoring the ACE Greater New York Mentor Program. Our staff serve as mentors to three teams of high school students to expose them to careers in Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE). GMS staff have proudly participated in the ACE Mentoring Program within the greater New York City region, the founding affiliate of this national organization, since 2006.

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New Rain Screen at Adidas Flagship

The largest of its stores globally, Adidas’ new North American flagship at 565 Fifth Avenue in New York City spans four floors, including a lower level,  and occupies approximately 45,000 sf. The overall design was conceived with the theme of sports and high school stadiums. In particular, the entry tunnel, reminiscent of a stadium entry, is made up almost entirely of glass with some stainless steel hardware and connectors; this load bearing glass structure at street level includes a glass ceiling and glass walls. The previous storefront was replaced with new glass panels spanning over 16 feet, supported only at the base and the head.

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Nike Soho (529 Broadway)

In our last issue, we showed you the exterior of 529 Broadway, the new building at Broadway and Spring Street in NYC’s Soho neighborhood, designed by BKSK Architects. Now we want to show you the interior fit-out, Nike’s new five story 55,000 square foot retail experience, with accessory office space and a roof terrace, designed by Nike with TPG Architecture.

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Stapleton Library Wins 2017 AIA/ALA Award

Every year, the American Institute of Architects partners with the American Library Association/Library Leadership and Management Association to honor the best in library architecture and design across the nation. The AIA/ALA Library Building Award is the only award that recognizes entire library structures and all aspects of their design. One of this year’s eight awards was bestowed upon Stapleton Library for its reconstruction and new addition.

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GMS Attends EERI 69th Annual Meeting

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s (EERI) mission is to reduce earthquake risk by advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering; improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political, and cultural environment; and advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes.

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529 Broadway

This new 6-story commercial building in the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District replaces a two-story taxpayer building. The new steel framed structure, designed by BKSK Architects, features a terra cotta rain screen and glass curtain wall facade system that transitions along the building perimeter from punched windows representative of an earlier masonry era, to a more open open frame emblematic of SoHo’s later cast-iron era. The entire 52,000 square foot building is leased by Nike. Photo above ©Chris Payne/Esto

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252 East 57th Street

252 East 57th Street is a 60-story luxury mixed-use tower in Midtown Manhattan. The building’s residential program is organized with 173 rental units on the lower floors and 93 high-end, two- to five-bedroom condominiums on the 26th floor and above. Residential amenities include elegant porte cochère, automated parking, a double-height residents’ lounge, and a private spa with a 75-foot indoor swimming pool. The commercial component of the development includes retail and a public school.

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75 Rockefeller Plaza

75 Rockefeller Plaza is a landmarked 34-story steel moment frame building constructed in 1947 for Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company. It is situated in the heart of Rockefeller Center on 51st Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Midtown Manhattan. It totals 623,000 square feet, with typical floor size ranging from 14,000 – 30,000 square feet.

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gNYC – 1700 Broadway

In October 2016, Gensler relocated over 600 employees to 1700 Broadway between 53rd and 54th Streets in New York’s Theater District. Their new space includes the second through sixth floors, providing a total of 120,000 square feet of office area. This new workplace is designed around Gensler’s workplace research, and incorporates an abundance of amenities, conference rooms and specialized meeting areas.

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GMS Presents at 16WCEE in Santiago, Chile

The 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, organized by the International Association of Earthquake Engineering took place from 9th January to the 13th January 2017 in Santiago, Chile. The conference covered engineering seismology, tsunamis, geotechnical earthquake engineering, design of new structures, assessment and retrofitting of existing structures, infrastructure and lifeline systems, preparedness and emergency management of large earthquakes, as well as social and economic aspects, and urban risk assessment.

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“Tales of Our Time” Exhibit Opens at the Guggenheim Museum

“Tales of Our Time” brings together a diverse group of younger artists to offer a broader view of the next wave in Chinese contemporary art. The artists examine conditions in contemporary China through approaches that often blur the distinction between fact and fiction. Employing media from ink painting to animatronics, they conceive of China more as a concept than as an identity, eschewing easy associations and symbols.

