A keystone aircraft for this project is an exterior-exhibited F-14. supported upon a single pylon,19 feet above grade. The design criterion was 127 mph wind. The design solution was to use a tapered steel triangular prism which varied from a 2 foot 10-inch side at the top to a 5 foot side at the base. Anchored to a 20-foot by 20-foot by 2-foot thick foundation 8 feet below grade, the base of the pylonís steel plates was attached to a series of 24-inch grillage beams. Due to excessive rotational movement chain tie-downs are used to restrain the F-14 at winds greater than 75 mph. According to the planeís lead designer from Grumman, an F-14 takes off at 110 mph. Holding the F-14 stationary in hurricanes requires the pylon plus three additional chain ties used for torsional restraint. SAFE (CSI) was used for the foundation design and SAP was used for the finite element analysis of the plate pylon and the frame grillage

  Designed in 1991, the 45,000 square foot main entrance and theater wing is a 200-foot by 180-foot structure connecting the exhibition halls. Unique with no right angles, the building has fifteen sides which encapsulate a 530 seat IMAX theater plus additional exhibition space.

The roof of this structure has two levels - one at 40-feet and the other at 70-feet above grade.

Beyond the high roofed theater there are only four interior columns.  These interior columns support the roof and are for gravity loads only.

The perimeter walls are braced tubular frames and the top of these walls are connected to the low roof structure which is a horizontal diaphragm. The roof diaphragm spans about the five skylight clusters.

The structural system was analyzed as a three-dimensional braced frame using SAP.