Plug and Play: Design and Use of Standardized Steel Castings in Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel (AESS)
The use of steel castings in the design and construction of building and bridge structures is a fast-growing trend in North America, as casting manufacturing offers unparalleled geometric freedom in structural steel. As such, cast steel components are often used to address challenges in design and construction that would otherwise be very difficult to tackle using conventional steel fabrication. Given the freeform capabilities of casting manufacturing, castings are also very commonly used in architecturally exposed structural steel.
This presentation will provide examples of how pre-engineered, standardized castings have been successfully integrated into a wide range of projects. Attendees will learn how to leverage castings in their designs to enhance the aesthetic quality and constructability of key Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel (AESS) connections.
• Explore opportunities to use steel castings in Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel (AESS) connections to enhance aesthetics while using a sensible and achievable fabrication approach.
• Apply best practices to detail and specify standardized cast steel connections which successfully communicates essential architectural and structural design criteria.