Postmodern Engineering

by David A. Platten, Asst.; The Datum-Moore Partnership, Dallas, TX,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 6, Pg. 84-86

Document Type: Feature article


Momentum Place is a postmodern skyscraper in Dallas designed by architects John Burgee and Philip Johnson. The Datum-Moore Partnership, structural engineers, designed the structural system to meet the requirements of a tower that changes shape four times between street level and a cross-vaulted arch at the 60th floor roof. Extensive value engineering analyzed six floor framing and four wind framing systems before the design became final. The perimeter tube structure has punched concrete walls at the building corners with infills of composite columns and steel spandrels. Floors have a composite steel beam framing system. Wind tunnel testing and computer analyses were used extensively. Occupancy is scheduled for the fall of 1987.

Subject Headings: Floors | Steel columns | Value engineering | Steel structures | Composite columns | Composite beams | Steel beams | Computer analysis | United States | Texas

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