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New Scenic Overlooks at Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge

Six new belvederes, or scenic overlooks, that are part of the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge’s (formerly the Tappan Zee Bridge) shared bike and pedestrian path are bringing much-needed outdoor social space to the Lower Hudson Valley. These resting points reflect the culture and history of the area and provide a new connection for … Continued

Q&A With Peter Myers of Ironworkers Local 580: Jobsite Safety in the Covid-19 Era

As we mark nearly six months into the U.S. pandemic, Metals in Construction spent time talking with Peter Myers, Business Manager and Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Ironworkers Local 580, on how the union’s workers have navigated safety requirements, new protocols, and communication during this time. In the early stages of the virus, many Local 580 Ironworkers … Continued

NYC DOB Approves Revolutionary SpeedCore System

Since Seattle’s Rainier Tower began rising in late 2017, the construction industry has been talking about the cutting-edge project by Magnusson Klemencic Associates. Thanks to a new composite shear wall system developed by MKA, the 850-foot-tall tower rose in only 10 months—40 percent faster than a traditional concrete-cored tower. The Steel Institute of New York … Continued

Q&A with Buro Happold’s David Herd: How Universities are Adapting to Change

In late June, Metals in Construction sat down with David Herd, managing partner of Buro Happold’s California region, to discuss how the pandemic has impacted his work in high-performance building design and resilient master planning.  How are things changing in terms of planning from a campus perspective in the past few months? Whether you’re a university … Continued

LaGuardia’s New Arrivals and Departures Hall Opens

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo opened LaGuardia Airport’s Arrivals and Departures Hall to the public on June 13 after four years of construction led by Skanska as part of the LaGuardia Gateway Partners team assembled for the public-private partnership to build and operate the airport’s Central Terminal B facility. As LaGuardia Airport’s most active passenger hub, … Continued

Downtime, not dead time: jobsite resilience during the Covid-19 pause

Construction sites close down for emergencies—whether or not everyone involved is ready. The COVID-19 lockdown adds new forms of operational and legal uncertainty.  Yet a shutdown needn’t be a disaster: it’s time to plan, anticipate potential problems, and upgrade procedures. Written by Bill Millard The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a spanner in the works throughout … Continued

AISC Presents New Video on the Sustainability of Structural Steel

Steel’s Sustainability and Commitment to a Greener Industry On the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the American Institute of Steel Construction and the National Steel Bridge Alliance celebrated structural steel’s commitment to sustainability as the most environmentally friendly construction material. Check out their 2020 Earth Day video now!

Next to Grand Central, the faster track: One Vanderbilt

The 1,401-foot, 67-story, 1.7 million-square-foot One Vanderbilt topped out in September. Despite its scale, complexity, challenging site, and high-performance features, it is moving ahead of schedule and under budget. Partners on the project attribute this achievement to tight coordination, a steel-first sequence, and an all-star design and construction team. Written by Bill Millard Nick Davis … Continued

Topping Out: Seattle’s Rainier Square Tower

On August 9, Seattle’s Rainier Square Tower topped out at 58 floors. Designed by architect NBBJ with structural engineer Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA), the 850-foot-tall tower is being built with a revolutionary new sandwich panel system developed by MKA—a steel/concrete composite core wall that is expected to take 40% less time to build than a reinforced concrete core … Continued

Site Visit: LaGuardia Terminal B

Construction of LaGuardia Airport’s new Central Terminal B facility, part of the LaGuardia Central project to redevelop the entire airport over the coming decades, is progressing rapidly. Skanska is leading construction of the project, which is a public-private partnership between LaGuardia Gateway Partners and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

New Continuing Education Course Available: Gaining Urban Space: Steel Platforms Over Rail Yards

As urban populations continue to surge, space-starved cities are seeking creative solutions to continue developing the commercial, institutional, and residential buildings vital to these metropolitan centers. To meet this growing need, technological advancements and economic feasibility are merging to support the amazing notion of constructing huge platforms over cities’ rail yards and transportation corridors. These … Continued

