Building Failures: Design Problems and Solutions

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., Sr. Ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 6, Pg. 62-66


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: A Building Failures conference of the Engineering Foundation dissected the problems leading to failures and recommended ways to reduce failures. This article discusses value engineering, ranks the most frequent types of building failures, asks if unified project insurance would help unify as a team the members of the design-construct team on a project, and lists new hazard and disaster response mechanisms. It also reports that the two Kansas City daily newspapers both won Pulitzer Prizes for their coverage of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel collapse, and that the fact that each hired a structural engineer immediately after the collapse was a key reason why they won.

Subject Headings: Failure investigations | Value engineering

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