Thornton Tomasetti to Provide Structural Engineering Services for Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial
CHICAGO, IL Thornton Tomasetti will serve as the principal engineering consultant for the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) this fall, providing pro bono work for key installations. The first of its kind in North America, CAB will showcase new and commissioned projects by more than 60 firms from 30 countries, inviting participants to demonstrate groundbreaking advances in architectural design and its effect on the world. CAB will offer attendees free admission to a variety of seminars, screenings, tours and educational components.
William Bast, PE, SE, Principal, Chicago, Thornton Tomasetti, said, "Thornton Tomasetti is thrilled to be part of the first Chicago Architecture Biennial this fall. As a city rich with architectural history, it's the perfect location to showcase works by up-and-coming architectural talent from around the world. We're proud to provide our services pro bono to CAB, and further aid in the enrichment of Chicago's role in the architectural community."
Titled "The State of the Art of Architecture," the 2015 exhibition will run from October 3rd to January 3rd at five venues across Chicago, Illinois.
Thornton Tomasetti will conduct feasibility studies on the Chicago Cultural Center, a 120-year-old landmarked Beaux Arts structure at 78 East Washington Street, which will serve as CAB's main hub. Several other venues, such as Millennium Park and the historic Water Tower, will also house CAB programs.
The firm will provide feasibility studies and structural expertise for the construction of major installations - including both micro-architecture and large sculptural pieces - planned for various indoor/outdoor spaces around the Cultural Center, such as its atrium and Yates Gallery.
Thornton Tomasetti will assess the construction of the commissioned commercial kiosks, securing floor supports and suspended exhibits. These installations will reside at Millennium Park for the event's duration, after which they will be permanently placed along the shoreline of Lake Michigan.