State of the Art

by Mark S. Jokerst, Assoc.; Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc., San Francisco, Ca.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1995, Vol. 65, Issue 11, Pg. 38-41

Document Type: Feature article


The structural engineering of San Francisco's new Museum of Modern Art offered many challenges to the engineer. The complexity of the building is both visually exciting and structurally difficult, particularly for an area of high seismic risk. The design approach, the structural solutions proposed and implemented, and the constructed building are discussed, including the seismic design philosophy, the creation of a regular eccentrically braced frame configuration, the seismic solution to a complex geometric skylight feature, and special seismic design concerns such as Deformation Compatibility. The success of the project is attributed to a high level of architect-engineer-contractor interaction throughout the design and construction.

Subject Headings: Seismic design | Building design | Seismic tests | Plastic design | Highway and road design | Seismic effects | Structural engineering

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