Performance of a Building Foundation Designed to Accommodate Large Settlements

by Donald L. York, Port Authority of New York & New, Jersey, United States,
Oscar Suros, Port Authority of New York & New, Jersey, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Foundation Engineering: Current Principles and Practices


The Eastern Airlines shuttle terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York City is supported on spread footings founded in an incinerated refuse fill which overlies a deep deposit of slightly underconsolidated organic clay. To control the effects of differential settlement, the building superstructure was designed for flexibility and provisions were made to allow for releveling the structure by jacking and shimming the building columns. This design concept saved at least two million dollars as compared to a piled foundation.

Subject Headings: Building design | Foundation design | Structural settlement | Soil settlement | Pile foundations | Soft soils | Airport terminals | Footings | New York City | New York | United States

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