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CANctuary Wins at 24th Annual CANstruction Competition

CANctuary, a structure of cans of tuna fish, designed by engineers and architects at GMS and currently on view at Brookfield Place, as won the Cheri Award of the 24th annual Canstruction competition.

Canstruction is an international charity competition where 26 teams of architects, engineers, contractors and the students they mentor, competed this year to design and build giant structures made entirely from cans of food. At the close of the competition all of the food from the New York City competition will be donated to City Harvest.

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GMS Presents to SEAoNY about Global Trends in Earthquake Resilience

On October 18, 2016, Ramon Gilsanz of GMS presented to the members of the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) about global trends in earthquake design and resilience.

The lecture looked at common features of buildings in a variety of regions across the world which are prone to earthquakes. Such features include weak ground stories, considerations for adding new floors, alterations and enlargement of existing buildings and the potential for soil failures like liquefaction and lateral spreading. Using his experience from earthquake reconnaissance trips to Chile, Virginia, Greece, Taiwan and Ecuador, Mr. Gilsanz then discussed the impact of resilience in structures, specifically how to apply lessons from other cultures to improve the built environment here in New York City. He concluded with a review of the NYC Building Code provisions for resilience.

 

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GEER and ATC Publish Ecuador Earthquake Reconnaisance Report

On the evening of April 16th, 2016, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck northern Ecuador, offshore from its west coast. The event drew the attention of the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, due to the several hundred casualties, tens of thousands homeless, and destruction along the west coast, with evidence of severe ground motions and geotechnical failures.

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GMS Presents at 2016 SEAOC Convention

Jessica Mandrick presented at the SEAOC Technical Session on the recent Taiwan Meinong earthquake.

Jessica Mandrick, SE presented fifth in the Session titled Learning from the 2014 South Napa and 2016 Tainan Earthquakes during the 2016 Annual Conference of the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC), October 12-15 in Ka’anapali Beach, Maui. The focus of this session was to highlight the lessons learned during the GMS and USGS reconnaissance trip to Tainan, which took place in February 2016 in collaboration with EERI, ATC, and NCREE. The team visited the city of Tainan and its vicinity to survey, study, and document damage and site-related observations from the recent 6.4 Meinong Earthquake. The focus of the paper/presentation included observed design and construction issues as well as the societal response to the earthquake.

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GMS Provides AIA Continuing Education

GMS is very excited to announce that we are now a continuing education provider in The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System.

Our first course, Understanding Resilience through a Musical Analogy can be presented in person by Ramon Gilsanz, author of the STRUCTURE magazine article upon which this presentation is based. The course is accredited for 1 Learning Unit of Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW)-related training (1LU/HSW).

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GMS Engineers Receive PE & SE Credentials

GMS is proud to announce that Associate Jessica Mandrick (photo center) is now a registered Structural Engineer in California! Jessica is an active member of the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute’s Young Professionals Committee and serves on the editorial board of STRUCTURE magazine.

We would also like to congratulate several of our engineers for successfully attaining their Professional Engineer (PE) licenses: (photo from left) Ana Gallego, PE, Scott Sternad, PE, Jeff Knecht, PE, Alissa Oelsner, PE.

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GMS at International Workshop on Connections in Steel Structures

Ramon Gilsanz and Akbar Mahvashmohammadi attended the Eighth International Workshop on Connections in Steel Structures (Connections VIII). Researchers, designers, fabricators and steel industry representatives gathered in Boston on May 24-26, 2016 to collaborate and share knowledge within the areas of strength, behavior, fabrication and design of connections for structural steel and composite steel/concrete frames.

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Karl Rubenacker Proposes Code Revisions at ICC Committee Action Hearings

From 4/17 to 4/27, the International Code Council (ICC) convened the 2016 Committee Action Hearings in Louisville, KY to review the International Building Code (IBC), and other International Codes. On behalf of the Structural Engineers Association of New York, Karl Rubenacker, co-chair of SEAoNY’s Codes and Standards Committee and partner at GMS, presented 7 proposals for revisions to structural design provisions (chapter 16) of the 2015 IBC. If adopted, these proposals would be incorporated into the 2018 IBC. Proposals included revisions to regulations regarding construction documents, load combinations, live loads, special inspections, as well as an entire new section on structural peer review.

