Review Category : Feature

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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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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