One World Trade Center focus of 2014 Kavanagh Lecture

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Ahmad Rahimian, chief executive and director of building structures for WSP USA, will deliver the 2014 Kavanagh Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on April 3 in 108 Forum on the University Park campus of Penn State. The event is free and open to the public.

Rahimian’s talk, titled "One World Trade Center," will discuss the many challenges facing the design and construction teams on the landmark, a significant addition to the New York skyline as it approaches l completion.

One World Trade Center will comprise 2.6 million square feet of office space along with tenant amenity spaces, an observation deck, world-class restaurants and a 400-foot illuminating spire. The 105-story super tall skyscraper is being erected in the northwest corner of the 16-acre World Trade Center site, occupying the location where the original eight-story, 6 World Trade Center once stood.

Rahimian received the 2007 American Institute of Steel Construction Special Achievement Award, the 2005 American Society of Civil Engineers/Civil Engineering Research Foundation Charles Pankow Award for Innovation and the Engineering News-Record Excellence Award as one of the Top 25 Newsmakers of 2003. He was named to Structural Engineer's Power List in 2011.

Sponsored by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Kavanagh Lecture is named in honor of Thomas C. Kavanagh, who distinguished himself as a structural engineer and served as professor of civil engineering at Penn State from 1948 through 1952.

Last Updated April 02, 2014