CERTIFIED MWBE WITH NYC AND PANYNJ
15 Union Square West, New York, NY
Serving as Engineer-of-Record, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for the engineering for this $3,000,000 dollar renovation that was completed in 2010. Given the building's first life as the 1897 Tiffany and Co headquarters, one of the most ornate cast iron structures in New York City with arch shaped stanchions, this building had been enveloped in a glass structure consisting of low iron Austrian glass which is see-through at night and reflective during the day.
TKTS Booth Times Square, New York, NY
As Engineer-of-Record, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for the engineering of the first all-glass load bearing structure in the middle of Times Square. The structure features glass beams, glass walls, glass stair treads, cantilevered glass canopy, and glass balustrades. The design was completed in 2008 with a construction cost of $19,000,000.
Howland Hook Marine Terminal – Administration Building and Maintenance Building Staten Island, NY
As structural engineer, Ms. Majmudar was part of a two-person team responsible for the structural engineering conditional inspection of the Administration Building and the Maintenance Building, totaling approximately 208,000 square feet of floor space. Ms. Majmudar performed inspections that included 100% visual and 10% hands on of all structural items to locate and document deficiencies. Building facades and roofs were included in addition to interior structural elements. The results formed the basis of our repair recommendations as presented in the inspection report. She listed deficiencies in order of priority in four categories as defined by PANYNJ: immediate, priority, safety and routine. She also documented the status of previous priority repairs and safety items and evaluated their condition at the time of our inspection. She ultimately reported our findings in a Comprehensive Condition Inspection Report and prepared drawings that showed all deficiencies, their locations, proposed repairs and other required information. The design was completed in 2008 with a construction cost of $19,000,000.
Indianapolis Marion County Library, Indianapolis, IN
As Principal-in-Charge, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for the construction administration of the first glazed horizontal cable net wall employing tension cable and corner clamped glass in the United States. The project involved a highly unusual cable wall with a structural support system that consists of a 3/4" pre-stressed stainless steel cable that is invisible behind a 3/4" joint. Glass panels were attached to cables by stainless steel or spider fittings and horizontal cables were weighted at the ends using level and counterweight. The design was completed in 2006 with a construction cost of $100,000,000.
Private Residence, Aspen, CO
Serving as Structural Engineering Principal, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for the structural design of a vacation home in Aspen, Colorado where open living spaces with spectacular mountain views are contrasted with interior opportunities for viewing artwork. The structural framing included cast-in-place shear walls and steel roofing.
West Sayville Golf Course Maintenance and Operations Facility, West Sayville, NY
Suffolk County Department of Public Works (SCDPW)
Serving as Senior Structural Engineer. Ms. Majmudar reviewed structural calculations and structural details for a new timber framed storage building addition at the West Sayville Golf course. The structural design and modeling focused on all components of the building including foundations and soils. In an effort to maintain open ceiling space, the superstructure components included wood I-joist rafters and glulam ridge beam. Ms. Majmudar also reviewed the structural specifications.
Governors Island Electrical Infrastructure
The Trust for Governors Island, New York
Ms. Majmudar reviewed the CSS documents for the rehabilitation of Landmark Building 130, the settlement mitigation of build 920, and the rehabilitation of the North Feeder Loop. The documents that were reviewed provided construction details to flood proof the structures according to FEMA requirements and design new structural steel framing to accommodate new switchgear and mechanical equipment.
Cafesjian Museum of Art, Yerevan, Armenia
As the Structural Engineering Principal, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for the engineering coordination with the architect of this $150,000,000 museum which occupies a prominent site within the Armenian city of Yerevan. A massive cast-in-place and precast concrete structure situated at the top of a Soviet-era cascade structure, the Museum commands sweeping views across the Capital to Mount Ararat which rises above the southern horizon. Museum has a unique geometric configuration with large glass windows.
National Carnival and Entertainment Center, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Serving as Principal-in-Charge, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for the design of this state of the art cultural center which will be the setting of a vast array of celebrations in the country, including their annual carnival. The seating capacity is approximately 15,000 – 18,000 persons. The structural design is traditional ring beam construction with two large steel arches providing support for the retractable roof. The project is not complete.
De Beers Jewelry Store, Los Angeles, CA
Serving as Engineer-of-Record, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for the façade engineering of a retail diamond store on Rodeo Drive. The façade consists of a series of stainless steel metal framing screened by a double skin of glass consisting of etched and transparent panels of glass. The project was completed in 2005.
