Winged Victory

by Loei Badreddine, P.E., (M.ASCE), Proj. Mgr.; Graef, Anhalt, Schlomer, and Assocs., Inc., Milwaukee, WI,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2002, Vol. 72, Issue 1, Pg. 34-43

Document Type: Feature article


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, the $100 million, 142,050 sq ft (13,100 m�) addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum is the creation of architect, artist, and engineer Santiago Calatrava. Named the Quadracci Pavilion, the addition has three parts: a central building; a movable, winglike sunscreen�the Burke Brise-Soleil�made up of 72 stel fins that rest atop a 90 ft (27 m) high glass-enclosed reception hall; and a cable-stayed pedestrian bridge that connects downtown Milwaukee to the museum. The central building has four components: a parking garage, a gallery space, a pavilion, and a south terrace. The building's proximity to the river presented a challenge to engineers in the development of its foundation, while the dual-winged Burke Brise-Soleil required engineers to carefully evaluate how wind loads would affect the structure.

Subject Headings: Wind loads | Public buildings | Parking facilities | Cables | Cable stayed bridges | Buildings | Shores

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