SEAoNC Newsletter – Joseph Gulden Wins the 2013 Young Engineer of the Year Award

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May 18, 2014

Joseph Gulden Wins the 2013 Nabih Youssef Young Members Poster Award

May 18, 2014, San Francisco, CA- Joseph Gulden, Project Manager at DeSimone Consulting Engineer’s San Francisco office, won the 2013 Nabih Youssef Young Members Poster Award. Joseph was recently featured as a winner in the Structural Engineer’s Association of Northern California’s (SEAONC) YMF’s May Newsletter.

Joseph’s first project at DeSimone was a 63-story residential and hotel tower, The Shangri-La Fort Bonifacio, located in Manila, Philippines. The building encloses 1.4 million square feet and rises 752 feet, making it the ninth tallest building in the country. It is located in a highly seismic region of the world as well as a hurricane-prone area. Combining the equivalent of worst-case California seismic demands with worst-case Florida wind loads meant finding he appropriate balance between ductility and strength.

The Shangri-La project was designed using performance based methods, following the PEER Tall Buildings Initiative “Guidelines for Performance-Based Seismic Design of Tall Buildings.” The resulting design eliminated the need for perimeter frames, maximizing the architectural appeal of the structure while providing material and cost savings. The project was also designed to attain LEED gold certification.

On what advice he could give to other young engineers, “most important,” he said, is an understanding of the “big picture.” Joseph also added that “it’s easy to lose sight of the final product in the midst of performing complex calculations or drawing precise details. In the end, though, we all need to remember the limitations of construction; real people are using real materials to try to replicate what we have drawn.”


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