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Case Synopsis The Kansas City MO Hyatt Regency Hotel was designed to be open and airy with a lobby consisting of an open atrium that extended to the top of the building On one side of the building were the hotel rooms and on the other side were the meeting and conference facilities To facilitate the transfer of guests from their rooms to the conference facilities walkways were to be built on each floor to connect the two To maintain the open feel of the atrium the walkways were suspended from the ceiling without any imposing bulky support columns to disrupt the openness Two walkways were suspended one above the other and were to use a common set of continuous support rods connected to the roof above The engineering firm GCE Inc designed the walkways to be suspended by rods that hung from the roof structure Each rod would pass through the upper walkway and on down to the lower walkway Under each walkway a nut and washer would be threaded on each of the rods to carry the load of the walkway There was only one problem with this design To get a nut up to the bottom of the upper walkway the entire length of the rods would have to be threaded Threading the entire length of the rods would have been both expensive and time consuming The construction firm Havens Steel decided to modify the design to make it easier to construct They cut the rods in half and ran those halves from the roof to the upper walkway and placed nuts under the upper walkway to support it They then drilled another set of holes in the upper walkway four inches from the first set and hung the lower hangers from the second set of holes The second set of hangers ran down to the bottom walkway and supported it but this minor alteration more than doubled the
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