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
As the Engineer-of-Record, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for the structural engineering design of this $75,000,000 125,000 square foot building which is a LEED Gold certified concrete structure. The museum occupies one city block in the heart of Grand Rapids and has been named one of the world's six best new buildings of 2007 by Newsweek's architecture critic. Distinguished by its floating concrete canopy and use of high insulated glass, this structure is the first newly constructed "green" museum in the United States.
Boston 9-11 Cube, Boston, MA
Serving as Engineer-of Record, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for the engineering of this 3.5 million, Logan Airport 9-11 Memorial completed in 2008. The structure, made of simple greenish glass and steel, serves as a memorial for those that perished on 9-11. Within the cube are two tall rectangular plaques reminiscent of twin towers, made of smoky green glass and at the roof level, square pieces of glass strung along wires like paper lanterns creating an ethereal false ceiling of sky and glass meant to evoke falling shards of debris at Ground Zero.
Columbia University Faculty House – West 117th Street, Manhattan, NY
As Engineer-of-Record, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for the structural renovations for this 38,000 square foot red brick and limestone building originally constructed in 1923, which serves as a gathering place for social and intellectual interaction among University faculty as well as alumni and graduate students. Structural renovations included interior beam and column modifications, new addition to the fourth floor, new entryway system, and two new elevators (dumbwaiters) for food transport. LEED Certified with its energy efficient lighting, energy efficient windows, and recycling of construction debris. The structural renovations were completed in 2009.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Having served as Engineer-of-Record, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for the structural engineering design of this distinctive L-shaped 102,000 square foot museum including a spacious lobby, exhibition galleries, classrooms, and a library. Located in a campus of its own, the Brooklyn Children's Museum has been awarded a certified LEED Silver status, making it New York City's first LEED certified museum.
Queens Village Bus Depot Component Rehabilitation
New York Power Authority (NYPA)
As the QA/QC MWBE Structural Engineering Principal in Charge, Ms. Majmudar provided structural engineering support services for the Queens Village Bus Depot, a 189,000-square foot transportation facility. To provide the facility with adequate service resources to maintain and prolong the useful life of the bus fleet, the Department of Buses (DOB) has requested the replacement of the existing HVAC systems. The project scope of work included the replacement of existing ceiling mounted H&V units and exhaust fans with new, more efficient equipment, while also identifying areas where ventilation rates can be reduced to meet the requirements of the Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (ECCCNYS). The proposed new HVAC equipment will be roof mounted for improved maintenance access. Ms. Majmudar and her group assessed the structural capacity for the existing roof for the new equipment and determined whether the existing structural framing configuration will have to be modified to accommodate the new equipment.
Carlton Savannah Hotel, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Serving as Principal-in-Charge, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for the structural engineering of a boutique luxury hotel overlooking the green space of Queen’s Park Savannah in Cascade, the central business district in the capital city of the Port of Spain. This thirteen story concrete framed structure was completed in 2009.
New York Times Building, Manhattan, NY
Serving as Engineer-of-Record, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for the lower three-stories of this 52-story tower. The lower three stories includes four all-glass vestibules and canopies. The all-glass vestibules, which are self-supportive and made completely of glass with silicone adhesive joints, emphasize the lightness of the façade. The project was completed in 2007.
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
As Engineer-of-Record, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for the undulating pin supported glass and steel canopy for the façade renovation of America’s oldest performing arts center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which was built in 1861. The 132-ft canopy is made up of 65 triangular, laminated, tempered, low-iron one-inch thick glass supported by a pair of 12” stainless steel tubes that tie back into the newly erected columns. The triangular structure of the glass and steel canopy carries the loads with an upper tension chord and a lower compression prop. This project was completed in 2008.
Lindenmann-Dayan House, Manhattan, NY
As Engineer-of-Record, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for the century-old Upper East Side 10,000 square foot home (originally a Carriage House) for art collector Adam Lindenmann and his wife Amalia Dayan. Although the façade is traditional to the homes in the area with its limestone and wrought iron gate, the hidden façade and interiors are often classified as eccentric and idiosyncratic with its gray five-story concrete structure with a double story basement, scarified with angled window slits like some demonic jack-o-lantern. There is an art gallery that overlooks the whole floor, a small glass bridge that connects a free-floating library to the rest of the house, and a literal stack of bedrooms. This project was completed in 2009.
Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins – Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
Ms. Majmudar performed a peer review of the interior structural glass work for Zubatkin, the project’s construction executive for this permanent 9,000 square foot permanent exhibit space that explores the history of human evolution. Channel glass walls and platforms deemphasize the separation between exhibit and visitor while protecting valuable artifacts. This project was constructed in 2007.
