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Oracle's main building was almost complete when their architects departed from their plan for a traditional simple box kiosk, opting instead for a distinctive structure enclosed with a curving cantilevered façade. In response, Walter P Moore expanded our services as the structural engineer for the overall complex to include both enclosure engineering for the kiosk façade and specialized construction modeling.
The entire structure had to be designed and constructed within the existing lobby and the remaining 69-day schedule. First, our team developed an integrated digital workflow to model, optimize, and design a fully integrated structural solution, including the structural frame, infill systems, and façade support.
Next, our specialized construction engineering team developed a fully connected and detailed model of the steel frame, reinforced concrete foundations, and cold-formed metal system that allowed the subcontractors to skip the traditional, time-consuming steps of preparing, coordinating, and scrubbing shop drawings.
Our integrated, fabrication-level models for rebar, cold-formed steel system, and structural steel frame simultaneously reduced the risk of conflicts among the materials in the field and enabled further efficiencies in the construction process. Our integrated approach shortened the time required for steel fabrication to just five days and allowed its erection in just three days. As a result, the distinctive kiosk was completed on time for occupancy, delighting both owner and Oracle employees.