As a structural designer with CoBuilt, the burden of creating connections that are project specific, feasible, and economical is yours. In order to build a structure from top to bottom with us, it takes a bit of know-how, some want-to, and dash of creativity.
The “ole standard” when it comes to beam and column bracing.
As technology advances and performs more functions automatically, there is a tendency to accept a program’s defaults as your own because “it works”. At CoBuilt, we know that what works is not always the optimal solution. This Case Study focuses on how CoBuilting a project offers the most innovative solutions in structural steel supports.
As our designers get to work ensuring the best possible structural configurations, they are encouraged to think outside the box and past the computer. This is where the know-how, want-to, and creativity come into play. With the understanding that piece count is a driver of cost, we wanted to know what could be done to lessen the quantity of loose pieces. The structural designer on this project took it to task knowing that removing hundreds of angle braces could significantly lighten the load.
During the optimization phase of the CoBuilting process, we discovered that rather than providing a standard beam to column angle brace, we could significantly reduce the piece count, both shop and field labor, and cost to our client by implementing a field bolted gusset to gusset connection.