Report of Committee on Laws and Ordinances


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Title: Report of Committee on Laws and Ordinances

Author(s): H.C. Henley, Chairman

Publication: Journal Proceedings

Volume: 3

Issue: 1

Appears on pages(s): 272-282

Keywords: none

Date: 1/1/1907

The construction of buildings of reinforced concrete is a new departure, and this form of construction has made rapid progress, notwithstanding that failures have occurred with sufficient frequency to cause some doubt with the public as to its safety. Investigation, where failure has occurred, has shown that the failure was due to an attempt to cheapen the work or that the work was improperly designed or installed, and that the fault could not be attributed to the material employed. There is no form of building construction that requires more careful attention in design and execution. Proper ordinances and their strict enforcement will do more than anything else to advance the use of this form of building construction. We submit an ordinance which has recently been drafted and will introduced in the Municipal Assembly in the City of St. Louis. This ordinance was arranged with all care by a joint committee composed of Structural Engineers, Architects and Concrete Contractors. The ordinance is as follows in the paper.