Terri Meyer Boake, BES, BArch, MArch, LEED AP
Professor School of Architecture University of Waterloo
email: tboake@uwaterloo.ca

 

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Arch 570:
Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel
Design

Winter 2017:
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course outline

last updated January 15, 2017 7:04 PM

 

Course Description:

THIS COURSE IS ALL ABOUT DESIGN, NOT CALCULATIONS. LEARNING OUTCOMES INCLUDE AN INCREASE IN YOUR ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND HOW STRUCTURES WORK, AND DETAIL THE SAME. PORTFOLIO WORTHY DESIGN PROJECTS.

Using an international database of case studies this course examines in detail the architectural design, specification, fabrication and construction process for Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel (AESS). It references the standards that were developed by the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction. Lectures will address topics including, the AESS Category Approach, fabrication standards and practices, project communication, tensile structures, diagrid structures, curved steel, castings, pedestrian bridges, steel with glazing, steel with timber. The work of the term will use current steel based competitions to explore detailed design application of the material.

The term’s knowledge will focus on DESIGN PROJECTS that requires the students to design and detail architecturally exposed structural steel systems, connections and buildings.

Students will
· keep a detailed sketchbook of examples and details addressed in class,
· in teams of 2 (masters) or 3 (undergrad) students, complete the CISC Design Competition - ASSEMBLAGE
· in teams of 2 (masters) or 3 (undergrad) students, complete the AISC/ACSA Design Competition - MUSEUM or the OPEN Category.

The overall intention is to provide you with a high level appreciation of steel structural systems and an adeptness for detailing that is appropriate to the specific project and building type. The work of the term is intended to provide you with some signficant pieces for your portfolio.

The majority of the project work has been designed as group projects to keep it manageable and within the suggested constraints of an elective. If there are compelling reasons for tackling the work individually, these can be discussed.

The course reflects the research of my new book on Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel published by Birkhauser in January 2015.

Log-in to LEARN: here


Schedule of Classes: Wednesdays from 2 to 5

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, ARC 3106, 1pm to 2pm and TBA

1

Jan 4

Course Introduction

HIGH TECH ARCHITECTURE:
A detailed look at the roots of the birth of exposed steel in the British High Tech movement.

 

ADDITIONAL REFERENCES:
Construction of Stanstead Airport by Foster
Renault Distribution Centre by Foster

2

Jan 11

ARCHITECTURALLY EXPOSED STRUCTURAL STEEL:
The development and details of the new system created by CISC to clarify the design, construction and fabrication of AESS systems.

powerpoint

3

Jan 18

APPLICATIONS IN AESS:
A look in more detail at several Canadian buildings using the CISC method of Categories and Characteristics. Topics will also address finishes and corrosion protection as these impact the detailing of an exposed structure.

4

Jan 25

SPAN:
A look at different ways that we create long spans with structural systems. Types will include truss systems, spaceframes. Applications will include buildings and pedestrian bridges. Discussion will focus on preparation for the SSEF "SPAN" Competition.

5

Feb 1

 

TENSILE STRUCTURES:
An examination of a range of applications of tension systems for building structures, canopies, roofs and pedestrian bridges.

COMPETITIONS:
A review of previous winning competition schemes. A strategizing session to understand the perspective of the jury, role of the brief and to plan a strategy for winning!

6

Feb 8

CASTINGS AND CURVES:
Castings of the 21st century are very different than the elaborate castings of the 19th century. A look at the application of modern cast steel via several case studies.
Curved structures can be achieved via several means, all related to the scale of the building, budget and technical means available.

7

Feb 15

No class - Accreditation Meeting Exit Interview for Whole School

Feb 22 No Class - Reading Week

8

Mar 1

 

DIAGRID STRUCTURES AND BRACING SYSTEMS:
My This lecture will look at many of the case studies covered in my book on Diagrid Structures in detail, along with the method of design established in the book. We will also look at the design of bracing systems for buildings that can also be architecturally expressed. A new Canadian designed system used post quake in Christchurch, New Zealand will be discussed. Bracing systems for tall buildings will be introduced.

Mar 1 CISC Competition Due to LEARN, 11:59pm

9

Mar 8

STEEL AND GLAZING SYSTEMS:
An examination of some of the newer cable type glazing systems to see how these work with AESS systems. The tolerances in glazing systems are even tighter than for finely detailed AESS structures, and these systems are often used together.

 

Note: ACSA/AISC Registration deadline is March 30. We need to register our teams.

10

Mar 15

STEEL AND TIMBER SYSTEMS:
A look at some signficant projects that have used exposed steel and heavy timber or glulam. Steel and timber undergo very different thermal and moisture related movement, so this must be taken into account when detailing the systems.

Q&A Session for the final competition project. End of formal Lectures.

Apr ??

An extra session to be arranged at a mutually convenient time for consultation on the final design project.

 

Work to date to be submitted for the AISC/ACSA Competition. The final competition submission is not due to ACSA until May 25, 2016. A provisional grade will be used for end of term grading purposes. This can be revised to account for the final competition entry. Submission via LEARN.

Fully graded date for UW is May 20, so I need your projects submitted for grading by May 15 if you wish other than an IP grade on your transcript.


Reference Texts and other Materials:

These texts will be on reserve in Musagetes. We have at most 2 copies of each book so you are not to remove them from the library to your personal shelves for the term. They are all available on Amazon. If you were to purchase just one for the course, the AESS one would be the most directly related.

Understanding Steel Design: An Architectural Design Manual. by Terri Meyer Boake. Birkhauser 2012.

Diagrid Structures: Systems, Connections, Details. by Terri Meyer Boake. Birkhauser 2014.

Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel Design. by Terri Meyer Boake. Birkhauser 2015.

Canadian Institute of Steel Construction Guide for Specifying AESS. by Terri Meyer Boake.
(download free PDF).

Here are some of my websites to assist with steel connection design:

Steel: Fun is in the Details
SSEF1/

Steel Image Gallery:
steel.html

AESS Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/aess4u

Look at resources in the industry:
Canadian Institute of Steel Construction: http://www.cisc-icca.ca/
American Institute of Steel Construction: http://www.aisc.org/
Canadian Sheet Steel Building Institute: http://www.cssbi.ca/
Steel Structures Education Foundation: http://www.ssef.ca

Evaluation:

The final term grade will consist of an average of submitted work as follows.

Late Penalties:
Projects or assignments submitted after the due date or due time will be penalized 5% per calendar day of lateness, with no maximum.

SKETCHBOOK: 20% You are required to keep a sketchbook/notebook for this class. It will be graded /10 for evidence of class attendance and /10 for completeness/coherence of said notes. As the focus of the course is on steel detailing, the lecture will be paused at several points during the class to allow adequate time to sketch the details on the screen. Approximately 3 to 4 detailed sketches per lecture. Pause time will vary. If you miss a class, you lose both the mark for attendance as well as the potential mark for the quality of those notes.

SSEF Competition:
Done in teams of 2 or 3 students. Two to three board submission as per their requirements. 35%

ACSA/AISC Competition:
Done in teams of 2 or 3 students. Four board submission as per their requirements. 45%

 

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Note for students with disabilities: The Office for Persons with Disabilities (OPD), located in Needles Hall, Room 1132, collaborates with all academic departments to arrange appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities without compromising the academic integrity of the curriculum. If you require academic accommodations to lessen the impact of your disability, please register with the OPD at the beginning of each academic term. Once registered with OPD, please meet with me in confidence during my office hours to discuss your needs.

 

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