The 156 W. Superior multi-family residential development has earned national recognition in the 2008 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IEAS2), and the entire project team will be presented with awards from the American Institute of Steel Construction during a public ceremony at the 156 W. Superior site at 11 am Thursday, July 31. Project team members include structural engineers, Thornton Tomasetti, Chicago;
The Plaza 66 Tower 2, in Shanghai, China, posed a number of engineering challenges, among them determining solutions for poor foundation conditions in an area that sees seismic activity and typhoons, evaluating settlement effects on the new tower and the existing tower on-site, designing a curved bridge to connect the two towers, and constructing a complex steel roof lantern with two-way slopes.
Bridge engineers and software providers are adapting and customizing building information modeling techniques for everything from new designs to forensics. But an industry-wide standard for such modeling remains to be seen.
Timeless is an easy word to apply to the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Its ubiquitous influence, self-assured world view, and complete severance with historic models of building have made Wright’s work a very fresh and singular oeuvre. But, as Paul Harding, FAIA, can tell you, elements of Wright’s work, like its natural predilection towards contemporary notions of sustainability, put his work firmly in the now.
The International Toy Center always sounded like just about any child’s definition of heaven. But very few children — and not that many more grown-ups — ever got inside the two great fortresslike showroom buildings on the west side of Madison Square Park.
MANY new luxury condominium buildings blur together. Whether gut renovations or new construction, they seem to offer similar amenities, comparable open kitchens and en suite bathrooms. Yet, two new projects seem to stand out in the crowd. One, the Chelsea Modern, at 447 West 18th Street, is new construction with a wide undulating facade and angled windows that catch the light and animate the city street.
The owners of a downtown skyscraper badly damaged in a 2006 storm are suing their insurance company after it halted payments on a façade-replacement project. The suit, filed April 1, accuses the insurance company of a “bad faith” attempt to avoid paying for repairs to the 36-story One Indiana Square building at the northeast corner of Pennsylvania and Ohio streets.