The Mile High Dreamby Joseph P. Colaco, President; CBM Engineers, Inc., Houston, TX,
Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 4, Pg. 76-78
Document Type: Feature article
For the 1986 Tall Buildings Conference in Chicago, a group of experts studied the implications of a mile high skyscraper to be built of concrete. It is 500 ft square at the base, designed as a trussed megatube with diamond-shaped windows. There are 21 modules, each 100 ft square, that drop off at various heights, similar to the Sears Tower, leaving a single module at the top. The technology is currently available, as is the maximum concrete strength required, 14,000 psi. It would be mixed on-site and hoisted to within the 1,000 ft pumping range. In a sidebar, reasons are given why the structure could be steel or composite steel/concrete design.
Subject Headings: Steel structures | Concrete | Hoisting | Trusses | Strength of materials | High-rise buildings | Windows | Pumps | North America | Illinois | United States | Chicago
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