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  • 41-Story Eleven Gets Green Light

    November 6, 2018 – On October 15 the Minneapolis Planning Commission approved a new 41-story condominium tower on Minneapolis’ downtown riverfront. As structural engineer of record on the project, we are very pleased to see plans for the tallest residential building in Minnesota move forward. Construction is scheduled to begin as early as 2019. Find out more about the Eleven project and MBJ’s involvement with mid- and high-rise construction projects at CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat).

  • MBJ at SAHC Peru

    September 25, 2018 – Elizabeth Manning, PhD, and Kevin Vazquez, MSc, each spoke at the 2018 Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions (SAHC) conference held in Cusco, Peru, on September 11-13. Kevin spoke on “Structural Upgrade of Steel Stub Girders” and Elizabeth’s topic was “Numerical Modeling of Single Tube-Jack and Flat-Jack Tests in an Unreinforced Masonry Wall with a Regular Typology.”

    While in Peru, which is located in a high seismic zone, Elizabeth and Kevin had the opportunity to visit a handful of historical sites both from pre-Columbian and colonial periods where they learned about construction techniques, materials, and strengthening methodologies used in that area of the world. Two of the locations they visited are shown below, Ollantaytambo (left) and Machu Picchu (right), both Incan archaeological sites.

    SAHC is a bi-annual, international conference dedicated to the “sharing and dissemination of research and practice, as well as networking…The theme of the conference [was] “An Interdisciplinary Approach” which emphasizes the importance of the involvement of a variety of disciplines in the task of conserving and restoring heritage buildings.”

    Proceedings of the conference may be purchased here.

    If you would like to read their individual papers, please e-mail Kevin or Elizabeth at kvazquez@mbjeng.com or emanning@mbjeng.com.

  • ENR Best Project Grady Gammage

    September 20, 2018 – We are honored to have been the structural engineer of record on the ASU Grady Gammage Auditorium renovation, recently recognized by ENR Southwest magazine as the 2018 Best Project in the Culture category. Other team mates were lead design architect RSP, CORE Construction, and Henderson Engineers. See all the winning projects here.