La Guardia Airport Central Terminal B Rebuild
Port Authority New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ)
As the structural engineering MWBE Principal in charge of coordinating efforts between the Prime Structural Engineer and the MWBE, Ms. Majmudar was involved in the redevelopment and rebuilding of LaGuardia Airport’s aging Terminal B, which is a key element in Governor Cuomo’s master plan to revitalize New York’s transportation infrastructure. This four billion dollar project is one of North America’s most significant public-private partnerships between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and LaGuardia Gateway Partners. This redesign and rebuild will replace the cramped, outdated hub with a modified terminal, will more than double the space, and will enable increased airline circulation. As part of a larger structural team, the project scope comprised of a new 1.3 million square-foot building which includes a headhouse, two concourse buildings, two pedestrian bridges connecting the headhouse to the concourses, and a pedestrian walkway connecting the headhouse to a new garage. The headhouse structure includes the domestic ticketing services, baggage claim, retail services, and gates. Ms. Majmudar was involved in the QA/QC of the structural framing for the rooftop structures of the headhouse including the steel supports and enclosures for the rooftop equipment, and structural analysis for floor framing members at the terrace of the fourth level, where retail services will be located. In addition, Ms. Majmudar led the MWBE team that reviews the structural engineering shop drawings to verify that the design intent is reflected on the fabricated pieces. The shop drawings that were reviewed include columns, floor beams, roof beams, vertical and horizontal braces, and connections. The new Central Terminal B design is expected to achieve LEED Silver Certification.
Hurricane Sandy Recovery Residential Inspections
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Forensic LLC
Ms. Majmudar, serving as the structural engineering inspection consultant, performed detailed structural inspections of fifteen (15) residences on Brooklyn and Staten Island that suffered damage from hydrostatic, hydrodynamic, buoyancy, and wave loads of flood waters as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Structural assessments also included damage caused by scour, erosion, and consolidation due to inundation. Ms. Majmudar prepared reports documenting all visual observations and determined if exterior and interior structural members were in need of repair, maintenance, or remedial work as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Sunset Park Office Structural Inspection at 857 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Uprose Community Organization
As Engineer-of-Record, Ms. Majmudar performed a structural engineering visual inspection of the cellar, first floor, and building façade. The building is a two-story, brick masonry building with a cellar was built in 1940 and was renovated in 2005. The building has a footprint of approximately 50’ x 62’ and has a height of 22’. The client was interested in occupying the first floor and cellar space of the building and Ms. Majmudar and her team performed a visual inspection to determine the overall structural integrity of the cellar and first floor, and particularly some deteriorated beams in the cellar. A final report was provided to the client delineating all prominent deficiencies and recommended repairs.
Church of the Evangel Congregational, United Church of Christ – Brooklyn, NY
Church of the Evangel Congregational, United Church of Christ
As Engineer-of-Record, Ms. Majmudar performed a structural engineering visual inspection of the cellar, first floor, and building façade. The building is a two-story, brick masonry building with a cellar was built in 1940 and was renovated in 2005. The building has a footprint of approximately 50’ x 62’ and has a height of 22’. The client was interested in occupying the first floor and cellar space of the building and Ms. Majmudar and her team performed a visual inspection to determine the overall structural integrity of the cellar and first floor, and particularly some deteriorated beams in the cellar. A final report was provided to the client delineating all prominent deficiencies and recommended repairs
Tagus River Bridge, Lisbon, Portugal
JAE (Junta Autonoma de Estradas)
Serving as the seismic structural engineer on the project, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for the structural analysis of the deck to carry a railroad over the Tagus River Bridge in Portugal. The design strengthened the existing bridge with a second cable system supported at the new anchorages and extensions to the existing towers and bents. The lower deck of the bridge, the addition which was designed to carry the railroad, is an orthotropic system of new floor beams, laterals, and railway stringers, which participate with existing truss bottom chords.
Design & Construction Support Services for the Rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY
New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT)
Ms. Majmudar led the MWBE effort to provide Total Design and Construction Structural and Architectural Support Services for the approach arches, towers, ramp substructures, and other miscellaneous repairs for the rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Bridge. Since the original construction, limited repairs have been made to preserve the structural integrity of the Manhattan approach arches, Manhattan approach ramps, Brooklyn approach, and towers of the Brooklyn Bridge. Prior to the preliminary and final design of the Brooklyn Bridge. She led the team that performed a visual inspection of observed deterioration and recommended structural enhancements to fortify the aging structure to make it more resilient to natural events. These results were documented in a report and are being used to recommend appropriate structural repairs.
