Space Frame Solution for the Design of Large Pyramid Structures

by T. J. DeGanyar, Advanced Structures Inc, Venice, United States,
M. D. Griffin, Advanced Structures Inc, Venice, United States,
M. R. Patterson, Advanced Structures Inc, Venice, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Spatial, Lattice and Tension Structures


This paper presents the engineering design methodology, structural analysis, system detailing, and installation procedures for a large span space frame structure currently under construction at California State University in Long Beach, California. The Physical Education Addition is designed as a general use athletic facility and basketball arena. On completion (spring, 1994) it will be the largest space frame pyramid in the world. The space frame solution proved to be a lighter weight and more economical alternative than an original design utilizing massive box trusses and conventional framing. This case study is significant in revealing circumstances in which a light weight space frame solution to a large span building problem was significantly more efficient and cost effective than a conventional one-way truss solution.

Subject Headings: Space frames | Structural analysis | Space structures | Building design | Trusses | Space truss | Structural design | California | United States

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