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LIVE LOADS VS. DEAD LOADS IN STRUCTURAL DESIGN

Structural design is all about calculating loads. The engineering firm Nishkian offers a succinct description: "Loads are commonly understood as forces that cause stresses, deformations, or accelerations. 

5 REASONS TO USE A BALANCED OR CANTILEVER FOOTING

The child's game of Tiddlywinks demonstrates the principles of eccentric loads. When certain property and design limitations result in offset centers of gravity between a column or wall and its footing pad, you need to engage a balancing act. 

WHY ARCHITECTS LOVE THE HUMBLE I BEAM IN STRUCTRUAL STEEL CONSTRUCTION

Every pound counts in architectural design. The more materials used, the more expensive the building. However, too little material results in a weak edifice.

10 TIPS TO SUCCESSFUL HOT WEATHER CONCRETING

When pouring concrete, rapid set-up and drying can ruin your day. The warmer the day, the greater the danger of a quick set. 

HOW STEEL TARIFFS CONTRIBUTE TO HIGH CONSTRUCTION COSTS ON THE FRONT RANGE

Many of our customers are asking us, "Why is steel costing so much?" It's a fair question with no simple answer.

WHY YOUR POST TENSION TENDONS NEED TO BE PROPERLY STRESSED

There exists two ways to pre-stress the concrete in your building project: pretension and post tension. Pretension happens at the precast facility, where the tendon assembly is placed into the concrete form and stressed at the factory to engineered specifications. 

PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STEEL FRAMING BUILDING COMPONENTS

You can erect nearly anything with steel: homes, shops, hangars, factories, warehouses, high rises, entertainment/sports arenas and shopping malls. The inherent compressive and tensile properties of steel lend more versatility to architectural design than any other conventional framing system.

7 CONSTRUCTION PROJECT TYPES THAT UTILIZE STRUCTURAL STEEL

Off all building materials, non have the range and versatility of steel. Like stone and concrete, it has tremendous compressive strength and can be formed into nearly any shape. 

WILL BUILDING BOOM CONTINUE IN 2018? FRONT RANGE CONSTRUCTION PREDCTIONS

"Build it and they will come" seems a philosophy best left to corn farmers and the ghosts of ball players. In construction, the reality is closer to "they come, therefore we build."