Dramatic Production

by Ken Maschke, P.E., (M.ASCE), Vice president with Thornton Tomasetti Inc., of Toronto office,
William D. Bast, S.E., (M.ASCE), Principal with Thornton Tomasetti Inc., of Chicago office,
Taylor Dodson, LEED, (A.M.ASCE), Senior engineer with Thornton Tomasetti Inc., of New York City,
, P.E.

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2018, Vol. 88, Issue 11, Pg. 74-83

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare offers a configurable space for theatrical performances of many sizes beneath an existing protective tent. By fully modeling the oddly shaped space and carefully considering the unusual loads that would be placed on it by movable seating towers, the structural engineers were able to precisely fit an impeccable new performance venue within the existing space.

Subject Headings: Space structures | Structural models | Load factors | Chicago | Illinois | United States

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