Curves and apertures projecting more than seven feet beyond the steel knife plate connections on a commercial building in Portland, OR were designed to optimize sunlight and shade for lighting and temperature control.
Engaging Radius Track Corporation’s Design Assist
service made this accurate, cost-effective construction possible. The Radius Track Design Technologists worked directly with the project team to develop a fully engineered solution that reduced the weight of the apertures by nearly 60 percent. This reduction was accomplished by using cold-formed steel framing instead of red iron and combining the framing logic of vertical and horizontal elements.
“Not only did the light gauge solution decrease the overall weight by nearly 60%, it cut weeks out of the project schedule, and provided precise construction of the structural elements to within an impressive 1/8” of the design,” said Andy Hernandez, Superintendent, R&H Construction.
Project Architect Cory Hawbecker of Holst Architecture said, “the Radius Track Design Assist solution freed Holst Architecture from dedicating resources to solving the nuances of the aperture constructability. That allowed us to focus on making progress on the rest of the building.”
Radius Track offers three Design Assist service levels to deliver the right framing direction at any phase of a project. Our design team’s deep experience with curved and complex surfaces creates framing designs which support the architect’s vision and deliver cost effective solutions. We anticipate issues before construction begins and deliver extremely complex geometry with standard commodity materials.