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2013 TCA Convention

September 30 - October 2, 2013
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Sugar Land, Texas
Marriott Town Square, 16090 City Walk

The Performance of Warren Theatre in Moore, Oklahoma: What it Mean Moving Forward

Tuesday, October 1, 2013  |  9:00 - 10:00 am

Karen S. Hand, P.E., Needham and Associates, Inc.
Jeffrey R. Needham, P.E., Principal, Needham & Associates, Inc.


Warren Theatre in Moore, Oklahoma, was directly in the path of the deadly EF-5 tornado that struck on May 20, 2013. The theatre was spared, sustaining only minor structural damage. The theatre became a triage staging area and makeshift morgue in the wake of the disaster as victims from the neighboring medical center were evacuated. For the local community, the theatre was a beacon of hope with destruction all around. The theatre was re-opened to the public just nine days later.

Two engineering firms that serve on the TCA Natural Disaster Task Force designed the structure. The original 14-plex theatre was designed by Kansas-City-based structural engineers Needham and Associates in 2004. The 2007 IMAX addition was designed by Wichita-based Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A.

Karen Hand (Needham and Associates) will review the structural design decisions for the building and offer insight into the survival of the theatre multiplex. As a member of the TCA Task Force that investigated the 2011 Joplin Tornado, Karen will review and support the findings of the Joplin report. The inherent modular nature of the theatre presents opportunities to provide an efficiently robust structure that can similarly be used in structures such as schools, hotels and healthcare facilities.



About the TCA

Founded in 1986, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) strives to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method.

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