Castings in Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel
1 Learning Unit for AIA/HSW
The use of steel castings in the design and construction of building and bridge structures is a fast growing trend in the United States, as casting manufacturing offers unparalleled geometric freedom in structural steel. As such, cast steel components are often used to address challenges in design and construction that would otherwise be very difficult to tackle using conventional steel fabrication. Given the freeform capabilities of casting manufacturing, castings are also very commonly used in architecturally exposed structural steel. This presentation will provide a history of the modern renaissance in the use of steel castings in architectural construction, will provide examples of how castings have been successfully integrated into a wide range of projects, and will teach attendees how to leverage castings in their designs to enhance the structural and architectural performance of key structural connections.
Brief Company History: Founded just under 10 years ago, Cast Connex has grown to be a world leader in the design of structural steel castings. Cast Connex supplies off-the-shelf castings for use in a variety of building structures and provides custom designed castings for project specific applications. Past projects include the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Hudson Yards Tower A in New York, Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco, Oakland International Airport in Oakland, Longfellow Pedestrian Bridge in Boston, and the Queen Richmond Centre West in Toronto.