The Info List - Nonbuilding Structure

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A nonbuilding structure, also referred to simply as a structure, refers to any body or system of connected parts used to support a load that was not designed for continuous human occupancy. The term is used by architects, structural engineers, and mechanical engineers to distinctly identify built structures that are not buildings.[1]


1 Examples 2 Exceptions 3 See also 4 References


Aerial lift pylon Aqueduct (water supply) Arena Barriers[2] Blast furnaces Bleacher Boat lifts Brick kilns Bridges[3] and bridge-like structures (aqueducts, overpasses, trestles, viaducts, etc.) Bus shelters Canal Building
canopies Carport Chimneys and flue-gas stacks Coke ovens Communications tower Covered bridges[3] Cranes Dams Dock (maritime) Dolphin (structure) Electricity grid Ferris wheels Ferry slip Flume Fortification Fractionating towers Gates[2] Handrails[2] Hayrack Hay barrack Headframe Infrastructure Marina Monuments Mining Parking structures Oil depot Offshore oil platforms (except for the production and housing facilities) Pavilions[2] Piers[3] Radio masts and towers Railroads Ramada (shelter) Roads Roller coasters Retaining walls Silos[3] Snow shed Stadium Storage tanks Street lights[2] Street signs[2] Swimming pools[3] Structures designed to support, contain or convey liquid or gaseous matter, including

Cooling towers Distillation equipment and structural supports at chemical and petrochemical plants and oil refineries

Tank farm Towers of some types Tramways and Aerial tramways Transmission towers Triumphal arch Tunnels Underwater habitat Water towers[3] Wharves[3]


Dulles Airport control tower

Some structures that are occupied periodically and would otherwise be considered nonbuilding structures are categorized as "buildings" for life and fire safety purposes:[citation needed]

Aviation control towers Factories Kiosks Lighthouses Outhouses Power stations Refineries Warehouses

See also[edit]

Architectural structure


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