Fifty Nine Story - Quiz


  1. William LeMessurier found that his building has structural problems…
    1. After a student called him and pointed up possible design deficiencies
    2. After the American Society of Metals and Metallurgy changed its side-wind standards
    3. After Hugh Stubbins presented the building to the New York Architectural Society
    4. After Hurricane Eva shook the upper floors in early 1983.


  1. The reaction of Citicorp to the information supplied by LeMessurier was…
    1. Understanding, acceptance and willingness to work with him on repairs.
    2. Shock and disbelief.  It took them four weeks to emerge from the “denial” phase.
    3. Threats of litigation on account of LeMessurier professional negligence. 
    4. Immediate evacuation of the building in preparation for demolition.


  1. Leslie Robertson had the following opinion of the tuned mass damper (TMD):
    1. The TMD was essentially useless (like the emergency generators in the World Trade Center bombing).
    2. The TMD was the only hope for the building’s survival, and it was to be kept operational at all times.
    3. The TMD needed to be doubled in size immediately.
    4. Since we do not know how strong is the TMD, we should ignore it in all calculations. 


  1. The City of New York representatives and the Red Cross…
    1. Cooperated with Citicorp in its effort to remedy the flaws of the building.
    2. Decided to take no position in the matter
    3. Objected to the Citicorp plan and complained in the newspapers.
    4. Agreed to work with Citicorp but demanded a one million dollar insurance policy. 


  1.  The work done on the Citicorp building was paid for
    1. By Citicorp and by the insurers of Stubbins and LeMessurier.
    2. Only by the insurers of Stubbins and LeMessurier.
    3. By the City of New York and the emergency fund of the Red Cross.
    4. By the wife of LeMessurier who came from a wealth Maine family.


  1. Work on the Citicorp building was done…
    1. At night, so that the offices could continue to operate by day.
    2. 24 hours a day, to decrease the duration of the work.
    3. During daylight time only, so that no mistakes are made in the dark.
    4. Only in March because April was “tax months” and many tenants had a busy schedule. 


  1. The structural problem with the Citicorp building was that…
    1. Unusual constraints led to an unusual design, which neglected side winds and was not implemented properly
    2. US Steel has used rusty metal beams in constructing the building.
    3. Bethlehem Steel has used rusty metal beams in constructing the building.
    4. The Tuned Mss Damper was not design properly and caused significant swings of the top floors.


  1. The strike of New York papers…
    1. Made it easy for LeMessurier to hide the extent of the problem from the public.
    2. Made it difficult for LeMessurier to blow the whistle on the building.
    3. Occurred too late to affect building coverage. .
    4. Eased the work in the building because the striking journalists did not come to their offices in the building. 


  1. The comments on “belts and suspenders”
    1. Was made by a Citicorp official to explain the prudent ways of the corporation in handling the building.
    2. Was made by Davenport after the wind tunnel tests showed a serious structural problem.
    3. Was made in jest about Stubbins style in clothes.
    4. Was made by the head of AT&T when special emergency lines were required for the Citicorp building. 


Last modified: Wed Sep 13 14:57:24 EDT 2000