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Structural Design in Tesla Time-the New Paradigm

CEE 298 Winter Seminar Series
Greg Luth, GPLA
John Osteraas, Exponent
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 4:30 pm
Shriram 104

The Tesla Gigafactory being built near Reno, Nevada is currently the largest building project in North America and when completed will be the largest building in the world. Design and construction are proceeding with unprecedented speed to keep pace with the rapid emergence of zero-carbon vehicles. The innovative performance-based seismic force-resisting system consisting of mechanical fuses and rocking strongbacks was designed, detailed, fabricated, and erected before interior floor areas and manufacturing equipment layout were completed. The robust lateral system has been designed to accommodate virtually any configuration and use of several million square feet of factory floor space.