Building on Air

by Rita Robison, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, N.Y. 10017,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 11, Pg. 44-47


Document Type: Feature article

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Abstract: Copley Place, a $500 million hotel/retail/office/residential complex, was built on air rights over the Massachusetts Turnpike and an adjacent railroad in Boston. Two hotels occupy land parcels on either side of the 10 acre site. The central portion is supported on deep piles and plate girders as long as 102 ft. Spherical bearings transfer loads between upper columns and these girders. The entire project was constructed without disrupting turnpike and railroad traffic. Construction procedures are described.

Subject Headings: Multiple purpose structures | Structural engineering | Construction methods | Urban development

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