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Yeah yeah yeah!

I figured someone would actually read that post and comment on it!

Actually, the reason why I included the -3 stories, besides perhaps piquing
someone's interest, was because it was an interesting project (for Guam
anyway).  The project was a pump station that extended 30' below grade. 
Because the structure was located adjacent to the ocean, it would have been
very difficult for the contractor to excavate and cast in place (water
table at about 2').  So, we worked it out with the contractor and had them
incrementally build the structure on grade, while digging it out from the
inside so that it sank.  I believe there is a specific name for this type
of construction method, but to my knowledge it was the first on Guam.  So
THAT's why I listed it as a negative structure, FYI.

T. Eric Gillham PE
> From: John Nichols <cejn(--nospam--at)>
> To: seaoc(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Negative Structures.
> Date: Thursday, April 02, 1998 12:58 PM
> Dear Dennis,
> It has been an awful day.  I broke the hand brake cable, after breaking a
> transmission cable and a return line on some sort of emisssion control.
> I made a mistake on a tutorial problem yesterday.  
> Our other car won't be back from the panel beaters  till next week.
> Obviously God whereever she is decided to remind me that life is short.
> Then I read an email on the seoc list and it brightened up my whole day. 
> thought you might like it.
> Structures he has worked  on (or supervised) range from -3 to 32 storeys.
> I always wondered what a negative structure looks like.  (Before y'all
> down my throat I realize what the Engineer was trying to say.  But it was
> just so humourouse I decided to share it.
> John