Building Onto History

by Wes Britson, (M.ASCE), Chief Structural Engr.; HTB, Inc., Oklahoma City, OK,
P. G. Wilson, Jr., Dir. of the Engrg. Dept.; HTB, Inc., Oklahoma City, OK,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 12, Pg. 61-63

Document Type: Feature article


In a single design/build/renovation project, an Oklahoma City AE firm acquired new offices, provided new life for an abandoned historic church building and spearheaded redevelopment of a once-fashionable neighborhood. The addition, separated from the church struction by a black glass atrium, has a matching buff and red brick exterior. This arrangement prevented any structural problems with joining a flexible steel structure to a very stiff brick structure. The church interior was gutted to the 3-wythe brick walls and two floors inserted, supported by special restoration anchors. The complex wood roof structure, a modified scissors truss, was repaired, and fiberglass shingles were used for both the old and new structures.

Subject Headings: Steel structures | Religious buildings | Bricks | Wood structures | History | Building design | Lifeline systems | Historic sites | Oklahoma | United States

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