Here we are, once again saying good-bye to another year. And as I’ve done the past couple of years, I’m also taking a look back on the photos still on my phone (and now removed) and some of the places my travel brought me this year. I have to say, one of the best parts of all this is seeing the buildings I’ve written about this year. It’s almost like bumping into someone famous … yes, I got a little star struck the first time I saw Vessel at Hudson Yards. Here’s a look at that one, and some of my other photo ops of 2019.

Hudson Yards, New York

520 West 28th
The Vessel at Hudson Yards.

I was in the city back in March and stayed near the High Line, which is a great spot for running and walking. I decided to go for an early morning run and found myself heading into Hudson Yards. I was already excited when I ran past the condos located at 520 West 28th designed by Zaha Hadid Architects; we had featured the project on the June 2018 cover. But then I turned a corner and found myself face-to-face with Vessel, the spiraling staircase structure that stands as the center of Hudson Yards. There’s something about being an early morning runner (I like to run at 5 a.m.). You get to see the world around you a bit differently. That’s particularly true when you can stand in the middle of Hudson Yards without any crowds or masses of people.

High-Rise View, New York

View of the 9/11 Memorial from Permasteelisa North America’s NY offices.
1 World Trade and the Oculus

A month later I was back in New York to film our Vessel newscast with Permasteelisa North America. We had the chance to visit the team’s New York offices, which have this amazing view of the 9/11 Memorial below. From the street, I got a nice shot of 1 World Trade towering above the World Trade Center Transportation Hub’s Oculus.

Old Vegas

Bright Lights, Old Vegas

I’ve said it before, I’m not a fan of Vegas. But this year after the AIA National Convention closed in Sin City, I ventured out for a new view. I headed off the strip to old Vegas for some zip lining over Fremont Street. It was fun soaring through the bright colorful lights. I just wish we’d gone later that night when it was darker.

Glass City

Public art in downtown Toledo, called Sun Obelisk by Dale Eldred

In August I was in Toledo for the NGA (formerly GANA) Fall Conference. I’d never been to Toledo before, but knew some things about it … its nickname is the Glass City; Pilkington North America is there; and Corporal Klinger from M*A*S*H called it home. I also knew about the Glass Pavilion that’s part of the Toledo Art Museum, and enjoyed the chance to view some of the glassy art displays during an evening reception. Speaking of art, I caught a look at some nice public art as well, when I trotted out early one morning for a run alongside the river.


One of my last trips this year took me to Dallas for the Architectural Glass & Metal Certification Council Annual Meeting. I didn’t get to head into the city or check out any glassy skyscrapers, but I did have an interesting glass encounter in my hotel room. I have never seen condensation like this on a window before. And it wasn’t just my room; several others told me the same was happening in there’s as well.


And that’s a wrap!

But before we close out 2019, be sure and take a look at this year’s bloopers and outtakes.  We love bringing you timely, insightful and entertaining newscasts and videos, but they are rarely done in one take … more like three or four (OK, sometimes it’s even more). Share this little bit of laughter with us and have a happy and healthy holiday season. I’ll see you in 2020!