Branching Out (Available in Structural Engineering Special Issue only)

by Dieter M. Feurich, Proj. Mgr.; Ove Arup & Partners Consulting Engrs., PC, New York, NY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2000, Vol. 70, Issue 4, Pg. A12-A16

Document Type: Feature article


The Cologne/Bonn Airport in Germany is currently undergoing its biggest construction project to date: a $200 million, five-story addition. Close and productive collaboration between the New York engineers and the local German contractors ensured a swift construction process. The new terminal building is a reinforced concrete structure with a steel roof that features a flat skylight supported by 22 tree-shaped columns. The skylight is a corrugated truss structure, so that two neighboring trusses share a common top or bottom chord, and the trusses consist of pipes and run continuously over the tree columns.

Subject Headings: Trusses | Structure reinforcement | Steel structures | Steel columns | Reinforced concrete | Light (natural) | Construction management

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