Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH Philadelphia: Creating Real Estate Out Of Thin Air
May 3, 2016
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The Hudson Yards in Manhattan.
© 2016 HUDSON YARDS Courtesy Related Companies, Oxford Development

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia’s rail yards at 30th Street Station have long been the subject of discussions relating to the development of its air-rights. The rail yards have been a gaping divide in the fabric of center city Philadelphia. 

Hudson Yards, in the heart of Manhattan, is literally creating real estate out of thin air. The Long Island Railroad’s Westside Storage Yard has defined the southern end of Hell’s Kitchen for decades. Now, a concrete and steel platform will create 32 acres of “new” developable real estate in the center of the most valuable land in the world.

Now that New York has taken the plunge, what lessons can be learned from the Hudson Yards experience that can apply to development over the rail yards at 30th Street Station?

This presentation traveled through 150-plus years of site history, exploring the vision for the area and reviewing the technical challenges of making it a reality.

Program Speakers:
Andrew Werner, AIA , LEED AP
Associate Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox
Andrew Werner is an Associate Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), a world-renowned architecture and design practice with over 600 staff members across six global offices, providing architecture, interior, programming and master planning services for clients in both the public and private sectors. Founded in 1976 by Eugene Kohn, Bill Pedersen and Sheldon Fox, KPF is known for producing some of the tallest and most complex structures on earth. Their diverse portfolio, which features over 70 projects certified or pursuing green building certification, comprises corporate, hospitality, residential, academic, civic, transportation, and mixed-use projects located in more than 35 countries.
Eli Gottlieb, PE
Senior Principal & NY Office Director, Thornton Tomasetti
Eli Gottlieb joined Thornton Tomasetti 18 years ago and in 2009 became the youngest-ever principal at the firm. He gained diverse experience early in his career, working on technical and creative projects around the world. His experience includes structural analysis, design and review of nearly every type of building, including commercial buildings, hotels and sports facilities. One of his key strengths is combining new high-tech software tools with traditional pragmatic engineering.
George Leventis, PE
Managing Principal, Langan
Managing Director, Langan International
George Leventis is the Managing Director of Langan International and Managing Principal for Langan’s New York office. He has been in charge of the company’s New York City operations since the early 1990s, and has spearheaded the firm’s growing New York and international practice, responsible for opening offices in Abu Dhabi, Athens, Doha, Dubai, Istanbul, Panama, and London. In these roles, Leventis has managed some of the most challenging geotechnical engineering and foundation design projects around the world.
Marc Gallagher, PE, LEED AP
Senior Principal and Vice President, Langan
Marc Gallagher is currently leading the Langan team engaged on the largest real estate project in the country – Hudson Yards. Although based in New York, he leads challenging geotechnical, civil and environmental projects around the world, including large developments in the United Arab Emirates, major sports facilities in Iraq, and infrastructure projects in Greece.
Kirk Harman, PE, SE, SECB, FACI
President and Managing Principal, The Harman Group
Kirk Harman is President and Managing Principal of The Harman Group, which he co-founded in 1984 as Cagley, Harman & Associates. Under his leadership, the firm has provided structural engineering services for such notable tall building projects as Revel Resort and Casino, The Borgata and Water Club in Atlantic City, NJ, and Symphony House, Waterfront Square and SLS International Hotel and Residences, all in Philadelphia, PA.
A. Stevens Krug
Al Meyer
Amdrew Werner
Andrea Lamberti
Annemarie Caruso
Anthony Reindl
Bartlomiej Popa
Benjamin Tamker
Bill Kavanagh
Brian Maguire
Cameron Mactavish
Charlie Boland
Christine Hough
Christopher Hager
Corrin Wolf
D. Kirk Harman
David Yeager
Eli Gottlieb
Frank Nolan
George Ledwith
George Leventis
Graham Dewar
Heidi Thiede
James Fratoni
James Gieger
Janice Wong
Janine La Marca
Janis Vacca
Jason Squitiere
Jennifer Caffrey
John Gattuso
John McElroy
John Spitz
Joseph McKenna
Kevin Aires
Kevin Mueller
Kyle Holmbeck
Lea Cosenza
Leo Reilly
Mal Bland
Marc Gallagher
Matthew Frazier
Maurice Goodman
Mercedes Powers
Michael Delaney
Michael Fritzes
Michael Griffin
Michael Prifti
Michael Ytterberg
Michelle Mactavish
Milton Lau
Nancy Trainer
Pamela Rew
Robert Voth
Ryan McManus
Scott Hecht
Sean Dockett
Stacey Boston
Stephen Harris
Steven Markley
Sue Stauffer
Thomas Manna
Timothy Johnson
Tony Ewing
Tony Linus
Trish Harrington
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