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DVASE - May 9th Dinner and Awards Program

Date: May 09, 2024


Presentation of DVASE Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards and Keynote: 

JPMorgan Chase Headquarters at 270 Park Avenue, New York

The Lucy
231 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102

6:00pm Registration and Reception with Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres

7:00pm Dinner, Awards Ceremony & Keynote Presentation


Edward M. DePaola, PE, SECB, F.SEI, President & CEO, Severud Associates Consulting Engineers, PC &
Fortunato Orlando, PE, Senior Associate Principal, Severud Associates Consulting Engineers, PC

Taking advantage of changes to zoning laws, the new JP Morgan Chase Headquarters, also known as 270 Park, is the first of several projects aiming to change the skyline north of Grand Central Station. Located at 270 Park Avenue, the building encompasses a full city block bordered by 47th and 48th Streets and Madison and Park Avenues. Now under construction, the building will when completed stand 1,388 ft. tall, replacing the now demolished Union Carbide building. 

Due to the constraints of the train terminal below, the tower itself lands on only fourteen points. The columns ‘fan’ and ‘v’ to forgings that weigh more than 75 tons each, and sit on 16,000 psi concrete walls cast between MNRR tracks and platforms below. These walls continue down another level to the new Long Island Rail Road East Side Access concourse, almost 100 ft. below street level.

Because of the location above a railroad, a concrete core was not possible. In addition, the architectural design dictated that the lobby be completely open, so every single column transfers. At the core, this is accomplished with two, 25- ft.- deep transfer girders with 60 in. x 8 in. flanges approximately 300 ft. long. When complete, the steel fabricator will have erected more than 90,000 tons of steel.  Finally, the design had to consider how the steel, some pieces almost 60 tons each, could be erected, knowing that there were active railroad tracks and platforms below, and that all of the roadways to the north, south and east of the site are viaducts above the occupied spaces below. 

About Our Speakers:
Ed DePaola, PE is President and CEO of Severud Associates Consulting Engineers PC, New York. He is licensed in 21 states, and a member of numerous professional organizations including The American Concrete Institute (ACI), The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). He is a past President and Founding Member of the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY), an ex member of the Board of Governors of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), a director on the Board of Directors of the Structural Engineering Certification Board (SECB), the past chair of the Structural Engineering Institute Futures Fund (SEIFF), and a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). 

In 2023, he was awarded the Homer Gage Balcom Award from the ASCE Met Section, and the ASCE OPAL Award for Design.  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall School of Law. In March of 2012, he was made a Fellow of The Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE.  Over the past 40 years at Severud, he has designed numerous projects including high-rise buildings, long-span facilities and special structures requiring innovative structural solutions. His structural designs include the Jeppesen Terminal Roof and Glass Enclosure Structures of the Denver International Airport and the American Airlines Terminal at JFK International Airport. He was the principal-in-charge of the “Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park”, formerly the second tallest building in NYC and the first high-rise office structure in the world to receive a LEED Platinum rating.  His current projects include the recently completed One Vanderbilt Avenue and the new headquarters building for JP Morgan Chase at 270 Park Avenue.

Fortunato Orlando, PE started at Severud Associates in 1996 after working as an engineer in his native Italy for two years. With almost 30 years of experience, he has become well versed in most structural systems and materials. Fortunato has engineered many important and large-scale projects, including the Greenwich Lane condominiums and townhouses, the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, the AirTrain JFK�"Jamaica Station, Thomson Reuters at 3 Times Square and the JPMChase new Headquarter 3 often referred as 270 Park Avenue. He has also worked on many additions and renovations, as well as many international projects.  He contributes to the structural engineering profession as an on-call volunteer with the Structural Engineer Emergency Response Plan (SEERP) of the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY). He is also a past director and past secretary of SEAoNY, current CIB director and chair for the “Green concrete guidelines” currently in review with the Department of Building. He is a Professional Engineer licensed in multiple States and Italy.

Fortunato is co-author of the articles, “New Brunswick Gateway Transit Village,” which appeared in Structure Magazine in March 2012, and “It Takes a Village,” which appeared in Modern Steel Construction in July 2012, about the mixed-use project near Rutgers University in New Jersey.  “Building Big” which appeared in Modern Steel Construction Magazine in January 2024, New York City’s largest steel frame for a futuristic corporate headquarters built on a constraint-filled site at 270 Park Avenue by JPM Chase. 270 Park Avenue will also be featured in STRUCTURE Magazine in June 2024.

Wednesday, May 9, 2024

The Lucy
231 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102

DVASE Members:  $120
Non-members:  $200

Table Sponsor (10) - $1,500

Includes Table of 10, Recognition on Signage and Dinner Program.

48 Hours Notice Required for Cancellation.

Click below to register by May 1st!

Invite engineers at your firm to attend!  Payment can be made with a credit card or mail a check payable to DVASE and send to:  DVASE, 1231 Highland Ave., Fort Washington, PA  19034.

If you have any questions, please email bsagusti@barrhorstman.com or call 215-628-9844 x104.







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