Review Category : Feature

Evolution of an Icon

Overview

A chance to design an “iconic” building is not something one encounters every day. However, that is exactly what the designers at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM) in their San Francisco office got when they were challenged to come up with a design for the Poly International Plaza project in Beijing, China.

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Tree House Sequence, HD BIM, and PBEE

Hollywood Casino Jamul (HC Jamul) is a three-story entertainment facility, located in Jamul, California, with approximately 200,000 square feet of gaming, restaurants, and lounges atop an eight-story, below-grade, 1,800-space parking garage. The casino structure’s innovative steel lateral force resisting system utilizes rocking braced frames and Krawinkler fuses integrated into Vierendeel trusses to produce a performance-based seismic design. This keeps the integrity of the perimeter cantilevered gravity system protected while the lateral system is repairable after a major seismic event.

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Located on Ford Island at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, Building 26A was constructed in 1935 for an aviation storehouse and an airplane hangar for the Navy’s Fleet Air Base. The facility survived the December 7, 1941, surprise attack on Pearl Harbor (Figures 1 and 2) and in the 75 years since has undergone several changes in use. In 2014, the Navy elected to convert Building 26A into a new training facility for the Center for Security Forces (CENSECFOR).

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Adding FRP Composite Sidewalks to Vehicle Bridges

“Can I walk there from here?” It’s a question more and more Americans are asking these days. A renewed focus on health and a cleaner environment are partially responsible. This new emphasis is developing into an emerging trend among Millennials, who demographers estimate to number 79.8 million, and is influencing the way developers look at city planning. Because of technologic advances, a significant percentage of the nation’s largest living generation is choosing to hang up their car keys and walk, participate in a bicycle sharing system, or hop aboard public transportation to jump start their workday.

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A Multi-Use Path Curving to the Banks of the Charles River

The Frances “Fanny” Appleton Pedestrian Bridge is a 750-foot long, multi-use path located on the banks of the Charles River in Boston, MA. This contemporary, curving, “ribbon-like” structure will be a signature bridge for Boston thanks to its geometrically challenging form. It will comfortably carry pedestrian crowds to and from the famous Boston Pops 4th of July fireworks concert. The pedestrian bridge is comprised of 550 continuous feet of elevated steel superstructure, including the 222-foot main span Vierendeel truss arch.

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Revitalization of the Hancock Observatory

In early 2013, Thornton Tomasetti (TT) partnered with colleagues at Montparnasse 56 (M56), who had recently purchased the 94th-floor observatory in Chicago’s iconic John Hancock Tower, with a plan to modernize and revitalize the experience for its visitors. The M56 plan involved gutting and modernizing the interior space and installing a unique attraction that would add an adventure element experience for guests. The concept of “tilting” patrons outside the footprint of the tower was pitched by M56 as a way to provide a one-of-a-kind thrill, taking full advantage of the Hancock Tower’s height and spectacular views of Chicago.

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Use of Innovative Software Helps Reduce Costs and Project Delivery Time

Set to be the United Kingdom’s second tallest building next to the Shard skyscraper, 22 Bishopsgate is a 62-story, 912-foot (278-meter) glass-clad tower that will sit at the center of a cluster of high rises in London’s Financial District. PLP Architecture conceptually designed the building, featuring 120,000 square meters (nearly 1.3 million square feet) of office space, retail shops, fitness centers, educational facilities, restaurants, and an open viewing terrace and observatory, in a bid to create the city’s first vertical village.

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Saving the Path to the Beach

Perched on a bluff along the shore of Puget Sound, Howarth Park is a heavily wooded and frequently used public park in Everett, Washington. With its spectacular views of the Sound and small beach at the water’s edge, the park is very popular. However, like most of the eastern shore of Puget Sound north of Seattle, the actual beachfront is cut off from the uplands by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad line. The public must cross a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks and descend down to the beach level on a wooden stair tower to access the beach.

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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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