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”
A Guide to Site Visits during Construction Phase of a New Project
Periodic site visits are necessary and should be conducted by the structural engineers responsible for designing and reviewing shop drawings during the construction phase of a project. Some of the most important structural elements that require site visits during construction are: foundations, shear walls, transfer slabs, floor framing and the roof. Through observation and comparison to the building plans and drawings, structural engineers gain better understanding of the project in construction and may identify any necessary modifications that need to be made to accommodate field conditions. More importantly, the engineers should be looking at constructability and identify how details could be improved for the next project.
We have compiled a list to better prepare the engineers on what to do before, during, and after those site visits.
In preparation for a site visit, a structural engineer should: Continue reading “What to Expect When You Are Expecting a New Project”
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
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”
DeSimone fully promotes sustainability within our built environment. We strive to minimize our impact on the environment by endorsing sustainable and conservation ideals throughout all of our operations. We are proud to be a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) National Member organization and to have worked on numerous projects which have gained LEED Certification.
Here some of our best sustainable projects, which have gone above and beyond in delivering environmentally-conscious features in residential towers, offices, government buildings, and more.
Project: The Visionaire
Location: New York, NY
Certification: LEED Platinum
The Visionaire is Battery Park City’s most environmentally responsive residential building. The 35-story tower is a mixed-use development including 250 condominiums, a local organic market, and headquarters for the Parks Conservancy.
This building won top honors in the 2008 Green Building Competition for New York City. Continue reading “DeSimone’s Top Sustainable Building Projects”