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GMS Travels to Ecuador for Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance

On Saturday, April 16, 2016 a massive magnitude-7.8 earthquake rocked Muisne, Ecuador, with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). GMS’s Ramon Gilsanz and Virginia Diaz traveled to Ecuador to help in relief efforts, assist other rescuers and collect data on the performance of structures during the event. The reconnaissance trip was coordinated by Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association (GEER), sponsored by the National Science Foundation, with additional support from the Applied Technology Council (ATC).

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GMS Presents at International Tall Buildings Conference in Milan

Earlier this week, Gary Steficek, founding partner of Gilsanz Murray Steficek, spoke at the 6th annual IUAV International Conference on Tall Buildings in Milan. The program was divided into two sessions, one on new technologies and a second on new uses for existing tall buildings. His presentation, “Reinventing Woolworth: Adaptive Reuse of an Historic Skyscraper,” was part of the Existing Structures Session.

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GMS Sponsors 2016 ACE Mentor Teams

GMS is again sponsoring the ACE Greater New York Mentor Program Team #6 (Manhattan) and Team #35 (Long Island). Our staff serve as mentors to high school students to expose them to careers in Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE). GMS staff have proudly participated in the ACE Mentoring Program within the greater New York City region, the founding affiliate of this national organization, since 2006.

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Virgin Hotel Breaks Ground

The new Virgin Hotel New York broke ground last fall and construction is on track for opening in 2018. This 39-story, tower will occupy the full block between 29th and 30th Streets along the west side of Broadway in NoMad (north of Madison Square), Manhattan, halfway between Herald Square and Madison Square in the Flatiron district.

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Achim Hermes and Jose Mendoza Promoted within GMS Leadership

The Partners of Gilsanz Murray Steficek are pleased to announce our 2016 promotions.

Achim Hermes, PE has been promoted to Partner, joining Joe Blanchfield and Susanne Mackiw to lead our Building Envelope team. He specializes in curtain wall and window consulting including involvement in all phases of design and construction. Achim has worked on a wide range of projects, both new construction and renovation, including new curtainwalls for the Pierhouse at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, 150 Charles Street and the office building at 510 Madison Avenue.

Jose Mendoza has been promoted to Associate. Jose has worked with our Building Envelope team since 2006 after obtaining his Architecture degree from the University of Sevilla and working in Spain. He specializes in façade investigation, curtain wall and window consulting through all phases of design and construction. His projects include the new JetBlue Terminal at JFK and One Jackson Square residences in Greenwich Village.

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GMS Visits Taiwan for Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance

Last month a team including Gilsanz Murray Steficek (GMS) engineers Ramon Gilsanz, Cathy Huang, Jessica Mandrick and Joe Mugford, Cerea Steficek from the Earth Sciences department at Northeastern University and Mehmet Celebi from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) accompanied by Sheng-Jhih Jhuang from the National Center of Research for Earthquake Engineering in Taiwan (NCREE) visited the earthquake stricken city of Tainan and vicinity to survey, study and document damage and site-related observations from the recent 6.4 Meinong Earthquake. GMS coordinated this effort with the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and the Applied Technology Council (ATC).

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GMS Attends 2016 Geotechnical & Structural Engineering Congress

Ramon Gilsanz, Phil Murray, Jonathan Hernandez, Jessica Mandrick, Sanaz Saadat, Joshua Peng, Mark Beltramello and John Hinchcliffe attended the 2016 Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Congress in Phoenix, Arizona. This unique Congress was a joint endeavor of two sectors within the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Geotechnical Institute (G-I) and Structural Engineering Institute (SEI).

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Vicki Arbitrio Elected President of ATC

At the annual Organizational Board meeting on January 29, 2016, the Applied Technology Council (ATC) Board of Directors elected officers for the Year 2016. Ms. Victoria Arbitrio of Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP, New York City, New York, was elected President. During her five years on the Board, Vicki has served as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice President, and on numerous ATC Board Committees.

