Art by Design

by Derrick Roorda, P.E., Director; BuroHappold Engineering, San Francisco, CA,
G. Kelley Gipple, S.E., Principal, Director of Design; Structural Engineering Associates, Kansas City, MS,
, P.E.

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2017, Vol. 87, Issue 5, Pg. 48-55,80

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: The University of Iowa’s Visual Arts Building opened last fall on a campus that is still recovering from flooding in 2008 that caused nearly $800 million in damage. The structure houses the university’s studio arts education program and is a physical manifestation of the theories that will be taught within its walls. Boasting offset floor plates and perimeter cutouts, the building itself is a piece of art composed of both volumes and voids.

Subject Headings: Colleges and universities | Floods | Damage (structural) | Residential buildings | Walls | Floors | Plates | Voids

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