Steel Frame, Precast Floors Meet Impossible Time Constraints

by Arthur B. Andersen, Pres.; Andersen-Bjornstad-Kane-Jacobs, Inc., Seattle, Wash.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 2, Pg. 54-56

Document Type: Feature article


Only 13 months were allotted for expansion of the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska, which meant that construction would have to continue through the winter months with little down time allowed for weather problems. The project consisted of a 280-room addition and supporting facilities for the addition and an existing tower. The design team met the tight schedule utilizing a steel frame with precast floors and an unusual approach to spray fireproofing. The most beneficial aspect of this method is installation of a structural unit ready to accept final loads and therefore any construction loads, such as location of pallets of partition materials. Secondary benefits accrue from a safe work area.

Subject Headings: Steel frames | Floors | Construction methods | Load factors | Construction materials | Commercial buildings | Anchorages | Construction management | Alaska | United States

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