Memphis International Airport.
Thornton Tomasetti and R. W. Howe performed a seismic risk assessment, and evaluations of all main buildings and infrastructure owned by the airport, including the terminal and cargo buildings, runways, bridges and jet fuel tanks.
A key focus of the study was the main terminal building, which is a 1960s Roy Harrover design in the New Formalist style, featuring concrete umbrella columns which economically span large areas with Gothic delicacy. The taxiway bridges are also of critical importance, as they provide access to the runways for the airport’s largest tenant, FedEx, which has its national distribution hub at the airport.
The seismic risk assessment was performed in support of the airport’s master planning update, led by Jacobs Consultancy. The findings and recommendations of the seismic study were incorporated into the overall master plan for the next 20 years.
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