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Manhattan College Team to Attend SSBC National Finals

The University of California, San Diego, will host the 2023 AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition (SSBC) National Finals June 2-3 in La Jolla, California. This event brings together the winners of 20 regional competitions throughout North America to compete for the top spot in the nation. Among the 2023 finalists is the student team from … Continued

Regulatory Amendments Affecting Continuing Education Requirements for Architects

(Via AIA New York State) — Over the past several years, AIA New York State has collaborated with the State Education Department (SED) to craft meaningful reforms to the continuing education statutory and regulatory framework in New York. These reforms reflect a shift toward more modern models of learning and provide flexibility regarding hardship exemptions. … Continued

Perelman Performing Arts Center Nears Completion

As the Metals in Construction newsletter reported last summer, work at the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center is continuing apace in time for the venue’s planned 2023 opening. Work planned for the first quarter of this year includes commissioning of the center’s three theaters, and testing the broad range of configurations which are the … Continued

Book Review: How the codes for construction were constructed

  The Greening of America’s Building Codes: Promises and Paradoxes  Aleksandra Jaeschke Princeton Architectural Press, 2022 Written by Bill Millard Linkages between the practical and theoretical sides of architecture are all too rare. It’s easy for professionals who focus on the realities and complexities of construction to regard studies of architectural history, theory, and ideology … Continued

Women’s Advocacy Group Honors Six Leading Female Professionals in Architecture, Construction and More

Leaders in varied fields elevating roles of women are recognized with Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation’s BEVY Awards at annual gala event in New York City NEW YORK CITY, September 29, 2022 – Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation has announced six exceptional women in architecture, engineering, construction and allied fields as honorees to be recognized at their … Continued

David Geffen Hall Opens Two Years Ahead of Schedule

With a construction schedule that was accelerated during the pandemic, David Geffen Hall is opening a full two years before initially scheduled and on budget—the result of a close collaboration between Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic, and building trades and supporters across the city. The project supports $600 million in ongoing economic development and … Continued

On-Demand Sessions from Facade Tectonics Forum: NYC 2022

Carbon Crisis: Leveraging the Façade System for Carbon Reduction in Buildings   Buildings are a significant contributor to global carbon emissions and their façade systems play a major role in that contribution. This puts the building skin at center stage in the development and execution of carbon reduction strategies in the pursuit of carbon-neutral, or … Continued

Winners Announced in Competition to Improve Indoor Environmental Quality

Metals in Construction magazine has announced the winners of its 2022 Design Challenge competition, which asked architects and engineers to generate ideas for an innovative curtain wall enclosure that could act dynamically in response to a wide range of environmental conditions while considering the well-being of building occupants.  The competition was speculative, but its design … Continued

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


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!