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Title: Military Personnel Records Center Built Without Expansion Joints

Author(s): Earl B. Cohn and W. A. Wall

Publication: Journal Proceedings

Volume: 54

Issue: 6

Appears on pages(s): 1103-1110

Keywords: no keywords

DOI: 10.14359/11498

Date: 6/1/1958

One of the 20 largest buildings in the world is the Military Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO. Construction of the main building (728 x 282 ft) without expansion joints is a significant design feature, and the case for omis-sion of expansion joints is discussed in some detail. Cracking of floor slabs and building movement subsequent to construction are discussed. This structure has demonstrated the feasibility of building large reinforced concrete structures without expansion joints; safety and satisfactory performance are possible if the structure is designed and construction controlled in conformity with recognized engineering principles.