A lesson in design (Download the case study here)
In 2010, the Western Dubuque County Community School District began work on a new elementary school to serve approximately 300 students, faculty, and staff.
The Dyersville Elementary School would utilize advanced design, materials, and construction techniques to be more cost effective to build and efficient to operate, while maintaining a pleasing and inspirational aesthetic appropriate for a place of learning.
At an early stage, architect Jesse Bulman of Neumann Monson Architects specified TrusSteel® CFS trusses for the project. His design called for a unique exposed-truss layout above the classrooms, necessitating a product that not only met load requirements but helped to enhance the space visually. After reviewing other available products, Bulman became a strong proponent of the TrusSteel product.
The project carried three unique design challenges:
• 6' on center truss spacing
• Exposed trusses must have a clean appearance
• Minimize or eliminate lateral bracing within the system
TrusSteel worked with fabricator Cascade Mfg Co, Neumann Monson Architects, Select Structural Engineering and contractor Conlon Construction to develop a solution that addressed all requirements without sacrificing aesthetics, including a unique steel tension rod system utilized to eliminate bottom chord bracing. The school opened in August 2011 and all parties could not be more pleased with the end result. The building is projected to exceed energy code by 65%, with a payback period of less than 10 years.
…the TrusSteel profile was the most pleasing to us. We found it very easy working with the local fabricator, Cascade Mfg Co…they worked and reworked the trusses, giving us lots of options to look at. Together we developed a solution that was both structurally sound but also aesthetically pleasing, adding lots of visual interest to the classrooms.
— Jesse Bulman, AIA, LEED AP, Neumann Monson Architects
In the past, I have built a school of this similar design with the use of structural steel. In comparison, the structure of this school was easier and more efficiently erected with the use of the TrusSteel product. Crew sizes were able to be reduced due to the ease of handling, installation, bracing, and fastening requirements of this system.
— Joe Rolwes, Project Superintendent Conlon Construction
The Dyersville school project is another example of just how user-friendly and versatile the TrusSteel product can be. The symmetry of the product is not only more attractive, but allows for greater stability and easier installation. It really is the Cadillac level product with pricing comparable to lesser products.
— Tim Noonan, Commercial Division Manager Cascade Mfg Co
University of Missouri
Location : St. Louis, MO
Project Completion : 2000
Architect : Kennedy & Assoc., St. Louis
Truss And Roofing Installer : Gypsum Specialties, St. Louis
Project Description : New Student Center
Area Under TrusSteel : 11,300 SF
This addition to the Student Center was a complex, round, multileveled building that was quite a challenge for the designer. The finished roof makes quite an architectural statement!
Buckner Elementary School
Location : Buckner, KY (Louisville)
Project Completion : 2001
Architect : Scott / Klausing Inc., LaGrange, KY
General Contractor : Stevens Contracting, Buckner, KY
TrusSteel Fabricator : Kintec LLC, Louisville, KY
Project Description : New Elementary School
Area Under TrusSteel : 31,500 SF
When architects Scott / Klausing wanted to create an open feeling for the atrium in the new Buckner Elementary School, the sky was the limit - literally. The exposed TrusSteel trusses and roof deck were painted sky blue, and the acoustical ceiling became layers of sculpted clouds, drifting over the atrium. The result, an exception open space - indoors - and an award-winning design.
Clemson University Dorms
Location : Clemson, SC
Project Completion : 2003
Pitched roofs with steel trusses maintain the vernacular of the existing buildings. And, TrusSteel trusses provide non-combustible, dimensionally stable framing.
Dulce High School, NM
Douglas Colony Group, Denver, CO 303-289-4567
Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI
TrusSteel roof trusses give character to a flat concrete roof structure and help hide the roof top mechanical units.
Univ. of Mississippi Institute for Advanced Studies, Oxford, MS
The round dome roof system, located at the pinnacle of the building, was pre-assembled on the ground and then lifted onto building. This example of "rafting" saves time and money and provides a safer working environment. Radially-framed TrusSteel trusses also provided the roof structure of the rotunda area (under the dome). Standard TrusSteel trusses provided the pitched roof structure for the remainder of the building.
The dome and pitched roofs of this new Institute building reflect the vernacular of the existing 150-year old buildings at this venerable institution.
Port Charlotte, FL High School
Radially-framed TrusSteel trusses form the roof structure of the rotunda for this new Florida high school.
Florida Aluminum and Steel
Fort Meyers, FL