Architectural Integration of Lift-Slab Techniques
Eberle M. Smith
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Recognizing a need for greater coordination of the duties of architect and structural engineer, the author explains his experience with lift-slab construction, using as special reference the new Rouge Office Building of the Ford Motor Co., one of the largest structures built using the lift-slab technique. Certain structural characteristics such as the rigid column pattern vertically and the advantage of cantilevers are pointed out. The author discusses footing and slab deflection problems, and explains the advantage of the photo-reflective system of stress analysis in slab design. How a number of other architectural and mechanical features of a building affected by the lift-slab technique must be considered in the architect’s planning is discussed. Concluding the article is a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of lift-slab in modern building and a brief appraisal of the future promise of this new method.