Hanging systems and the re-use of forsaken architecture
Widrick, Andrea Jane
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This thesis explores a method of structural design whereby major elements are implemented to hang from above. The benefit of this structure is an open plan unrestricted by the space normally allocated to support or load bearing walls. Since the structure exists above useable area, the building could be changed from an original design to accommodate new uses in the future. This structural system requires a support system to transfer loads to the ground. An existing building was chosen to satisfy this structural necessity. Townsend Hall is a vacant building on the South Campus of the State University at Buffalo. The building has been left to deteriorate since it is believed no longer economically feasible to restore.