Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Customer Project

Architect Safdie Architects
Somerville, Massachusetts
www.msafdie.com
General Contractor JE Dunn Construction Co.
Atlanta, Georgia
www.jedunn.com
Planning, Structural Analysis & Atrium Construction Novum Structures LLC
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
www.novumstructures.com

Length: ~ 416 ft | Width: ~ 325 ft | Height: ~ 170 ft
Number of Nodes: 5,008 | Members: 9,685 | Cross-Sections: 126

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts located in Kansas City, MI has a floor space of 286,000 ft². The glass atrium is the signature feature of this building (dimensions L x W x H: 317 ft x 73 ft x 70 ft) which connects the main entry to both performance venues.

The glass facade and the glass skylight are supported entirely by the cable structure. This design was conceived as a cello’s strings fanning over a bridge and fret-board.

The structural analysis of the atrium steel‑glass structure was performed using RSTAB by the Dlubal Software customer Novum Structures. In addition, Novum was responsible for engineering, fabricating and constructing the project.

Structure

The two massive steel constructions that house the theatres (Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall) hold the upper end of a series of parallel cable trusses. The low end of the cables is anchored externally in the second floor slab after crossing pipe columns that define the line of the glazed walls and act as cable stays. In addition, they form the primary roof and perimeter frame structure.

Lightweight steel purlins, spanning between adjacent roof cable trusses, which support the skylight glass units are secured with Novum's Edge Clamp Glass System. A secondary cable system of vertical and inclined cables supports the glass wall units. These walls are further secured with Novum’s Corner Clamped Glass System.

The atrium contains 48,300 ft² of insulating, laminated glass that is comprised of 1,147 irregularly shaped segments, each weighing between 600 to 800 kg. The primary rectangular glass panels on the roof are 2 1/16 in thick. The wall panels are 1 3/4 in thick.

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