structural design

Live Loads vs. Dead Loads in Structural Design

Structural design is all about calculating loads. The engineering firm Nishkian offers a succinct description: “Loads are commonly understood as forces that cause stresses, deformations, or accelerations. These loads are applied to a structure or its components that cause stress or displacement.” From the general concept of “load” comes two major categories: dead loads and […]

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5 Reasons to Use a Balanced or Cantilever Footing

The child’s game of Tiddlywinks demonstrates the principles of eccentric loads. When certain property and design limitations result in offset centers of gravity between a column or wall and its footing pad, you need to engage a balancing act. Otherwise, your footings can tilt or overturn after the fashion of a Tiddlywink disk bearing pressure on its edge. […]

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I Beam for Colorado Steel Construction

Why Architects Love the Humble I Beam in Structural Steel Construction

Every pound counts in architectural design. The more materials used, the more expensive the building. However, too little material results in a weak edifice. In structural steel construction, the happy medium comes in the form of the common I beam. Steel-boned bridges, high rises and everything in between make heavy use of I beams for good […]

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10 Tips to Successful Hot Weather Concreting

When pouring concrete, rapid set-up and drying can ruin your day. The warmer the day, the greater the danger of a quick set. Hot weather concreting can ultimately lead to accelerated curing and substandard strength. If you do not counteract the effects of excessive ambient heat before, during and after the pour, your concrete could […]

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Why Your Post Tension Tendons Need to Be Properly Stressed

There exists two ways to pre-stress the concrete in your building project: pretension and post tension. Pretension happens at the precast facility, where the tendon assembly is placed into the concrete form and stressed at the factory to engineered specifications. In the latter, you set the ducts, anchors and strands — together making up the […]

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Primary and Secondary Steel Framing Building Components

Primary and Secondary Steel Framing Building Components

You can erect nearly anything with steel: homes, shops, hangars, factories, warehouses, high rises, entertainment/sports arenas and shopping malls. The inherent compressive and tensile properties of steel lend more versatility to architectural design than any other conventional framing system. Whether you want height, light, creative angles or vast, unsupported spans, steel framing fits just about […]

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4 Budget Friendly Exterior Decorative Concrete Overlays

When you take pride of ownership of your property, exterior appeal matters. The great thing about exterior decorative concrete overlays is that they cost so little and give so much. Whether it’s a commercial building, residential multi-family complex or your home, you can elevate curb appeal by adding a decorative concrete overlay. Since nearly every property includes concrete elements […]

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7 Construction Project Types that Utilize Structural Steel

Of all building materials, none have the range and versatility of steel. Like stone and concrete, it has tremendous compressive strength and can be formed into nearly any shape. Like wood, it has tensile strength to support pressure and movement without breaking. In many applications, it’s better than stone, concrete and wood as a building […]

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Will Building Boom Continue in 2018? Front Range Construction Predictions

“Build it and they will come” seems a philosophy best left to corn farmers and the ghosts of ball players. In construction, the reality is closer to “they come, therefore we build.” Will Colorado’s Front Range construction boom continue through 2018? Here’s our construction predictions. […]

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Pros vs. Cons: Indoor Decorative Concrete Floors

If you’ve regarded a professionally finished decorative concrete floor lately, you were probably so impressed that you imagined installing one in your own home. When tinted and polished, an indoor concrete floor impresses as much, or more so, than natural stone or tile. You must wonder what took the construction industry so long to discover […]

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