Purdue Extension University in Crown Point, Indiana is expanding with a new office building. Engineering and drafting of metal stud framing for this $2.5 million office complex was needed and provided by J3 Engineering Group.
What made this project unique was the engineering of metal framing around large windows and the structural design of a vestibule to incorporate a 50 foot store front. In addition, wind loads needed to be considered due to a large wall of glass for the addition. The building used a variety of materials and the cold formed steel framing was designed to support brick, concrete and metal sheathing. This project was a combination of load bearing and non-load bearing walls. The walls were needed as well for joist bearing and shear walls of the vestibule.
Coordination was needed with the engineer of record to come to an agreement for the shear wall locations. Additionally, windows needed to be moved to meet the shear wall design requirements.
Just in time for football season, the U.S. Bank Stadium is now open. The construction project took 31 months to build and is 1.7 million square feet. There are over 66,000 seats that can host NFL football and a variety of other sports and events. The roof on the south side, composed of Ethylene Tetra Fluoro Ethylene (ETFE) is the largest roof of its kind in North America.
The stadium features large freestanding interior walls along with large concession openings that needed to support multiple televisions. J3 Engineering Group was able to provide guidelines for stud sizes and wall heights to allow for a smoother installation process. In addition, we assisted in determining load capacity of the walls and provided bracketing information to ensure building codes were met. J3 remained on call, providing guidance and addressing field concerns throughout the building process to keep the project on schedule.
The stadium opened July 22, 2016 and the first Vikings game of the NFL season will be held September 18, 2016 with the Minnesota Vikings vs. the Green Bay Packers.
Look for J3 Engineering Group at the Northern California Wall and Ceiling Expo this week on Friday, July 29 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California from 10am to 2pm. We will have a booth set up to discuss your engineering and shop drawing needs.
The Wall and Ceiling Expo is held by the Wall and Ceiling Alliance, and provides services such as education, training and technical assistance for professionals in the wall and ceiling industry. J3 is looking forward to networking opportunities, educational sessions, and learning new aspects of the industry.
Please contact us if you would like further information on our cold-formed steel services.
An AMC movie theater in Spokane, Washington was undergoing upgrades and needed a new platform for seating. This new platform was to be constructed from cold-formed steel framing installed on top of the existing theater floor. J3 has done numerous theater platform upgrades and was already familiar with what was going to be needed in the design.
Budget is always a concern on a project and J3 designed the primary seating risers using less material and labor with smaller stud sizes, but still meeting the specifications of the project. J3 provided cold-formed steel engineering and our services included including shop drawings and calculations for studs and connections for the platform. Calculations were needed to determine loads for handrails in the handicap area and for the new reclining chairs.
This project has now been constructed and the theater has been reopened. The guests are now able to enjoy updated and comfortable seating.
J3 welcomes two new employees to our cold-formed steel department-Laren De Back and John Sales.
Lauren is a project drafter and has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from UW-Milwaukee. While new to the field, she is excited to learn and grow in our fast paced environment. Lauren has experience in house flipping where she helped with installing new flooring, caulking, disassembling a deck, and learned about plumbing, heating, and cooling of the house. She is looking forward to working with our cold-formed steel department to create detailed drawings.
John is a structural engineer and graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in Math. He focused on structural engineering in his studies and assisted with designing a truss bridge in a steel bridge competition. The competition was part of a senior design project where he cut and welded various pieces for the bridge using hot rolled steel. In addition to his education, John has previous experience engineering cold-formed steel. He brings his talent to J3 and uses the latest technology to engineer exterior and interior building components including studs, bracing, and panels.