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January 6, 2011

Carl Galioto

Alumni Profile: Carl Galioto, FAIA, B. Arch. ’76

Alumnus Carl Galioto, FAIA, B. Arch. ’76, has come a long way from his childhood days playing in his grandparents’ back yard by folding and stacking yard furniture to create a variety of forms and spaces. He recently joined HOK as senior principal of the global architectural design and services firm, with 23 regional offices on four continents. Previously a partner at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Galioto has worked in myriad sectors including aviation, transportation, health care, commercial high-rise, and mixed-use housing for more than three decades. He grew up near Flushing Meadows Park during the construction of the 1964 World’s Fair Center and recalls being thrilled by the sound of the pile-drivers and fascinated by the fanciful forms of the pavilions, a feeling that has never left him.

Today a leading expert on building information modeling, Galioto was instrumental in the design of One World Trade Center (initially referred to as the Freedom Tower), which pioneered the use of 3-D Revit software on large-scale projects. He describes progress as “slow and difficult” though it builds on safety innovations he introduced on Seven WTC, especially the concept of an Emergency Access Core at the center of the building with a fire service elevator.

“Seriously study the core competencies and use them as your foundation for creativity.”

“The real key to success,” Galioto explains, “lies with personal interaction supported by professional excellence. Another key is to always strive for continuous improvement as well as maintaining a spirit of invention and a sense of joy. What we do is serious but it is also a great deal of fun, and enthusiasm and energy are infectious.”

Galioto fondly recalls the Pratt faculty for their “patience, caring, dedication, and willingness to engage students in one-on-one dialogue,” which are sentiments shared by his daughter, Louise Galioto, M.S. Art Education ’03, a second-generation Pratt graduate. His advice to young architects: “Seriously study the core competencies and use them as your foundation for creativity.”

Carl Galioto Joins HOK

9.22.09 | New York, NY | HOK, a global architectural design and services firm, has appointed Carl Galioto, FAIA, as Senior Principal and member of the HOK New York Management Committee. Galioto also will be leading the firm’s globalbuildingSMART initiative and Project Delivery Board.

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Galioto has more than 30 years of experience in the conceptualization and implementation of large complex projects in New York City and throughout the world. He joins HOK from Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, where he served as the Partner responsible for SOM’s Technical Group in New York and Washington D.C. and led the development and implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM), Quality Assurance, material research and the establishment of best technical practices.

As Senior Principal of HOK New York, Galioto joins an experienced Management Committee that includesKenneth Drucker, FAIA, Senior Principal and Director of Design; Juliette Lam, IIDA, Senior Principal and Director of Interiors; Jim Berge, Principal and Director of Science + Technology;Chris Korsh, Principal and Regional Director of Healthcare; and Christopher Laul, Principal and Director of Marketing.

His new role also includes serving as firmwide leader of HOK’s buildingSMART initiative. Adopted as a goal by HOK in 2005, buildingSMART integrates Building Information Modeling (BIM) with Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and new design tools (problem-solving and form-seeking) to improve the way projects are delivered to clients. In addition, Galioto will chair the firm’s Project Delivery Board.

Galioto’s diverse projects encompass the aviation, transportation, healthcare, commercial high-rise and mixed-use sectors. Some of his recent showcase projects include One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower), 7 World Trade Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center, Moynihan Station Redevelopment 2007 Design, Lotte Super Tower in Seoul, South Korea, and terminal projects at John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.

Galioto also has been actively engaged in exploring new ways to design high-rise buildings and to the implementation of security and special life safety designs for complex buildings. He advised the New York City Buildings Commissioner on the viability of a new building code for New York City and served on the Managing Committee that developed and implemented the code as well as serving on a panel advising the New York City Fire Department on a new Fire Prevention Code. He also is a member of a special task force convened by the National Institute of Building Sciences to draft recommendations for high-rise codes of the future, a subject he has written and lectured about frequently.

“Carl is an exceptionally talented architect, leader and visionary,” says HOK CEOPatrick MacLeamy, FAIA. “HOK will greatly benefit from his leadership in leveraging technology and innovation to design better buildings that are responsive to the environment and that serve the needs of our clients.”

