> In a message dated 3/29/00 5:48:45 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> scaldwell(--nospam--at)halff.com writes:
> > It will take some time to evaluate the structural integrity of the dozens of
> > affected buildings. My guess is that the mid-rise and high-rise steel and
> > concrete frame office buildings in downtown Fort Worth will ultimately be
> > found to be structurally sound, albeit with some localized damage. The
> > glass curtainwalls that are common on these buildings failed quickly, like
> > "structural fuses", allowing the wind to blow right through the open
> > building frames. Once the sail is gone, the forces become manageable. By
> > the way, Fort Worth uses UBC, with a 70 mph basic wind speed.
> That goes to one of the items they were mentioning on the news this morning
> which did not make much sense to me. They were saying that Fort Worth was
> beginning to look into changing the building code to require tougher glass
> that would not be destroyed by tornadoes. Wouldn't this actually increase
> the building's chance of being destroyed by tornados?
> -Bill King, EIT
I did not see the report. However, understand the source. I have
never know the new media to be entirely accurate about any story. The
story is done too fast with too little research. When we had a tornado
here in Salt Lake a while back, I remember seeing an interview with an
architect about structural damage to the Delta Center. Need I say more?
Jake Watson, E.I.T.
Salt Lake City, UT (Tornado Alley?)