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Light Steel Framing Responds to Both Building Use and Construction Conditions


The Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Bronte, Ontario, is a study in how steel responds to both building use and construction conditions. Owner Darko Vranich framed his broad shouldered, seven-storey hotel in steel because it was clearly the best way to guarantee the building’s long, useful life.

“The hotel industry is volatile,” says his project manager Ray Luft. Survival, he explained, means “One of the things that has devalued older hotels is shear-wall construction that leaves no way to move the walls,” he said. Post and beam sales are slow but conference business grows, conference use.

”Doing so is a simple matter of removing the double steel stud interior walls (65 mm / 2-1/2”) and 92 mm (3-5/8”) light steel framing (LSF), produced from Z275 (G90) galvanized steel, and rebuilding. Using steel to frame the 9,302 m2 (1000,000 ft2) says Luft. While typical shear walls and pouredheating, using steel framing along with precast continue to build in any weather.

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