Located on a hillside overlooking a beautiful San Jose vista sits a two-story, four-bedroom single-family residence comprised of two stucco-covered structures connected in the center by a glass pavilion with windows and doors that open to airy living spaces offering panoramic views that stretch as far as the Golden Gate Bridge.
Cast Connex High Strength Connectors™ (HSCs) were painted matte black and blend effortlessly with the design, providing seismic force resistance to the structure.
High Strength Connectors are standardized, capacity-designed brace end connectors that accommodate bolted double-shear connection between round HSS braces and a typical corner gusset plate. By eliminating shear lag in the brace connection and standardizing connection details, the use of the connectors vastly simplifies connection design. As the connectors eliminate the need to field weld braces to the frame, they significantly speed erection and reduce the cost of special inspection.
Through thoughtful design and a robust seismic bracing system in place, this exposed steel dream residence is sure to be enjoyed by generations to come.
Architect: Feldman Architecture
Structural Engineer: FTF Engineering
General Contractor: Groza Construction
Steel Fabricator: Drake Welding, Inc.