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OSU Staggered Truss High Rise System Complete
Posted by Tasha Weiss on September 30, 2013 at 2:42 PM.

osu-staggered-truss.jpgThe Ohio State University’s south high-rise residence halls project was completed in August, opening in time for the incoming freshman class of 2017.


The multi-phase renovation and expansion project consists of two new 11-story towers that connect existing stand-alone dormitory buildings. The towers provide community-oriented student housing in a contemporary setting that supports the university’s goal of reducing energy load through innovation in infrastructure.
A staggered steel truss system was selected for this project, which allowed for matching of the existing low floor-to-floor heights of the existing dorms. It also provided fast erection and was the only system that worked with the university’s construction schedule.
To learn more about the project and its staggered truss system, read the article from the May 2012 issue of MSC.


In the summer of 2011, AISC also hosted a free breakfast presentation and site tour of the project while it was under construction. During the presentation, representatives from the project design and construction team discussed the steel staggered truss framing system — the selection process, design aspects, construction challenges, best practices and lessons learned. To view the PowerPoint presentation slides and photos from the event, visit

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