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DiDonato Provides Structural Design Services for 2 Penn Station in New York City

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Project Highlight:

Two Penn Station Canopy Structural Services

DiDonato Associates was retained by MEPPI for Structural Engineering Services for the design of a multi-folded LED panel canopy façade structure at the new Two Penn Station in New York City. DiDonato was responsible for the structural design of the secondary structure that supports the LED panels that make up this canopy’s underside façade.

DiDonato Associates was retained by MEPPI for Structural Engineering Services for the design of a multi-folded LED panel canopy façade structure at the new Two Penn Station in New York City. DiDonato was responsible for the structural design of the secondary structure that supports the LED panels that make up this canopy’s underside façade.
Due to all the folds and bends throughout the underside façade, the secondary structure was fabricated in large triangular panels comprised of cold form metal studs and tracks. These large panels were constructed off site then lifted into place one-by-one and fastened together. The panels are hung off a threaded rod that is mounted to the underside of the primary structure by utilizing concrete insert anchors, and CFMS cross bracing was installed to prevent lateral sway.
This approach saved time and money but could have been problematic if the layout of the concrete inserts wasn’t thoroughly thought out during the construction of the primary structure overhead. Structural software was used to help verify the design of the large CFMS panels and FEM software was used for the more complex connections we needed to implement. Guidance on expansion joints also was provided to allow the façade to expand and contract without damaging itself.
Next time you are in the Big Apple, check out Two Penn Station!

2024 Employee Milestone Anniversaries

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DiDonato is proud to announce the following employee milestone anniversaries in 2024!

  • James Frick, PE – Sr. VP Structures – 40 years (March)
  • Jeff Blank, PE – VP Structures-Bridges – 25 years (May)
  • Julie Stearns – Marketing Director – 20 years (October)
  • Karen Nagy – Receptionist/Administrative – 20 years (December)
  • Robert Sandarelli – Construction Manager – 15 years (January)
  • Julianne Josa, PE, LEED AP – Sr. Structural Engineer – 15 years (September)
  • Tom LoTempio – Sr. Construction Inspector – 15 years (September)
  • Vincent Makowski, EIT – Structural Engineer – 10 years (June)
  • Mary Gunning, NICET IV – Chief Inspector – 5 years (February)
  • Devin McVay – Architectural Designer – 5 years (May)
  • Kashyap Revalli, PE, PTOE – Sr. Transportation Engineer – 5 years (May)
  • Anthony Sperrazza, EIT – Civil Engineer – 5 years (May)
  • Steve Aureli – Business Manager – 5 years (June)

Congratulations to Everyone!

APWA NY Project Of The Year Award – Young Street Corridor

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Jeffery Blank from DiDonato was honored to accept the APWA NY Project of the Year Award for Transportation project under $5m for our Young Street Corridor project for the City of Tonawanda. Thanks to the City Engineer, Jason LaMonaco, our team members, Wendel, KHEOPS, EDR, SJB Services, and our contractor, Scott Lawn Yard Inc. for working together to complete this successful project.

Young Street Corridor Improvement

Contract Amount:
$2,124,980.50

Construction Schedule:
April 2021 – August 2022

Project objectives were to increase public access, provide recreational activities, support tourism and ultimately provide economic benefits to the City. The DiDonato Team’s goal was to create a new sense of place bringing people together while ensuring public safety and fulfilling the City’s waterfront revitalization plans.