Review Category : Feature

On May 27, 2016, Navy Pier unveiled Centennial Wheel, the much anticipated 525-ton Ferris wheel erected in celebration of the Pier’s 100th year. Both tourists and Chicago natives alike had been anxiously awaiting the reimagined landmark, which stands an impressive 50 feet taller and weighs nearly twice as much as its predecessor.

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Port Bolivar Ferry Maintenance Operations Facility

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Houston District, has provided ferry service across Galveston Bay on SH 87 between Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula for over 80 years. This free service represents the only means of public transportation across the Bay. Every year, millions of people, automobiles, and cargo are moved via this ferry route. The 2.7-mile trip takes approximately 18 minutes, saving motorists at least an hour of commute time on alternate local roads north of the Bay.

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Situated near Boston’s original coastline and developed in the 17th and 18th centuries to increase waterfront real estate, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is one of Boston’s central meeting places. This popular location provides both residents and tourists a unique urban marketplace experience. The Marketplace is separated into four locations: Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market, and South Market.

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Common Ground High School in New Haven, Connecticut

At Common Ground High School, environmental management is both a subject for study and a daily activity. This small public charter school in New Haven, Connecticut, serves 225 high schoolers and, through its umbrella organization, The New Haven Ecology Project, engages an additional 12,000 children and adults from New Haven’s inner city and metropolitan communities in a range of ecologically-focused campus activities throughout the year.

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The Sichuan Airlines Center (SAC) Tower occupies a prominent site in the city center of Chengdu and has become a glittering symbol of the city’s urban transformation. The distinctive 650-foot tall (200 meter) tower is a recognizable city landmark, occupying a pivotal location on the Chengdu skyline. The Tower form is a natural reconciliation of geometry, structure, and space made possible through a systematic approach to its construction.

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A Challenging Wind and Flood Design

Opal Sands Resort is a new 17-story plus, 380,000-square-foot premier hotel located directly on the Gulf of Mexico in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The recipient of the 2016 ENR Southeast Regional Best Project Award, the Opal Sands Resort was born from the vision of the owner/developer, Ocean Properties, LTD (OPL). The owner desired a new flagship hotel to add to their portfolio of international resort hotels.

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A slender, high-rise pyramid is the architectural principle behind the 53W53 project, also known as the MoMA Tower or Torre Verre. The 1,050-foot tall high-rise is now under construction and, upon topping out in 2018, it will house 728,000 square feet of ultra-luxury residential condominium apartments. The complex includes amenities such as a 65-foot long lap pool, wellness center, wine vaults, and a private lounge with Manhattan skyline views, as well as 65,000 square feet of additional gallery space for the Museum of Modern Art.

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Salesforce Tower.

Salesforce Tower.

New Benchmarks in High-Rise Seismic Safety

When completed in 2017, Salesforce Tower will be the tallest building in San Francisco at a height of 1,070 feet (901 feet to the top occupied floor). This super-tall building advances the state-of-the-art of high-rise seismic design through implementation of a number of first-ever design and analysis methods that push limits and set new industry benchmarks. The structural innovations required to create this record-setting, city-defining tower address enhanced performance objectives, foundation challenges, and interactions with adjacent buildings… issues applicable both to this building and future tall buildings in areas of high seismicity.

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Brock Commons.

Brock Commons.

A Case Study in Tall Timber

The tallest contemporary wood building in the world was recently constructed at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. Brock Commons is an 18-story student residence that is a mass timber hybrid and measures a record 174 feet (53 meters). Fast + Epp are the structural engineers, working in conjunction with Acton Ostry Architects and Hermann Kaufmann Architekten. (The Sakyamuni Pagoda of Fogong Temple built in China in 1056 stands 220.83 feet (67.31 meters) and is the tallest wood building in the world.)

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350 Mission

350 Mission.

A New Milestone for High-Rise Buildings

By re-examining standards long taken for granted by developers, 350 Mission received LEED® Platinum certification and is reinventing a ubiquitous building type. The form, structure, and systems of this Class-A office tower are generated by rigorous goals of environmental performance, social engagement, and material efficiency.

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