Rehabilitation of Ramps and Approaches - Madison Avenue Bridge, Manhattan/Bronx, NY
New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT)
Ms. Majmudar, serving as the design and inspection engineer, prepared rehabilitation plans for removal/replacement of concrete slab and all associated work including the rehabilitation of structural steel, bearings, truss members, and installation of concrete barriers. Ms. Majmudar was responsible for conducting inspections, developing repair details on the main spans, reviewing shop drawings, preparing field change sheets, and responding to the engineering clarification memo.
Seismic Analysis of Bridge Towers and Deck - Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA
Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District
After the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, many of the existing bridge structures were being analyzed for structural seismic soundness. Ms. Majmudar performed a response spectra and detailed time history analysis using finite element programs of the existing towers and deck for the bridge. Her computer modeling efforts used an in-house program and she contributed in the development of the modules that were used for the seismic analyses.
Rehabilitation of Electrical and Mechanical Systems of Madison Avenue Bridge
New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT)
Ms. Majmudar served as the Project Manager for the mechanical rehabilitation of the swing span of the Madison Avenue bridge over the East River. Ms. Majmudar reviewed the design of the reinforced concrete floors to support new machinery as well as the extension of a steel catwalk to provide additional access to a reconfigured area of the mechanical room. The catwalk extension included steel hangers attached to the existing bridge stringers. Ms. Majmudar also reviewed the design of a new circular pier platform (65 ft. in diameter) which allowed maintenance access to the pier carousel and wheels. The structural design included anchorage of 16 brackets into the existing stone masonry pie, diaphragms, railing etc.
Macombs Dam Bridge over the Harlem River, Bronx, NY
New York City Department of New York City (NYCDOT)
As the QA/QC Lead Ms. Majmudar reviewed the report of the inspection report and flagging conditions of the expansion joints of the Macombs Dam Bridge Viaduct on 155th Street in Harlem. These inspections were performed in accordance with the NYSDOT Requirements which includes the NYS Bridge Inspection Manual Appendix A and the Uniform Code of Bridge Inspection.
Cable Rehabilitation Work at Williamsburg Bridge – Manhattan, New York
New York City Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration
As a structural engineer, Ms. Majmudar was part of a team that conducted research and investigation for the cables of this suspension bridge whereby the conclusion was to rehabilitate the main suspension cables and return them to their original strength. The work conducted by the team included rehabilitation of the suspension system including cable preservation work as well as the replacement of all suspenders, suspender connections to the truss, and cable bands. The cable preservation work applied a corrosion inhibitor inside the cable and red lead paste in the exposed surface of the main cable, wire wrapping, and a neoprene system. The cable rehabilitation contract was for approximately 75 million dollars.
Enhanced Station Initiative Program
MTA New York City Transit (MTANYCT)
As the MWBE Structural Engineering Principal in charge of coordination, her group provided services which included structural engineering inspection, recommending repair services to pilot concept design, and preparing reference design documents for each of the 31 station renovations as part of the MTA Enhanced Station Initiative (ESI) Program. This massive renovation initiative is part of the $27 billion 2015-2019 Capital Program, the largest investment in MTA infrastructure in the history of New York State. Design elements of the ESI program include improved lighting throughout the stations and improved signage to make it easier for customers to navigate stations, including digital, real-time updates on on-time performance at subway entrances. Renovations will also take into account the architectural legacy of each station, and remain sensitive to historical elements as the stations undergo redesign. The structural engineering responsibilities include visual inspection and condition assessment, preparation of repair recommendations and associated details, and preparation of relevant structural drawings.
Retractable Pedestrian Bridge and Café, Concept Proposal
Port of Boulogne Sur Mer, France
As the Structural Engineering Lead Ms. Majmudar reviewed the conceptual architectural design of a 500 foot metal framed movable bridge with embedded café in the North of France at the Port of Boulogne Sur Mer. These conceptual reviews were performed in accordance with standard structural and mechanical bridge requirements for movable bridges. One of the more innovative aspects of this bridge is its ability to “coil” like a snake, which requires translational and rotational movement and nonlinear structural analysis of the beginning, end, and multiple intermediate positions of the bridge.
