JAMA’s own Farzad Naeim is one of a handful of engineers selected by Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve on the Los Angeles City Seismic Safety Task Force. The objective of the group is to formulate plans and regulations for evaluation and retrofit of non-ductile concrete buildings (those without adequate steel rebar) and tuck-under apartment buildings in Los Angeles. The task force has also been asked to develop a seismic rating, similar to what is used by LEED, for Los Angeles Buildings. The group is one facet of Garcetti’s ambitious plan for buildings across LA to be graded for their seismic safety – in part to help residents understand the earthquake risks of their office buildings and apartments.
JAMA’s Director of Research, Farzad Naeim, is the conference chair of the 10th US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, held July 21-25, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska. More than a thousand academics, practitioners, students and public officials will attend along with delegates from nearly 50 countries to explore the state of the art and practice in earthquake engineering. Over 800 sessions will explore topics such as mega disasters, risk and resiliency, building systems, earthquake lessons and building safety. Tours and events will take attendees to the Alaska Heritage Center, the mountains and glaciers of Turnagain Arm, and the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska.
JAMA has been selected to work with NBBJ architects’ Los Angeles office on the design of more than 64,000 square feet of structures in the Heritage Park Sports Complex in Irvine, California. The square footage is spread across eight structures that include ancillary structures associated with 17 championship-level soccer fields, 6 baseball fields, 5 softball fields, volleyball courts and a maintenance building. Additional park and sports-related elements also include a large-scale tensile shade structure for the soccer and baseball common area, a central shade canopy for the softball area, a fabric shade structure for the baseball area, and on-grade stadium seating for the soccer, baseball and softball stadiums.
On Tuesday, June 17th JAMA’s own Farzad Naeim served as a Moderator on a discussion of Resilient Cities at the US – Iran Symposium on Resilient Cities. Held at the Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering in Irvine, CA, the event focused on the development, atmosphere and utilizes of resilient cities where scientists from both Iran and the US shared knowledge and visions for minimizing the impact of environmental and other types of disasters. The event was sponsored by the University of Arizona, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Sharif University of Technology.
Emerson College has been in the news a lot lately; most recently as the Grand Prize winner of the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) Awards. The project opened to students in January 2014, and since then has continued to be in the news as one of the hottest projects of the year in LA. JAMA provided structural engineering to longtime client Morphosis on the design, which features two residential towers that bookend open-air courtyards and performance spaces over 10 floors and 107,400 square feet. For the Business Council awards, a jury of 25 notable design professionals honored entire project teams whose projects exhibited design excellence, commitment to sustainability, and community impact.
Three JAMA projects received honors at this year’s Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards. Emerson College Los Angeles won Grand Prize at the event while the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the MLK Jr. Inpatient Tower Renovation for the County of LA both won Healthcare Awards. Moderated by Sam Lubell of the Architect’s Newspaper, the 44th annual awards hosted approximately 500 top professionals. “The LA Architectural Awards celebrate truly outstanding projects that demonstrate an unyielding commitment to great design and meaningful sustainability,” said LABC President Mary Leslie. “Today’s winners enhance our quality of life and prove that Los Angeles remains a global hub for world-class architecture.” Congratulations to all of our team partners!
On May 22, 2014 the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) held its annual awards event to honor project excellence across all modes of transportation. Competing with built work across California in the public and private sector, the Green Build Expansion project at the San Diego Airport, the first LEED Platinum Aviation Project, took home the honor of “Aviation Project of the Year.” Principal in Charge Steven Ball, SE, attended the event along with team members from HNTB, Syska Hennessy and AECOM among others.
The Perot Museum announced an exciting partnership with the National Geographic Society this week, a move that showcases the continued evolution in the facility’s programming. The five-year deal will give the Perot Museum access to National Geographic’s inventory of films, special access to their traveling exhibitions and benefits for museum members with regard to National Geographic merchandise and travel. In turn, the museum will be the local host of the Nat Geo Live speakers series and will support ongoing efforts to create engaging films in the future. Click here to read more about the partnership and upcoming films at the museum.