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Weird Forms of Fame

The picture above shows a concrete industrial building in Hell’s Kitchen, from the pages of the Engineering Record in 1907. We know that building because we’ve been working on various pieces of it for about five years. When we work on a famous building, it’s no surprise to see it in the press, but we …

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Just Like A Movie

Fifteen years ago, I was on a team evaluating the condition of the building above, constructed slowly in the 1860s as the New York State Inebriate Asylum in Binghamton. At that time it had been effectively abandoned for fourteen years and adaptive reuse was being planned; thanks to the 2008 recession, that reuse is still …

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Castle Clinton Never Ends

My walking commute takes me past Castle Clinton twice every day, which has been great on the days when I had a meeting on site and otherwise nice to look over progress of the project. I mentioned yesterday that it can be fuzzy when a project ends, so let’s look at a timeline for the …

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More News: The South Bushwick Reformed Church

After all this time, I still find it disorienting to read the news and find one of our projects being discussed. In this case, it’s the end (or nearly so) of a long saga for the South Bushwick Reformed Church in Brooklyn, a beautiful wood-frame building from 1853 that looks like it belongs on a …

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The Morgan Library

Structural engineers working on buildings get used to anonymity. Even if a building has a daring structural design, most (or, often, all) of the press will name the architect rather than the engineer. In renovation projects, which make up nearly all of our firm’s design work, engineers are even less likely to receive much recognition. …

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