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Open design on the rise

October 17, 2018

With a new project on the horizon for Canada’s largest telecom, local structural engineering firm, Glotman-Simpson had an idea: The use of long-span composite steel decking could be ideal for such a large-scale project, contributing to an open, column-free design. So, they brought the idea to the attention of the architecture firm, Henriquez Partners.

Soon, a number of structural challenges became clear.

An open floor plan, controlled acoustics and floor vibration were significant obstacles. Another consideration was to maximize floor-to-ceiling height, while accounting for mechanical and electrical distribution.

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