Mo Ostin Basketball Center at the University of California in Los Angeles. Bess Adler / Thornton Tomasetti.

Mo Ostin Basketball Center



Thornton Tomasetti provided structural engineering services for a 36,000-square-foot basketball training and performance facility for the UCLA Bruins’ men’s and women’s basketball programs.
The center includes locker rooms, athletic training areas, a strength and conditioning facility, coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms, equipment rooms and video rooms.

The project comprises two single-story practice court buildings and a two-story auxiliary facility. The roof of the two practice court buildings consists of three dual-pitched steel trusses
spanning 126 feet. The top and bottom chords of the trusses are laterally braced by steel bracing and sloping wood rafters, which form an undulating roof. Horizontal cable crossties connect the bottom chords of the trusses with the perimeter beams and act as the diaphragm for the roof.

The floor construction consists of a three-inch composite metal deck with a 3.25-inch lightweight concrete slab. The slab spans between steel beams that are spaced 10 feet on center spanning up to 30 feet. The steel columns are 12-inch-to-14-inch-deep wide-flange sections, supported by a combination of spread and strip footings at the ground level. A Buckling-Restrained Braced Frame is employed as the lateral force-resisting system to yield the most efficient solution.

The project is targeting a minimum LEED Gold certification.

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