Two JAMA projects have recently been honored with national awards. The Cooper Union New Academic Building, designed by Morphosis, was awarded a coveted Award of Excellence by the Architectural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (AEI) this month. In addition, the USC Engemann Student Health Center which was just opened in January was awarded a Regional Award in Healthcare from the Design Build Institute of America. Congratulations to the teams of these remarkable projects!
The Cooper Union New Academic Building was recently awarded a coveted Award of Excellence in the Structural Systems Design category. Presented by the Architectural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (AEI), the award showcases best practices by industry professionals and publicly acknowledges outstanding achievement in design and construction. Designed by Morphosis, the LEED Platinum project has garnered a number of accolades, including Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) and Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) awards.
On April 17, 2013 JAMA Principal Steve Ball was recognized by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) for exceptional contributions to the advancement of the structural steel design and construction industry. As only one of five recipients of the annual Special Achievement Award, Steve joins the ranks of other national leaders who have demonstrated notable achievements in structural steel design, construction, research or education. Steve’s honor was a result of his creative and bold structural engineering work in the application, testing and qualification of long-span steel Special Moment Frames with non-orthogonal connections, specifically for the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) Program at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Click here to see the more on the award and all award recipients.
2013 marks a significant milestone in the history of John A. Martin & Associates; 60 years of structural engineering excellence and an unwavering dedication to our clients. The firm was founded on April 12, 1953 by John A. “Jack” Martin and has served clients, institutions and municipalities across the globe from its headquarters in Los Angeles since. JAMA is marking 2013 with a variety of internal and external improvements and initiatives, so stay tuned for more announcements and updates.
After decades of association and dedication to John A. Martin & Associates, Kai-Chen Tu (26 years), Kan Patel (28 years) and Marvin Mittelstaedt (41 years) will retire from practice this Spring. All of us at JAMA wish each of these special individuals the best and applaud them for their innumerable project achievements and especially for their personal friendships. Their accomplishments and contributions have left an indelible mark not only on the firm, but the entire Southern California structural engineering industry. Congratulations!
JAMA Principal Dr. Farzad Naeim is one of four distinguished experts selected to serve on the Structural Design Review Team (SDRT) for the San Francisco Transbay Tower. Magnusson Klemencic Associates will serve as the structural engineer of record for this historic project, which includes an office tower of 60 stories above grade and three basements. The structural design is performed in accordance with the 2010 San Francisco Building Code, including the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection Administrative Bulletin 083, which utilizes a non-prescriptive seismic design.
Construction of Cal Poly SLO’s Center for Science and Math is on schedule and slated to open in fall 2013. The $119 million, 189,000 square foot building is a powerful symbol of the central nature of science and mathematics in the University’s polytechnic curriculum, and was designed to inspire curiosity and teamwork in the teaching and learning process. Construction progress can be viewed via two live webcams: http://cosam.calpoly.edu/center_sci_math.html
JAMA’s BIM Director Marcello Sgambelluri, will be a featured speaker at the ninth Revit Technology Conference Australasia in Auckland, New Zealand. Scheduled to take place from Thursday May 16 to Saturday May, 18, 2013, the conference will once again explore the latest trends, technologies and best practices in Revit and BIM as a means of streamlining the building procurement and construction process.