Precast Concrete Storehouses


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Title: Precast Concrete Storehouses

Author(s): Arsham Amirikian

Publication: Journal Proceedings

Volume: 43

Issue: 6

Appears on pages(s): 1097-1116

Keywords: none

Date: 6/1/1947

The two concrete storehouses at Mechanicsburg, Pa., popularly known as the Navy’s precast ware-houses, are the first structures built entirely of pre-fabricated concrete elements, utilizing the thin-shell technique. The framing consists of a series of bents and the surmounting system of ribbed roof panels. The component members of the bents are of hollow cross section. The hollow segments, which characterize the main framing, are obtained by bolting to-gether matching pairs of thin-walled channel-shaped elements. To provide continuity at the joints, the reinforcing bars of adjacent segments are welded in the splice gaps and the joint pockets filled with grout. Paper describes the basic features of design, fabrication and erection of the framing.