LERA  Newsletter  |   Fall 2016
The Broad Named 2016 ENR Regional Project of the Year
The Broad Art Museum was named the 2016 Project of the Year in Southern California by Engineering News-Record (ENR). Designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Gensler, t he building features a honeycomb-like "veil" that spans the block-long gallery.

Read about the genesis of this unique design in ENR's article feature.

View more images on our project page.
2050 M Street in Construction
Construction has begun on 2050 M Street, a new 450,000-sf premium office building in Washington, D.C. Completed with architect REX and developer Tishman Speyer, its design combines the traditional typology of D.C. office buildings with a unique curtain wall of curved floor-to-ceiling glass panels that yield completely uninhibited views of D.C.'s business district. The project is expected to be completed in 2019.

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New Renderings of Lingang Science and Technology City
LERA are the structural engineers for Lingang Science and Technology City, designed by architect Ennead, a new 925,700-gsf office complex in Shanghai that is slated to be completed in 2018. Featuring an envelope of large-scale faceted glass panels, it is the catalyst of a development known as the "Silicon Valley" of China.

Learn more about this project here. 
Advanced Science Research Center Wins ACEC Platinum Award
The Advanced Science Research Center, the flagship building of the City College of New York's "Decade of Science" initiative, was awarded the 2017 ACEC New York Platinum Award in the category of Structural Systems. An exceedingly complex facility offering a flexible program of laboratory, classroom and administrative space, the ASRC houses a suite of state-of-the-art sensory and imaging equipment and features an undulating faux-curved glass façade. The ASRC was competed with architects KPF and Flad Architects.

Learn more about this project here
Saving a Memorial: Soldiers' and Sailors' in Progress
LERA's engineers are hard at work on the restoration of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Riverside Park. Built in 1902, the memorial commemorates soldiers and sailors who fought for the Union in the Civil War. LERA proposed using a personnel lift to place surveyors on top of the monument, from which they rappelled down to inspect the exterior for damage and defects. LERA is working with architect Perkins Eastman on this project, along with contractors Pullman and Vertical Access.

Learn more in our recent blog post. 

Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center Completed
Some stunning photographs and rave reviews have recently come out for Columbia University’s new medical and graduate education building, completed with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Gensler, which features a gravity-defying “Study Cascade” constructed from cantilevered concrete slabs.

Discover the innovative structural engineering that made this possible in our recent blog post .
Throwback Favorite: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
Completed in 2000 with architect Fox & Fowle (now FXFOWLE Architects), the ICBC remains a strong design presence in Shanghai with its striking brise soleil curtain wall façade.                                                
Learn more about this project here .
Westfield Retail Opens at World Trade Center
The Westfield World Trade Center shopping mall is now open for business! Westfield's many shops, cafes and restaurants are housed in the lower floors of WTC 3, WTC 4 and the WTC Transportation Hub, and are enclosed by Santiago Calatrava's much-vaunted Oculus, an abstract white marble structure resembling a dove in flight.

In addition to LERA's work as the structural engineer for WTC 4, LERA was involved in the structural design of a number of the 108 retail outfits, including the 40,000-sf Eataly, an all-in-one Italian market located above the lobby of WTC 4; the new multi-level Banana Republic, for which LERA designed an architecturally exposed steel stair; and the new Victoria's Secret flagship store.

Learn more about this project here.
Totem Unveils Design for the Future of Smart Power
LERA  is assisting with the launch of Totem. The Totem platform combines solar energy and energy storage, WiFi and 4G communications, electric vehicle charging and smart lighting into a single, powerful product that weaves these capabilities directly into the built environment. The first Totem model is slated for release in Summer 2017.

Ream more about Totem here.                  
Lotte World Tower Wins Excellence in Structural Engineering Award
LERA were awarded the 2016 Excellence in Engineering Award by the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) for their work on the Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea, a 1,823-ft (555-m) supertall tower designed by architect KPF. LERA led the structural design for the elegantly shaped behemoth, the tenth tallest building in the world.

