West Coast High-Rise Condo Opts for Ductile Concrete Frame

by Craig G. Huntington, Project Engr.; T.Y.Lin International,
Y. C. Yang, (M.ASCE), Pres. and Chf. Engr.; T. Y. Lin International,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 7, Pg. 39-41

Document Type: Feature article


In the past, the vast majority of high-rise buildings constructed in earthquake prone areas of the West Coast have employed a steel frame. However, recent advances have made it feasible to construct concrete-frame buildings. A case study of a west coast, concrete frame, high-rise condominium, scheduled for completion in November 1983, is presented. Reasons for using a concrete frame include cost savings and architectural desirability. Planning of the formwork is described. Designing for seismic resistance is also discussed.

Subject Headings: Concrete frames | Coastal environment | Residential buildings | Ductility | Steel frames | Case studies | Load and resistance factor design | High-rise buildings

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