Publications

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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A Brief History of ATC

The Applied Technology Council (ATC) was founded by practicing professionals with the intent to serve the evolving needs of engineering practice. Since then they have funded engineers and researchers to develop improved hazard mitigation strategies and seismic design standards.

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Music Box

The New World Center in Miami, FL may appear to be a straightforward glass and concrete box on the outside, but the interior holds the dynamic sculptural elements that are the signature of Gehry Partners.

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Challenges Facing Young Structural Engineers

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.

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