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    MEZZANINE ADDITION SPANS 175 FEET

    When the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta needed a new student recreation center, they found the space for it in an unusual way. They converted the 1996 Olympic swimming and diving venue into a multipurpose facility by stretching a new floor across the 175-foot (53-meter) span above the existing pool and spectator seating. St. Louis-based Hastings & Chivetta Architects, Inc. designed the renovation.

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    CALATRAVA WAVE IN TENERIFE

    It was originally intended to be a simple concert hall, but the multifunction building for the city of Santa Cruz, Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, also promises to be a landmark. The distinctive, overhanging "wave" curving out over the white concrete Auditorio de Tenerife is the latest creation of renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

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    STRUCTURAL ALUMINUM

    Today the choice of aluminum as a structural material suffers from a malady similar to that which afflicted tomatoes in the eighteenth century: many people fail to consider it out of superstition and ignorance. Whereas Europeans shunned tomatoes for fear that they were poisonous, engineers seem to avoid aluminum for equally unfounded reasons today.

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