JAMA Partner Steven C. Ball, SE has been busy at work with longtime structural and facade engineering collaborator Knippers Helbig on the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (AMPAS) in Los Angeles. The project is one of the most anticipated in the City. AMPAS was designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Renzo Piano, but its 130’ tall glass dome with structural engineering by JAMA is the crowning piece of project. While other teams are reworking the Streamline Moderne department store built in 1939 (at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax), the attached Saban Building with a sphere element to the north will be the more interesting architectural feature.
The bottom of the sphere will be encased in precast concrete panels and house a 1,000-seat theater named after David Geffen for performances, screenings, premiers, and events. The top will be sheathed in glass and serve as an observation deck looking out over the Hollywood Hills. JAMA is looking forward to the completion of this unique project, and hopes to enjoy that one-of-a-kind view towards the Hollywood Hills under the glass dome with friends and colleagues!