Keith Boswell a partner with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in San Francisco,
was the plenary speaker on Monday during Glass Processing Days in Tampere, Finland.
Boswell focused on several projects in which his firm has been involved in China
He began with the Legend Phase II project in Beijing. The project includes
two office towers with a cable wall structure strung between the tower's structural
steel walls. Boswell explained the cable wall structure was designed to resemble
a swinging bridge in China.
He also said the construction process in China takes place much quicker than
it does in the United States.
"One of the interesting things about doing business in China is the rapid
speed at which things get built," he said in describing the quick turnaround
time of the Legend Phase II project.
He also talked about the importance of having good relationships with the other
parties involved in the jobs.
"I can not emphasize enough how important it is as an architect to have
a supportive client; a client that challenges your work." He explained that
because his clients on this job were so supportive, they, as architects, were
able to stay very involved throughout the construction project.
Other jobs he talked about were the Poly Plaza and the Jiano Tower, both in
China, and the University of California, Merced and the Cathedral of Christ the
Light, which are both in California.