Older masonry structures from many eras, including libraries, town halls, commercial blocks, and school buildings stand at the geographic center of many communities, holding symbolic meaning and serving varied needs and purposes. As they age, many begin to show the effects of neglect, weather and deferred maintenance on their façades, foundations, and roof assemblies.
When prefabrication enters the construction equation, the game changes dramatically. Manufacturers can produce complete exterior wall panels in a climate-controlled facility with no weather limitations. Wall panels can then be transported to a job site where they are hoisted into place and attached to the structure without the need for exterior access.
When it comes to framing, there is no more resilient option than cold-formed steel (CFS). By analyzing resiliency in the context of the built environment, this article will explore the various attributes of a resilient structure, and make the case for why CFS performs best in each scenario.
When materials like concrete are constrained to prevent volume changes, large internal forces and stresses develop. Therefore, it is important for architects and engineers to work together to avoid inappropriately constraining building materials.