For a complete list of winners, click here.
Models Revealed for Oberoi Esquire
LERA is working with Oberoi Realty Limited and eco.id Architects to bring to life the Oberoi Esquire, part of Oberoi's sprawling Garden City residential development in Mumbai, India. Comprising three 52-story residential towers connected by a 2.1 million-sf podium, the complex will include luxury amenities such as a swimming pool, tennis courts, skating rink and more.

Learn more about this project here.
Capitol Crossing Update
View the latest on Capitol Crossing, a major infrastructure and development project in Washington, DC. The project's status has been featured in The New York Times, Bisnow, Washingtonian and WTOP. Click the image to the left to see an amazing time lapse video of the platform construction! LERA is working on the platform with SOM.

L earn more about this project here.
Bank of China Tower Wins Legacy Award
The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong -- completed in 1988 and the tallest building outside of New York and Chicago at the time of construction -- was recently bestowed the China Tall Building Legacy Award by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) for their inaugural China Tall Building Awards program, which recognizes "projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of Chinese tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level."

LERA led the structural design of the landmark tower, which was designed by famed architect I.M. Pei.

Learn more about the project here.         
LERA Ranks #5 in  100 of the World's Tallest Buildings
LERA was named as the fifth highest ranking Structural Engineering firm on the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's (CTBUH) 100 of the World's Tallest Buildings list for having been the structural engineer on five of the world's 100 tallest buildings, in addition to providing peer review services for a further 10.

LERA led the structural design of the Lotte World Tower (1,823 ft; 555 m) in Seoul, South Korea; the Shanghai World Financial Center (1,622 ft; 494 m) in Shanghai, China; Lodha World One (1,450 ft; 442 m) in Mumbai, India; the Bank of China Tower (1,205 ft; 367 m) in Hong Kong; and Three Sixty West (1,185 ft; 361 m) in Mumbai, India. 
Doug Gonz ález  Elected President of SEAoNY
Associate Partner, Doug González, P.E., has been elected President of the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) for the 2016-2017 term, having previously served in the roles of Secretary and Director.

Read more about Doug in his recent Engineer of the Moment profile.

Get to know the personal side of Doug in his New York Real Estate Journal Professional Profile.
Matthew Melrose Presents at AIA NY's Global Dialogues
On October 13th, Associate Partner, Matt Melrose sat on the panel of AIA NY's Global Dialogues Concrete | Amorphous Morphology, hosted by the Center for Architecture. The penultimate event in their annual series exploring different architectural elements, the theme for the evening was 'Concrete.'

View a video of the presentation here. (Matt's presentation begins at the 59"49' mark.)

Matt spoke about the recently completed Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University Medical Center, for which he was Project Director.
SawTeen See Presents at CTBUH
Managing Partner, SawTeen See presented at the  CTBUH 2016 International Conference  in Shenzen, China on October 17th. Her presentation detailed the structural challenges faced when designing the Minmetals Capital Tower in Shenzen.

Nayan Trivedi Speaks at iCities: World Class CBD
Nayan Trivedi, Partner was a chairperson for the iCities World Class CBD held in Melbourne, Australia, October 24-26. Nayan also presented on Engineering CBD’s Skyscrapers of the Future: Structural and Engineering Challenges.

Read more about the conference here.
Carrie Villani Untangles the Web of Government Certifications
Part of SMPS-NY's monthly "Coordinators Club," LERA's Director of Marketing, Carrie Villani gave a seminar on public procurement and certification.

"Unraveling WMBE: Certification, Finding Qualified Firms for Your Team, Paperwork Galore & More" is also being offered as an AIA Continuing Education Course. Get in touch to learn more about LERA's AIA CES programs.
John Pugh Judges ENR Global Best Projects Awards
Associate Partner, John Pugh was a judge for this year's Global Best Projects Awards, hosted by Engineering News-Record (ENR).