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Barneys Helical Stair

After a 22-year absence, upscale retailer Barneys is making a comeback in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. This stair is just one part of a four story renovation project by Barneys in Chelsea. Watch a time-lapse of the construction process.

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US Resiliency Council Launches Building Rating System

The US Resiliency Council has launched the USRC Earthquake Building Rating System. The Rating System assigns one to five stars for three performance measures—Safety, Damage (repair cost) and Recovery (time to regain basic function). This first-of-its-kind performance rating is based on decades of earthquake engineering research and observations of earthquake damage. GMS staff members Ramon Gilsanz, Karl Rubenacker, Joseph Mugford and Jennifer Lan have been certified as USRC raters. Ramon and Karl are also certified as USRC reviewers.

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GMS Projects Win 2015 NY Design Awards

The New York Design Awards celebrate creativity, courage and innovation in design from the perspective of both creator and commissioner. The awards provide a distinctive opportunity for all sectors of the industry to participate across an extensive range of categories and achieve marketplace recognition. GMS projects received Gold Awards in various categories.

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GMS Hosts Students from Buffalo with EERI

On November 20, the NY Northeast chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) organized a trip to New York City for students from SUNY Buffalo. GMS was pleased to host the group at our office for an afternoon of insights into the structural engineering profession, innovative project case studies, and a session of “speed interviews” to help these students hone in on their career options.

The two-day excursion was organized in collaboration with Mueser Rutledge and also included a tour of the United States Tennis Association in Flushing, Queens, and the World Trade Center Memorial in Manhattan.

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GMS Participates in Structure Quest 2015

Congratulations to several of GMS’s newest members on their successful Structure-Quest competition on Saturday! GMS engineers Itay, Paola, Adela, Daniel and Ricardo are shown here with their 3rd place medals in front of Cooper Union.  They teamed with students from NYU.

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520 West 28th Street

520 West 28th Street

Zaha Hadid and Related Companies’ new residential building adjacent to the High Line has been in the news over the past few weeks. The condominium will have 39 residences, automated underground parking and a wide range of amenities including a 2,500-square-foot planted sculpture terrace.

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Ramon Gilsanz Celebrates Professor Kausel at MIT

On October 26, 2015, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology held a Rapid-Fire Conference to celebrate the accomplishments of Professor Eduardo Kausel over 40 years in MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The “Rapid-Fire Conference @MIT” was a day full of enlightening talks and intellectual discourse on important engineering and scientific issues of our times. The occasion sought to bring together colleagues Prof. Kausel had met in the academic community throughout the years that had influenced his own work.

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Tour GMS Projects in “Archtober” 2015

SculptureCenter and the carousel enclosure at the Staten Island Zoo will be featured in this year’s Archtober. Archtober (ärk’tōbər) is New York City’s Architecture and Design Month, the fifth annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions taking place during the month of October. Through special tours, lectures and exhibitions, Archtober raises awareness of the important role of design in our city and to build a lasting civic and international recognition of the richness of New York’s built environment.

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GMS Projects Featured at Open House New York 2015

On Saturday 10/17 and Sunday 10/18, the Annual Open House New York Weekend will unlock the doors of New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York.  From historical to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances, and other special events taking place over the course of OHNY Weekend. Through the unparalleled access that it enables, OHNY Weekend deepens our understanding of the importance of architecture and urban design to foster a more vibrant civic life, and helps catalyze a citywide conversation about how to build a better New York.

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150 Charles Street

The luxury residential development at 150 Charles Street in Manhattan’s West Village is nearing completion. 98 condominium units with estimated asking prices ranging from $4-$40 million (or approximately $7,000 per square foot) comprise the 300,000 square-foot building, situated on an acre lot. The project incorporates the structure of the existing 4-story Whitehall warehouse for the lower podium floors. Above, two towers are joined by a middle volume and cascade down to the Hudson River, allowing for spectacular views.

