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GERALD FORD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PARKING DECK ROOF WINS STEEL JOIST INSTITUTE AWARD

May 2018

Gerald ford international airport's parking structure

Gerald Ford International Airport Parking Deck Roof Wins Steel Joist Institute Award 

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — According to the Steel Joist Institute and the Gerald Ford International Airport’s annual report, the team that included WGI’s Carl Walker/Parking Solutions Division won the Non-Industrial Design Award.

The report noted that since the original construction in 2011, this airport never used the top parking deck during the winter. With the growth of air travel, the airport wanted to cover the top level without entirely closing the sides.

For long-term protection, along with the structural steel, the final design required all the steel joists and bridging to be galvanized. With over 600 pieces at 62-feet long, the joists were too long for single dip galvanizing, resulting in each joist being fabricated with a custom matched bolted splice at the center. Steel joists were lighter in weight and more economical than using wide flange beams.

The project credits include:

Location
Grand Rapids, MI

Structural Engineer
Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.

Structural Engineering and Parking Consulting
Carl Walker, a division of WGI

Architect
Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.

Steel Joist Manufacturer
Vulcraft/Verco Group

Steel Fabricator
Builders Iron

 

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