Publications

Former Toys R Us Site in Times Square is Being Reimagined

The former flagship Toys ‘R’ Us store in Times Square is now being converted into locations for clothing retailers Gap and Old Navy. The 65 feet tall Ferris wheel had been dismantled, and its towering T-Rex shredded and burnt.

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Porcelanosa (Cross Sections Magazine)

Porcelanosa, a Spanish manufacturer of tiles and kitchen/bath finishes opened a new showroom at 202 Fifth Avenue, across the street from the Flatiron Building. Gilsanz Murray Steficek served as a prime consultant to the renovation of the former “Commodore Criterion” building.

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American Physical Society (Modern Steel Construction)

The American Physical Society (APS) newly renovated its headquarters in Ridge, NY. Gilsanz Murray Steficek participated as a structural engineer, collaborating with Marvel Architects in a state of the art, high performance and cost effective facility.

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330 Madison Avenue (Metals in Construction)

330 Madison went under a renovation to stay competitive in the market. MdeAS Architects and Gilsanz Murray Steficek came up with direct attachment of new curtain walls to existing mullions as an “over-cladding”, an effective solution that reduced the overall cost, and minimized disruption to the tenants.

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A Department-Store Comeback in New York City

The old-fashioned department stores are booming, only in Manhattan, NY. Five new stores are to open, which defies the notion that these stores are being outrun by online shopping and other varieties of retail options.

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The Women of QLIC

Numerous studies show that a diverse workforce is stronger. Nationwide, 17% of civil engineers are women.  Engineers must encourage more women and minorities into our profession, because we need all the talents available to work towards more resilient structures.

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Reinventing Woolworth

Downtown Manhattan’s iconic 1913 Woolworth building has gone through many redesigns over 17 years, and is under renovation and conversion to luxury condominium.  This article presents a case study of structural and logistical issues involved in the adaptive reuse of an early 20th century skyscraper and outlines the case for achieving sustainability through such re-purposing.

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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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High Rise by the High Line

While structural engineers are often lauded for achieving wild architectural forms, the engineering and inspection team on Avalon West Chelsea project instead presented value through thoughtful structural design, by simplifying the construction processes, and by bringing a straightforward production process to a potentially overwhelmingly unwieldy project.

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