Visit www.globalbestprojects.com to view the winners.
LERA's Engineer of the Moment: Ksenia Tretiakova
Ksenia Tretiakova was recently profiled as LERA's Engineer of the Moment. Ksenia is currently excited to be working on the Solidiers' and Sailors' Monument, for which Ksenia was charged with leading the surveying and structural analysis of its restoration. “My favorite feature of the Memorial is the middle dome of the tower,” she explained. “It was created from a series of long, thin stacked tiles, an ingenious yet simple technique brought over from Spain by the architect Guastavino in the 19th Century. The tiles are nothing special by themselves, but when joined together, they have an incredible combined strength that stands the test of time." 

You can read Ksenia's entire Engineer of the Moment profile here.                                                   
LERA Expands Presence in China, Opens New Office in Hong Kong
Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA), a world-class, award-winning structural engineering consulting firm based in New York, has opened a new office in Hong Kong. The move is led by Wing-Pin (Winnie) Kwan, Ph.D., P.E., Partner at LERA and Director of the Hong Kong branch office.

LERA Exhibits at 7th Annual Pulse Healthcare Conference
LERA recently exhibited at the Pulse Healthcare Conference in New York, in addition to attending other healthcare design conferences in Philadelphia and Houston. We have many active healthcare projects around the world, such as the Almaty International Medical Center in Kazakhstan and a major Hospital Medical Pavilion in New York.

Feel free to get in touch with us if you'd like to learn more about our healthcare projects and discuss future opportunities!
LERA Celebrates 15th Anniversary of Supporting Canstruction NY
LERA received an award at the 2016 Canstruction NY Awards Gala to commemorate their 15th year of participating in the annual charitable design competition.

This year, the LERA "Wolf Pack" built an 8-ft-tall howling wolf out of over 3,000 tuna and sardine cans. The sculpture symbolizes our need to "howl" in the fight against hunger. All of the cans were donated to City Harvest.

For its 15 entries since 2002, LERA has won 9 awards and donated over 55,000 canned goods and food items.

See pictures of the event, including time lapse footage of our team in action, on our recent blog post.

(Photo: Zachary Tyler Newton © 2016) 
LERA's "Steel Toes" Wrap Up Another Summer Season
With summer at an end, LERA's resident soccer team, the Steel Toes, wrapped up another season of fun in the sun! 

Pictured from left to right: Jason Stone, Eddy Roberts, Thomas Kelleher, Elias Matar, Adam Kirk, Lucas Matar, Matthew Melrose and Amit Nambiar. (Not pictured: Michael Hopper, Aakash Badjatya, Raffi Kayat, Ethan Cotton, Halle Doenitz, Morgan Burn, Hannah Park and Magen Mintz.) 
Dan Sesil, Partner will present at the Center for Architecture on January 19th on a CTBUH panel discussion on modular design.

Carrie Villani, Director of Marketing will be a panelist on February 23rd for a Society of Marketing for Professional Services (SMPS-NY) event on successful proposal management.

Associate Partner, Doug  González  is a featured speaker at the SEAoNY Half Day Seminar: 2015 and Beyond - International Building Code Changes  on December 7th, hosted by the Center for Architecture.

On November 18th, Associate, Alfonso Oliva presented at the Symposium for Geometry and Computational Design in Vienna, Austria. His presentation focused on a computational approach to sculpture design.

Alfonso Oliva, Associate was recently awarded the Young Talent 2016 Award from l'Associazione Culturale "Progetto Arkès," an Italian-based awards program that recognizes rising stars in the field of Architecture and Engineering.
Managing Partner, SawTeen See served as Technical Jury Chair for the 2016 CTBUH Annual Awards Symposium in Chicago on November 3rd.

Associate Partner, Seokkwon Jang exhibited at the Architectural Institute of Korea (AIK) Annual Conference in Seoul, South Korea on September 27. His exhibit featured two eye-catching academic projects for which LERA were the structural engineers: Columbia University Medical Center's Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center and John Jay College's Academic Building I.

Associate, Megan Lenz presented at the  Concrete Industry Board's (CIB) Educational Seminar  on September 14th, a monthly event. She spoke on the advantages of utilizing Self-Consolidating Concrete. Megan was also featured in the New York Real Estate Journal, read her Professional Profile here.

Stephen Pfund, Associate, was promoted from Senior Design Engineer to Associate.

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