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Posts tagged Structural Codes.

The story of the collapse of the Dallas Cowboys practice facility continues to point towards serious design flaws as the culprit. The National Institute of Standards and Technology press release regarding its report states that the practice facility collapsed, “under wind loads significantly less than those required under applicable design standards”. A full copy of the draft NIST report and accompanying slideshow are quite interesting. The design and construction firm involved in the project has consistently claimed that severe weather conditions were to blame; however, the NIST report expressly concluded that wind speeds at the time of collapse were well below design loads and further that the demands at code required wind loads exceeded the structure capacity of the facility.