WIT Press


Computer Optimization Of Innovative Steel Arena Structure Illuminated With Natural Light

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/OP010121

Volume

54

Pages

12

Published

2001

Size

1,787 kb

Author(s)

W. Place, O. Ferm, T. Howard & M. Williard

Abstract

Computer optimization of innovative steel arena structure illuminated with natural light W. Place', O. Fernf, T. Howard^ & M. Williartf ^School of Architecture, NC State University, Raleigh, USA * Mark Williard Associates, Raleigh, USA * Synergetics, Inc., Raleigh, USA Abstract A three-dimensional computerized structural analysis tool was used to visualize and optimize the design of a 12,000-square-meter Wellness Center for Shaw University in North Carolina, USA. The Wellness Center contains all of the sports medicine, sports administration, gym classes, and intercollegiate sports activities for the University. At the heart of the center is a basketball and multipurpose arena covered by a roof spanning 70 meters. The roof is a steel network structure of an innovative geometry designed to admit highly controlled natural light for illuminating activities at the heart of the arena interior. The computer was used to generate, visualize, and perform preliminary structural

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