Category: Structural Design

170 Amsterdam – Bridging Structural Solutions and Style

170 Amsterdam - NYC
170 Amsterdam | New York, NY
DeSimone Consulting Engineers & Handel Architects

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”

How 2015 became DeSimone’s “Year of the Skyscraper”

How 2015 became DeSimone’s “Year of the Skyscraper”

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.

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Engineering Challenges of the Luxury Condo Boom

Engineering Challenges of the Luxury Condo Boom

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”

Seeing Eye-to-Eye at Opposite Ends of the Rope

Seeing Eye-to-Eye at Opposite Ends of the Rope

At the heart of it all, our industry comes down to teams working together to collectively build something greater than the sum of its parts. From the trade persons on the job site, to the design teams cooped up in their offices, and everyone in between, teams embody every step of the process. When it comes to the design team, nothing makes a project more successful than working together. Architects and engineers might not always speak the same language, but understanding each other’s needs goes a long way to avoid losing your design intent in translation.

With the goal to promote better communication and collaboration between architects and structural engineers, we have put together 10 things that are common issues throughout the life of a project. We have also invited FXFOWLE, one of our teammates on many successful projects, to share their insights on what we as structural engineers can learn from architects.

10 Things Architects Need to Know from Structural Engineers

General
1. Time is of the Essence 

Drafting is only a fraction of the work that must be done to complete a structural design. Most designs require the use of multiple analysis and design software programs, which then need to Continue reading “Seeing Eye-to-Eye at Opposite Ends of the Rope”

Building on the High Line: The Rise of HL 23

Building on the High Line: The Rise of HL 23

Located on 23rd Street in Manhattan’s West Chelsea District, HL 23 sits next to and under the High Line historic railway district, which bisects the site. Completed in 2010, this project contains 14 floors and 42,000 square feet of ultra-luxury residential space with generous ceiling heights and expansive column-free zones, as well as 3,585 square feet of street level gallery space and an elevated terrace/garden area.

The HL 23 project is a testament to the versatility and beauty of steel and showcases the ability of the Owner, Architect, Structural Engineer, and Contractors to work together for inventive solutions in a unique site.

Innovative Aspects of the Project

Rendering: Neil M. Denari Architects

The site is 40-by-49 feet at the ground floor. The floor plate of the building, which is smaller at the base than at the top, owes its uniqueness to the existing elevated exposed Highline Railway, which was retrofitted into a city park facility. The primary steel structure is clad with a mega-panel glass and stainless steel curtain wall system. The glass mega panel system is located on the North, South and part of the East facades, with the remainder of the East façade clad with an all stainless steel system. Continue reading “Building on the High Line: The Rise of HL 23”