Tailored Pre-Engineering Creates a Shopping Giant

by Daniel Morse, Assistant Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 11, Pg. 50-53

Document Type: Feature article


Nearly one mile long, a shopping mall in Philadelphia does not fit the warehouse image of pre-engineered buildings. Under construction in northeast Philadelphia, the Franklin Mills Mall is so big that its developer is considering running shuttle buses along its perimeter. The pre-engineered structure was actually a tailored pre-engineered structure, requiring the services of a structural engineer for one year. The mall will be the largest single story mall in the U.S. With over 90 acres of parking area, a detention pond was needed. Over 1.3 million cu yd of dirt were moved during sitework.

Subject Headings: Shopping centers | Storage facilities | Imaging techniques | Construction management | Parking facilities | Detention basins | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

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