The American Society of Civil Engineers has awarded this year’s Homer Gage Balcom Lifetime Achievement Award to Ramon Gilsanz.

This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated a lifetime of achievement in the structural engineering of buildings, along with advances to the state-of-the-art, and a commitment to the advancement of the structural engineering discipline of civil engineering. The award is named after H. G. Balcom (1870-1938), a structural engineer and a pioneer in designing tall structures to account for lateral wind forces. The Principal and Chief Engineer of H. G. Balcom Engineers in New York City from 1916-1938, his projects include the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Terminal, and the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. H. G. Balcom was a Director of the ASCE New York Section in 1929-1930. Since its inception in 1996, the Homer Gage Balcom Award has been presented on alternate years with the Roebling Award.

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From left: Tele Gonzalez, Susanne Mackiw, Jonathan Hernandez,
Karl Rubenacker, Vicki Arbitrio, Phil Murray, Ramon Gilsanz