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Pushing the Envelope: Facade Attachments to Steel Frames

Pushing the Envelope: Facade Attachments to Steel Frames

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Pushing the Envelope: Facade Attachments to Steel Frames

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This article presents the challenges associated with designing façade attachments to steel frames. One of the most challenging details facing structural designers is the support of a building façade. The complexity of this attachment is not to be overlooked, and the entire design team should be engaged in developing a strategy for supporting the façade system in order to prevent unplanned changes and problems in the field. The structural designer should then strive to develop slab edge and spandrel beam designs that are consistent with this strategy.

Publication Date: 2007

Author(s)

James Parker, PE, Alec Zimmer, PE and Christopher Hewitt