Dallas College Features Load-Bearing Brick Cavity Walls

by Thomas W. Taylor, (M.ASCE), Chmn.; Datum Structures Engrg., Inc., Dallas, Tex.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 11, Pg. 69-71

Document Type: Feature article


A unique concept in masonry design and construction was developed for the Brookhaven College campus in Dallas, Texas. Centering on the use of prefabricated reinforced brick panels and partially reinforced load-bearing brick and concrete block cavity walls, the system not only used masonry as the primary load-carring material, but allowed the architect to achieve a wide range of wall heights, cantilevered corners, and window openings. The design concept is summarized and fully illustrated with photographs of both the construction and the completed campus.

Subject Headings: Reinforced concrete | Retaining structures | Colleges and universities | Load bearing capacity | Bricks | Cavitation | Walls | Masonry

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