Deflection of Flat-Plate Slabs

The competing factors governing structural design and dimensioning of reinforced concrete slabs create opportunities for optimizing the cost and performance of reinforced concrete flat-plate slabs. Using a slab prototype from an existing building, this study compares designs using different strengths of reinforcing bars and concrete.

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Fundamentally Preserved, Entirely Transformed

In autumn 2015, Porcelanosa, a Spanish manufacturer of tiles and kitchen/bath finishes, opened a new 18,000-squarefoot New York showroom at 202 Fifth Ave. Occupying the former Commodore Criterion building, the store required a full gut renovation to create seven levels within a building envelope that previously had only six levels.

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Coordinating Fast Paced Urban Projects

The fundamental principle that drives the need for speed in construction is economic. However, not all projects rely on speeds to maintain profitability. Those that do, achieve efficiencies through uniformity of design, systematized construction methods, and the engineer’s engagement during constructions.

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Quality Assured at GMS as Firm Expands Services

Gilsanz Murray Steficek, a structural engineering company based in NYC, has formed a Quality Assurance Group that offers inspection and testing services for clients with new construction or restoration projects.

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GMS Values Mentoring

According to Engineering Business Institute (EBI), 88 percent of the firms Best Structural Engineering Firm to Work have a formal mentoring program for new engineers. Gilsanz Murray Steficek is one of those firms, and GMS offers a unique program that aims to promote personal growth of its members.

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Time Warner Center (New York Construction)

The new Time Warner Center houses the new world headquarters for Time Warner, the 1,970 seat Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Shops at Columbus Circle, 199 condominiums, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 200,000 sqft office spaces, and a 504 stall valet parking garage. To quote a jury panel member, “[It] was a mind-boggling effort. The size, the complexity, the coordination required was incredible.” Gilsanz Murray Steficek served as a structural engineer.

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For GMS, it wasn’t so much the times as the people

Gilsanz Murray Steficek opened new offices in Essex County, NJ and Los Angeles, CA in 2003. Prior to that, the New York office established a building envelope design consulting in 1999 as Joseph Blanchfield, an architect with over 25 years of experience, joined the firm. Ramon Gilsanz, one of the founding partners, foresees a growth in construction market, and plans to grow with the market through expansion, for exposure to new people means new ways of doing things.

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