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Winners Announced in Competition to Improve Indoor Environmental Quality

Metals in Construction magazine has announced the winners of its 2022 Design Challenge competition, which asked architects and engineers to generate ideas for an innovative curtain wall enclosure that could act dynamically in response to a wide range of environmental conditions while considering the well-being of building occupants.  The competition was speculative, but its design … Continued

SpeedFloor: Investigating a New Modular Floor System

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the Charles Pankow Foundation, and the Magnusson Klemencic Associates Foundation, among others, are poised to embark on testing a proposed new floor system for commercial buildings that eliminates concrete slabs to increase the speed of construction and reduce carbon. The proposed system, a modular steel floor framing and … Continued

Skating Toward a New State-of-the-Art UBS Arena for the New York Islanders

Challenged with COVID-19 rules and restrictions, a Populous- and Thornton Tomasetti-led design team delivered an innovative steel superstructure with long span roof trusses, lateral load resisting braces in the elevator cores and perimeter and a large rigging capacity for concerts, venues and sporting events. Written by Barbara Horwitz-Bennett  The New York Islanders’ new $1.5 billion … Continued

The art of structural complexity at the Perelman Center

Written by Bill Millard The 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks is an occasion for reflection not only on the tragedy itself but on the city’s resilience in making the World Trade Center neighborhood a multipurpose civic asset. The original master plan by Daniel Libeskind incorporated an arts center along with the towers, memorial … Continued

Architectural Record Remembers Kristen Richards (1952–2021)

Kristen Richards, who as the editor of the website ArchNewsNow (ANN) for almost 20 years helped architects, architecture buffs, and her fellow architecture writers keep tabs on what was happening around the world, died yesterday. She was 69. The cause was cancer, according to her husband, George Yates, a software engineer. Read the tribute by … Continued

Craig Schwitter Appointed Senior Partner and Chair of Global Board of Buro Happold

NEW YORK CITY — The award-winning, 2,000-person global engineering and consulting practice Buro Happold has announced the appointment of New York-based Craig Schwitter as Senior Partner and Chair of the Global Board, as of May 1st. Schwitter was elected by the firm’s more than 70 partners, and previously held the Chair of Buro Happold’s USA … Continued

Q&A: Matt Chartrand, Business Agent for Ironworkers Local 361

Matthew Chartrand is business manager/financial secretary-treasurer of Ironworkers Local 361. After attending Nassau Community College, Chartrand began working as a Local 361 apprentice in 1993, graduating to journeyman in 1996. As a journeyman Ironworker, he worked all phases of iron work, including bolting up, raising gang, shop steward, and foreman. Chartrand was appointed business agent/vice … Continued

Q&A With Jack Falcone, Vice President of Stonebridge Steel Erection

There is no question that Covid-19 has impacted virtually all industries, and construction is among those impacted most. Faced with possible material shortages and labor inefficiency, companies and governments have been forced to examine the economic feasibility of moving forward with current projects. But on those jobs involving a seasoned contractor employing highly skilled and … Continued

Featured Project: One Vanderbilt

Visually aggressive and environmentally progressive, the new office tower overlooking Grand Central Terminal—a model of sustainable transit-oriented development, constructed under budget and ahead of schedule—looks beyond the COVID era to a day when East Midtown will thrum and thrive again. Written by Bill Millard The views from high floors at One Vanderbilt, the 77-story Kohn … Continued

Institute joins consortium funding testing for Innovative building core system

The Steel Institute of New York will join the MKA Foundation, AISC, and the Charles Pankow Foundation in funding the next step in testing the performance of SpeedCore, an innovative concrete-filled composite plate shear wall system. On the heels of the success of earlier fire tests which provided design guidance on how to eliminate fire … Continued

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