Portland Aerial Tram
Oregon Health and Science University / City of Portland
The Portland Aerial Tramway connects the Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, located at the top of a canyon hillside, with a medical research redevelopment neighborhood on the bank of the Willamette River, just south of downtown Portland. The project utilized a kit of strategies, an open system adaptable to change and development. The tram and a pedestrian bridge serve to link disparate communities. The project, accordingly, addressed issues from technical design issues to urbanism. Three types of connections exist between the top and the bottom of the hill: an air connection, a land connection, and a green connection. The upper station is of the air, a steel frame with photovoltaic screen. The tram car is a curvilinear form intended to disappear against the sky. As the Façade Engineering Manager, Ms. Majmudar reviewed the façade engineering design and its coordination with the architecture and structural engineering design of the tram stations.
26th Ward Wastewater Treatment Plant, Brooklyn, NY
New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP)
As Regional Structural Engineering Manager, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for the coordination of structural design and upgrade of all concrete structures (sedimentation tanks, aeration tanks, final settling tanks, digesters, sludge storage tanks) as well as structural retrofit design and upgrade to the campus building structures (Dewatering Building, Pump and Blower House, and Administrative Building). This facility is one of fourteen wastewater treatment plants in New York City capable of providing treatment of up to 85 million gallons per day.
Paerdegat Basin CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) Facility - Phase IA (Influent Channels) and Phase III (Structures and Equipment), Brooklyn, NY
New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP)
Ms. Majmudar served as the Regional Structural Engineering Manager for providing structural support services for the Paerdegat Basin CSO Retention Facility in southeastern Brooklyn. Working to improve local water quality was one of the city’s major initiatives at the time. The structural engineering design and construction support services work included the design of the influent channels and relief weirs for the four bay underground storage tanks and the design of the above ground operations buildings. The combined sewer overflows come from a drainage area of approximately 6,000 acres. The stored CSO would be pumped back to the Coney Island WPCP for treatment after each rain event.
Bowery Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade, Queens, NY
New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP)
Ms. Majmudar served as the Regional Structural Engineering Manager for providing support services in structural retrofit design and construction for Phase I and Phase II of the Bowery Bay WPCP Wastewater Plant Upgrade. The upgrade was a multi-phase modernization intended to improve process efficiency, reduce manpower requirements, and improve reliability. In particular, the plant was retrofitted to reduce nitrogen loadings into the East River and Long Island Sound to conform to the regulations set by the New York State Administrative Consent Order - Nitrogen Reduction Agreement. Phase I involved replacement of much of the process equipment including raw sewage pumps and drives, new preliminary scum collection and pumping equipment, replacement of return sludge and mixed sludge pumping systems, and replacement of the disinfection systems. In addition Phase I also included the design of a new residual handlings building to provide for collections and concentration of screenings and grit. Phase II involved improvements to the solid handlings facilities including replacement of existing gravity thickener mechanisms and repair of deteriorated concrete walls and walkways.
Inner Harbor CSO Planning Facility – North River Throttling Facilities (Phase 2), New York, NY
New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP)
As Regional Structural Engineering Manager, Ms. Majmudar spearheaded the structural conceptual and 60% design support services for a new throttling facility at the Manhattan Pumping Station. The intention of this throttling facility was to reduce the magnitude, frequency, and duration of CSO discharges. By implementing throttling facilities, harmful effects of using existing plant inlet gates to control wet weather flows would be eliminated, including high flow velocities that damage plant screens. Operating throttling facilities would enable interceptor storage capacities to be fully utilized and plant flows to be maximized by back flooding the interceptor system.
Catskill-Delaware Water Ultraviolet Disinfection Facility, Town of Mount Pleasant, Westchester, NY
New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP)
As Regional Structural Engineering Manager, Ms. Majmudar assisted with the design and coordination of the structural engineering support services for the Ultraviolet Light Disinfection Facility that would improve and ensure high quality water for the Catskill/Delaware Water Supply System. The160,000 square foot facility which is designed to treat over two billion gallons per day includes the main UV facility (housing the treatment process and administrative and utility functions), the electrical/generator building (housing the main substation and emergency generators) as well as Shaft No. 19 and North and South Forebays for conveying Catskill water to and from the UV facility. The structural design of the above ground portion of the building is constructed of structural steel with a precast façade and stainless steel roof.
Bluebelt Project, Staten Island, NY
New York City of Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP)
As Regional Structural Engineeering Manager, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for the structural design of all infrastructure including retaining walls, pedestrian bridges, etc. of this award winning ecologically sound and cost effective stormwater management project which is one of the Northeast’s most ambitious stormwater management efforts. This project enhanced the existing wetlands which would have been destroyed if a traditional grid-like network of storm sewers had been constructed. It also included carefully planned landscaped zones that feature diverse and native vegetated areas that are aesthetically pleasing, enhance pollutant removal, maintain biodiversity, and promote habitat complexity by supporting a wide variety of wildlife.
