Tag: SLCE Architects

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”

The New School University Center: Structural Challenges and Solutions

The New School University Center: Structural Challenges and Solutions

Located at the busy corner of 5th Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan, The New School University Center is a vertically-stacked academic and student housing structure that will be the focal point for campus life at The New School.

Project Overview

Rendering: SOM

The 18-story complex contains two below-grade levels and provides space for all aspects of campus life. Housing 10,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor, 230,000 square feet of academic space on the first seven floors, and 135,000 square feet of 600-bed student apartments on the remaining nine floors, the structure totals approximately 375,000 gross square feet.


Structural Challenges & Solutions

Revit Model

Several unique architectural features called for creative and integrated structural solutions in this LEED Gold facility. Due to the inherent dissimilarities between the mixed-use dormitory and academic space planning, multiple building zoning set-backs, and a multi-story 700 seat auditorium, a complex series of structural transfers were necessary to accommodate the interface between various programs. Continue reading “The New School University Center: Structural Challenges and Solutions”

A Year In Review: DeSimone’s Top Projects of 2013

A Year In Review: DeSimone’s Top Projects of 2013

As we welcome 2014 with new resolutions and goals, we wanted to take a moment to look back on the past year at DeSimone. 2013 was a great year of growth and continued success, as we worked with some of the top developers and architects in the industry on several new, groundbreaking projects around the world. We took home ACEC New York, IDEAS2, SEAoNC, and CIB awards and were ranked in ENR’s 2013 Top 100 Green Design Firms and Top Design Firms lists, as well as being ranked the #4 Greenest Firm in the Multi-Residential Sector.

To celebrate the beginning of 2014, we want to pay tribute to the past year with a highlight of some of DeSimone’s top projects from this past year.

One Thousand Museum (Zaha Hadid Architects)One Thousand Museum | Miami, FL

Zaha Hadid Architects

This 1.3 million-square-foot project with Prtizker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid will create an approximately 709-foot-tall, 62-story residential tower along the Biscayne Bay waterfront. Featuring a prominent concrete exoskeleton, this will be Hadid’s first skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. Continue reading “A Year In Review: DeSimone’s Top Projects of 2013”