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word of the week: PIER

July 18, 2010

Chase Tower

PIER: a vertical support which gives a building stability and strength. Piers are easy to spot. One way to find them is to look for the vertical elements framing entrances or windows that extend to a building’s base.

3 First National Plaza

Compare the unusual parabolic piers on the Chase Tower with the much more typical perpendicular piers on the Three First National Plaza building right across the street.

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