Design of unique structural systems for the corning museum of glass expansion

Guy Nordenson, Erich Oswald, Lucile Walgenwitz, Brett Schneider, James Richardson

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This paper discusses the combination of steel, cast-in-place, and precast concrete structural systems developed and implemented in the design of the 9500 m2 Corning Museum of Glass North Wing Expansion project in Corning, New York, USA. The structural system for the Museum building consists of a series of 6 m tall cast-in-place concrete serpentine cavity walls that act in tandem with a system of wide, shallow concrete band beams within the gallery level slab. Together they span as deep beams between concrete walls and columns below. The gallery building roof structure consists of closely spaced exposed precast concrete joists that are 122 cm deep and 9 cm thick which span up to 17 m between the serpentine concrete walls and a steel perimeter structure. These three unique structural elements were combined to form a structural system that is integral to the architectural form and performance and that is expressed throughout the minimalist interior spaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIABSE Conference, Nara 2015
Subtitle of host publicationElegance in Structures - Report
PublisherInternational Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783857481383
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventIABSE Conference, Nara 2015: Elegance in Structures - Nara, Japan
Duration: May 13 2015May 15 2015

Publication series

NameIABSE Conference, Nara 2015: Elegance in Structures - Report


ConferenceIABSE Conference, Nara 2015: Elegance in Structures

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


  • Cast-in-place concrete
  • Curved concrete walls
  • Deep concrete beams
  • Lateral torsional buckling
  • Precast concrete


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