|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.
||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.|
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|D. Kirk Harman|
|Janine La Marca|