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Thornton & Tomasetti Win CTBUH Lifetime Achievement Awar

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:06 pm    Post subject: Thornton & Tomasetti Win CTBUH Lifetime Achievement Awar Reply with quote

Thornton Tomasetti founding principals receive CTBUH Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal

Richard L. Tomasetti, P.E., NAE, Hon. AIA,
Mr. Tomasetti is Chairman of Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. He has extensive and varied experience in the structural design of numerous major commercial, industrial, residential and transportation projects and unique structural systems.

His international firm is renowned for its work on some of the tallest buildings in the world, Cesar Pelli’s Petronas Towers (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), C.Y. Lee & Partners’ Taipei 101 (Taipei, Taiwan) and Renzo Piano and FX Fowle’s NY Times Tower. Thornton Tomasetti has also designed numerous long span sports facilities and is engineer of record for Santiago Calatrava’s architectural and engineering designs for the 2,000 ft. high Chicago Spire project.

He has been Chairman of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ committee on tall buildings and a member of New York City’s Seismic Code Advisory Board. He and his firm were commissioned by New York City to lead the engineering efforts required for the search, rescue, and cleanup at the World Trade Center disaster site.

Mr. Tomasetti’s numerous honors and awards include election to the National Academy of Engineering, an honorary doctorate from Manhattan College in 2001, the 2002 ACEC NY Engineer of the Year Award and the 2006 AIA NY Chapter Award. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and NYU, an active author, lecturer, and recognized investigator of structures in distress, and has coauthored the book Exposed Structures in Building Design.


Charles H. Thornton, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASCE
Charles H. Thornton is the Chairman of Charles H. Thornton and Company LLC, a management and strategic consulting firm and Managing Principal of Thornton Termohlen Group, LLC, a project management and developer of industrialized building systems. He continues to consult as Founding Principal to Thornton-Tomasetti, of which he was Chairman through December of 2004. Thornton-Tomasetti is a 550-person organization providing engineering services, failure analysis, hazard mitigation, and disaster response services.

Dr. Thornton holds a B.S. degree from Manhattan College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from New York University. Dr. Thornton has received a number of distinguished honors in his profession, including election to the National Academy of Engineering in 1997; named Honorary Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1999; awarded Engineering News-Record’s Award of Excellence 2001; selected to receive the Hoover Medal for 2002; and selected to receive the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Civil Engineering for 2003; elected to membership in the National Academy of Construction in 2005 and elected to Honorary Member of AIA in 2006.

United Airlines Terminal, Chicago Dr. Thornton’s 44 years of experience with Thornton Tomasetti have included involvement in the design and construction of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of projects in the U.S. and overseas, ranging from hospitals, arenas and high-rise buildings, to airports, transportation facilities and special projects.  Representative projects include: the New York Hospital, New York; Chicago Stadium (Bulls and Blackhawks arena) and Comiskey Park in Chicago; the Nashville Arena in Nashville; the United Airlines Terminal at O’Hare Airport in Chicago; Terminal #1 at JFK Airport in New York; the 95-story Petronas Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur City Centre, the world’s tallest buildings in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; the 50-story Americas Tower in New York; the 65-story One Liberty Place in Philadelphia; and the 50-story Chifley Tower in Sydney, Australia.

Dr. Thornton has provided expert witness testimony for many clients and litigations and is a recognized expert in the area of collapse and structural failure analysis.  In 1978 Dr. Thornton led the engineering team investigation of the causes of the collapse of the Hartford Coliseum Space Truss Roof, and the scaffold collapse at Pleasants Power Station, West Virginia.  In 1987 Dr. Thornton directed the investigation of the collapse of the New York State Thruway Schoharie Bridge. In 1996 he participated in FEMA’s Building Performance Assessment Team to investigate the Oklahoma City bombing. Most recently, Dr. Thornton was a member of the oversight team on the NIST study of the World Trade Center Collapse investigation.

Petronas Towers Thornton has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in civil engineering, marked by numerous technical and humanitarian awards, and highlighted by work on some of the world's most recognizable structures. His 40 years in the industry is marked not only by professional accomplishments, but by a dedication to community service through his work as chairman and founder of the ACE Mentor Program, a non-profit organization that each year offers guidance and training to 1,800 inner city high schools students in architecture, construction and engineering in 28 cities across the U.S. including: New York; NY; Newark, NJ; Stamford, CT; Chicago, IL; and Washington, DC. In addition, Thornton served as President of the Salvadori Center, which each year educates over 2,000 New York City middle school students in mathematics and science using architectural and engineering principles.
“Charlie and Richard are one of the industry’s enduring great partnerships in structural engineering, reminding us that no building is about one single person. By presenting this award to two people for the first time, the Council acknowledges the importance of the collaboration between two leaders who have helped build some of the world’s most important structures.”
                                                                                                         – Timothy Johnson, CTBUH Chairman, NBBJ
This is the first time the CTBUH Board of Trustees has awarded the prize to two individuals jointly.

Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan, 2004
The long-standing partnership between Charles Thornton and Richard Tomasetti has provided the backbone for many of the most dramatic and innovative tall buildings around the world. Their legacy includes Taiwan's Taipei 101, the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, the World Financial Center in New York City, Plaza 66 in Shanghai, China and Pittsburgh’s BNY Mellon Center. Equally as important, they have tirelessly given back to the community as educators and lecturers, helping to train the next generation of structural engineers.

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1998

Plaza 66, Shanghai, China, 2001

New York Times Building

Kingdom Tower, the centerpiece of the 23-million-square-meter new urban development known as Kingdom City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Shanghai Tower-structural engineering and curtain wall peer review services for another of the world’s most distinctive and innovative high-rise buildings

Masdar Headquarters Building, Abu Dhabi Future energy Company
-Thornton Tomasetti is providing structural design services for the Masdar Headquarters building, a 1.25-million-square-foot, seven-story commercial building for a zero carbon emission, green community

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