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Wow, now that is one beefy set of girders...

EDIT: I was just fantasizing about the coordination meeting when architecture presented this to structure. Arch: We want this large column free space, and want this nice and open, oh and there is also a space above this. Structure: Well if you want to do that then more than likely we will need to manufacture a custom steel girder with a depth of 6'... Arch: Yeah we want one of those. Is that a problem? Structure: Not a problem, its just expensive. Arch: I've been told money is not an issue. Structure: Okay, if you say so...

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2 hours ago, Naviguessor said:

Let's hope the Aga Khan foundation is equally as accepting as we like to consider our city to be... 

I don't think you need to wait for the Ismaili Center to be built to get an answer to your question about the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF).  AKF is part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), which is the largest private international development network in the world.  That in and of itself maybe doesn't provide the window you're looking for, but I'd suggest a look at their list of partners does.  Below is a list of AKDN partners as listed on the.akdn (that's actually their website - they have their own gTLD):

African Development Bank
Agence Française de Développement
Asian Development Bank
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
AXIS Bank Foundation
Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives

Bainum Family Foundation USA
Benazir Income Support Programme, Government of Pakistan
Bernard van Leer Foundation
Better Cotton Growth
Bezos Family Foundation
Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation
Bihar Education Project Council, India
Bihar Mahadalit Vikas Mission, India
Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society, India
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation USA
Blue Ventures
BNP Paribas
British Council

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Canada Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
Catholic University of Portugal
Children’s Investment Fund Foundation UK (CIFF)
Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Christensen Fund
Comic Relief
British International Invest (formerly Commonwealth Development Corporation)
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation USA
Cotton Connect

Danish International Development Agency
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany
Development Support Agency of Gujarat, India
Drosos Foundation
Dubai Cares
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Education Cannot Wait
Electricité de France
ELMA Foundation USA
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
European Commission
European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
European Investment Bank

Flora Family Foundation
Ford Foundation
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

German Federal Foreign Office (FFO)
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Global Affairs Canada
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Government of Afghanistan
Government of Australia
Government of Burkina Faso
Government of Canada
Government of the Czech Republic
Government of Côte d’Ivoire
Government of Denmark
Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Government of Egypt
Government of Finland
Government of France
Government of Germany
Government of Greece
Government of India
Government of Indonesia
Government of Japan
Government of Kazakhstan
Government of the Kyrgyz Republic
Government of Kenya
Government of Mali
Government of Mozambique
Government of the Netherlands
Government of New Zealand
Government of Norway
Government of Pakistan
Government of Portugal
Government of Spain
Government of Sweden
Government of Switzerland
Government of Tajikistan
Government of Tanzania
Government of the United Kingdom
Government of Uganda
Government of Zanzibar
Grand Challenges Canada

Harvard University
Hazira LNG ltd
Hazira Port Private Limited
HDFC Bank Ltd
Heifer Project International
Hewlett Foundation
Hilfswerk International

IKEA Foundation
Innocent Foundation UK
Integrity Action
InterGlobe Foundation
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
International Labour Organisation (ILO)

Jacobs Foundation
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF)
Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
John Deere
Johnson & Johnson Foundation

Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW)

L&T Technology Services Ltd
La Caixa Foundation
Larsen & Toubro Public Charitable Trust
LAUDES Foundation
Lego Foundation
Lisbon City Council
Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

The John D. and Catherine T. Macarthur Foundation

Magdy Yacoub Heart Foundation
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
MasterCard Foundation
Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), India
National Bank of Pakistan
National Disaster Risk Management Fund (NDRMF), Pakistan
National Ministry of Jal Shakti, India
Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO)
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Norwegian Agency for International Development (NORAD)
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Oak Foundation
Omidyar Network

Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund
Patriarchate of Lisbon
PATRIP Foundation
Paul Reinhart AG
People in Need
Population Council
Porticus Foundation
Porto Catholic University
Portuguese Catholic University
Portuguese Cooperation Institute
PricewaterhouseCoopers Services Limited
Prince’s Trust International
Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération Economique (PROPARCO)

Qatar National Library
Quest Alliance

Rabo Bank
Rahimtulla Trust
Reckitt Benckiser
Rizwan Adatia Foundation
Rockefeller Foundation
Rotary International
Royal Canadian Geographic Society
Roza Otumbaeva Initiative

SBI Foundation
Simon Fraser University
Société Générale
Standard Chartered Bank
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Government of Switzerland (SECO)
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

The Tata Trusts
ThinkCity, Malaysia

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Education, Scientific & Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA)
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
United Nations Women
Unilever Foundation
United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
United States Department of Agriculture
United States Department of State
University of Alberta
University of British Columbia
University of Calgary
University of California
University of Columbia, New York
University of Ottawa
University of Toronto
University of Victoria
University of Vienna
University of Waterloo
University of Western Ontario

Vitol Foundation

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
World Bank
World Conservation Society
World Food Programme (WFP)
World Health Organisation (WHO)
World Monuments Fund
World University Service of Canada

Apologies for such a long list, but it is telling, and I also think many will have similar questions to Naviguessor.  Explore the website for more.

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This development is so Houston and an awesome representation of the diversity and acceptance we have for one another here in this great city. This will be a legit tourist spot for visitors showcasing Houston and our identity. 

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On 11/25/2022 at 11:39 AM, classic said:

This is a great little video that just got published, with new animation of the finished product, more context regarding the nature and uses of the building, and great touchstones from other Ismaili Centers already in place.


It looks like the view from the adjacent apartments will be blocked by trees.  I wonder if any other screen is planned?

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1 hour ago, hindesky said:

Why the galvanized steel toward the top of the structure? 

It almost looks temporary like some sort of structure to building something on top of and then remove later. With that said I have zero construction or engineering experience haha. 

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Why the galvanized steel toward the top of the structure? 

Here is a brief intro into steel coatings or lack thereof.  in steel buildings there are a few different ways we coat steel:

  1. Bare (unprimed).  This is typically used anytime we are going to use cementitious fireproofing (cheap / ugly / has to be hidden).
  2. Primed. This is typically used anytime we are doing a finished paint often refered to as HPC (High Performance Coating).  You also prime steel when you are using an intumescent fireproofing (expensive / pretty / exposed to view)
  3. Galvanized. When we have steel exposed to the elements (under a cooling tower / up on the roof / etc).

The grey steel in these pictures to me looks like it is primed (particularly the columns).  I am not sure about that roof framing on if it is primed or galvanized.

Note:  all of the grey steel you see is permanent to the structure, there is a bit of falsework and bracing that they are using but that is just the kickers they are using to keep the columns true as the roof structure is welded / bolted up.

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