How is structural safety ensured during construction?  Contractors and erectors are great at their jobs but sometimes complex structures need additional engineering support during construction.  While this temporary condition is typically outside the scope of the engineer of record’s work as they are designing for the final built condition, it does not mean that engineering support is not required during this phase.

Enter Tyler Holke, PE, SE and Hassett Engineering, erection engineers that focus on the temporary support of structural elements during construction.  This episode focuses on (W)rapper which is a 235’ tall steel framed building comprised of floor plates that span to beams and girders and then to the complex exterior exoskeleton, eliminating the need for interior columns and creating unobstructed interior views.  Constructed in southern California means that seismic considerations are of prime importance.   This building actually experienced three earthquakes during construction.

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