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Thornton Tomasetti Founding Principals Charles Thornton and Richard Tomasetti Receive the CTBUH Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal

June 13, 2012

Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, announces that the firm’s founding principals Charles H. Thornton, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASCE and Richard L. Tomasetti, P.E., NAE, Hon. AIA, have received the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) prestigious 2012 Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal for their collective contribution to the advancement of tall buildings. This is the first time the CTBUH Board of Trustees has awarded the prize to two individuals jointly.

The award will be presented at CTBUH’s 11th Annual Awards Dinner at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Oct. 18, 2012.

Key Points
• CTBUH’s Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal recognizes demonstrated excellence in technical design and/or research that has made a significant contribution to a discipline for the design of tall buildings and the built urban environment. The contribution may be demonstrated in the form of specific technical advances, innovations, design breakthroughs, building systems integration or innovative engineering systems that resulted in a practical design solution and completion of a project.

• Dr. Thornton is one of the preeminent structural engineers and educators in the world and served as co-chairman of Thornton Tomasetti until 2004. He has frequently been involved in the design, construction and analysis of projects worldwide, including hospitals, arenas, high-rise buildings, airports, transportation facilities and special structure projects. Dr. Thornton has led the structural design teams for some of the most important structures in the world, including two of the tallest: Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan and the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

• Dr. Thornton is currently chairman of Charles H. Thornton & Company, LLC, a management and strategic consulting firm, and continues to serve as a consultant to Thornton Tomasetti. He is also founder of the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program, a nonprofit organization that since 1993 has offered guidance and training in architecture, construction and engineering to more than 100,000 high school students in 40 states and 400 communities across the United States.

• Mr. Tomasetti is a preeminent structural engineer, educator, author and lecturer, and is an adjunct professor at Columbia University. He served as chairman of Thornton Tomasetti until 2007 and is currently an advisory to its Board of Directors.

• Mr. Tomasetti’s 45 years of global experience as a structural engineer includes a variety of major projects — from the design of the World Financial Center in New York City and Plaza 66 in Shanghai, China, the tallest all-concrete building in China, to Pittsburgh’s Mellon Bank building, the first stressed skin tube structure, and Taipei 101. He is a recognized investigator of structures in distress and led New York City’s engineering support for search, rescue and clean-up following the World Trade Center disaster in 2001.

• Mr. Tomasetti is also chairman of the Thornton Tomasetti Foundation, board chairman of the New York City Urban Assembly Schools, past chairman of the New York Building Foundation and a past chairman of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Committee on High Rise Design.

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