Student Team: Michael Lucas, Andrew Schafer, Bennett McLaughlin, Sam Hardison
Advisor: Heather Hirst
Sponsoring Organization: Integrus Architecture
Liaison: Heather Hirst
To address a shortage of skilled tradespeople in the Spokane area, Spokane Community College selected Integrus Architecture and our team to design a new training center for skilled tradespeople. Integrus provided the architectural design while our civil design team focused on developing a structural system for the building. After consulting with the architect and evaluating structural systems, we selected and designed a system composed of steel braced frames to satisfy lateral force resistance requirements. The gravity framing system consists of exposed wide-flange steel beams, girders and roof joists, satisfying the architect’s request to expose as much of the structure as possible. Other structural elements such as roof decking, columns, and foundations were designed around the steel braced frames.