Gateway Of India

Built in 1911 to commemorate a visit from King George V and Queen Mary, Mumbai's Gateway of India is now welcoming a wealth of American architectural talent.

The past ten years have seen an impressive amount of economic growth and infrastructural development in India, and the nation is becoming more and more a well established market for American architectural talent. This trend doesn’t seem to be changing as we embark on a new decade. One sign of that is the September 2009 opening of an office in Mumbai by structural engineering firm Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA). Founded in 1923 in New York City, LERA has contributed its services to many of the city’s iconic structures (such as the World Trade Center) and has designed buildings all around the world, but this will be its first foreign office. A release by the firm cited a “growing workload” and the need to “facilitate client relations” as key reasons for the opening. LERA will join a number of other American architecture firms that have recently opened branches in the subcontinent, including HOK and Perkins Eastman. See some of the projects LERA has worked on after the jump.

LERA performed structural engineering services for the Oberoi Commerz Tower, a 35-story mixed-use building in Goregaon, Mumbai designed by HOK.

The firm also executed structural design for the Lodha Bellaza, a multi-building mixed-used development in Hyderabad.

LERA worked with FXFowle on the Ruby Mills Office Tower, an 840,000-square-foot, 35-story commercial building.

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