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Old 01-26-2008, 12:04 PM
 
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Does anyone here work in this building? I've read that the building is built to give and sway in the wind. A buddy of mine swears that it's quite noticeable to the people working in it.

While I have never been in the Steel Tower, I have been to the top of the Empire State Building and World Trade Center Towers, and have not felt any sway.

Can anyone comment on this?
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Old 01-26-2008, 12:07 PM
 
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Does anyone here work in this building? I've read that the building is built to give and sway in the wind. A buddy of mine swears that it's quite noticeable to the people working in it.
Well that's a common architectural design safety mechanism so I certainly believe it. I will ask my friend Matt, he works on the top floor (or second to top, maybe). I don't think I'd be terribly surprised if you could feel it on windy days.

Nothing to be alarmed about. The building ain't going anywhere.
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Old 01-26-2008, 01:13 PM
 
Location: South Central PA
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Does anyone here work in this building? I've read that the building is built to give and sway in the wind. A buddy of mine swears that it's quite noticeable to the people working in it.

While I have never been in the Steel Tower, I have been to the top of the Empire State Building and World Trade Center Towers, and have not felt any sway.

Can anyone comment on this?
All steel construction buildings are designed to sway. Sears tower if I recall is designed to sway up to 6 inches in heavy wind.
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Old 01-26-2008, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Crafton via San Francisco
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I live in earthquake country and all the newer highrises are built to sway. I was in the '89 Loma Prieta quake in a newer high-rise not far from the part of the freeway that collapsed, and believe me, that building swayed. Thank goodness it did because older buildings sustained a lot more damage.

Julie
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Old 01-26-2008, 03:12 PM
 
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Yes, I know they sway. And I know it's by design. And safe. My questions are, "can you feel it?", and "to what extent can you feel it?"

Thanks.
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Old 01-26-2008, 03:38 PM
 
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Yes, I know they sway. And I know it's by design. And safe. My questions are, "can you feel it?", and "to what extent can you feel it?"

Thanks.
I've never been in it, but I can say unequivocally the answer is -- it depends. Some people will be very sensitive to it and get used to it and not feel it anymore, some people will get used to it and be okay with feeling it, and some people will never feel it at all and some people won't be able to work there.

I say this because I live in Earthquake Country, and a small quake isn't really felt at all. But if the small quake is close enough I will have a momentary extreme dizzy feeling -- like the whole world is swirling.

After the '89 Loma Prieta quake, I started having lots of little swirling episodes. I went to the doctor and was tested for lots of things... and I started keeping a log of when I noticed it. I was fine... and then I happened to catch the news about the hundreds of little quakes we were still having -- aftershocks.... and we were down to the 1's which you don't feel...

I took my log to the USGS website and found that my swirling episodes were very closely timed to the tiny little quakes. Apparently, I was sensitive enough to it that it affected me -- but other people around me weren't affected at all.

I still have them, if the quake it close enough. And -- if I can feel the quake, I don't get the dizzy feeling.
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Old 01-26-2008, 08:07 PM
 
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I worked on the 51st floor for a few years. I only felt it when someone pointed it out to me. So I think I must have been used to it.
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Old 01-26-2008, 09:02 PM
 
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I work on one of the higher floors.... never felt a sway.
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Old 01-28-2008, 02:08 AM
 
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A lot of newer buildings are built to sway as a safety. Older buildings tend not to do this... for instance, I have been to the top of the Cathedral of Learning many times and never felt a sway... of course, it might just not be tall enough for the forces to really matter much. I've been on top of some other taller building and not noticed it. This is something I tend to avoid, I'm afraid of heights. I was terrified when I went on the Eiffel Tower.
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