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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

LERA Partner Elected New President of SEAoNY

NEW YORK, NY, November 1, 2016 — Doug González, P.E., Associate Partner at Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA), has been elected President of the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) for the 2016-2017 term, having previously served in the roles of Secretary and Director. Mr. González will serve SEAoNY’s 500 member chapter, which is … Continued

New Continuing Education Course Available: Steel-Braced Cores

The structural design for many of today’s commercial buildings is frequently focused on the building core, especially in the choice of materials used to construct it. Usually a fixed programming zone that does not obstruct things like views and mechanical equipment placement, the building core is a convenient place to satisfy the structure’s wind and … Continued

Crain’s: City releases long-awaited plan to spur office development in midtown east

Crain’s—August 24, 2016—The city published Monday its plan to allow bigger and more modern office towers in midtown east—the first step in the formal rezoning of the neighborhood. The long-awaited midtown east proposal would allow the tallest buildings to be erected right next to Grand Central Terminal, increasing the current permitted maximum density by about … Continued

Download the New York City Energy & Water Use Report

For the first time, in partnership with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress, the Urban Green Council has combined the New York City building benchmarking data with building auditing data that reveal the systems, fuel types and materials used in thousands of NYC buildings. … Continued