Galioto earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Pratt Institute. A Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, his professional affiliations include the Board of Directors of the New York Building Congress and AIA New York, as well as memberships in the New York Department of Buildings Model Code Program Managing Committee, New York City Fire Department Fire Code Revision Program Advisory Committee, Construction Specifications Institute, NYC Partnership Bioscience Task Force and New York Building Congress, Architect’s Leadership Council.

January 6, 2011

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January 6, 2011

SOM Loses Top Architect to HOK

Carl Galioto, FAIA

Carl Galioto, FAIA
Photo courtesy HOK

In an eyebrow-raising move, a decades-long employee and partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has jumped ship from its New York office for a rival firm.

In September, Carl Galioto, FAIA, joined HOK¹s New York office after 30 years with SOM, where he contributed to the design of One World Trade Center, 7 World Trade Center, and Terminal Four at John F. Kennedy International Airport. He also worked on the planned 5-million-square-foot mixed-use project called Manhattan West, on Ninth Avenue and 31st Street, which developer Brookfield Properties has postponed.

While at SOM, Galioto headed the firm¹s technical group and helped SOM become known as a leader in the development of building information modeling, or BIM.

Galioto has worked with various public agencies and was instrumental in the creation and implementation of a new building code in New York City. He also served on a task force convened by the National Institute of Building Sciences to draft recommendations for high-rise codes.

Galioto, 55, admits it¹s unusual for someone of his stature to relocate, which he says was by choice. But the new job, he says, has perks. Because HOK¹s 140-employee New York office is much smaller than SOM¹s, which reportedly had 320 employees as of August, Galioto can have a hand in a greater variety of projects.

He may also boost the profile of HOK.  In New York, the firm is best known for its healthcare, science and technology, transportation, and corporate interiors work, Galioto says, adding that “it will be fun to get the word out” about the firm’s range of expertise.

HOK is happy to have him, as he can help ramp up the firm’s “buildingSMART” initiative, which seeks to improve project delivery through BIM, says Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, HOK’s chief executive. “All these things that he has been working on and dreaming about,” MacLeamy says, “can be lived out with us.”

By C. J. Hughes

October 9, 2009



January 6, 2011

Beijing Finance Street by SOM

Beijing, China
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Created for Beijing Finance Street Holding Company

Best Planning Project

By Clifford Pearson

An 860,000-square-meter, mixed-use development with offices, hotels, retail space, service apartments, and a curving central park, Beijing Finance Street aims to become a neighborhood that stays active day and night, seven days a week. “We wanted to create a different model of urbanism for Beijing,” states Michael Duncan, a director in the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). “It’s all about place-making, rather than creating individual buildings,” he adds. To that end, SOM worked with the landscape architecture firm SWA to design a large public park at the core of the project and a series of smaller gardens and courtyards tucked within and around the buildings. In a city with few neighborhood parks or outdoor spaces scaled for casual relaxation, Beijing Finance Street provides important amenities.“We didn’t want this to be like other new parts of Beijing where large, bulky buildings occupy entire blocks and pull back from the street,” explains Duncan. So he and his team designed relatively thin buildings that hold the street edge and encourage pedestrian activity. Three levels of parking sit below each of the 18 buildings on the site and connected to each other so cars and trucks can move below ground, out of the way of pedestrians. The architects pushed offices to the noisier outer parts of the eight-square-block area, while allowing the two hotels and 328 housing units to enjoy the quieter and sunnier area looking onto the main park. SOM also designed a 90,000-square-meter, crescent-shaped shopping mall with an enormous glass roof that floods the interiors with daylight. “We saw the shopping atrium as an indoor civic space, complementing the park outside,” says Duncan.

