Mechanical-Structural Interface in Building Design

by Tseng-Yao Sun, Mechanical Engineer and Princ.; Hayakawa Assocs., Los Angeles, Calif.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 3, Pg. 539-546

Document Type: Journal Paper


In a building design team, the mutual understanding between the mechanical and structural engineers plays an important role in the success of the building design. Too often, the mechanical engineer has little interest in the building structural system and the structural engineers feel the same towards the building mechanical system. This paper examines the mechanical considerations in a building design process that may be of interest to structural engineers, the possibility of integrating mechanical and structural systems, and the roles of the mechanical and structural engineers in the system approach of the building design. This paper also considers the need, the problems and the potential pitfalls of the interstitial design. The practical application of the Veterans Administration Hospital Building System Research Study - the design and construction of the VA Hospital, Loma Linda is used as an example.

Subject Headings: Structural systems | Building design | Team building | Mechanical systems | Health care facilities | Professional societies | Construction management

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