DeSimone’s CTBUH 2015 Recap

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October 29, 2015

Grove at Grand Bay Panel Discussion

On Monday, Oct. 26 and Tuesday, Oct. 27, DeSimone Consulting Engineers hosted a series of presentations and discussions at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) 2015 International Conference at The Grand Hyatt in New York City.

Monday’s nine sessions featured a global perspective on an array of tall building topics, ranging from the construction of Austria’s Vienna Donau City Tower and post-9/11 office buildings in lower Manhattan to seismic design in China and exterior bracing systems for tall buildings. Other topics discussed were structural system classification, non-conventional structural patterns in tall buildings, apartments in skyscrapers, redeveloping inner cities through cluster development, and modular technologies in tall buildings.

Tuesday’s sessions kicked off with presentations from Rick Cook and Pam Campbell of COOKFOX, Dan Kaplan and Fatin Anlar of FXFOWLE, and John Britton and Steve Hargis of Woods Bagot. Next up was a discussion on Miami’s 1000 Museum Tower, moderated by DeSimone’s Chairman, Vincent DeSimone. On the panel were Chris Lepine of Zaha Hadid Architects, Luis Ramirez of DeSimone Consulting Engineers, and Louis Birdman, developer of 1000 Museum Tower. Mr. Lepine and Mr. Ramirez also presented as the project’s architect and structural engineer, respectively.

Tuesday’s third session spotlighted the twisting Grove at Grand Bay, with presentations by the project’s architect, Bjarke Ingels of BIG, and structural engineer, Vincent DeSimone. The day was rounded out with Brian Collins of Fisher Brothers, Robert Whitlock of KPF and Robert Singer of Time Equities, who each presented on residential development around World Trade Center reconstruction. The final two sessions also included panel discussions moderated by DeSimone’s President, Stephen DeSimone.

In addition to hosting the two-day series, Stephen DeSimone participated in a panel discussion on tall and slender buildings in New York City as part of CTBUH’s main conference.

DeSimone Consulting Engineers would like to thank its presenters and all those who attended its “Tall Building Structures” host room at the CTBUH 2015 International Conference.

You can view photos of the two-day event on our blog.