GMS Attends ACEC Coalitions Summer Meeting

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And, we’re back!

Last month, Gilsanz Murray Steficek attended the ACEC Coalitions Summer Meeting in Nashville, TN, from August 9-10. As their website states, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) serves as the voice of the engineering industry throughout the United States and represents thousands of companies, working to strengthen the business environment for their members’ firms through government advocacy, political action, and business education.

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Thank You to our 2021 Summer Interns!

From left to right: Robert Rochel, Elliott Seaman, Eddy Wanyonyi, and John Podgorniak

Is the summer really coming to an end already? Time really does fly, especially when you have a group of incredible summer interns!

Last week, our group of interns — who have been with GMS family since June of 2021 — gave their final presentation to the rest of the company to discuss all they have learned and what they have worked on during their months with GMS.

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Exciting Promotions Across the GMS Team

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This summer, we are thrilled to announce the well-deserved promotions of an impressive handful of GMS employees. We are lucky to have cultivated such a bright group of people to be part of the GMS family and are honored to watch them continue to grow. Congratulations to the following employees and thank you for your continued hard work and dedication!

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2021 BE Group Promotions

2021 Promotions in the Building Envelope Group

One of the great things about working at GMS is the diverse skills and perspectives of our staff. Congratulations to several members of our Building Envelope Group #GMSFacade on their recent promotions – William Hutch and Daniel Kinsley are promoted to Project Managers, and Rafael Alvarez, Helena Ariza, and Sara Gonzalez are promoted to Senior Building Envelope Consultants.

Much applause and congratulations to each of the five of them! Clockwise from upper left,

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Magic 8-ball 2018

CANstruction in 2020

Typically by Thanksgiving, we can look back on our CANstruction sculpture competition and know that we have helped to feed our fellow New Yorkers. This year, of course, is different. We cannot build our designs in person, but GMS is still supporting @canstructionny and @CityHarvest online.

CANstruction New York has donated nearly 2 million pounds of food to City Harvest through an annual design/build competition where design professionals compete to design and build giant structures made entirely out of canned foods.  This year because of COVID-19, teams will be competing by fundraising and submitting digital designs of canned food sculptures.

Check back soon to see our digital design, and in the meantime, please donate if you can.

At GMS we are thankful for the continued support of our clients and colleagues, and we look forward to building more structures, facades and canstructions in the future.

Click here to donate.

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Panel Discussion - ASCE 7-22 loading changes

Jessica Mandrick presents at NCSEA Summit

On Friday, November 6, 2020, GMS Associate Partner Jessica Mandrick, joined several prominent structural engineers to present ASCE 7, Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures at the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) Structural Engineering Summit. NCSEA in partnership with its Member Organizations supports practicing structural engineers to be highly qualified professionals and successful leaders.

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2020 Lucy G. Moses Awards

817 Broadway and Fotografiska are among this year’s Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award winners from the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

Our work at 817 Broadway included the redevelopment of a 14-story newly landmarked building just south of Union Square, measuring approximately 140,000 sf including one subgrade level.  The redevelopment included an upgraded lobby, restored exterior, common roof deck, new windows, and a retail curtain wall on the ground floors. GMS provided structural engineering and special inspection services for the replacement of the retail storefronts and punched windows on all sides of the building, new lobby and freight entrance, new/upgraded elevators, and a newly accessible roof terrace.

Owner: Taconic Investment Partners

Architect: Studios Architecture

Façade Restoration: Loci Architects

Fotografiska and Owner RFR Realty redeveloped the historic building at 281 Park Avenue South, formerly known as the Church Mission House.  An extensive probe program was coordinated with the Client’s Contractor to investigate the existing conditions and the framing connections in order to convert the office floors to retail/gallery use. The six-story, 45,000 sf building was originally built circa 1900 and is landmarked.

GMS also served as the structural engineer for tenant fit-out for the Swedish organization, Fotografiska International, a photography museum with a café, bookstore, restaurant, and event space.

Architect:    Cetra Ruddy

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