Thornton Tomasetti is an American 800+ person structural engineering consulting firm headquartered in New York City. Founded in 1956 as Lev Zetlin & Associates, the 50-year old company has office locations throughout the world.The company has expertise in structural engineering, façade engineering, forensics, renewal, construction engineering, property loss consulting and sustainability. The engineering firm provided the structural design for several of the world's tallest building structures, including the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Taipei 101 in Taiwan. Other structures designed by the firm include Soldier Field in Chicago, PETCO Park in San Diego, and the Minneapolis Public Library in Minneapolis. Among other architects of note, Thornton Tomasetti has collaborated with Cesar Pelli, Santiago Calatrava, Renzo Piano, and Rafael Vinoly.Thornton Tomasetti works to advance sustainable design and construction practices. About one-fifth of its staff are LEED accredited professionals . Thornton Tomasetti was the first structural engineering company to sign the AIA 2030 Commitment. Wikipedia.
Naugle M.,Thornton Tomasetti
Structures and Architecture - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Structures and Architecture, ICSA 2016 | Year: 2016
This paper presents a collection of web based technologies designed to enhance the collaboration between architecture, engineering, construction, and owner (AECO) project teams. With advances in digital design, documentation, and communication methods in recent years - a need has developed for better integration of the often disparate digital workflows of each team. By utilizing web based frameworks and custom software development, bespoke applications may be developed that enable project teams to rapidly share and discuss design intent. The nature of the projects discussed will center around two common themes: rapid communication between individuals operating in different disciplines of a collaborative project and increasing the design space able to be studied during the design phases of a project. The case studies will highlight how utilizing web technologies may alter the stream of information across disciplines, changing how we collaboratively design and engineer buildings. © 2016 Taylor & Francis Group, London.
News Article | October 29, 2016
Reflecting its growth and global presence across a wide range of market sectors, award-winning architecture and interior design firm CetraRuddy has announced several promotions of key team members. Each has played an integral part in the firm's design excellence and expertise in project delivery. Two team members, Branko Potocnik, NCIDQ, and Kevin Lee, have been named as Associate Principals. Lindsey Doren, RA, LEED AP, and Maria Clironomos, LEED AP, have been named Associates of the firm. “These practitioners represent a new generation of leadership in architecture and interiors for CetraRuddy, and their combined experience underscores the value we add for all our clients,” said Nancy J. Ruddy, co-founding principal of the firm. “These are talented design professionals who understand the importance of a holistic, comprehensive, and thoughtful analytic approach to the design and construction process. Their unique design sensitivity and wide range of skills reflect not only the diversity of our 100 person practice but also our continued commitment to resourcefully meeting client objectives.” These promotions acknowledge the four professionals’ roles as emerging leaders in the firm who successfully embrace its values, encourage team building and the mentoring of others in their areas of expertise, and consistently collaborate with clients in a meaningful way. Ruddy added, "We are proud to recognize the importance that Branko, Kevin, Lindsey and Maria play both within the firm, and within our professional community. They are all committed to design innovation, technical excellence and client mission. Architecture and interior design are both team sports, and without the best and the brightest people contributing and committed to our firm mission, we would not be able to create the sensitive, meaningful projects that are our hallmark." With over 15 years of experience designing complex and highly refined residential and mixed-use buildings, Kevin Lee is known as a talented, resourceful designer and zoning expert with exceptional problem-solving skills. Lee's innovative design solutions are grounded in an analytic approach to program, typology, context and integration of technology. He is committed to context and authenticity while creating buildings and spaces that inspire. His expertise in all phases of a project, from zoning, concept design, planning and construction detailing make him an important collaborator with co-founding principal, John Cetra, and other members of the CetraRuddy team. Kevin has played meaningful roles in CetraRuddy residential and hospitality projects including the renovation and conversion of Walker Tower, and two new residential towers in Manhattan and Brooklyn. In his expanded role as Associate Principal at CetraRuddy, Kevin joins the 10-member Executive Committee, which provides leadership strategy and direction for the 100-person firm. Prior to joining CetraRuddy in 2001, Kevin Lee served as a senior architect at Richard Meier & Partners Architects. Lee has a Master of Architecture at Columbia University’s School of Architecture with prior