27 March 2014

Menil Drawing Institute Featured in Civil Engineering Magazine

Civil Engineering Magazine has featured the newly revealed design for the Menil Drawing Institute by Johnston and Marklee. This 30,150sf structure on the Menil Collection campus in Houston TX will be the first freestanding facility in the United States created especially for the exhibition, study, storage, and conservation of modern and contemporary drawings. As the structural engineer for the project, Guy Nordenson and Associates has been collaborating with the design team on solutions for the Institute’s thin steel roof

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24 March 2014

Nanjing Sifang Art Museum Videos

Steven Holl Architects has created two short films on the Sifang Art Museum, which opened in November 2013 in Nanjing, China. As the structural engineer of the museum, Guy Nordenson and Associates designed a tube system with Pratt trusses in the horizontal and vertical planes of the topmost floating gallery that gives the structure an illusion of weightlessness.

View the videos here and here for a more in-depth look at the building.

13 February 2014

Architectural League of New York Current Work Lecture

Please join Guy Nordenson and Associates at the Great Hall of Cooper Union for a lecture by Guy Nordenson as part of the Architectural League of New York’s Current Work lecture series.  The lecture will be followed by a moderated discussion with Henry N. Cobb of Pei Cobb Feed & Partners.

Wednesday 19 February 2014, 7.00pm
The Cooper Union
The Great Hall
7 East 7th Street
New York NY

Tickets may be reserved in advance here.

7 January 2014

"Reimagining New York for a New Reality"

Today Governor Cuomo announced his plan to help build a stronger and more resilient New York in the face of future extreme weather events and emergencies. The plan is based on the recommendations of the NYS 2100 Commission, on which Guy Nordenson served as a member and commented: 

Anticipating the consequences of the changing weather conditions and more extreme storms is an important step that Governor Cuomo has started with his coastal protection and resilience plans. I think it is a great idea to reinvent areas of New York to be more resilient using natural infrastructure such as wetlands, barrier reefs and dunes. Together with levees, tidal barriers, and wastewater infrastructure protections, this approach will attenuate the force of, and protect against future extreme coastal storms.

Read the full “Reimagining New York for a New Reality” press release here.


10 December 2013

Kimbell Art Museum Expansion

Guy Nordenson and Associates (GNA) is pleased to announce the completion of a free-standing, 89,000sf addition to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth TX. The expansion to the existing museum building designed by architect Louis Kahn and structural engineer August Komendant is a separate building comprised of a skylit East Pavilion and a green roofed West Building connected by glass enclosed corridors. The East Pavilion is divided into three 102ft bays that mirror the organization of the existing museum and include gallery and lobby spaces. The West Building includes additional gallery space, an auditorium, and classrooms. The green roof is inhabitable and blends into the surrounding parkscape. A full basement and a below ground parking garage are also included in the scope of the project.

As the Structural Engineer of Record, GNA collaborated closely with Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) and the design team on a number of key features in the new building. GNA’s most prominent contribution was the conception and design of the long-span roof structure for the East Pavilion using paired laminated timber roof beams that carry the state-of-the-art glass roof above. The use of wood alludes to the palette of Kahn’s architecture while complementing the concrete and metal of both the Kahn and Piano designed galleries. GNA also collaborated closely on the coordination of the building’s cast-in-place concrete structure that is both exposed in the public and gallery areas of the museum and requires cavity wall construction to allow it to be exposed on both interior and exterior adjacent surfaces. The specifics of the concrete mix and the method of placement were developed under the supervision of the Venetian craftsmen of the Dottor Group.

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29 October 2013

On 24 October 2013 Guy Nordenson joined host Brian Lehrer and fellow panelists Amory Lovins, Richard Kauffman and Margot Anderson in WNYC’s The Greene Space for a discussion on climate adaptation. The panel was in collaboration with the Marfa Dialogues/New York, a series of events taking place in New York during October and November that examines climate change science, environmental activism and artistic practice.

29 October 2013

Corning Museum of Glass Progress

The sinuous interior structure of the Corning Museum of Glass Expansion continues to reveal itself as the 20ft tall concrete walls are poured in three 6ft phases with a final 2ft cap.

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15 October 2013

The Corning Museum of Glass Expansion is steadily progressing as seen in the above video of over 400 cubic feet of concrete being poured last August for the gallery floor. With the floors now in place construction will begin on the 20ft tall serpentine concrete walls in the exhibition spaces.  You can follow news of the museum’s progress here.  

30 September 2013

SCI-Arc Lecture

Please join us at SCI-Arc for a lecture by Guy Nordenson.  

Monday 07 October 2013, 7.00pm
Southern California Institute of Architecture
WM Keck Lecture Hall
Los Angeles CA

12 September 2013

Sneak Peek at the Kimbell Art Museum Expansion


Guy Nordenson and Associates’ collaboration with Renzo Piano Building Workshop on the Kimbell Art Museum Expansion in Fort Worth TX is almost complete. With the new pavilion set to open on November 27, a number of news outlets have provided a sneak peek at the building and construction process. View more photos here and videos of construction here

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