Long-Span Design for Seismic Forces—A Case Study of the Anaheim Arena

by Charles H. Thornton, Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers,
Thomas Z. Scarangello, Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers,
Chris Christoforou, Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation


The design for the Anaheim Arena roof evolved in response to the strict requirements for a structure in a seismic zone 4 location. The support of the 329 ft. (100 m) by 444 ft. (135 m) arena roof was detailed to provide ductility and inelastic energy dissipation capacity as well as to minimize the seismic forces transmitted to the supporting concrete superstructure below. To meet these requirements the final system incorporated a staged erection procedure which made the use of flexible support columns possible.

Subject Headings: Load and resistance factor design | Concrete columns | Seismic design | Concrete structures | Earthquake resistant structures | Sustainable development | Case studies | Inelasticity

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