The UCI Contemporary Arts Center has been honored with a National Design-Build institute of America (DBIA) Honor Award. The Design-Build team included Ehrlich Architects and Edge Construction along with JAMA as Structural Engineer, and the LEED Platinum (pending) facility includes a unique mix of dance, performance and fine art galleries, studios, classrooms and specialty spaces. Two years ago the project won at the regional level while still unfinished, but since opening in November 2011 has begun catching the attention of publications and highly competitive awards programs as such as DBIA National.
JAMA Principal Steve Ball, SE, presented a live webinar on behalf of software company Bentley as part of the company’s “Structural Software User Spotlight” series. Held on July 30, the presentation focused on JAMA’s role in the Los Angeles International Terminal expansion and the RAM structural software used for the project. Highlights included the firm’s curved moment frame concept that utilized non-orthogonal moment connections, and the processes the team utilized in order to prove the technical validity of this unique design and gain approval in a high zone of seismic activity; a first within the region.
This month marked a milestone in the construction of the new Emerson College Los Angeles Center; the final construction beam was set on July 17th and activity is quickening in anticipation of the project’s January 2014 opening. Part of the final construction assembly included eleven 120’ castellated beams (a type of expanded beam) on the north side of the structure. The castellated beams at Emerson serve a dual purpose: to provide support for a rooftop helipad, and to act as a structural diaphragm connecting the project’s dual towers at the roof level. These unique types of structural elements start with a wide flange beam, pattern cut in half longitudinally. The two halves are separated, staggered, and welded together to form a castellated beam. This new component weighs the same as the original, but is 30%-50% stronger and 50% deeper, adding structural load capacity and stiffness without the weight and added material.
Earlier this month the Natural History Museum of LA County celebrated its centennial anniversary and officially unveiled the latest component of the campus renovation and construction effort; the Otis Booth Pavilion. This six-story steel and glass cube complete with multimedia will serve as the Museum’s official front door and connect the North Campus landscape to the 1974 Building via an arched pedestrian bridge. John A. Martin & Associates has been involved with the Museum’s campus wide modernization efforts since 2006, including historic renovation, seismic renovation and retrofit, and new construction projects.
The USC John McKay Center and LAUSD Valley Regional Middle School #3 Pedestrian Bridge earned top honors at this year’s Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) awards. The McKay Center is a flagship facility for USC’s student athletes and earned a Merit award for its multi-story design which includes a subterranean indoor football field. The LAUSD Middle School bridge was awarded an Award of Excellence for its cost-effective design and innovative detailing. The project, while small in scale, serves as an important symbolic and functional infrastructure component that connects the new Middle School #3 with an existing LAUSD Polytechnic High School.
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.