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!
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.