This seven storey multifamily project was built in Denver, CO with two levels of podium and five upper levels of cold formed steel . Douglass Colony supplied the pre-panelized metal stud wall framing and offered a turn-key solution with diversified builders as the contracted drywaller.All 422 load-bearing wall panels for levels three through seven of this 7-story (five levels on two levels of podium) project was fabricated at Douglass Colony's headquarters in Commerce City using FRAMECAD and shipped directly to the jobsite where the building was erected in a total of 40 working days, including all wall panels, flooring systems, and detailing with concrete poured and cured.
A total of 131,700 lbs of steel was used
The building included a total of 422 panels. All panels were fabricated at the Douglass Colony headquarters in Commerce City, CO in the 6-inch profile.
Two levels of podium
Each level took only 7 days to complete - 2 days to assemble and erect the wall panels and 5 days dedicated to finalise the floor system, the detailing on the floor deck, and the concrete. First panel was set on June 21st, 2016 and panels were delivered in 2-week intervals after that (after concrete had completely dried on each level)
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Just about everywhere else in the world, steel framing is recognised for its many benefits. You can use low skilled workers to put it together and they can’t mess it up. It’s building by numbers – Meccano construction. Also, it’s ant and termite-proof.
The main challenge of this construction was the complexity of the veranda roof design with overhangs, different roof heights and the main roof structure which did not line up with the veranda roof.
The system is cost-effective, so budgets go further. Our clients can create more housing for the same money. And you do it in a much faster time, so you cut labour costs. You also save on delivery costs, because you can flat-pack a lot more steel trusses onto a truck. You’re scoring all the way.
It was the most practical solution to an urgent problem to get some facilities up and running as quickly and simply as possible. I sent the plans the next day and they immediately went ahead and built quite a number of these units in a very short space of time