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QLIC

QLIC, the residential development at Queens Plaza North between 23rd and 24th Streets in Long Island City, is almost finished. The 21-story tower holds 421 rental units, double-height retail at grade and parking below grade. The building’s 28,000 SF of amenity space includes a rooftop pool, cabanas, a roof deck with an open-air theater and barbecue, a landscaped courtyard with a fire pit, media lounge, game room, fitness center, and other amenities on an occupied terrace.

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GMS Wins Soccer Championship!

Last night, the GMS Strikers won the ZogSports winter soccer championship!  Our team played two games last night to clinch the top spot. After losing our previous game against the Raging Sloth’s, we came back with vengeance to win 5-2. Our second game versus Band of Misfits was a close call but was secured with last quarter goals by Jeff and Harrison. As winners of the championship, our charity, SEAoNY, will receive $1,500. Congratulations to the victorious Strikers!

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Understanding Seismic Design through a Musical Analogy

Seismologists, earthquake engineers and seismic code experts understand the science of earth that moves and the structures built on it, but many of the concepts involved may be too abstract for architects, builders and the public. This article offers an analogy to help explain seismic design and presents three different construction techniques used in Chile, Japan and the United States that counter an earthquake’s effects.

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Louis Vuitton Renovation Complete

Louis Vuitton’s store at 1 East 57th Street has a brand new look. The Fifth Avenue entrance lobby of this flagship location has been expanded, and features a new canopy along with full-height showcase windows. The previous “wonder wall” has been reclad with stone clad aluminum honeycomb panel assemblies with integral light pockets and display vitrines.

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Challenges Facing Young Structural Engineers

By Jessica Mandrick, P.E., LEED AP and JasonMcCormick, PhD., with the SEI Young Professionals Committee

As current leaders in structural engineering approach the end of their careers, it is increasingly important that young professionals take active measures to step into leadership roles. Leadership transition plays a vital role in the profession, but always brings with it challenges that differ from those of past generations. This article highlights select challenges identified by the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute’s Young Professionals Committee.

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Prefabricated Facade Panel System at Abington House

The reason we became engineers and technical architects is that we love to make things better – we learn how things work, take things apart and fix them! So a trip to the factory to see how things that we have designed are actually being constructed is always exciting. For a recent project, we did just that.

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837 Washington Featured in Modern Steel Construction

Situated across the street from the High Line Park, 837 Washington Street is a six-story office and retail development designed by Morris Adjmi Architects and built by Sciame Construction for Thor Equities and Taconic Investment Partners. Gilsanz Murray Steficek (GMS), which served as structural design engineer, was intensely involved in the construction phase and provided special inspection services including steel erection and structural safety. The building is a new torquing tower that rises out of an existing two-story Art Moderne style brick warehouse built in 1938, which was once part of the Gansevoort Market.

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QLIC Tops Out

QLIC 41-42 24 Street

The residential development at Queens Plaza North between 23rd and 24th Street in Long Island City has topped out. GMS is providing structural engineering and building envelope services for this new, 319,000 sf, twenty-one story high residential building.

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NeueHouse Featured in Interior Design: “Working It”

GMS provided structural engineering services for the office renovations on the Ground, Second, Third, Fourth and Basement levels at 110 East 25th Street. This included structural design for two new mechanical mezzanines, framing design for new glass skylights through the sloped roof at the rear of the ground floor, framing design to close off an existing stairwell opening, and framing design for miscellaneous slab openings and floor penetrations. GMS also reviewed the support and design for the new metal framed ground floor public seating area.

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GMS Welcomes Summer Interns

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Back row: Eitan Selter (Cooper Union), Michael Pugliese (joining GMS as a full-time engineer), Jacob Venditto (George Washington University), Christian Hoelzli (Villanova University), Luke Gleason (University of CT)

Middle row: Min Jeong Kang (Cooper Union), Erica Freeman (Columbia University),

Front row: Zachary White (John Hopkins University), Brian Bansrupan (New Jersey Institute of Technology), Dominic Lore (West Virginia University), Charles Iselin (Columbia University)

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