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Architects and Engineers worked hand in hand – 2000 years ago!

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Integrated Design is NOT a new concept. Here is concrete proof (pun intended) that Architects and Engineers worked hand in hand long before the advent of building codes, AutoCad and integrated project delivery!

“The world’s of art and design are not incompatible with science and engineering. When combined, you can create things that cannot be created in either domain alone.”

The Pantheon, a “Temple for all the Gods”, is located in Rome and was completed around 14 AD. It is the oldest continuously inhabited building in the world. It remains an architectural and engineering monument without equal, 2000 years after it’s construction.

Th Pantheon is the  largest concrete dome that has ever been built. It was constructed with super-strong concrete with varying aggregates as you get closer to the peak. Today the use of admixtures to create varying concrete characteristics is an evolving science. The story of the Pantheon showcases how the architecture and engineering worked together to create that which was thought to be impossible.

Architects and engineers working together to achieve the impossible… it’s a great story and, a great lesson.

About the Author
Gary Welch is a principal of 15000 Inc. with over 40 years experience in the field of HVAC, plumbing and fire protection design. He can be reached at gary@15000inc.com.