To Build a Better Fortress of Steel


We, personally, don’t like the skyscrapers too much. We love looking at them, sure, but to be in them, well, first there’s that trouble with the heights, and then, well, no, that’s about it. This writer’s just a big wuss when it comes to heights. And there’s the fear of attacks again, which, we’re sure, is always lingering in ever other American’s fear-rattled heads. So this was an interesting feature story from the AP about what architects and builders are doing to make skyscrapers stronger and more safe, “Lessons of 9/11 Reflected in New Skyscraper Design.” Here’s some:

Architects, engineers and builders have split over the value of several possible safety enhancements, including better fireproofing, wider stairwells, or “hardened” elevator shafts that could be used in an evacuation. “You don’t want to go about designing every building as if it were a terrorist target, when the reality is, most aren’t,” said Ronald O. Hamburger, past president of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations.

“What we are all wrestling with, is how to identify those buildings where it really does make sense to provide some extra level of protection, and don’t have this become a needless economic drag on building development in general,” he said.

Yeah, we like it too that the NCSEA’s past president’s name is Ronald O. Hamburger.