First Friday: Thornton Tomasetti

The global engineering firm invites the League’s members to its New York headquarters.

May 3, 2024
6:00 p.m.

Studio Other Spaces, OMA, Thornton Tomasetti | Common Sky, Albright-Knox Art Gallery Extension, Buffalo, NY, 2023. Image credit: Thornton Tomasetti

The League’s First Friday events are informal social gatherings that allow members to visit the offices of leading design practices and see work on the boards.

Thornton Tomasetti is a practice of engineers, scientists, architects, and other professionals with a global network of over 1,500 people. Founded as Lev Zetlin Associates in 1956 and following a 2015 merger with Weidlinger Associates, the firm maintains offices in more than 50 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia. 

The engineering firm partners with clients to optimize the design and performance of structures, materials, and systems in areas that include decarbonization, sustainability, and resilience; transportation and infrastructure; energy and industry; and forensic investigation and analysis. The firm, in its own words, provides “integrated services that solve complex challenges and help to build a better future.”

Completed projects include:

550 Madison Avenue This repositioning of a landmarked postmodern skyscraper, in collaboration with Snøhetta and Gensler, includes upgraded mechanical systems and a new lobby and public plaza.

High Line Moynihan Connector Linking Moynihan Train Hall with the High Line at 10th Avenue, this elevated pathway provides pedestrian access to Manhattan’s West Side, in collaboration with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Field Operations.

Buffalo AKG Art Museum This renovation and addition to the historic museum in collaboration with OMA preserves original building fabric while creating a new 91,000-square-foot gallery and sculptural roof by Studio Other Spaces.

Current and upcoming projects include:

Terminal Warehouse A adaptive restoration of a 19th century warehouse in collaboration with COOKFOX Architects, this 1.2-million-square-foot mixed-use project is pursuing LEED Platinum and WELL Gold certifications.

Wildflower Film Studios In collaboration with Bjarke Ingels Group, this seven-story studio on Brooklyn’s waterfront will contain 11 sound stages and production support spaces on two levels, creating the world’s first vertical film studio.

Mulberry Crossing at Newark Penn Station This new entrance to Newark Penn Station and pedestrian bridge will enable access to the train station and connect the city’s Ironbound neighborhood to its central business district, in collaboration with Sage & Coombe Architects.