Lateral Load Resisting Systems for Circular Buildings

by Robert J. McNamara, McNamara/Salvia, Inc, Boston, United States,
Brent R. Goldstein, McNamara/Salvia, Inc, Boston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures Congress XII


The design of structural systems to economically limit inter-story drift and building acceleration for circular high rise buildings is presented within the framework of two recently constructed buildings in Boston, Massachusetts. International Place, a two million square foot office complex in downtown Boston is examined with respect to lateral load behavior of its two circular towers: A 46 story and a 38 story tower are presented. Comments on the projected motion behavior and the observed behavior during wind storms of the towers will also be presented.

Subject Headings: Lateral loads | Building design | Structural behavior | Structural systems | Dynamic loads | Structural analysis | High-rise buildings | Massachusetts | United States | Boston

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