January 25, 2024
DeSimone Principal Mark Plechaty’s interview in Fast Company focuses on an innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective construction technique that reduces both the carbon footprint and weight of a concrete structure. He explains how building with voided concrete helped make the award-winning conversion of the landmarked One Wall Street from office to luxury condos possible.
Writer Patrick Sisson also explores some unexpected parallels and similarities between the transformation of One Wall Street, originally completed in 1929, and how the ancient Romans approached building the Pantheon in AD 26―with terra cotta.
This innovative approach reduced the weight of both the modern and ancient building without diminishing structural strength or integrity.