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Title: Michigan's Tallest Concrete Framed Office Building
Author(s): W. R. Carr
Publication: Special Publication
Appears on pages(s): 69-78
Keywords: columns (supports); concrete construction; economics; floors; formwork (construction); frames; office buildings; placing; walls; reinforced concrete; Construction
Abstract:This building indicates what can be accomplished when the developer, architect, engineer, and contractor work as a team to determine the most economical frame cost for a project. The shape of this office building was of primary importance to the architect and owner, but it penalized steel construction. The team's willingness to pursue framing methods not usually utilized in Michigan lead to the acceptance of a concrete frame. Other projects have undoubtedly been constructed in steel when concrete would have been a more economical alternative. If contractors are to fulfill their commitment to owners, they must be aware of market conditions and market changes. The best system for the last project may not be best for the next. Awareness of new construction methods--and a willingness to utilize them when appropriate--is an important feature for general contractors to contribute to the building team.
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