Croton Water Treatment Plant, Bedford, NY
New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP)
Serving as Regional Structural Engineering Manager, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for coordination of the structural design and upgrade of the filtration and disinfection of the oldest of New York City’s three systems that provides drinking water to New York City and upstate communities. The plant is built within an underground “bath tub” that has been structurally designed to withstand both hydraulic forces and seismic forces.
Seaman Avenue Sewer Pump House Replacement, Rockville Centre, NY
The Incorporated Village of Rockville Centre
Ms. Majmudar led the structural design services associated with a sanitary sewer pump house replacement located at the intersection of Seaman Avenue and Knowlwood Road. The services included a new topographical and boundary survey; feasibility study report; existing pump pilot testing and evaluation; existing wet well evaluation; development and analyses of alternatives for pump station layout and phasing; architectural design plans and specifications for rehabilitation of existing pump house; design report with comparison of alternatives and final design selection; coordination and permitting activities with Nassau County Department of Public Works and Nassau County Health Department; phase 1 and 2 coordination; civil site design plans and specifications; maintenance and protection of traffic (MPT) design; manhole and force main evaluation; and construction oversight and inspections.
Seismic Analysis of the Harmony and Heritage Steel Fixed Offshore Platforms – Santa Ynez, California
As a structural engineer, Ms. Majmudar was part of a team that performed the seismic analysis of Harmony and Heritage, two conventional offshore steel jacket platforms with heights of 1200 feet and 1075 feet respectively. The analysis of these eight legged, pile founded structures in the Santa Barbara Channel was performed to understand the impact of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake on the various power cables within the existing platforms and determining the impact of replacing the out-of-service cables from their J-tubes with replacement submarine power cables. The cables were analyzed using JCL, Nastran, and GPDP language on supercomputers using historic and statistically created time history data. The 1200 foot deep waters surrounding Platform Harmony are deeper than for any other offshore platform on the West Coast. The Harmony jacket weighs 44,100 short tons. The Heritage jacket weighs 35,500 short tons and is installed in 1075 feet of water. These platforms support drilling rigs, production equipment, and personnel quarters. Harmony and Heritage are part of the Santa Ynez Unit, located in US federal waters and produce oil and gas from the Hondo, Pescado and Sacate fields.
Stage 2 Services for Bulkheads at Brooklyn Piers 1 through 5
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Serving as the structural engineer, Ms. Majmudar was part of a team that conducted an underwater survey of the low level relieving platform structures at Brooklyn Piers 1-5. The piers were susceptible to marine borer attack on the exterior and interior of the piles, devouring the wood and decreasing the underwater pile diameter. The low level relieving platforms were inspected by teams consisting of a structural engineer, an engineer/diver, and a technician/diver for underwater inspection and a structural engineer and an engineer/diver for above water inspection. All underwater inspection work was supported by surface supplied air and a hard wire communications tether staged from an inspection van located on the wharf deck. The structural conditional assessment, which was completed in 1996, included review of the piles, pile caps, underdeck, and concrete fascia/retaining wall. Marine borer activity was pronounced throughout all platform sections and reduced the cross section of structural timber members. Repair recommendations were provided but excessive timber debris and obstructions such as pile stubs as well as tight bent spacings and limited clearances between the underdeck and mudline complicated the construction of repairs.
Inspection Services for the East River Pier 13/14 Complex in Manhattan
New York City Economic Development Corporation
Ms. Majmudar, serving as the structural engineer, was part of a team that conducted an underwater survey of the piers measuring and recording the remaining diameter of each pile expecting that the piles would have significant losses due to marine borer activity. All underwater inspection work was supported by surface supplied air and a hard wire communications tether staged from an inspection van located on the wharf deck. The structural conditional assessment, which was completed in 1996, concluded that the remaining pile diameters were adequate to satisfy current load requirements since the piers’ current usage required far less capacity than that for which they were originally designed. However, these piles could not tolerate further loss of section and in order to preserve the remaining structural integrity, the piles were wrapped in polyvinyl chloride or polyethylene sheets.
