Superior Court

by Peter McHarg, P.E., Proj. Engr.; Weidlinger Assocs. Inc., Cambridge, MA,
Stephen Lew, P.E., Principal; Weidlinger Assocs. Inc., Cambridge, MA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2002, Vol. 72, Issue 6, Pg. 62-67

Document Type: Feature article


For a sport obsessed with getting a round ball through a hoop, the shape of the new Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame seems entirely appropriate. The building is intersected by a giant sphere, which houses a full-size basketball court. Designing a sphere that would be both structurally efficient and easy to construct was up to the structural engineers. The engineers ensured the successful construction of its giant steel-framed sphere by addressing fabrication and erection issues early in the design phase.

Subject Headings: Spheres | Steel frames | Steel construction | Residential buildings | Fabrication | Buildings

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