UAS FH Construction Update for 1/31/2014
A Wide View
This morning was an excellent example of why the Designers of the UAS Freshman Residential Housing project wanted a Wide View from the Commons area. This Wide View is made possible by using Red Iron that can span a wide distance without interior supports.
The commons area includes the general purpose room (lounge) on the Second floor and the Classroom / Conference room on the fourth floor.
Wide View from the Fourth Floor of the Commons Area - (Jan 31, 2014)
The UAS Freshman Residential Hall uses two different types of steel construction, Red Iron for the commons area, and Cold Formed Steel for the residential halls. The main reason for using Red Iron in the commons area is so we can have wide open spaces and windows. The classroom and lounge has an open span of 33 feet wide. This is more than twice the width of the spans in the residential suites.
The Cold Formed Steel used in the Residential Suites give us 9’-6” wide windows.
View from Suite 305b - January 31, 2014
Now those who read the January 17 construction update may say. “Cold Formed Steel can also span wide distances when shaped into a truss” That is correct. But, a truss is much taller than red iron and would increase your floor heights.
The Contractor made some good progress week, pouring concrete on the third and fourth floor of the Commons Area, sheathing the roof on Hall II and interior framing of trusses on Hall I.