A Space Frame Forecast

by Lev Zetlin, Pres.; Zetlin-Argo Associates, 60 E. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. 10017,
Virginia Fairweather, Editor; Civil Engineering, 345 E. 47th St., New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 8, Pg. 50-54

Document Type: Feature article


New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center has the largest space frame of its kind in the world. There are several unique design features in the space frame, among them joints of hollow nodes into which tensioned rods within members are bolted. An erection system of stitching preassembled portions of the space frame is another. The implications of all are addressed. The structure has been extensively tested, partly because of its public nature and partly because of suggestions from the author who serves as peer consultant to the owner, working with both the architect and the structural engineers of record. Testing is also described.

Subject Headings: Space frames | Public buildings | Consulting services | Tension members | Rods | Owners | Joints

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