Construction of the Walter P. Chrysler Building, Highland Park, Michigan

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Title: Construction of the Walter P. Chrysler Building, Highland Park, Michigan

Author(s): Charles Novacek

Publication: Journal Proceedings

Volume: 69

Issue: 12

Appears on pages(s): 775-781

Keywords: asrchitectural concrete;columns (supports);concrete construction; concretes; domes (structural forms);exposed aggregate concrete;girders;hyperbolic parabolic shells;lightweight concretes;precast concretes;prestressed concrete; quality control.

Date: 12/1/1972

Abstract:
The Walter P. Chrysler Building complex consists of four major buildings including a domed structure. In all four buildings concrete was used imaginatively from an architectural, structural, and functional viewpoint. This paper describes the construction techniques that were used. Particular emphasis is given to constructing the domed structure, the precast concrete columns, and the exposed aggregate concrete panels. Of special interest were the close tolerances that were specified and achieved in the field.