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Pre-Engineered, Panelized Light Steel Framing (LSF) Provides Time, Cost and Accuracy Advantages


Hearthstone by the Lake is a condominium complex comprising two residential towers and a multi-use building called The Clubhouse. Located in Burlington, Ontario, Hearthstone is intended to attract active seniors. The residential towers house 174 condominium suites and are attached by ground-level and underground links to The Clubhouse.

In this article, we are primarily interested in the use of the GenesisTM system of pre-engineered light steel framed panels, manufactured from galvanized and GalvalumeTM steel, used in the Clubhouse and one of the residential tower’s penthouse structures, and supplied by KML Engineered Homes Ltd. of Cambridge, Ontario. KML provided the Genesis load bearing wall system, which included exterior walls and selected interior load bearing walls for The Clubhouse.

In addition, KML supplied and installed the complete roof structure. The Clubhouse is a single-story, 1,347m2 (14,500 ft2) building sitting on a concrete slab over the underground parking lot. It provides a full range of services and activities for the residents. The architect for the project was Global Architect Inc. of Mississauga, and the contractor, Tridel of Toronto. Prime considerations for The Clubhouse included weight due to its location over the parking space, noncombustible material, and speed of erection.

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