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Posted by Tom Klemens on March 2, 2011 at 12:16 PM.
Today is the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisle, better known as Dr. Seuss, who taught so many of us so much conventional wisdom. (He also provided a showcase for structural steel’s capabilities - more on that in a moment.) What makes all that wisdom palatable, of course, is the universe of colorful creatures and impossible worlds Dr. Seuss dreamed up to tell his fantastic stories.
And let’s face it - Dr. Seuss brings out the child in almost everyone. My boys still tell the story of our visit to Seuss Landing at Universal Studios, Orlando. As we were passing McElligot’s Pool, we stopped for a moment and I told the older boy where to stand, then handed his younger brother a penny to toss into the yellow fish’s wide open mouth. Guess who got squirted, but I digress.
Structural steel is what enabled designers to create Seuss Landing, a collection of eight facilities that brings Seuss’ imaginary worlds to life. The project earned a Merit Award in the 2003 AISC Engineering Awards of Excellence program (precursor of the IDEAS2 awards). Read about it in the June 2003 issue of MSC by clicking here.
You can read more about the design and construction of Seuss Landing in a feature article by Brian Caudle, P.E., the project manager for structural engineering on the project, in the August 2002 issue of MSC (click here).
Other good sources of information on Dr. Seuss and his legacy include:
www.catinthehat.org (Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden)
www.seussville.com (a Random House website)
www.drseussart.com (a Chase Group gallery)