studies at University of California, Berkeley’s College of Letters and Science. With more than 25 years of international experience, Branko Potocnik is a Senior Interior Architect and has been a core member of the CetraRuddy design team for over a decade. Mr. Potocnik has extensive experience with high-concept hospitality projects, including hotels, restaurants, spas and retail. He also brings his hospitality expertise and viewpoint to CetraRuddy’s residential practice. His extraordinary design talent and insistence on excellence are evident in all phases of his projects; Branko expands the boundaries of project briefs and creates environments based on form and space that integrate with an innovative use materials. Mr. Potocnik collaborates closely with firm co-founder Nancy J. Ruddy on the advancement of engaging hospitality projects. With both an educational and professional background in Belgrade, Serbia, followed by seven years practicing in Toronto, Canada, Branko brings a global perspective that animates the sensitivity to projects based in authenticity and design integrity. At CetraRuddy, Mr. Potocnik has played key roles in projects in England, Saudi Arabia and throughout the United States. His hospitality projects include innovative and market-making restaurants such as SushiSamba and Duck&Waffle in London, the Galleria Hotel and Restaurants in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, numerous restaurants in Miami and projects for BLT Steak and Marriott in New York City. In addition to his hospitality work, Branko has also been a key member of project teams for CetraRuddy's cultural projects, including the award-winning Lincoln Square Synagogue in Manhattan. Prior to joining CetraRuddy, Potocnik had his own practice in Belgrade, and has worked in Toronto and at MR Architecture + Décor in Manhattan. He has a Bachelor of Interior Architecture in the Faculty of Applied Arts and Design from the University of Arts in Belgrade. An accomplished Project Architect and Project Manager and member of CetraRuddy's BIM Advisory Committee, Lindsey Doren has led highly complex, large-scale projects. Known for her commitment to systems integration, project constructability and technical excellence, she is also respected for her ability to ensure that design integrity is maintained throughout the design and construction process. Doren is a mature resource for the firm in areas such as zoning, building codes, accessibility and multi-family residential standards. Since joining the CetraRuddy team over three years ago, she has seen the completion of a number of major residential projects including a 298-unit, two-building residential complex in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, a residential conversion in midtown Manhattan, and an adaptive reuse project of over 470,000 square feet in lower Manhattan. She has also played a key role on a 760,000-square-foot, 720-unit multi-family residential building in Brooklyn. Doren is a registered architect and a graduate of the Syracuse University School of Architecture, where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree. She is also an active participant in the women in architecture committee for the AIA NY Chapter. With 15 years of experience as a professional in the architectural field, Maria Clironomos is an accomplished designer and project manager. Ms. Clironomos’s expertise and technical acumen extends across a broad spectrum of typologies, from residential and commercial to municipal, civic and infrastructure works. Her experience in all phases of a project from zoning to planning and construction detailing affords her the ability to integrate complex design elements into coherent and rational solutions. She is well respected within the firm for her skill at interfacing and coordinating with clients, consultants, contractors and other project team members, and she serves as a strong mentor to other members of her design teams. Since joining CetraRuddy, Clironomos’s work has included major residential projects, most recently a 250-unit building in Brooklyn, a 298-unit complex in Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan, and a large Upper West Side multifamily conversion, also in Manhattan. Maria serves on CR's BIM Advisory Committee. Prior to joining CetraRuddy, she worked with Dattner Architects and at Thornton Tomasetti. Clironomos studied at the New York Institute of Technology, where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree. For more information and images, please contact Chris Sullivan, (914) 462-2096. Established in 1987, CetraRuddy is an international award-winning architecture, planning and interior design firm driven by design excellence and the desire to create one-of-a-kind architectural experiences. Intellectually crafted projects are developed with a unique design sensitivity, resourcefulness and commitment to client objectives. Throughout the United States and abroad, CetraRuddy applies a problem-solving approach to projects across various sectors including commercial, residential, hospitality, corporate workplace, education and cultural. Seven principals and a staff of 105 talented professionals contribute their sophisticated understanding of programming, planning, technology and construction to each of the firm’s projects, developing technically excellent and innovative designs and providing an unparalleled level of service.. More at http://www.cetraruddy.com.
Wigle V.R.,Thornton Tomasetti |
Fahnestock L.A.,University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Journal of Constructional Steel Research | Year: 2010
Large-scale experimental studies of buckling-restrained braced frames (BRBFs) have shown that although they display good overall seismic performance, they may have limitations due to connection failure modes that do not allow the braces to realize their full ductility capacity. These experimental results motivate further investigation of BRBF connection behavior. In this study, nonlinear finite element models are used to study BRBF beam-column-brace connections. The models focus on a one-story subassembly extracted from a previously-tested, four-story BRBF. After the baseline finite element analysis results are verified with experimental data, parametric studies varying the connection configuration are used to assess the key factors influencing performance. Connection configuration is shown to have a significant impact on global system response and localized connection demands. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
News Article | April 22, 2016
Earth Day 2016 will be a truly historic event. At the United Nations in New York City, more than 150 countries will sign the Paris Agreement that was forged at COP21. The signing by so many, this quickly, is unprecedented. By signing the agreement, countries large and small, rich and poor, will give their consent to be bound and the agreement will “enter into force.” A strong global climate agreement and the transition to a low-carbon economy are in the best interests of the global economy and future generations. We are proud to stand alongside over 100 other companies in formally welcoming the Paris Agreement, congratulating world leaders on reaching this ambitious climate change accord and encouraging timely implementation of the climate commitments laid out in the sgreement. We are pleased to be joined in the congratulatory statement and call for a “Low Carbon USA” by USGBC members including Autodesk, Colgate Palmolive, Dupont, Enernoc, General Mills, HP, Hilton, JLL, Johnson & Johnson, Kingspan, Mortenson Construction, National Grid, Nike, Pacific Gas & Electric, Perkins + Will, Philips, Schneider Electric, Sealed Air, Starbucks, Thornton Tomasetti and Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. Across the globe a majority of people—and government officials—now recognize the threat of climate change. Science, education, media and increasingly severe natural disasters have made this real. But that awareness alone is unlikely to have enabled the agreement. The upsurge in implemented clean energy and energy efficiency has been critically important in showing that decarbonization is a real option and can be achieved hand in hand with a strong economy and necessary development. To get there, governments have led by example and flexed policy levers to support research and development (R&D) and drive new markets; the finance world has responded with record-breaking investment; corporations have responded with innovative technologies and bringing ideas to scale. Historic as it is, the Paris Agreement is a starting point for the accelerated transformation we need. We recognize that the hard work has now only just begun. We must now focus our efforts and attention on the agreement’s proper implementation. Governments will need to boost R&D and adopt more reaching policies, such as the Clean Power Plan; more investors will need to prioritize clean energy and sustainable attributes in their portfolios; and businesses will need to keep innovating and putting solutions into the marketplace. And closer to home, each of us has a role, as a citizen and voter, and in our own lives. Wherever you fit in, all of us have a role to fulfill. For tomorrow, let’s pause to appreciate the historic moment, and get back to work. We can’t afford to waste any more time.
News Article | December 16, 2016
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm responsible for some of world’s most prominent construction projects, has partnered with The Combine to commercialize technologies under its internal innovation engine, TTWiiN. TTWiiN is a first-of-its-kind technology accelerator established to drive innovation in the Architecture / Engineering / Construction (AEC) industry and beyond. Together with The Combine, TTWiiN plans to launch five of its portfolio organizations as separate companies in the first half of 2017. Since its founding in 1949, Thornton Tomasetti’s innovations have shaped the building industry. Its TTWiiN accelerator embraces an innovate-to-thrive philosophy, aiming for continuous innovation both inside the Thornton Tomasetti organization and for the betterment of others. The Combine fills the gap that often exists as start-up organizations transition from within an accelerator to stand-alone companies. TTWiiN’s most promising spin-outs will have access to The Combine’s entrepreneurial leaders in the form of a “go team.” This ecosystem of relevant expertise, capital access and other resources provide the TTWiiN spin-out companies the shortest path to achieving Series A funding or other measures of success. “Our collaboration with The Combine provides the best of both worlds,” said Thomas Z. Scarangello, P.E., chairman and CEO, Thornton Tomasetti. “It enables Thornton Tomasetti to continue driving industry-leading innovation by focusing on our core business, while The Combine’s expert team helps us efficiently commercialize our technologies in the AEC industry and beyond.” Grant McCullagh, Thornton Tomasetti Board of Directors member, added “As our industry continues in an accelerated sea-change on the back of wide-ranging new technologies, it’s exciting to see TTWiiN and The Combine emerge as true hands-on leaders, driving significant and impactful new technologies and companies to market.” “A major challenge for any startup CEO is the many roles they have to play beyond technologist. We know firsthand how complicated it is to successfully master these roles while simultaneously founding a new company,” said K.P. Reddy, Co-Founder and Partner, The Combine. “The Combine brings a fresh approach as an embedded external resource for startup leadership. We deliver a shortest-path-to-success model to commercialize IP and spin-out successful ventures. We look forward to working with Thornton Tomasetti to help bring TTWiiN’s portfolio companies to market.” The TTWiiN technologies that will launch as five new companies in 2017 include: Thornton Tomasetti is a leader in engineering design, investigation and analysis serving clients worldwide on projects of all sizes and complexity. Through its 10 complementary practices, Thornton Tomasetti addresses the full life cycle of a structure. Our projects include the tallest buildings and longest spans to the restoration of prized historic properties. Thornton Tomasetti comprises more than 1,200 engineering, architecture, sustainability and support professionals who collaborate from offices across North America and in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. The Combine is a team of entrepreneurial leaders who work with enterprises to identify, vet and commercialize technology-based ventures. Unlike traditional incubators, accelerators, venture capitalists or management consultants, The Combine brings the best elements of each in the form of a “go team” that taps its curated ecosystem of leaders, expertise, capital access and other resources along with an experience-led methodology to deliver the shortest path to success. For more information, visit www.thecombine.co.
Ganesan K.,Thornton Tomasetti |
Moen C.D.,Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Journal of Constructional Steel Research | Year: 2012
This manuscript summarizes recent work to determine if the LRFD resistance factor for cold-formed steel compression members can be increased above its current value of 0.85. An experimental database of 675 concentrically loaded columns with plain and lipped C-sections, plain and lipped Z-sections, hat sections and angle sections, including members with holes, was compiled. The predicted strength of each specimen was calculated with the American Iron and Steel Institute's Main Specification and the Direct Strength Method, with the Direct Strength Method making more accurate strength predictions, especially for columns with partially effective cross sections. The LRFD resistance factor, calculated with a first order second moment reliability approach, was consistent with that currently specified in the code for both the Main Specification and the Direct Strength Method. Capacity predictions of columns failing by the distortional buckling limit state were more accurate than columns failing by global buckling or local-global buckling interaction. The test-to-predicted strength ratios for single angle columns were highly variable, with capacity predictions becoming excessively conservative with increasing global slenderness. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Hart G.C.,Thornton Tomasetti
Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings | Year: 2016
Worldwide structural engineering research and associated technology transfer for tall and special building design are now rapid and potentially rewarding to building owners because with structural reliability as a foundation, uncertainty reduction in the design equations for the limit states defining building performance goals. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Thornton Tomasetti | Date: 2016-06-14
Shock absorbing materials of metal and steel; machine parts; metal springs; shock absorbing springs; isolation devices; parts and fittings for the aforesaid goods. Vibration dampers; shock absorbing materials of rubber; rubber buffers; parts and fittings for the aforesaid goods.
News Article | December 20, 2016
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, announces that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Swallow Acoustic Consultants Limited (SACL), a specialist in acoustics, noise and vibration control engineering based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The addition of Swallow will bolster Thornton Tomasetti’s Structural Engineering and Forensics practices as well as its Canadian presence. The deal is scheduled to close in early 2017. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “For nearly 30 years, Swallow has been our go-to partner for vibration issues. Through our close collaboration on many diverse projects, we have built a strong working relationship based on mutual respect and a shared commitment to professional excellence. This combination of our complementary services will help us build upon our leadership position and provide better value to our clients.” “Teaming up with Thornton Tomasetti will allow us to serve current and future clients in new and innovative ways. We look forward to sharing our considerable experience in the acoustics, noise and vibration control fields with Thornton Tomasetti’s 1,200 professionals.” Thornton Tomasetti is a leader in engineering design, investigation and analysis serving clients worldwide on projects of all sizes and complexity. Through its 10 complementary practices, Thornton Tomasetti addresses the full life cycle of a structure. We have supported clients working in more than 50 countries, with projects that include the tallest buildings and longest spans to the restoration of prized historic properties. Thornton Tomasetti comprises more than 1,200 engineering, architecture, sustainability and support professionals who collaborate from offices across North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
News Article | December 20, 2016
NEW YORK, Dec. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, announces that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Swallow Acoustic Consultants Limited (SACL), a specialist in acoustics, noise and vibration control engineering based in Mississauga,...