Load-Bearing Cold-Formed Steel System Saves Time and Money for University Dorm
Cold-formed steel framing helped a university add 598 beds on campus in just 14 months and meet a critical deadline: the arrival of students for the new school year. Victory Hall, a 163,415-square-foot dormitory at the University of North Texas at Denton, Texas, again proves that designers and builders can use cold-formed steel in load-bearing applications and get better and faster results. “Cold-formed steel load-bearing framing is cost-effective and durable. The systems have high strength-to-weight ratios and resist warping, mildew and cracking,” says Don Moody, then General Manager at Nuconsteel, Denton, Texas (now part of Nucor Corporation). “Concrete, masonry and wood can’t make those claims.”
Among commercial builders, cold-formed steel has long been a preferred choice for curtain walls and partitions. Such systems are non-combustible, affordable and typically easy to install. But what about for low-rise load-bearing applications? The Victory Hall project needed a structural system — one that could go up quickly within budget.
This case study, provided by the Steel Framing Industry Association, contains additional information on how to meet tight schedules with cold-formed steel framing.