Newly renovated Billie Holiday Theatre reopens May 12th, 2017

We are proud to be a part of the team responsible for the renovation of the historic Billie Holiday Theatre. The theatre re-opened this past Friday night, May 12th, capping a six year process of design and construction.

 

The Billie Holiday Theatre, which first opened in 1972, has been a prominent part of the community for decades. CRAFT is very excited to have played a role in its renovation and expansion, allowing the theatre to maintain its historic significance while performing much needed updates and expansions to accommodate changing needs for future generations.

 

Structural design and consulting services were required for all renovation aspects including raising the floor, adding seating, and expanding the stage and surrounding stage access. The project was funded by the New York City Department of Design Construction (NYC DDC). CRAFT collaborated with the DDC, the Billie Holiday Theatre team and Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects.

 

Congratulations to the entire team involved in the renovation, making it possible for the historic theatre to continue its legacy in the community.

 

More information on the design and renovation can be found in Broadway World and the webpages of the NYC Department of Design and Construction and Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects.

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Corning Museum of Glass – Breaking Glass Bleachers featured in Architect’s Newspaper

In 2014, CRAFT | Engineering Studio collaborated with Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects to design the CMoG The Breaking Glass Bleachers to add additional auditorium space to an underutilized corner of the museum. To integrate design and analysis for the highly customized structure, the team developed an iterative process using within the Grasshopper environment using Karamba 3d as a real time FEA solver. The project was recently featured recently in the Architect’s Newspaper.

Image Credit: Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects 

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City Beach NYC featured online and in print

 

The City Beach NYC project has been featured in several articles in the past few months as news has began to leak out about its design. CRAFT’s Nathaniel Stanton SE was asked to describe his role in the project and some of the challenges that a structural engineer would encounter in designing a structure that floats.

 

gizmodo

metro

foxnews

designboom

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City Beach NYC begins crowd funding

The City Beach NYC project is now up and running online, so be sure to add yourself to the contact list for the latest updates. The crowd funding campaign has also officially been kicked off on Indiegogo. There are a number of Perk Packages associated with your contribution that include private receptions, picnics and much more. CRAFT is proud to be part of the team and we are excited about City Beach coming to the shores of Manhattan.

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Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame receives National AIA Award

Trahan Architects received the National AIA TAP Building Information Modeling Award for the use of BIM technology in the design process in the design of the Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of fame. CRAFT teamed up with David Kufferman Structural Engineers and Method Design in collaboration with CASE to design and engineer the specialty structural steel framework that supports the undulating surfaces of dry cast concrete panels that weave their way through the museum.

Initial geometry of the specialty steel was woven into the main building structure using a series of scripts within grasshopper by Method Design while CASE rationalized and meshed the surfaces of the cast stone panels. CRAFT extracted the geometrical data out of grasshopper and into its analysis software using Geometry Gym, a plugin for grasshopper developed by John Mirtschin. CRAFT then created analytical models of the specialty steel as well as the building structural steel to better understand and control its behavior under a range of loading conditions.

The design of the specialty steel structure was then iteratively modified based on the analysis to reduce deflections and control load paths to minimize stresses in the connections to the cast concrete panels. Construction was completed in 2012 at a cost of $12.8 million.

Image Credit:  Method Design

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Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame recognized on Archinect

The work of CRAFT | Engineering Studio was recently recognized in Archinect’s Showcase on the Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame. CRAFT teamed up with David Kufferman Structural Engineers and Method Design in collaboration with CASE to design and engineer the specialty structural steel framework that supports the undulating surfaces of dry cast concrete panels that weave their way through the museum.  

Image Credit: Timothy Hursley

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Innovate : Integrate Exhibition at New York Center for Architecture

The Innovate : Integrate – Building Better Together exhibit opened on October 6th at the Center for Architecture in New York. A big thank you to all the attendees and supporters! It was wonderful to share the Inhabitable Skin concept with such an interested and diverse audience. Special thanks to the contributors for donating valuable time, expertise, and resources to the development of materials and details as well as the full scale panel mockup, in particular Kreysler and AssociatesConstruction Solutions, Inc.Core Composites, and Grancrete, Inc.

We hope for the Inhabitable Skin to be a continuing dialogue between architects and engineers for a number of applications and will be further presenting the model at the upcoming Greenbuild Conference in Chicago. For interested parties from afar, below are some photos of the exhibit on display until January.

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