Examples of Eclipse Engineering’s structural engineering design services in the educational sector including trade schools, colleges, universities, elementary schools, middle schools and high schools.
The new space includes a library, a vo-tech lab, a band room, a choir room and of course classrooms and administrative offices. The library is a one-story section, and the classroom wings are two stories. The floors are framed of steel beams that are designed as composite members working with the concrete topping slab. The roof is framed with steel joist girders, steel beams and steel bar joists. The walls are mostly light gauge metal studs that in-fill the steel frame, although the band and choir rooms have concrete masonry elements to reduce sound attenuation. The lateral force resisting system is mostly concentrically-braced frames and concrete masonry shear walls. The foundation is conventional concrete walls and footings with some concrete grade beams to resist overturning forces. The remodeled space will modernize the historic auditorium wing, which currently holds classrooms and office space as well as the auditorium and 52-foot Fly Loft. The structural elements of the historic wing include concrete foundation walls, unreinforced brick-bearing walls, wood-framed floors and roofs with steel beams and columns. The structural upgrades include steel portal frames to support new openings in the existing concrete and brick walls, new wood floor framing elements, concrete masonry vaults, and in-fill framing of existing floor and wall openings.