Slim Floor Structures

Slim Floor Structures



Monday, December 15, 2014

New Building System used in Sugarcreek Village

The Sugarcreek village project currently under construction on London, Ontario utilizes a new building system that enables a combination of long spans and slim floor structure. Through the use of the Deltabeam system, Oldoak properties was able to optimize the design of the underground parking and reduce the overall height of the project.  Sugarcreek village consists of two buildings, each 5 storeys high, connected together by an underground parking.

Designed by SRM architects inc. and MTE consultants inc., this new apartment building incorporates Deltabeam combined with the Comslab corrugated deck system. Deltabeam is a shallow steel beam designed for slim floor structure: encased in the concrete floor, deltabeam is hidden in the floor structure (see image below). This enables easy HVAC integration, increased architecture flexibility and can reduce the overall height of a building. On the residential levels of Sugarcreek Village, Deltabeam spans across the equivalent of the driving aisle, making it possible to avoid all load transfers at ground level.

‘’With the Deltabeam System, we were able to avoid costly transfer beams at the ground level of Sugarcreek Village’’ says Ryan Peel, Manager of Development and Construction at old oak properties. ‘’With the exposed steel integrated fire rating of Deltabeam, we are avoiding having to fire proof the exposed steel and therefore avoiding another trade onsite’’. Old Oak Properties is a developer and builder of premium residential, commercial and retail properties in London, Ontario since 1955. 


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Low Head-Room Issues?

I can't think of a better way of explaining one of the benefits of Deltabeam than by comparing the two following pictures.

The picture on top was taken in a cast-in-place parking garage in downtown Winnipeg. You can clearly see the "Caution, low head-room" sign on the beams projecting under the slab.  

The picture on the bottom was taken in a the Holiday Inn in Saskatoon completed in 2010. It's actually hard to see the Deltabeam on the picture (which is probably a good thing) but they are spanning over the drive aisle. 

Which one looks easier to coordinate for minimum clearance requirements?