Luxury Hotel Features New York's First 8,000-psi Concrete

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 6, Pg. 70


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Designers of New York's $100-million Helmsley Palace Hotel realized significant economies by the use of high-strength concrete to replace structural steel and reduce column size. As initially conceived the lower floor columns would have been so massive that structural steel would have to have been employed at these levels and concrete used for the remainder of the frame. Use of the 8,000-psi concrete enabled the entire project to be built using cast-in-place concrete exclusively, avoiding composite construction. Another unusual feature was that the hotel incorporated the 100-year old landmark Villard Houses.

Subject Headings: Cast in place | Concrete construction | Concrete structures | High-rise buildings | High-strength concrete | Innovation | Structural design

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