Structural Engineers Association of New York
Big Buzz on Tall Wood in New York City
Date: May 3 2016
Venue: The Steakhouse of the New York Yankees.
7 West 51st St
Between 5th & 6th Avenues
Manhattan, NY 10019
Lunch is included in the cost.
On-site Check-in: 8:30 am
Program Begins: 9:00 am
Program Concludes: 1:45 pm
Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits.
Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.
As examples of successful tall wood buildings proliferate worldwide, many architects are considering how to leverage wood’s sustainability and other advantages through their own tall wood designs. Intended as a practical overview for those interested in pursuing wood’s potential, this presentation will cover the “who, what, when and where” of tall mass timber buildings. Following a brief discussion of history and motivators, existing tall wood projects will be used to illustrate mass timber and hybrid components, high-rise structural design concepts, and lessons learned regarding cost and schedule. Topics will also include building code avenues for alternate designs, and available resources and support. Finally, the project architect of 475 West 18th, a proposed 10-story mass timber building in New York City currently in design—and east coast winner of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition—will share insights regarding the design process. Discussion will include economic and sustainability impacts, approval and testing, design considerations, and challenges associated with high-rise residential typology.
Marc Rivard, PE, SE, New England Regional Director, Woodworks
Marc is a licensed Structural and Professional Engineer in the State of California, and received his BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Prior to joining WoodWorks, he was a Senior Structural Engineer in California with 13 years of experience primarily involving seismic design and analysis of new and existing buildings. Marc has experience providing structural calculations, plans, specifications and construction administration services for a wide variety of projects including public schools and libraries, churches, state park facilities, multi-family and single family custom homes, universities, commercial and retail buildings, NASA operational facilities, and military housing and operational facilities.
Amir Shahrokhi, LEED AP, SHoP Architects
Amir is a Project Director at SHoP Architects with eight years of diverse architectural experience leading design teams on complex urban sites, large mixed-use projects, and innovative structures. He understands that inventive and meaningful work requires a particular ability to understand and satisfy the goals of various stakeholders in order to create memorable spaces and experiences that impact the lives of those who inhabit them. He has worked at a variety of scales ranging from intimate galleries to multi-block urban projects involving multiple city agencies and transit authorities. Amir’s current and past experiences include: parcels of The King Abdullah Financial District, a mixed-use development in Riyadh; Empire Outlets, an urban mixed-use complex of retail, hotel and parking, situated over a rail yard on the New York Harbor; and the east coast winner of the US Tall Wood Building Prize Competition—475 W18, a 10-story luxury-residential condominium utilizing mass-timber.
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Structured Lineages: Learning from Japanese Structural Design
Saturday, April 30, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
In conjunction with the exhibition A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond, seven leading structural engineers will speak on Japanese structural design from 1950 through today.
This symposium is organized by The Museum of Modern Art and Guy Nordenson of Princeton University, with John Ochsendorf of MIT. Speakers and panelists also include:
Additional panelists include Sigrid Adriaenssens of Princeton University; Caitlin Mueller of MIT; and Mutsuro Sasaki of SAP, Tokyo; with concluding remarks by Martino Stierli, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA.
Please use the Film entrance at The Ronald S. and Jo Carole Lauder Building, east of the main entrance on 53 Street.
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Space is limited and RSVP is required
9/11 Tribute Center Complimentary
One World Observatory Tickets
One World Observatory is generously offering complimentary tickets to 9/11 rescue and recovery workers who responded to the World Trade Center site from September 11, 2001 through May 28, 2002.
Complimentary tickets are being administered by the 9/11 Tribute Center, a project of the September 11th Families Association.
9/11 first responders and recovery workers may register for two complimentary tickers; one week advance registration is required.
Program available through May 2016.
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SEAoA 50th Anniversary
Convention And Conference
June 16-18, 2016
9 PDHs offered
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September 14th - 17th 2016
Registration is now open!
Join NCSEA in Lake Buena Vista Florida at Disney's Contemporary Resort for the 2016 Structural Engineering Summit! Come for the education and networking, stay for the fun![more information]
March 31st - April 1st 2016
The Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) and Worcester Polytechnic Institute are pleased to announce the 1st Biennial AEI Forum for 2016 "The IMPACT of the Integrated Building" scheduled for March 31 - April 1, 2016. The technical program will feature an impressive lineup of 9 industry expert keynote lecturers including SEI President, David Odeh, followed by interactive breakout sessions allowing for dynamic discussions and information exchange among Forum participants.
Other Forum highlights include the AEI Student Design Competition, Professional Project Awards and more.
Registration Deadline is March 18th
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Improving the Design of Slender Concrete Columns
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 12 noon
Thursday, March 17, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Thursday, March 10, 2016
5:30 to 7:30 pm @ The Library of General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen (generalsociety.org) at 20W 44th St in New York City
The New York-Northeast Chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and the Deep Foundations Institute’s (DFI) Women in Deep Foundations Technical Committee are co-hosting a Reception and Panel Discussion on Professional Women in the World of Construction.
Confirmed panelists are:
The event will be moderated by Dr. Sissy Nikolaou of MRCE (EERI subscribing member), Director of EERI and President of the NYNE chapter, and Ms. Helen Robinson of Schnabel Engineering, Chair of the DFI Women in Deep Foundations Technical Committee
There is no cost to attend the event, but reservations are required – please RSVP to email@example.com
January 21, 2016
6:00 to 8:00 PM @ The Mohawk Group
71 West 23rd Street (18th Floor)
New York, NY 10010
Event Description: For years, building developers and their teams have searched for ways to optimize concrete mixes for performance, schedule, and reduced environmental impact. Simultaneously, the New York City metro area has been generating far more post-consumer glass than recyclers have a consistent end market use for. In an effort to address these dual challenges, pragmatic thought leaders brought key stakeholders from multiple industry sectors together to collaborate on a solution. Team members worked together over the course of 18 months to begin piloting use of locally recycled ground glass as an ingredient in high-performing concrete with reduced environmental impact.
Come hear the Recycler, the Manufacturer, the Structural Engineer and the Building Owners Representative/Convener discuss what was involved in identifying this solution, whether the idea can be replicated in concrete mixes across the country, and what will it take for the larger cast-in-place concrete and glass recycling marketplaces to be transformed.
Founding Partner, Building Product Ecosystems
Lou Grasso Jr.
Managing Partner, Kingston Block/Urban Mining North East
Principal, Severud Associates
Manager, Municipal Recycling at Sims
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Urban Green website
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