On Tuesday, October 2nd, SOM Associate Directors Phil Obayda and Martin Liepmann spoke at the ZAK World of Facades Conference in London. Obayda and Liepmann shared insight on facade design and engineering, exploring the innovative solutions that enable high-rise construction.
Travel + Leisure magazine talks with William F. Baker on Skyscraper Day about his work as an engineer for some of the world's tallest towers. The article spotlights various observation decks, including the SOM-designed Burj Khalifa, One World Trade Center, Willis Tower, and 875 N. Michigan Avenue.
On March 13th, 2018, the 360 Chicago Observation Deck at 875 N. Michigan (formerly John Hancock Center) will unveil SOM's design for the building's second time capsule. Designed to be installed for the next 50 years, the new time capsule will replace the original, which was installed in 1968.
WGN News reports on the opening of a time capsule sealed in 1968 at 875 North Michigan Avenue (formerly known as the John Hancock Center) in Chicago. Design Director Eric Keune shares insight on the SOM-designed building.
Glocal Design Magazine profiles SOM as the lead designer of BBVA’s Bancomer Operations Center in Mexico City. Featuring three examples, the Spanish-language article explores SOM's history as inspiration for the design of the BBVA building.
Google has paid tribute to the late SOM structural engineer Fazlur Khan with a Google Doodle on his 88th birthday. The illustration, featured on Google's homepage around the world, depicts Khan with the John Hancock Center—an icon of Chicago and one of his signature achievements.
The Architect's Newspaper reports on "Climbing the Hancock," a recently opened exhibition at the iconic John Hancock Center in Chicago. On display is a personal journal and photographs taken by the building's caisson inspector, "Michigan Pete," during the construction process.
Bisnow publishes five facts about the John Hancock Center in Chicago, the world's first mixed-use tower. Designed by SOM structural engineer Fazlur Khan and architect Bruce Graham, the tower's revolutionary structural system paved the way for modern skyscrapers around the world.
Mental Floss profiles former SOM structural engineer Fazlur Khan, highlighting how his design for the John Hancock Center revived worldwide interest in building skyscrapers. Proving that high-rise buildings can be both elegant and economical, Khan's structural design still influences supertall projects today.