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Framed on Church Street

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The erection of this steel frame for a new building on Church Street was just completed when I took the initial photograph about a week ago.

There used to be a bookstore at that location specializing in maps and nautical charts.  It was an interesting place to browse a variety of books on different subjects, and over the years I bought several books there. Unfortunately, it followed the same route as several other bookstores in the downtown area, in  whatever it was that made them decide to depart.

This picture is based on a photograph I made in the morning with the sun illuminating the construction site from the back.

My daughter works for the steel detailing company that detailed the steel beams and columns for this project. In this activity the dimensions of each part are calculated and depicted on a drawing showing all the information necessary to fabricate that item in a structural steel fabrication shop.

The footprint of this steel framed assembly appears to be trapezoidal rather than rectangular. This anomaly probably added significantly to the complexity in detailing each of the pre-manufactured steel components that need to fit perfectly when they are assembled at the construction site. It looks to me like it came together flawlessly.


Author: John Hofman

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