Project Description

This is a new one-story classroom building for trades such as welding, wood carpentry, automotive repair, and other occupations. The building concept is to express a very thin roof profile with large cantilever- up to 23 feet. In addition, the top 6-feet of all exterior walls are translucent panels to allow an abundance of natural light to filter into the building. The walls are discontinuous at a horizontal joint 19-feet above the floor slab. The CMU walls are designed as free-standing cantilevers from the concrete footings, which created a condition where no shoring was required. The roof diaphragm loads are transferred behind the translucent panels down to the CMU walls with steel diagonal bracing. The roof framing system is custom-designed steel framing with a maximum clear span of 66-feet. The interior is totally column free.