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EcoContempo

6030 on-site assembly

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Build Day 1
 

Steel members being unloaded from the delivery truck at the site.

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Beams, posts, and subframing stacked.
 
Roof panels stacked on site after delivery.
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Build Day 2
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The first elements to be set are the posts of the mainframe.
The first pieces are lifted here.
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Positioning the post.
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The holes in the baseplate must be aligned with the anchorbolts.
These anchor bolts have been positioned by the onsite contractor according to a placement plan provided by NSteel.
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All of the posts are eventually placed.
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Build Day 3
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Horizontal beam members are installed on this day.
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A ground floor beam over the basement is being placed here. The tabs are for each floor joist and are added to the standard beam in the shop. Details like these greatly speed field assembly.
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The floor beams in place.
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Some of the connections that characterize the construction.
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Build Day 4
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Today the remainder of the floor beams are installed and the first of the main roof beams.
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Here the top member of one of the four main frames is placed. These tapered beams are built up from steel plate to the most efficient profile for the load.
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Placement of floor joists begins. These lightweight steel joists are formed with penetrations to accomodate utilities and ductwork.
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Build Day 6
Second floor joist are being placed.
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At the left of the picture is the stairway opening. The garage is beyond.
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Build Day 7
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Sub framing for window openings is being installed.
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Sub framing surrounding the stairway opening under way here.
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Build Day 8
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This view shows the light well at the center of the house, and the difference in floor level between the Porch Room and the rest of the second floor.
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Plywood floor decking is used with these lightweight steel joists. Also offered is steel decking for placement of a concrete slab.
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The first floor decking complete.
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Build Day 9
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The completed frame.
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Second floor decking being installed.
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The elevated Porch Room is very clear in this photo. The stair leaves you at the small bridge you see here, which will extend in both directions as the second floor hall. Skylights will bring light down through this central well to the living spaces below.
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Build Day 11
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Window installation began on this day.
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Unlike conventional construction, the windows are applied directly to the house frame before wall panels are installed.
Window units in place.
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Build Day 13
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One of the large second floor sliding door units being installed.
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Here all the sliding door units are in place.
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A view of the house from below with windows in place.
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Build Day 14
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Base flashing and trim is installed in anticipation of the wall panels being installed.
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A field cut in an insulated wall panel.
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Because of the slope of the site, panels had to be installed with the crane.
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Each panel extends from the top of the foundation to the roof line.
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Build Day 15
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This elevated platform is for the music room.
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Panel installation continues.
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An overview of the house with panels going in.
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This side nearly complete. The panels are available in several skin textures and corrugations. These have a "micro" corrugation which provides some skin stiffness and an overall smooth appearance. The small corrugations catch light in an interesting pattern.
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Build Day 17
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Here panels are installed at the side wall of the house.
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Here is the opposite side with all panels in place.
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And back to the other side where the last panel is installed. Of note are the panel joints in this photo. The joints between the panels are very subtle. The panel they are installing is not quite locked into position and the joint is very visible. It will match the others once it is in final position.
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