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  • 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 or

  • 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.

  • Steel This Book

    September 12, 2018 – The September issue of Modern Steel Construction features Temple University’s new library in an article entitled “Steel This Book.” Although not mentioned in the article, MBJ provided all the delegated connections for this very challenging project, which you can read about here.