Inspection Services for Pier 35 Gowanus Bay in Brooklyn
New York City Economic Development Corporation
Pier 35, on Gowanus Bay in Brooklyn was located halfway between the harbor entrance and Piers 13/14. Ms. Majmudar, serving as the structural engineer, was part of a team that conducted an underwater inspection of the pier which revealed that some piles had such sever woodborer damage that their structural integrity was in jeopardy. This was based on measuring and recording the remaining diameter of each pile. The structural conditional assessment, which was completed in 1996, concluded that in order to allow the pier to remain in use, it was necessary to encase the severely deteriorated piles in reinforced jackets to restore their structural capacity. Reinforcing steel was first placed along the length of the pile. A fiberglass or nylon form was placed around the steel and pile, and the form was then pumped full of concrete from the bottom, so that the water was forced out at the top.
Port Salalah Container Terminal Development and Design Study, Oman, Arabian Sea
Sea Land Service Inc. and the Sultanate of Oman
Port Salalah Container Terminal in Oman is located on the main shipping route between Europe and the Far East and serves as a critical transshipment point. Serving as the structural/coastal engineer on the project in 1995, her team was involved in a Definition Development and Design Study for the siting, construction, and operation for Port Salalah Container Terminal. Based on the findings and recommendations made, the Sultanate of Oman decided to pursue the design and development of a state of the art container terminal. In addition to reviewing the physical model tests of the proposed harbor layout conducted at the Danish Hydraulic Institute, Ms. Majmudar was involved in the writing of a computer program that analyzed the motion of moored ships including surge, sway, heave, yaw, pitch, and roll motions. In addition, various design alternatives were considered for the quay structure including a gravity block wall, pile supported platform, steel caissons, steel templates, etc.
Wall Street Cast Glass Fountain, New York, NY
New York City Parks and Recreation
As Engineer-of-Record, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for the structural engineering of this 1.2 million dollar cast glass fountain. The fountain was donated by Deutsche Bank to the City of New York to commemorate bank employees that were killed on September 11, 2001. This load bearing structural glass fountain is located at the east end of Wall Street Triangle Park, a narrow landscaped plaza along Wall Street.
Imagination Playground near the South Street Seaport, Manhattan, NY
New York City Parks and Recreation and David Rockwell Group
Ms. Majmudar, serving as the structural engineering design consultant, performed the concept and design development work for the support structures for the playground including the “crow’s nest”. The playground is sited on what was once a cargo unloading area, and its design recalls a ship’s deck, with the various elements tied together by ramps and flooring of reclaimed teak. At Imagination, children create their own play structures using those massive foam blocks and other “loose parts” such as plastic wheelbarrows and small car tires. The crow’s nest lookout reached by secret stairways and a rope climbing structure mimicking a ship’s rigging, which rises out of the ample sandpit, enhance the park’s nautical vibe. The structural design included a prefabricated steel structure for the crow’s nest and various steel and timber supports for the platform structure.
Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Luckey Climbers and Children’s Museum of the Upstate
Ms. Majmudar, serving as the structural engineering design consultant, performed the concept development work for the support structures for the indoor playground exhibit in the Children’s Museum of the Upstate with architect, Tom Luckey of Luckey Climbers. Although initially designed with structural glass and steel supports, the final structural was designed using structural acrylics. Luckey Climbers has a 5000 square foot design and fabrication facility in New Haven, Connecticut where they use digital designing, on-site steel fabrication, 5-axis CNC mill for detail cutting, and Vacu-press vacuum forming system for finishing. Quadreplegic Tom Luckey used a computer mounted above his head with a reflective “mouse” attached to the tip of his nose for his designing.
Lincoln Plaza Canopy, New York, NY
As Principal-in-Charge, Ms. Majmudar was responsible for the coordination of two elegant steel sculptures into the architecture of Avery Fisher Hall and the New York State Theatre at Lincoln Center. Two slightly outward tilting steel beams 90 feet long are supported on a central Y-column. Suspended below both beams are large planes of glass - twelve four-ply laminated safety glass panels.
Glass Sculpture Mandarin Oriental Asiate Restaurant, New York, NY
Mandarin Oriental / Seistudio
As Principal-in-Charge, Ms. Majmudar was part of a team for the designing, fabricating, and installing a silvered glass tree-branch sculpture suspended in the Asiate Restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, near Central Park. This sculpture, which symbolizes trees in the winter and is the focal point of the restaurant, is made of one interlocking and balanced steel structure cantilevering from central hanging points. The sculpture is a complex branching assembly of silvered blown glass. The team engineered a universal and locking joint mechanism to interconnect the structure on site.
