Design Building First Floor
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This view is at the N-W corner of the interior atrium, next to the cafe. You can see the entrance to the lecture hall and the bases of the CLT elevator and stair shafts. At the corners of the shaft walls, you can see the large glued-in holddowns (which use the HSK connector) and on top of the elevator opening, you can see the connector plates between two CLT shaft wall panels.
This view shows the glulam bracing that will be visible in the entrance/seating/cafe area. To facilitate the cantilevers, the main beams are steel with flanged-on glulams, which then support the CLT floor slabs.
To avoid a column in the middle of this space, the main carrying beams are steel (with flanged-on glulams that support the CLT floor slabs). All columns and secondary beams are solid glulam. This view also shows the base of the CLT shaft walls. You can again see the large hold-down connections at the corner of that wall.
This view shows the BCT classroom right after the exterior walls were installed. All exterior walls use steel studs and fiberglass-reinforced gypsum panels (non-combustible walls are required for Type IV-HT construction). You can also see the sprinkler pipes that were installed first and the ductwork currently going in. The temporary shoring that is visible in the center of the space is only needed until all concrete above has cured.
This view shows the commons roof (the roof garden) right after the wood was placed but before the steel cables went in. You can see temporary shoring that will remain in place until the concrete for the wood-concrete composite system on top of this roof has been placed. The heart-shaped cutouts at the bottom of the beams will receive steel connectors for compression struts.
This view of the project assembly space shows a bank of conduits rising from the basement. The pit area is located behind the drywall sheet.
This area’s structure was completed first and work has since progressed on interior walls, exterior walls, and MEP. On the ceiling, you can see the noise-absorbent paneling. The large double-pipes next to the column are for roof drainage in this flat-roof wing. Also note that at this point the crane has not been installed.
The wood shop area has similar ceiling noise protection as the testing lab. The room that is visible in the center of these spaces (with large window openings) will house a lab manager. You can also see the two round openings in the exterior wall, which will be used for dust collection ductwork.
This area, which will house the 3D printers has lots of glulam brace connections that will remain exposed. All braces use tight-fitting steel pin connections and a set of slotted-in, internal plates, which then connect to mating elements with a single, large-diameter steel pin. This area is the only part of the building’s enclosure that uses an above-ground concrete wall (to support the bluestone siding and the curtain wall above).
This is the space for the CNC cutters with a small, separate room for a dust collection system. You can see more of the brace connections and also how braces intersect with interior walls.
During construction, the west entrance area provided an ideal albeit very tight location for the mobile crane. This image was taken during installation of the zipper truss beams, which started at the far end of the atrium.
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