New Courthouse at El Ejido

Tanner, Peter and Bellod Thomas, Juan Luis (2014). New Courthouse at El Ejido. "Structural Engineering International", v. 24 (n. 1); pp. 68-73. ISSN 1016-8664.


Title: New Courthouse at El Ejido
  • Tanner, Peter
  • Bellod Thomas, Juan Luis
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Structural Engineering International
Date: February 2014
ISSN: 1016-8664
Volume: 24
Freetext Keywords: Architecture; prefabrication; robustness; seismic action; structural concept; structure-scaffolding interaction; temporary activity
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos (UPM)
Department: Mecánica de Medios Continuos y Teoría de Estructuras
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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The courthouse at El Ejido has a trapezoid floor plan (47 m × 55/26 m) and comprises two distinct volumes that are structurally connected at the basement level and by the footbridges on the upper storeys. A third trapezoid unit featuring a glazed curtain wall facade cantilevers 8 m off the main facade of the front volume. This facade is a structural diaphragm wall, constituted by nine rows of vertical precast concrete members separated by horizontal cast-in-place, self-compacting concrete chords. The location of the courthouse in a seismic area and the small number of horizontal supports for the facade make this wall potentially vulnerable. The high risk, in particular, during construction required careful planning based on a detailed analysis of the interaction between the structure and the ancillary resources used to build it

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Item ID: 35404
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DOI: 10.2749/101686614X13830788506044
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Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 27 May 2015 18:00
Last Modified: 08 May 2019 07:55
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