News@Northeastern: A New Boston Landmark Arises

(News@Northeastern) – It was as much a grandiose act of aerial ballet as a feat of engineering. In the dark chill of an October night, a towering red crane hoisted a massive burnt-orange span on a thick metal cable. Workers clad in yellow safety vests guided it with long ropes through a slow pirouette. Then, … Continued

ENR: Tricky Excavation Completed for Rainier Square Tower

Engineering News-Record – (August 8, 2019) – Late in July, crews completed the up-to-85-ft-deep excavation for the 850-ft-tall Rainier Square Tower after workers installed a secant pile foundation wall, supported laterally under the neighboring 514-ft-tall high-rise by eight rows of 262 drilled tieback anchors. The system is keeping the occupied office building from turning from … Continued

Honoring William Shuzman for 35 Years of Service to the Institutes

On Thursday, June 14, 2018, William Shuzman was honored for 35 years of service within the construction industry at the Building Trades Employers’ Association of New York City 115th Annual Leadership Dinner. For the past 35 years, Shuzman has served as the Executive Director and General Counsel of Allied Building Metal Industries, a trade association … Continued

Remembering Lawrence Weiss

The Board of Trustees and members of The Steel Institute of New York note with profound sorrow the passing of member and longtime Chairman, Lawrence Weiss. He was a highly respected leader dedicated to the New York Construction industry and his family businesses, A.J. McNulty and Company, Inc. and Cranes, Inc. On behalf of all … Continued

ENR Honors Iron Workers International for Groundbreaking Maternity Leave Program

Iron Workers International (IW) General President Eric Dean was named one of 2017 ENR Top 25 Newsmakers for his role in establishing a groundbreaking paid maternity leave program. The IW employer-ironworker partnership IMPACT announced the pioneering move at its annual conference last year. Individuals from diverse sectors are recognized by ENR’s editors for their service … Continued

ENR Selects Innovation Champion Ron Klemencic as 2018 Award of Excellence Winner

For daring to innovate, for spearheading the age of cooperative R&D and for his relentless pursuit of a better and more constructible built environment, Klemencic has been voted the 53rd Award of Excellence winner by the editors of Engineering News-Record. Among the accomplishment on which the award was based is Klemencic’s cutting-edge office tower core … Continued

Stefano Panseri named ENR Top 25 Newsmaker of 2017

When Steel Institute of New York trustee David Pisacrita, President of NYC steel erector Metropolitan Walters, asked Italian-based Despe Industries if its self-climbing Top-Down demolition system could be used during erection instead, the company responded and in the process earned itself one of ENR’s 2018 Newsmaker Awards. Read the full news story here.

Video: Meet Cooper Union’s Steel Bridge Team

The Cooper Union Steel Bridge Team is a dedicated group of individuals who annually compete in the ASCE/AISC Steel Bridge Competition. This group combines hands-on and theory to design, fabricate, and construct a 20-foot-long bridge made completely of steel. Along the way, members learn and practice welding, steel cutting, AutoCAD programs, and how to effectively … Continued

IMOA Stainless Solutions: Sunscreen Design

Each month, Stainless Solutions from IMOA covers a different stainless steel issue with tips on design and specification, and links to technical resources. This month IMOA provides resources for designing energy-saving, long-lasting exterior sunscreens.   Exterior building shading can substantially lower or even eliminate air-conditioning costs, increase occupant comfort, and reduce the building’s total environmental impact. … Continued

Watch Now: Making a Thing. Discovering a Space. Mark Parsons at TEDxNewBedford

Industrial Robotics, Earthquakes, Collaborative Projects in Art and Design all share one thing that make them better: Authentic Human Space. Mark Parsons discusses how he discovered Authentic Space in surprising and challenging ways. Mark Parsons is an artist, designer, educator, and technologist. He is the founder and executive director of the Consortium for Research & … Continued