C+S January 2020 Vol. 6 Issue 1 (web)

Joelle Nelson Practice Leader, New York Downtown Construction Engineering

Thornton Tomasetti New York, New York

Nelson joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2004 and quickly rose to project director, taking on complicated projects such as the Roosevelt Island Tramway Rehabilitation Project, the U.S. Capitol Dome Restoration Project, and the 95-foot high pivoting doors at U.S. Bank Stadium. She has investigated major structural collapses, lending her expertise in wind loads and cranes. Now a partner at Thornton Tomasetti, she estab- lished and leads the firm’s crane and erection engineering practice in New York City, opening doors for women in a typically male-dominated sector. With her experience from forensic investigations of crane collapses, she is working to get in front of the problem and improve site safety. Accomplishments: • Restoration of the U.S. Capitol Dome in Washington, D.C.: Performed the structural analysis of the existing cast iron dome structure and analyzed it for modern code prescribed loading requirements and for loading applied from the scaffolding. • Rehabilitation of the Roosevelt Island Tramway in New York City: Designed new head frames to support the replacement tram, rope, and mechanical/electrical system and analyzed the existing towers for the new increased loading. • U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings: Performed the structural design and kinetic coordi- nation for the stadium’s operable glass panels, the tallest pivoting glass doors in the world. Public/Professional Service: Serves on the Wind Load Subcommittee for the referenced standard ASCE 7: Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures. Served on the subcommit- tee for the published ASCE 7-16, and continues to serve on the subcommittee for the in-progress ASCE 7-22. She also currently serves on the committee for the referenced standard ASCE 37: Design Loads on Structures During Construction. Education: MS, Civil Engineering, Columbia University | BS, Civil Engineering, Columbia University Matthew Murray Project Manager CE Solutions, Inc. Carmel, Indiana Murray brings a unique, research-based perspective to CE Solutions. His graduate research gave him hands-on experience in the design, construction, and testing of reinforced concrete beams, and was pub- lished in the January 2018 edition of the ACI Structural Journal. Murray demonstrates a commitment to his projects and a deliberate approach in making important decisions and anticipating obstacles. Due to his outstanding technical capabilities, he serves as Project Manager on the firm’s more challenging projects. His depth of experience with various materials is a great asset for teaching young and seasoned engineers. When Murray shares his knowledge, people listen. Accomplishments: • Project Manager for two high-profile pieces of public art: “VOSS” (Visiting our Solar System) at Purdue University in Indiana, and “Rocket” in Richardson, Texas. • Project Manager for Hooverwood (assisted living), CityWay Phase II Building D (mixed-use), and Hinge (mixed-use). Murray used his technical expertise to provide structural systems to support a green roof, increased loading and removal of load-bearing walls, and custom bracing systems on a pedestrian connector bridge. • Project Manager for the Duke Energy Central Stores Building. The unique challenge was the need to strengthen the existing floor to double its load-carrying capacity. This creative solution involved a combi- nation of additional columns in the basement and welding new headed studs on existing steel beams. Anew composite slab was poured, and the overall capacity of the floor system was increased. Public/Professional Service: Murray has given his time and talents to various community organizations and initiatives. He has volunteered for Canstruction, an event where teams build a structure using only food cans. The cans are then donated to a local food pantry. He has also volunteered for the annual Passport to Hi-Tech, an event that introduces young children to the STEM fields. He and his family also volunteer their time preparing and serving monthly meals at Neighborhood Fellowship, a church that provides for the homeless in downtown Indianapolis. Education: MS, Civil Engineering, Purdue University | BS, Civil Engineering, Purdue University


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