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Stanford University Center for Academic Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine’s new Center for Academic Medicine is a U-shaped four-story building, encompassing 170,000 sq. ft., above a three-level subterranean parking structure. Sitting adjacent to Stanford University’s historic arboretum, the site allowed for unique architectural opportunities that challenged the entire team to design a building that was as world-class as the surrounding environment. The building was specifically chosen to be U-shape to maximize daylight, views, and access to the arboretum itself. To support this vision, structural features include carefully coordinated buckling restrained braced frames, cantilevered roof trusses and balconies, two pedestrian bridges and a heavily landscaped at-grade level. The structural design not only supports the architectural vision but also meets Stanford University’s Seismic Safety performance objectives.

Presented by: Beth Grote, P.E., S.E., LEED AP, HOK

David Rubenstein Forum, University of Chicago
The 97,000-sf, award-winning David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago is a new center for intellectual exchange, scholarly collaboration and special events, consisting of a 2-story podium and a 10-story tower of stacked “neighborhoods” with a zinc-and-glass exterior. At 166 ft tall, the Forum rises over 100 ft above the surrounding tree line, striking a dynamic form that symbolically ties together the university campus and the architectural legacy of the area. Conceived as a scholarly retreat, the design promotes openness and diverse interactions, from the mixed program at the base to the serene City View Room on the 10th Floor. The stacked neighborhoods of the tower are staggered to varying degrees, posing a complex structural challenge, with cantilevers up to 40 ft. In response, the design team devised a structural system composed of a series of simple individual structural elements that are stacked in a harmonious, efficient form, with the use of post-tensioned concrete a key element in achieving the long spans, cantilevers and column-free spaces that the architectural team envisioned.

Presented by: Michael Hopper, P.E., LERA Consulting Structural Engineer

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  • Beth Grote, P.E., S.E., LEED AP

    Beth Grote is a senior project structural engineer at HOK with experience in a variety of building types and structures. She has experience in design of both new buildings and renovation, including seismic design and retrofit. She brings particular expertise in design of foundations, specifically in irregular or problematic soils, as well as assessment and retrofit of existing buildings. The majority of her design experience has been in seismic areas. In addition to design Beth is experienced in coordinating construction administration, as well as OSHPD plan checking and sustainable design. In her project work, she is recognized for building strong working relationships with the owner, engineer, inspectors, and contractors.

  • Michael Hopper,P.E.

    Michael W. Hopper, P.E. is an Associate Partner at LERA Consulting Structural Engineers. With the firm since 2010, he has contributed to numerous innovative structural designs for a wide range of structures, from cultural facilities to academic buildings and supertall towers. Mike specializes in the design of concrete structures, and is an expert in the use of post-tensioning. Some of his award-winning post-tensioned projects include the Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University Medical Center; The Broad Museum in Los Angeles; the Novartis Radiation Oncology Research Office Building in New Jersey; and the recently completed Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago. He is also working on several ongoing post-tensioned projects, such as the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles, and is currently managing the School of Engineering & Applied Science / Environmental Sciences academic complex at Princeton University. 

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June 30, 2022
Thu 12:00 PM CDT

Duration 1H 30M

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