SGH Hosts Symposium on Cultural and Religious Building Projects in New York City

September 27, 2016

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) hosted the second-annual CREATE+CONSTRUCT symposium on 20 September 2016 in New York City. The event brought together experts from across the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry to explore trends in new design and construction of museums, entertainment spaces, and religious structures, as well as opportunities for investigation and rehabilitation of existing buildings. 

“New York City offers a tremendous amount of cultural opportunities, and the city’s iconic architecture matches its world-class reputation,” said Glenn Bell, SGH Senior Principal and Chief Executive Officer. “It was great to hear from our peers and colleagues on how they rise to meet the unique challenges of these types of projects.”

Highlights from the full-day event, held at the Rubin Museum of Art, include:

  • A keynote presentation by Renzo Piano Building Workshop Associate Kevin Schorn on the new Whitney Museum of American Art 
  • A session exploring the challenges involved with designing and restoring religious structures, including a discussion of the new Baha’í Temple of South America in Chile
  • A discussion of the design requirements for complex museum and exhibition spaces, including an examination of the New Museum of Contemporary Art
  • A review of different types of entertainment structures and the challenges associated with their design and fire protection, including an overview of the award-winning China Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015
  • A panel session moderated by New York Building Congress President Richard Anderson on the future of museum design, the projected growth in cultural construction, and the current and future state of this market sector

Special thanks go to the event’s guest speakers and panelists: Madeline Burke-Vigeland, Community Sector Leader and Principal, Gensler; Michael Doyle, Principal, Acheson Doyle Partners Architects PC; Erin Flynn, Senior Associate, Cooper Robertson; Michael Freliech, Principal, Altieri Sebor Wieber LLC; Thomas Jester, Principal, Quinn Evans Architects; Joseph Mizzi, President and Chief Operating Officer, Sciame; Joseph Mobilia, Associate Principal, Fisher Dachs Associates; Kenneth Namkung, Senior Associate, Studio Link-Arc; and Holger Schulze-Ehring, Principal, Büro Ehring. Participating from Simpson Gumpertz & Heger were Mr. Bell, Senior Principal Niklas Vigener, Principals David Jacoby and Sean O’Brien, Associate Principal Nathaniel Smith, and Senior Staff II Joseph Schuster.  Matthew Normandeau, SGH Senior Project Manager, served as master of ceremonies.

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