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Bill is correct.  It was totally demolished, re-designed, and constructed as new. 

Harold Sprague

Subject: RE: Las Vegas Sign Structure
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2008 15:28:15 -0700
From: William.Sherman(--nospam--at)
To: seaint(--nospam--at)

The presentation I went to concentrated on the failure of the existing sign - I don't recall much being said about the new sign, although I had the "impression" that the entire original sign had been demolished.
Bill Sherman

From: Jnapd(--nospam--at) [mailto:Jnapd(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2008 3:05 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Las Vegas Sign Structure

In a message dated 3/4/2008 6:54:57 AM Pacific Standard Time, William.Sherman(--nospam--at) writes:
I attended a talk by Finley Charney about this sign back in 1998.  My notes indicate that a Principal Engineer sealed the drawings but two young engineers with Masters Degrees and with relatively little experience performed the detailed design.  A Peer Review had also been done - but the forensic review team found numerous errors in the design and detailing.
Another suggested contributor was the fact that the sign was designed for Exposure Class B (questionable for some quadrants) and a one-third increase was taken for wind.  These served to reduce the safety margin against wind, estimated around 60 mph that day.
Form what I remember the top part fell off and removed another 10-20' and that it was redesign at that height and that is what we see today or did thaey add some more height back ??
Joe Venuti
Johnson & Nielsen Associates
Palm Springs, CA

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