Towering Over Xiamen (Available in Structural Engineering Special Issue only)

by Navin R. Amin, P.E., (M.ASCE), Principal; Middlebrook and Louie Struct. Engrs., San Francisco, CA,
Edward (Xiaoxuan) Qi, Assoc.; Middlebrook and Louie Struct. Engrs., San Francisco, CA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 8, Pg. A8-A13

Document Type: Feature article


Composite structural systems are rapidly becoming the preferred choice for high-rise buildings, due to their high strength and stiffness, large ductility, and convenient, economical construction. This is particularly true for high-rise buildings subjected to high wind forces. A successful example of such an application is Xiamen Fairwell International Center in Southern China, a 283,563 m² multi-use development with office, retail, parking and service facilities. The vertical elements of the building consist of five I-shaped reinforced concrete shear walls at the core, and 18 structural steel-reinforced concrete composite columns along the perimeter.

Subject Headings: Structural engineering

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