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Award Presented To Design Team of Cantilevered Building
October 26, 2010

The American Institute of Steel Construction has presented a national award to a design team, including a Virginia Tech structural engineer, for its work on a dramatic cantilevered corporate headquarters in Michigan.

The headquarters of Lamar Construction Company in Hudsonville, Mich., seems to be floating on air above the workshop and warehouse. Virginia Tech architecture professor, Mehdi Setareh, a structural engineer, tested the building to ensure that vibration would not interfere with it's use for offices.

Mehdi Setareh, of the School of Architecture and Design, is an expert in structural vibration problems. He used his expertise to help design and build the headquarters of Lamar Construction Company in Hudsonville, Mich., in collaboration with Integrated Architecture, Grand Rapids, Mich.

The 5,200 square-foot glass and steel structure that houses offices perches 16 feet above the company’s workshop and warehouse in such a way that it almost appears to be hovering in air. The overhand is 113 feet long, which makes it the longest cantilevered office building structure ever constructed.

The American Institute of Steel Construction bestowed a 2010 National Award for Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel in the projects less than $15 million category on the Lamar project team.

Setareh, a professor in the College of Architecture, earned his bachelor’s degree at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran; his master’s degree at the University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, England; and his doctorate at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

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