When the most storied franchise in sports decides to replace the most historic ballpark in baseball, challenges would be expected at every level—political, budget and schedule, fan expectation, and historical reverence. To meet these challenges, the New York Yankees and developer Tishman Speyer assembled an all-star design team. The result is a new Yankee Stadium that respects its rich history, while achieving a facility with cutting-edge design and fan amenities.
An increasingly common approach to all-glass facades is to use multiple types of glass with varying performance characteristics. Such a strategy was employed by New York City–based Audrey Matlock, AIA, for the design of the Chelsea Modern, a 47-unit residential building on a tight midblock Manhattan site.
It’s certainly not your average building project by any stretch of the imagination – a 2.2 million square foot, open-air sports facility with a contract value in excess of $1 billion, boasting 82,500 stadium seats and 217 luxury suites, and utilizing 3,000 pieces of precast concrete and 23,000 tons of structural steel during construction
San Francisco is a world-class city, but we have always missed one thing – a real, world-class train station. That is about to change. After years of planning, we are ready to break ground on a new, multi-modal, state-of-the-art public transit facility – the Transbay Transit Center – which will connect regional bus lines, including AC Transit, with BART and Caltrain and eventually, California High Speed Rail.
In 1992 a study commissioned by the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) confirmed the need for a new midfield terminal complex. In 1996, the annual passenger volume exceeded seven million for the first time, and the following year a new Terminal Master Plan Update for the airport put forth a new terminal project, in preference to expanding the existing terminal.
The Hyde Park Center of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business opened in September 2004, uniting a dispersed community of faculty and students previously located in five buildings throughout the Hyde Park campus.
The award-winning adaptive reuse of Chicago’s historic Soldier Field tackled complex geometry and steel construction innovations within a 20-month construction schedule, making it one of the NFL’s fastest built stadiums.
Practically in the center of the country, the city of Tulsa, Okla. seems as good as any a focal point for the new $178 million, 18,500-seat Bank of Oklahoma (BOK) Center, and there’s even more incentive for teams and musicians to drop in.
A 15,400 m2 project currently underway in London’s Strand Conservation Area, a historically important district in the city of Westminster, will bring modern design and engineering to a prominent structure without in any way detracting from its historical character.
At a 975-foot height, Comcast Center is Philadelphia’s tallest building—a distinction that should last at least as long as the recession. The tower, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York (with Kendall/Heaton Associates of Houston as architect of record), brings a trim and tailored presence to a skyline pumped up with spires and tops vying for public attention for 20-odd years.
Contractors have heard a lot of lofty claims about building information modeling in recent years: millions of dollars in savings, months of schedule gains and greater quality control. Now, as the technology gains broader acceptance in the contracting world, many of those promises are turning out to be real payoffs.