Engineering a Corporate Statement

by Rita Robison, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 11, Pg. 56-58

Document Type: Feature article


Frito-Lay National Headquarters, Plano, Tex., occupies a 218 acre site in a corporate office park that had been a cow pasture. It was unusual in having mature trees and a natural watercourse feeding an 8 acre pond. Teamwork by architects, engineers and landscape architects fulfilled the client's demand for a bold architectural statement. The building is composed of three large rectangles placed so that one leg (actually a bridge) spans the pond. A four-bay concrete culvert was constructed first to contain the stream and the building constructed over that. Numerous flood control provisions had to be met. The space formed by the building's inner triangle was designed as a limestone cascade controlling the water that feeds the lake.

Subject Headings: Ponds | Architects | Building design | Commercial buildings | Livestock | Rangeland | Trees | Team building

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