Although none of the city’s underground transit lines stops at Beijing Finance Street (the closest station is about a ten-minute walk away), municipal buses service the project. Paths crisscrossing the main park and connecting the various buildings, however, help create a pedestrian-oriented district that is attracting people from adjacent blocks. “We didn’t establish a clear boundary between our project and the surrounding areas,” says Duncan, “because we wanted the energy of Beijing Finance Street to leak out and affect its neighbors.” In fact, development around the project has moved ahead, increasing real-estate values in the entire area. Banks, financial services companies, and insurance companies from both China and abroad have moved into offices in the project, which lies west of the Forbidden City at the Second Ring Road.

The success of Beijing Finance Street has prompted the city government to ask SOM to prepare a plan for the area beyond the project. As part of this effort, the firm has proposed creating a series of linked parks and outdoor spaces along an east-west axis leading to the Forbidden City. Although it is unclear how much of this plan might get implemented, Beijing Finance Street has set a new benchmark for public amenities in a private development. “The idea was to create a public center that everyone in this district could enjoy,” states Duncan.

Photos © Tim Griffith


January 6, 2011

HC Sinus Slide Joint

he HC Sinus Slide joint enables shock free transfers between floor slabs


Our HC Sinus Slide joints make an 100% joint free floor possible. This joint has eliminated the cause of damage which occurs by the passing of the wheels of the forklifts. By traditional straight joints the wheels fall into the opening gap and the shocks will cause damage to joint, floor, forklifts, transported goods and risk the safety and the health of the forklifts drivers. With the HC Sinus Slide joint the wheels slide smoothly and noiseless from one floor slab to another without any vibrations or shocks. The market considers this unique product as a revolutionary total solution and a new age in industrial flooring technology.

The HC Sinus slide joint has been tested in a practical case by Toyota spare parts in Belgium. 42 million times the little hard wheels of the material handling equipment have passed the joints without any damage at all. Traditional reinforced joints in similar conditions are heavily damaged. Additional tests set up by Sirris (Belgian institute) have confirmed that the HC Sinus Slide joint enables vibration free transfers between different floor slabs and herewith respects the European directive 2002/44 regarding exposure of workers to whole body vibrations.

Until now the market has talked about joint free floor slabs. In fact this is misleading as the floor is joint less. The saw cuts are replaced by joint free slabs of maximum 1600 to 2000m² but there are still joints between the slabs. The bigger the floor slab the larger the opening gap of the joint will be. By reasons explained above these joints are still a critical factor in the floor and can cause heavy damage and continuous problems and frustrations. HC Sinus Slide has solved this problem and enables 100% joint free floor which was unknown until now.


January 6, 2011

101 Warren Street, New York, United States by SOM

Made in Manhattan

SOM transforms former parking facility into popular residential tower


Located on over two acres in Tribeca, at the southern tip of Manhattan, 101 Warren Street transformed an unsightly parking lot into one of the most sought after residential projects in the city. Tribeca’s first large scale luxury condominium, the one-million-sq ft project brought much needed services – a Whole Foods, Bed Bath & Beyond and Barnes & Noble’s to the area – bridging Tribeca with the heavily residential Battery Park City.

Combining 220 luxury residences and 163 market-rate, middle-income, and low-income rental units, the tower is an innovative way to both address market conditions and to provide the city with much needed affordable housing. Each residential type is architecturally separated, with luxury condos located in a 33-storey tower for best views of the city and the Hudson to the west. A low-rise and podium rental component below makes a strong base and creates a bold pedestrian identity, with commercial space on the first and second floors.

101 Warren Street is wrapped in a continuous veil of Jura stone to express a sense of mass and opacity while allowing for spectacular views through floor to ceiling glass. An architectural language of stone was informed by surrounding industrial, six story masonry structures: the condominium tower is clad in a lacework of vertical stone piers, the rental buildings on top of the podium are knit together with a stone wrapper, and the retail base is heavily clad in stone with few vertical windows that show the public space and cafes within. Recessed glass pockets create floating loggias that act as urban yards for residents.

A 101-tree pine forest is planted atop the building’s two-storey base, providing a unique retreat from the city while also reducing heat island effect. The building’s design solution meets the needs of both the developer and residents – it maximises views while creating architecture that is a bold expression on the city’s skyline.