Conceptual Solutions (Version 2)

What is a Conceptual Solution? 

The development of a Conceptual Solution is a complimentary service provided by the Steel Solutions Center to demonstrate the viability of a steel framing system for a specific project. The Steel Solutions Center will evaluate the project requirements and develop a solution to meet those requirements using a structural steel system for the proposed building or bridge layout.

A Conceptual Solution can include:

  • Framing system comparisons based on economy, ease of erection, and project schedule
  • Floor framing bay studies and optimized column layouts
  • Evaluation of steel framing systems for project-specific requirements, including low floor-to-floor heights and vibration 
  • Member sizes and steel quantities based on past framing studies

Check out the sample prototypes below for an idea of what we're able to provide and contact our Steel Solutions Center for a customized conceptual solution for your specific project. 



We have developed prototypes that are representative of many similar structures and can serve as examples of conceptual solutions that we are able to provide. SSC clients often use as these as the first step in moving their projects forward in steel. Examples of information typically received and the conceptual solutions provided in reply are both presented in these prototypes. Our conceptual solutions also come with continued support throughout the life of the project from the SSC and more directly, AISC's regional Structural Steel Specialists.

Healthcare Prototypes

Healthcare Prototype I
Exploring Conventional Composite Framing

Healthcare Prototype II
Exploring Castellated Composite Framing

Healthcare Prototype III
Exploring Seismic Load Resisting Systems

Parking Prototypes

Parking Prototype I

Parking Prototype II

Parking Prototype III
Exploring Conventional Composite and Castellated Composite Framing Options