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On Aug 28, 2005, at 10:39 AM, GSKWY(--nospam--at) wrote:

If someone looked at the two buildings during construction, after they had been topped out, but before any exterior cladding, etc. had been put up,  what would they notice as being different about the two buildings.
That's an interesting way of putting it, but I bet a non-engineer wouldn't notice anything he could put his finger on. Structure which resists wind loading looks very much like structure which resists seismic loading. A good example is the Hennepin County (minnesota) Government center, which has very impressive framing for resisting wind loads between the two halve of the building and has a kind of aseismic look to it. But Minnesota has no perceptible seismic history--it's strictly wind load governed.

Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
chrisw(--nospam--at)   | this distance" (last words of Gen.
.......................................| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)

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