Innovative steel like Aeos can be used to design structures that would have been extremely difficult to accomplish or even unthinkable in years past.
One example is the use of high-strength steel in Salesforce™ Tower Chicago, one of the latest high-rise buildings under construction in Chicago.
Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA), the engineer of record, and Walsh Construction, the general contractor, used Aeos throughout the tower’s structural framing system. This allowed them to craft a building strong enough to meet the engineering requirements for a tower of this magnitude, but flexible and structurally versatile enough to achieve the project’s innovative architectural vision, such as its stunning glass facade and column-free corners.
“Certainly taking advantage of the high-strength steel in the project reduced the column sizes, which reduced the [size of the] enclosures, which made it more desirable to the architect and actually creates more leasable space for the developer,” says Dave Eckmann, PE, SE, FAIA, Senior Principal for MKA. (Learn more about Dave’s thoughts on steel.)
2. Strengthening sustainability
Patrick Hassett, President of Hassett Engineering near San Francisco, has advocated using steel in building designs throughout his career, and one of the benefits is its contribution to sustainability within projects.