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Strength and Creative Freedom in a Hybrid Steel Structure

The eight-story structure was built with two types of steel – hot-rolled steel and cold-formed steel.

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Courthouse Square in Wheaton, Illinois, is many things.  At the heart of the development is the landmark DuPage County Courthouse built in 1896. Updated in 2006, the red, terra-cotta and scone, Romanesque building and bell tower houses luxury condominiums fitted with bronze window screens, Wolf appliances and Kohler air-jet bathtubs.

But, it’s “Condo Building Two” that’s truly interesting.  The eight-story structure was built with two types of steel – hot-rolled steel and cold-formed steel. The hybrid gives condo buyers what they want -spacious rooms, large windows, intriguing floor plans and the freedom to move their walls.

This case study, provided by the Steel Framing Industry Association, contains information about how cold-formed steel allows a structure to be filled with both architectural features and interior layout flexibility.

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