Five Millions Square Foot Tent Roof

by Fazlur R. Khan, (F.ASCE), Partner; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago, Ill.,
Mohammed Salem, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Partner; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago, Ill.,
John J. Zils, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Partner; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago, Ill.,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1980, Vol. 50, Issue 12, Pg. 68-71


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Saudi Arabia will soon be the site of the world's biggest roof. Consisting of a seris of modules, each overing 10.5 acres, the roof is made of tentlike fabric squares supported by a cable and pylon system. Because of its size, this roof required a more sophisticated design process than is usually applied to fabric roof. The research and development process, described in detail in this article, included computer analysis, aerodynamic tests and building a full-scale prototype.

Subject Headings: Airport terminals | Airports and airfields | Computer models | Construction | Design | Fabrics | Roofs

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