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1995 Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building

Learning from Building Failures

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Building: Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Year of Construction: 1977 (completed)
Year of Failure: 1995
Architect: Wendell Locke of Locke, Wright and Associates

Overview
Located in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was a nine-story, reinforced concrete frame structure that housed seventeen government agencies and 361 occupants (some of whom were children) [1]. Its construction was completed in 1976 [8]. To capitalize on available natural light, its north facade featured a full-height curtain wall system [1].

The building was the target of an April 1995 domestic terrorist attack for which Timothy McVeigh was convicted and executed in 2001 [2]. At 9:02 am on April 19, McVeigh detonated approximately 4800 pounds of explosive material contained in a truck outside the north facade of…

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