Steven Ball, SE has become the first engineer to be inducted into the Los Angeles chapter of Lambda Alpha International, an honorary society for the advancement of land economics. This collection of developers, real estate attorneys, brokers, financial professionals, government officials, architects, and (now) structural engineer, focuses on sharing ideas, best practices, and ongoing dialogue about the ownership and use of land and buildings, specifically within topics such as transportation, energy, urban and rural land use, housing, environmental quality, public utilities, and natural resources. Induction into the society is by invitation only, so congratulations Steve!
The recently completed Emerson College Los Angeles project has been honored again; this time with a 2014 Bentley: Be Inspired Award for Innovation in Building. The honor, one of only seven Special Recognition Awards, was announced at Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference in London. The awards are special recognition of the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world’s infrastructure. The conference, which included global executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations, featured presentations and sessions exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers, and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure delivery and investment returns.
JAMA is thrilled to be working with CO Architects of Los Angeles on a second University of Arizona Science facility. After the resounding success of the U of A Health Sciences Education Building in Phoenix, our firms are once again working together – this time on the Biosciences Partnership Building. The proposed 10-story structure will include 245,000 square feet of neurosciences, health-care, cancer and medical research space on the Phoenix Biomedical campus in downtown Phoenix.
JAMA is excited to help celebrate the American Institute of Steel Construction’s Steel Day on Friday, September 19th. The annual event is a way to bring awareness to the benefits and design possibilities of structural steel. JAMA often uses steel as a preferred structural system for complex and large-scale projects: it is faster to erect and in most cases more cost effective than its concrete counterparts. It also offers a high degree of design flexibility. JAMA showcased this most famously through its structural design of the Disney Concert Hall by Frank Gehry. We look forward to participating in some of this year’s local Steel Day events (jobsite tours; tours of milling and fabricating facilities, and webinars), and continuing to evolve our work with structural steel in more innovative and unique structures.
John A. Martin & Associates has been selected to provide structural engineering for the AC2 Auditorium project on Apple’s Cupertino campus. The structure will house an underground 1,000-seat auditorium off the main R&D ‘Mothership’, and culminate in a circular glass entry pavilion reminiscent of their retail stores. Principal Steven Ball will head the project for JAMA and brings over a decade of expertise in the design and engineering of structural glass.
Principal Shane Fitzgerald received his DBIA certification this month; a result of completing a rigorous series of coursework and a formal exam for the nationally recognized Designated Design-Build Professional™ (DBIA™) certification. By completing these requirements, Shane has earned the right to display “DBIA” after his names, identifying his expertise to design-build end-users and the industry at large as a professional experienced in this form of project delivery. Shane’s most recent Design-Build experience includes the In Patient Tower and other supporting structures on the MLK Hospital Campus.
JAMA’s REVIT and BIM specialist Marcello Sgambelluri represented the firm and presented two classes at the North American Revit Technology Conference in July. The first, entitled “Modeling Inverse Kinematics… in Revit”, focused on REVIT families and how to utilize inverse kinematics to facilitate rotation and movement. The second, “Dynamo 101”, focused on how to utilize the free Dynamo add-in for Revit. For the second year in a row Marcello was ranked the top speaker of the conference. Felix Olmos and Jose Rivera were also in attendance at the conference.
The recently completed San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 and Airside Expansion project has been honored with a National Award of Merit in the Aviation category from the Design-Build Institute of America. As a winner the project will also be considered for one of three Awards of Excellence in the areas of design, process and teaming. Awards of Excellence winners will be announced at the National Design-Build Conference in October. JAMA is proud to have provided structural engineering on this highly sustainable D-B effort. Congratulations to the entire project team, and fingers crossed for the Award of Excellence!