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SpeedFloor: Investigating a New Modular Floor System

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the Charles Pankow Foundation, and the Magnusson Klemencic Associates Foundation, among others, are poised to embark on testing a proposed new floor system for commercial buildings that eliminates concrete slabs to increase the speed of construction and reduce carbon. The proposed system, a modular steel floor framing and … Continued

The art of structural complexity at the Perelman Center

Written by Bill Millard The 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks is an occasion for reflection not only on the tragedy itself but on the city’s resilience in making the World Trade Center neighborhood a multipurpose civic asset. The original master plan by Daniel Libeskind incorporated an arts center along with the towers, memorial … Continued

Sneak Peek: Fabricating the Feature Staircase at 50 Hudson Yards

Written by Bill Millard The Related Companies’ Hudson Yards development is rapidly evolving from a tourist district to a working neighborhood. Although The Vessel (see Metals in Construction‘s earlier coverage here) and the shopping mall attracted eyeballs when the eastern segment of the Yards opened in 2019, in the long run the new district is … Continued

Architectural Record Remembers Kristen Richards (1952–2021)

Kristen Richards, who as the editor of the website ArchNewsNow (ANN) for almost 20 years helped architects, architecture buffs, and her fellow architecture writers keep tabs on what was happening around the world, died yesterday. She was 69. The cause was cancer, according to her husband, George Yates, a software engineer. Read the tribute by … Continued

Craig Schwitter Appointed Senior Partner and Chair of Global Board of Buro Happold

NEW YORK CITY — The award-winning, 2,000-person global engineering and consulting practice Buro Happold has announced the appointment of New York-based Craig Schwitter as Senior Partner and Chair of the Global Board, as of May 1st. Schwitter was elected by the firm’s more than 70 partners, and previously held the Chair of Buro Happold’s USA … Continued

Q&A: Matt Chartrand, Business Agent for Ironworkers Local 361

Matthew Chartrand is business manager/financial secretary-treasurer of Ironworkers Local 361. After attending Nassau Community College, Chartrand began working as a Local 361 apprentice in 1993, graduating to journeyman in 1996. As a journeyman Ironworker, he worked all phases of iron work, including bolting up, raising gang, shop steward, and foreman. Chartrand was appointed business agent/vice … Continued

Q&A With Jack Falcone, Vice President of Stonebridge Steel Erection

There is no question that Covid-19 has impacted virtually all industries, and construction is among those impacted most. Faced with possible material shortages and labor inefficiency, companies and governments have been forced to examine the economic feasibility of moving forward with current projects. But on those jobs involving a seasoned contractor employing highly skilled and … Continued

Featured Project: One Vanderbilt

Visually aggressive and environmentally progressive, the new office tower overlooking Grand Central Terminal—a model of sustainable transit-oriented development, constructed under budget and ahead of schedule—looks beyond the COVID era to a day when East Midtown will thrum and thrive again. Written by Bill Millard The views from high floors at One Vanderbilt, the 77-story Kohn … Continued

Q&A with Michael Haber, Managing Partner of W&W Glass: Building One Vanderbilt During a Pandemic

Continuing a series of articles about the performance of Institute contributing employers under pandemic conditions, Metals in Construction speaks with W&W Glass LLC managing partner Michael Haber. W&W Projects are often categorized as essential construction, but while the One Vanderbilt project discussed here didn’t strictly meet State Covid-19 guidelines for this designation, the Governor recognized … Continued

THORNTON TOMASETTI LAUNCHES T2D2, AI SOLUTION COMPANY TO DETECT, CLASSIFY AND MONITOR DETERIORATION OF BUILDING ENVELOPES AND INFRASTRUCTURE

New York, NY – September 29, 2020 – Thornton Tomasetti announced the launch of T2D2, a software as a service (SaaS) platform that uses artificial intelligence (AI)—computer vision powered by deep learning—to identify and assess damage and deterioration to building envelopes and structures through images. Developed within Thornton Tomasetti’s CORE studio incubator and commercialized through … Continued

New Scenic Overlooks at Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge

Six new belvederes, or scenic overlooks, that are part of the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge’s (formerly the Tappan Zee Bridge) shared bike and pedestrian path are bringing much-needed outdoor social space to the Lower Hudson Valley. These resting points reflect the culture and history of the area and provide a new connection for … Continued

Q&A With Peter Myers of Ironworkers Local 580: Jobsite Safety in the Covid-19 Era

As we mark nearly six months into the U.S. pandemic, Metals in Construction spent time talking with Peter Myers, Business Manager and Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Ironworkers Local 580, on how the union’s workers have navigated safety requirements, new protocols, and communication during this time. In the early stages of the virus, many Local 580 Ironworkers … Continued

Downtime, not dead time: jobsite resilience during the Covid-19 pause

Construction sites close down for emergencies—whether or not everyone involved is ready. The COVID-19 lockdown adds new forms of operational and legal uncertainty.  Yet a shutdown needn’t be a disaster: it’s time to plan, anticipate potential problems, and upgrade procedures. Written by Bill Millard The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a spanner in the works throughout … Continued

AISC Presents New Video on the Sustainability of Structural Steel

Steel’s Sustainability and Commitment to a Greener Industry On the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the American Institute of Steel Construction and the National Steel Bridge Alliance celebrated structural steel’s commitment to sustainability as the most environmentally friendly construction material. Check out their 2020 Earth Day video now!

Next to Grand Central, the faster track: One Vanderbilt

The 1,401-foot, 67-story, 1.7 million-square-foot One Vanderbilt topped out in September. Despite its scale, complexity, challenging site, and high-performance features, it is moving ahead of schedule and under budget. Partners on the project attribute this achievement to tight coordination, a steel-first sequence, and an all-star design and construction team. Written by Bill Millard Nick Davis … Continued

Honoring William Shuzman for 35 Years of Service to the Institutes

On Thursday, June 14, 2018, William Shuzman was honored for 35 years of service within the construction industry at the Building Trades Employers’ Association of New York City 115th Annual Leadership Dinner. For the past 35 years, Shuzman has served as the Executive Director and General Counsel of Allied Building Metal Industries, a trade association … Continued

Remembering Lawrence Weiss

The Board of Trustees and members of The Steel Institute of New York note with profound sorrow the passing of member and longtime Chairman, Lawrence Weiss. He was a highly respected leader dedicated to the New York Construction industry and his family businesses, A.J. McNulty and Company, Inc. and Cranes, Inc. On behalf of all … Continued

ENR Honors Iron Workers International for Groundbreaking Maternity Leave Program

Iron Workers International (IW) General President Eric Dean was named one of 2017 ENR Top 25 Newsmakers for his role in establishing a groundbreaking paid maternity leave program. The IW employer-ironworker partnership IMPACT announced the pioneering move at its annual conference last year. Individuals from diverse sectors are recognized by ENR’s editors for their service … Continued

ENR Selects Innovation Champion Ron Klemencic as 2018 Award of Excellence Winner

For daring to innovate, for spearheading the age of cooperative R&D and for his relentless pursuit of a better and more constructible built environment, Klemencic has been voted the 53rd Award of Excellence winner by the editors of Engineering News-Record. Among the accomplishment on which the award was based is Klemencic’s cutting-edge office tower core … Continued

Stefano Panseri named ENR Top 25 Newsmaker of 2017

When Steel Institute of New York trustee David Pisacrita, President of NYC steel erector Metropolitan Walters, asked Italian-based Despe Industries if its self-climbing Top-Down demolition system could be used during erection instead, the company responded and in the process earned itself one of ENR’s 2018 Newsmaker Awards. Read the full news story here.