SandRidge Energy Site Canopy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Rendering courtesy Rogers Marvel Architects.
Thornton Tomasetti performed structural design services, including foundation elements, for a 4,600-square-foot canopy structure and that shades outdoor space at SandRidge Commons, a corporate and civic campus in downtown Oklahoma City. The 34-foot sunshade is constructed of 1.5-inch steel plate sections and features a 50-foot cantilever supported on two tapering triangular steel columns. The canopy is designed to allow light to filter through perforations in the winter but still provide shade in the summer, based on the sun’s location.
The structure supports flood lighting to illuminate an adjacent tower, internal lights to accentuate the canopy’s features and theatrical lighting for events held under the canopy. It was also designed for rigging loads and with special brackets to hoist rigging trusses, lights and sound systems.
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