It’s no secret that the residential development boom New York saw in 2015 has carried over to 2016. A trend that’s discussed frequently, and one that we’ve touched on in the past, is the development of super-tall, super-slim skyscrapers. While this is one way to maximize a return on investment, what can be done structurally if a building’s zoning or footprint doesn’t allow for a super-tall design? Continue reading “170 Amsterdam – Bridging Structural Solutions and Style”
Author: DeSimone Consulting Engineers
While the green building movement continues to rapidly gain steam, building owners, architects, engineers and contractors have adapted their best practices to the ever-evolving sustainable design standards. A large part of this movement has been the LEED Green Building Rating System, introduced by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The program recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices, and certifies buildings that save money and resources, have a positive impact on the health of occupants, and promotes renewable, clean energy. The approach of the sustainable structural engineer starts with the materials selected for construction, namely concrete, masonry, steel and wood.
Before 2004, Manhattan’s skyline featured 28 skyscrapers 700 feet and taller. Since then, between those built, under construction and proposed, the city could potentially have added 47 more within the next five years.
On Monday, Oct. 26 and Tuesday, Oct. 27, we hosted a series of presentations and discussions at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) 2015 International Conference at The Grand Hyatt in New York City. Our President, Stephen DeSimone, also participated in a panel discussion on tall and slender buildings in New York City as part of CTBUH’s main conference. Continue reading “DeSimone at CTBUH 2015”
2015 is shaping up to be the biggest year for new condominium developments since 2007. At least 6,500 new condo units are expected to open below 96th street, the New York Times reported. New York is not alone, as cities like Miami experiencing their own luxury condo surge. DeSimone Consulting Engineers has risen to meet this boom embarking on a series of notable residential projects including: Vornado Realty Trust’s 950-foot building at 220 Central Park South, designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects and SLCE Architects, with interiors by the Office of Thierry W. Despont; 50 West by Helmut Jahn and SLCE Architects; 100 East 53rd Street designed with Foster+Partners and SLCE Architects; and 1000 Museum in Miami designed by Zaha Hadid.
In the changing market, competition is fiercer than ever. The starchitects of these revolutionary projects require innovative engineers to bring their unique designs to fruition. With impressive details in design, each building offers a distinct style, and with it, special engineering challenges. Continue reading “Engineering Challenges of the Luxury Condo Boom”