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Alums to Discuss Design Role in LA's Wilshire Grand Project

Msrch 4, 2014

The foundation was poured recently for the future high-rise hotel in Los Angeles known as the Wilshire Grand Center. Engineering alumni Gerard M. Nieblas and Howard K. Lam will speak to students March 6 about their roles in designing the 73-story project.

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Engineering alumni Gerard M. Nieblas and Howard K. Lam return to their alma mater Thursday, March 6, to discuss with students their work in designing the Wilshire Grand Center, a 73-story hotel under construction in Los Angeles and billed as the future tallest structure west of Chicago.

"This is the opening seminar in a series of professional design seminars coordinated by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Through these seminars, I hope civil engineering students can enhance their design skills and develop their career plan," said Uksun Kim, chair and associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Nieblas '78 (B.S. engineering) and Lam '79 (B.S. engineering) are president, and vice president and managing principal, respectively, of Brandow & Johnston Inc., a Los Angeles civil and structural engineering firm. The company is the structural engineer for the Wilshire Grand Center, which will rise 1,100 feet in downtown Los Angeles.

For more information about the Professional/Contemporary Civil Engineering Design Series, contact Kim at 657-278-3016.

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