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Posted by Geoff Weisenberger on October 1, 2007 at 9:35 AM.
Most contractors will agree that cost is designed in. Customer requirements and site conditions, blended with architects’ willingness to surpass themselves, often result in projects that seem to be reaching new heights in cost. That said, as steel detailers we recommend that the customers not only discuss their projects with the architects, but also with the structural engineering group. Get a sound structural design recommendation first and then walk it though with the architectural firm in order to get the body and shape onto the skeleton.
I really enjoyed "Banking on Sustainability" (July MSC, p 26). This is exactly what we recommend: a fresh look at the dynamics of doing things. I congratulate Mr. Christensen on his approach and I hope that it confirms a trend in the industry. I’d like to add that you can bank on the experience of the structural engineering group every time.
As steel detailers we are quite far down the food chain and have little say in major projects. We leave this to the structural engineering group, but in many cases they too have their hands tied. Let’s change that.
Mario Lapointe, North American Steel Detailing