Retrospect Seminar 2005


Stainless Building Seminar 2005 Retrospect

Following on from the first successful Stainless Building Seminar in Houston last year, the 2005 Seminar, which was held in Maastricht on 9th November, was a great success. Thanks to great attendance and a high level of technical expertise, it turned out to be another very valuable and enjoyable meeting point.

The group of forty delegates consisted of renowned architects, structural engineers, university professors, suppliers and material experts from all over the world. Similarly, the speakers, all of whom were experienced presenters, revealed an abundance of new insights in the uses and development of stainless steel and titanium in architecture and construction.

The atmosphere at the seminar can be best described as “alive and stimulating”. The delegates took advantage of the coffee breaks and lunch to share their views and experiences. No wonder there were many smiling faces at the end of the day…


Happy faces after a successful seminar, sponsored by Allegheny Technologies, Stalatube and Imeas. From left to right: Yesim Aktuglu of the Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Architecture, Sylvie Bruyninckx of Conix Architects, Sami Packalen of Stalatube, Simone Vermoolen – Project Manager Stainless Building, Fred Kurpiel of Imeas, Lawrence Ng of Cesar Pelli&Associates, Francesco Zenere of Imeas, Mark Igou of Skidmore, Owings & Merril, Thomas Pauly, of EuroInox and Seminar Chair, Serge Salat of SalatLabbé, and Eric Hammarberg of the Thornton Tomasetti Group.

ATI’s Cheryl Botti explained that Allegheny was the one that supplied the stainless steel for the Chrysler Building in New York.

  Plenty of opportunities for the delegates to mingle, for example during the Coffee Breaks.
 
Lively discussions between architects. From left to right: Mark Igou of Skidmore, Owings &Merrill, Sylvie Bruyninckx of Conix Architects, Richard Scott of Op ten Noort Blijdenstein, Serge Salat of SalatLabbé and Andrew Tang of West8   Eric Hammarberg –middle- has led the recent restoration of the Chrysler Building. During his presentation Mr Hammarberg gave some good examples of how to overcome the challenges in repairing stainless steel. Despite its age, the Chrysler building is still holding very well.
 
Mark Igou, associate partner with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, has worked on many prestigious projects worldwide, of which the Changi International Airport in Singapore is the latest. Mr Igou stressed the importance of analysis, prototyping, mock-up and cooperation with suppliers.   Francesco Zenere and Fred Kurpiel of Imeas convinced the delegates that, despite standardization, personal consultancy of an experienced surface engineer such as Imeas is necessary to obtain the desired surface appearance.
 
Old friends meet during this international seminar. Left hand side: Sami Packalen of Stalatube, right hand side: Nicole Kinsman of IMOA.   High spirits during lunch on the Stainless Steel World Expo floor.
 
A brief headsofup of ThyssenKrupp members Achim Vohl of ThyssenKrupp Nirosta and Helmuth Jost of Deutsche Titan.   Thomas Pauly, Managing Director of EuroInox and Seminar Chair, gave an excellent introduction to the use of stainless steel in architecture and construction.

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