This new ground up, one-story, 4,500 square foot industrial building is a prototype for COX Communications to be copied throughout the Southwestern United States. Cost efficient, slender concrete masonry walls, using conventional reinforcing, and a concrete filled metal roof deck formed the structural system. The foundation system used traditional shallow bearing, conventionally reinforced concrete. Steel columns and steel beams supported the roof.
To complete the architect's vision, a combination of cold formed steel and wood framing was added to t to bring relief to the exterior elevations. The Kelly Design Group used a combination of building materials to yield the most cost effective solution for this project. Using the latest design techniques available, The Kelly Design Group created a steel framing system of the lightest weight possible.
Working with the Owner's concept for the future, additional structural elements were designed at portions of this new building to more easily allow for expansion as the needs of COX communications grows.
The most economical solution to create new open spaces within this building was to replace the existing light-gauge steel stud wall and X-Bracing system, with new Ordinary Steel Moment Frames. This presented engineering design and installation challenges, but proved to be the only viable solution.