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Construction of the Kimmel Pavilion Draws to an end for Canam Group Teams

December 12, 2016

The Kimmel Pavilion, a 21-story project with a surface area of 830,000 square feet (77, 110 square meters), is part of an expansion for the New York University Langone Medical Center. Canam-Heavy’s engineering connection design team began the connections for the project in October 2013. However, it was only in the summer of 2016 that the last structural beam was erected. The structure of this building required almost 17,500 tons of steel components. Part of this tonnage was subcontracted. Erection teams are currently installing the exterior curtain walls which are made of reflective glass, whereas the teams of Canam Group are finalizing the design and fabrication of the maintenance platforms of the 19th floor that will give access to the buildings mechanical equipment. The building, which is scheduled to open in 2018, aims to achieve LEED® Gold certification.

This project was challenging particularly the seventh floor that supports both the lower floors and the fourteen upper floors of the building. In addition, a certain number of beams at the core of the building are made of welded steel plates ranging from 4 to 5 inches (10 to 13 centimeters). Specific connections had to be designed due to the heavy load.

Jacks were used to bring lower floors to their correct elevation when temporary columns supporting the trusses were removed.

Thanks to this collaborative approach, the challenges encountered were transformed into solutions. It was this same collaboration that enabled this large-scale project to be successfully carried out.

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The jacks were modeled then printed with a 3D printer in order to study if they had an architectural effect, that is, to see if there were any interferences, since the jacking system is permanent in this area of the building.

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Canam Group teams are finalizing the design and fabrication of the maintenance platforms of the 19th floor that will give access to the buildings mechanical equipment.