Rimowa Retail Store, San Francisco CA
As Structural Principal-in-Charge, Ms. Majmudar was in charge of the structural seismic design of the anchoring connections of a 15 foot tall shelving unit. The retail store was located in Seismic Zone D so careful consideration was given while performing the response spectra analyses. Ms. Majmudar collaborated with designers and fabricators during design, tendering, and installation.
Conceptual Design Windstalk – Renewable Energy Concept – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Land Art Generator Initiative Competition
"Our project takes clues from the way the wind caresses a field of wheat, or reeds in a marsh - our hair on a gusty afternoon." As the conceptual structural engineer on the project that received Second Place Mention from the Jury, Ms. Majmudar and her team were responsible for the structural engineering design and engineering of the Windstalk renewable energy concept designed for Masdar city, the clean technology cluster in Abu Dhabi.. The Windstalk renewable energy concept consists of 1203 stalks made of carbon fiber reinforced resin poles that generate kinetic energy when moved by the wind. Each stalk is anchored to the ground using concrete bases that contain a chamber with a generator. A series of piezoelectric ceramic discs surrounded by electrodes are located in each hollow pole and cables connect even and odd electrodes separately. When the wind blows, the movement generated in the poles forces the compression of the ceramic discs, thus generating a current through the electrodes. The generator placed at the base of each pole converts the kinetic energy into electricity. Since the wind does not always blow, the team has designed two chambers located under the area covered by the poles that play the role of batteries. These chambers are used to store the energy produced and a series of pumps move water from the lower chamber to the upper one. When the wind stops blowing, water flows down from the upper chamber, turning the pumps into generators. The concept design team estimates that the overall output of the project is the same of a wind turbine array. The beauty of the project is completed by the LED lights placed at the top of every pole (stalks are 55 meters high). The lights glow and dim depending on wind strength and the poles look dark when wind does not blow. Vegetation grows wild among the bases of the stalks, watered by the scarce rain that flows down the bases and concentrates within these green spaces.
Exhibition at Pompidou Center Paris, France and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Morphosis / Zahner Glass
As Principal-in-Charge, Ms. Majmudar and her team were responsible for the structural engineering design and engineering of a glass floor vitrine for the exhibition of models and drawings below a raised glass floor. The design's inclining floor encases a series of models, videos, and the entire thought-process of the architects at Morphosis and its founder, Thom Mayne. The structural raised floor begins at ground level and gradually raises to two feet. The design features the complex metal system which encases the glass floor as an exportable aluminum and glass system. The structure was engineered to withstand the hundreds of people who would traffic the show.The structural engineering design team collaborated with designers and fabricators during design, tendering, and installation. 1.2 million dollar
Exhibition at “City of Future: A Design and Engineering Challenge” National Competition, Atlanta, Georgia
The History Channel
Ms. Majmudar was a part of a team of four women, Team Dewmac, located in New York City. The History Channel, with sponsors Infiniti and IBM, challenged architects, engineers, and designers nationwide to compete in City of the Future competitions in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Atlanta. Eight finalists in each city were chosen and were given one week to envision what that city might look like in 100 years, before presenting their 3-D model to a panel of five judges. Team Dewmac was chosen as a Finalist for Atlanta and had the opportunity to develop inventive visions of the city 100 years from now. The competition enabled our team to create a new vision for Atlanta required us to take into account infrastructure, transportation, commerce, housing security and the environment.
Gateways to Chinatown Competition
The New York City Department of Transportation, Van Alen Institute, and Chinatown Partnership
Gateways to Chinatown is an initiative to plan, design and construct a symbolic and functional landmark at the nexus of Manhattan’s Chinatown and the southern entrance to Little Italy’s historic Mulberry and Mott Streets. This iconic new structure and public space will be located on a triangular traffic island at a key pedestrian node bounded by Canal Street, Baxter Street and Walker Street. Gateways to Chinatown reimagines the use and layout of this space to create a multifaceted meeting place and information center. Ms. Majmudar lead the team of planners, artists, architects, and engineers that submitted an entry for this competition. Our entry was essentially a dragon shaped kite. Our thought process was that this represented the intersection of traditional and contemporary as well as old and new generations and materialized in a modern streamlined silhouette reminiscent of traditional Chinese pagoda vernacular. Its iconic intentions are a design aesthetic that is a culmination of resemblances to various traditional Chinese cultural symbols/motifs - therefore although abstracted, emits a subtly powerful familiarity for any viewer. We felt that in assuming many possible recognizable interpretations, this structure will resonate as an iconic beacon of a gateway into an area of Manhattan that is itself iconic for its cultural richness.
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