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HOUSH RAHIMZADEH



Founder and Principal Engineer


Housh Rahimzadeh specializes in design, construction-related value engineering, structural retrofit and design investigation, on both domestic and international structural engineering projects. His focus includes reinforced concrete and structural steel design for high- and low-rise structures .

Housh joined John Portman & Associates in 1972 as a project Engineer. His first assignment was the design, coordination, and construction administration of Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan. This project included four 45-story office towers, a 72-story hotel tower and a 6-story retail structure. Since then, he has participated in various projects worldwide, sharpening his skills in design and value engineering. He enjoys a strong reputation in the building industry for his ability to design the most cost-effective structural systems. His value engineering efforts have saved clients millions of dollars. In addition to projects for Portman, Housh works closely with contractors and design professionals on design, value engineering, and the redesign of structural systems for improved effectiveness. He has also served as an expert witness.

Housh’s extensive design and construction experience led him to develop the DIVERSAKORE framing system, a solution that applies a steel composite beam, the VERSA:T: beam, with other readily available building materials in a cost-effective and environmentally-conscious manner. This new system minimizes on-site labor and greatly reduces construction waste and staging needs while maximizing the accuracy of the as-built design intent. The VERSA:T: beam (in conjunction with precast hollowcore planks) was tested by United Laboratories in 2006 and approved as a 2-hour assembly eliminating the need for firespray. Testing in 2003 at Georgia Tech’s structural labs demonstrated that the VERSA:T: Beam had twice the ultimate strength of a similar concrete reinforced beam.

 

Projects


BEIJING YINTAI CENTER - BEIJING, CHINA

MIXED USE, 5 STAR HOTEL, OFFICE BUILDINGS, APARTMENTS AND RETAIL

62 STORY HOTEL & APARTMENT
2 x 44 STORY OFFICE BUILDINGS.
HIGH SEISMIC ZONE DESIGN.
62 STORY ALL STRUCTURAL STEEL.
44 STORY COMPOSITE STEEL FLOORS AND CONCRETE COLUMNS & SHEAR WALLS. BOTH DESIGNED AS TUBE IN TUBE. 

 




SUNTRUST PLAZA OFFICE TOWER - ATLANTA, GA

OFFICE TOWER

62 OFFICE STORY TOWER


DESIGNED WITH SLAB-BEAM, USING POST TENSIONING IN BEAMS AND OUTRIGGER AND TUBE DESIGN FOR LATERAL SYSTEM

http://www.portmanusa.com/office/o_suntrustplaza.html       





GIFT MART MERCANTILE AND EXHIBITION FACILITY - ATLANTA, GA

EXHIBITION FACILITY
  

20 STORY, TOWER
12m x 14m BAY SIZES
TRANSFER GIRDERS AT 3RD LEVEL TO CHANGE TO
12m x 28m BAYS.

DESIGNED WITH POST TENSIONING BEAM & SLAB SYSTEM AND CAISSON FOUNDATION.





WESTIN HOTEL AND EXHIBITION FACILITY - CHARLOTTE, NC

EXHIBITION FACILITY

24 STORY TOWER

USING FLAT SLAB POST TENSIONING DESIGN SYSTEM WITH SHEAR WALLS AND CAISSON FOUNDATION.  

http://www.portmanusa.com/hotel/h_charlotte_westin.html
     






HILTON CONVENTION HOTEL - SAN DIEGO, CA

HOTEL AND EXHIBITION FACILITIES

30 STORY TOWER
DESIGNED FOR HIGHEST SEISMIC ZONE IN CALIFORNIA

POST TENSIONING BEAM & SLAB AND SHEAR WALL SYSTEM WITH PRECAST CONCRETE DRIVEN PILE FOUNDATION.

http://www.portmanusa.com/hotel/h_sandiego_hilton.html







Brief Work History


Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center Chicago, Illinois (pt-design 600,000 ft.2)
Gwinnett University Center Lawrenceville, Georgia
Embarcadero Center San Francisco, California (9 tower mixed use complex)
Westin Hotel Charlotte, North Carolina (pt-design 1,000,000 ft. 2)
Marina Square Singapore (3 hotel towers/retail complex)
Shanghai Centre Shanghai, China (hotel/housing/office/retail complex)
Northpark Town Center Atlanta, Georgia (pt-design 2,200,000 ft.2)
Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel Atlanta, Georgia (73 Story)
Beijing Yin Tai Center Beijing, China (62 story hotel /2-45 story office towers)
Hilton San diego Convention Center Hotel & Garage San diego, California (pt-design 1,300,000 ft. 2)  

Peachtree Center Atlanta, Georgia (17 tower mixed use complex)
Golden Bund finance Center Shanghai, China (50 story office/2-35 story hotel/apartment towers)
Westlake International Hotel Hangzhou, China
Shanghai Daewoo Business Center (Zuhui District) Shanghai, China (98 story mixed use tower)
Bank of Communication Shanghai, China (pt-design 500,000 ft.2)
Tomorrow Square Marriott Shanghai, China (62 story mixed use tower)
Shanghai Art Center Shanghai
Arthaloka Place, Jakarta, Indonesia
SunTrust Plaza Atlanta, Georgia (pt-design 2,500,000 ft.2 - 65 story office tower)
Indian School of Business Hyderabad, India
Capital Square Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Atlanta market Center Atlanta, Georgia (pt-design 3,500,000 ft.2)
Shandong Hotel and People’s Hall Jinan, China
East Seaport Centre Ningbo, China
Wantal Plaza Shanghai, China
Riverwood 100 Atlanta, Georgia (pt-design 1,200,000 ft.2)
Baoda mansion Shanghai, China
Ritz Carlton Hotel
New Orleans, Louisiana (Conversion & retrofit of 100 years old office)
Fashion Mart San Francisco, California (pt-design 750,000 ft. 2)