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Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation Creates Signature Structure in Michigan

Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation Creates Signature Structure in Michigan

For the recent expansion of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan, Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation used SDS/2 to model the building's signature bird's beak porte cochere, constructed of curved members.

The structure is fabricated from HSS20x12x1/2 rolled to a 116-foot, 5-inch radius on the perimeter, with HSS16x8x1/2 rolled to a 99-foot, 9-inch radius for the top chord and a 99-foot, 2-inch radius for the bottom chord of the center truss.

To learn more about this unique structure, including how BIM help facilitate the overall project's success, read the February 2013 issue of Modern Steel Construction.