Report by CTBUH Staff
Foundations are an integral part of every building, and as buildings become taller, foundations need to be considered with more detail to ensure structural integrity and proper performance under significant wind and earthquake loads. The Land Development Engineering and Super High-Rise Room, hosted by Langan, offered several compelling panel discussions on the changing nature of high-rise foundations and their role in tower development with a focus on projects in New York.
The first of four panel discussions throughout the two-day program focused on the innovative designs developed in response to Hurricane Sandy. The discussion revolved around original strategies created to protect New York’s urban habitat as extreme weather events are poised to threaten the city with increased frequency.
The second panel of the day took a close look at how Hudson Yards, the country’s largest real estate project, is transforming Manhattan. In particular, the panel discussed the process of literally creating new real estate through foundation work, as part of Hudson Yards is built on top of an active rail yard. George Leventis, Managing Principal and Director of Langan International, discussed his firm’s role in making Hudson Yards a reality.
Day two featured two more panel discussions on developments in New York. The morning panel focused on the city-wide building boom with an emphasis on projects that require innovative geotechnical engineering techniques. The panel featured both engineers and developers in order to get multiple perspectives on these complex developments. Among others, Douglas Durst, Chairman, The Durst Organization, discussed his firm’s project, VIA 57 West, on the Far West Side.
After a lunch break, the final session of the host room delved specifically into the development of the High Line. After a video re-capping the history of the project, a panel discussed the current real estate development success stories resulting from the High Line, which is actively reshaping the make-up of the city.
Monday, October 26, 2015
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
Hurricane Sandy hit NYC hard, but the city is hitting back with innovative engineering and design to protect and preserve the world’s most famous urban habitat.
Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group, New York
Michele O’Connor, Principal, Langan, Jersey City
Claire Weisz, Principal-in-Charge, WXY, New York
Daniel Zarrilli, Director, Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, New York
12:45 – 1:45 PM
1:45 – 3:15 PM & 3:45 – 5:15 PM
The country’s biggest real estate project is transforming the greatest city on earth. Learn how Hudson Yards literally got out of the ground.
Anthony Moseillie, Principal, KPF, New York
Michael Samuelian, Vice President, The Related Companies, New York
Marc Gallagher, Senior Principal, Langan, New York
Eli Gottlieb, Senior Principal, Thornton Tomasetti, New York
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
The real estate boom in Manhattan continues with jaw dropping structures that require innovative geotechnical engineering techniques. Get an inside look as to how an impressive sampling of buildings help make NYC taller and more dynamic than any city on earth.
Douglas Durst, Chairman, The Durst Organization – VIA 57 West, New York
Izak Senbahar, President, Alexico – 56 Leonard, New York
Robert Singer, Project Director of Acquisitions and Development, Time Equities Inc – 50 West Street, New York
Tasos Papathanasiou, Associate, Langan, New York
12:45 – 1:45 PM
1:45 – 3:15 PM
Walking the High Line has become a must-do experience in Manhattan. This session contains a presentation that re-caps the history of the High Line and a panel discussion that covers current real estate development success stories resulting from the High Line, which is shaping the city’s future.
Adam Ganser, Vice President – Planning and Design, Friends of the High Line, New York
Robert Kulikowski, Senior Director of Environmental Planning, Langan, New York
Craig Schwitter, Managing Principal, BuroHappold Engineering, New York
Lisa Tziona Switkin, Principal, James Corner Field Operations, New York