La Guardia Airport Parking and Terminal Frontage Structure

by Eugene J. Fasullo, (M.ASCE), Chf. Struct. Engr.; The Port of New York & New Jersey Authority, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 3, Pg. 53-56

Document Type: Feature article


One of the world's largest parking structures, at New York City's La Guardia Airport, is of special interest because the structural steel has no fireproofing. The selection of construction materials and, therefore, a structural system, hinged on the concept of exposed steel throughout the open air building. A system of braced main frames combining the benefits of plastic and composite design was chosen as the most economical framing system. Erection was aided by the use of fabricated structural trees for the facade. The contract also included concrete helical ramps, elevated roadways, enclosed pedestrian bridges, and other traffic control and access facilities.

Subject Headings: Steel structures | Structural systems | Steel construction | Plastic design | Parking facilities | Frames | Construction materials

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