The San Diego Airport expansion, with structural engineering design by JAMA, has been awarded a platinum certification by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The project is the first commercial airport terminal in the world to earn this designation, the highest possible achievement in sustainable construction. The project, dubbed the “Green Build,” included both a 460,000 square-foot expansion of Terminal 2 and 1.3 million square feet of new aircraft apron and taxiway areas. Just some of the sustainable features include rooftop solar panels that will provide approximately 12.5% of the terminal’s projected annual energy use; an architectural emphasis on natural light sources, and a reflective rooftop that minimizes the building’s heat absorption and reduces the need for air-conditioning.
Marcello Sgambelluri, BIM Director at John A. Martin, has been acknowledged for his contributions to the global Autodesk Community with the title of “Autodesk Expert Elite”. Joining only 180 other participants across 23 countries, Marcello was nominated and accepted for his significant contributions in time, knowledge, and assistance to the larger Autodesk customer support community. Per Autodesk, Elite members “have demonstrated a strong sense of leadership and use an engaging style of collaboration that contributes to a healthy and valuable customer community”. Congratulations to Marcello on this unique achievement and for continually advancing the firm as a leader in BIM and REVIT processes.
Principal Steve Ball, SE, will be inducted into the West Virginia Academy of Civil Engineers for lifetime and notable achievements on May 2, 2014. Steve’s induction is a reflection of his distinguished career and his contributions and services to the profession, education, and professional achievement by his alma mater, West Virginia University. This prestigious honor has only been given to a handful of alumni over the years, and was a result of a call for nominations process and extensive review by existing members of the Academy. Congratulations Steve!
The ACE Program engages high school students as a means of encouraging career pursuits in Architecture, Engineering and Construction. This primarily takes place through group and one-on-one mentoring to expose students to real-world opportunities, and financial support through scholarships and grants. John A. Martin & Associates (JAMA) has been involved in ACE for decades, and has been honored as the 2014 Structural Engineering Firm of the Year. JAMA staff celebrated the distinction along with a handful of students from our mentor schools John Marshall High in Los Angeles, and the Applied Technology Center in Montebello, CA. at the ACE Spotlight Awards Gala on February 27th.
Since an initial campus opening in 2012, the LAUSD Valley Region Middle School #3 in Sun Valley has engaged students in new ways. With three main buildings totaling 48,000 square feet across 9 acres, the project is full of amenities and features, including a 6,000 square-foot amphitheater that seats up to 1,000. The steel and concrete structure extends from the south of Building C and utilizes tapered steel beams that span to an exterior 3-D truss atop two cantilevered concrete columns. The area is used as exterior class room space for the school’s theater program and also hosts awards, plays, musical productions and school assemblies.
The USC John McKay Center and John A. Martin & Associates were recently honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Region 9 (Los Angeles) Section. As a recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Project Award in the Structural Engineering category, the project serves as an example of outstanding engineering in California. The award will be conferred during the California Infrastructure Symposium and Region 9 Awards Dinner, to be held Friday, March 14 in San Francisco. Congratulations to USC and the entire JAMA project team!
John A. Martin is pleased to be working again with long-time partner Brooks + Scarpa on two new wood-frame housing projects. The Six in the MacArthur Park neighborhood of Los Angeles is an affordable housing project for the Skid Row Housing Trust and will consist of four levels of Type V (wood frame) housing over a single level of on-grade parking. The project is targeting LEED Gold. Gateway Apartments is the second design effort underway and consists of 21 units of affordable housing near Los Angeles’ Venice neighborhood. The three-level, wood frame structure sits on a concrete podium garage and will provide approximately 20 units, housing formerly homeless and special needs individuals as well as seniors with disabilities.
On January 17th, JAMA commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake by participating in a symposium discussion in Los Angeles. Entitled Northridge 20, the event brought together top engineers, state leaders and emergency management experts for a two-day discussion highlighting the impacts of the magnitude 6.7 event. Dr. Farzad Naeim, JAMA’s Director of Research, spoke about Performance Based Design Guidelines for Tall Buildings and their Applications as part of a series of concurrent sessions on Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering.