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3/26/21, 12pm - 1pm
1 LU / 1 HSW

Metals in Construction magazine will announce the winner of its 2021 Design Challenge ( that envisions the best solution for overbuilding NYC’s Sunnyside Yard to create an environment for affordable housing. Decking over this active complex of critical railroad infrastructure in order to gain urban space, whose development potential was addressed in the 2020 Sunnyside Yard Master Plan Handbook, challenges designers to optimize the cost of both platform and superstructures without compromising human needs or design integrity. The multidisciplinary jury of architects and engineers who reviewed the entries will provide an in-depth discussion of those submissions that they named as finalists. The program will conclude with the announcement of the $15,000 grand prize winner.

Speakers: Eli Gottlieb, P.E., Thornton Tomasetti; Enrica Oliva, M.Sc. Struct. Eng., Werner Sobek New York; Jack Robbins, AIA, LEED AP, FXCollaborative; Shefali H. Sanghvi, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Dattner Architects

This course is pending 1 AIA LU|HSW

Prerequisite Knowledge: Familiarity with steel construction, urban planning, the type of housing, services, institutions and establishments most suitable to make a site of this nature a viable community for affordable living.
HSW Justification: Presenters will elaborate on how the carbon footprint associated with submissions is reduced, optimized or neutralized when compared to use of materials other than structural steel. How designing for structural components to be recyclable, targeting high energy efficiency for the superstructures, actively generating clean energy, minimizing material waste during the manufacturing process, will also be discussed.

Learning Objective 1: Gain familiarity with the complexity and investment involved in building a platform over an active rail yard that can address a variety of load conditions and the different ways in which it can be achieved.
Learning Objective 2: Understand the intricacy of developing a neighborhood atop a raised platform that creates a cityscape feeling as much as possible like an extension of the surrounding community and marries efficiently with the existing street grid.
Learning Objective 3: Learn about the number and mix of affordable unit types envisioned and why they were deemed appropriate for the site’s diverse community.
Learning Objective 4: Be able to explain the choice of structural steel for building both the platform and structures atop it, and the means and construction sequences used to accommodate a variety of design outcomes.
Learning Objective 5: Be able to elaborate on how the carbon footprint associated with the reviewed submissions is reduced, optimized or neutralized when compared to the use of other construction materials.

Organized by
Steel Institute of New York
3/26/21, 12pm - 1pm
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