AISC Releases Design Guide about Revolutionary SpeedCore System
CHICAGO – The American Institute of Steel Construction has added a new design guide to its library, and it’s all about speed!
Design Guide 38, SpeedCore Systems for Steel Structures gives designers everything they need to take advantage of the nonproprietary concrete-filled composite steel plate shear wall core system that shaved a whopping 10 months off the erection schedule of Seattle’s 58-story Rainier Square. It’s available for download at aisc.org/dg; a printed version will be available in March.
The guide (authored by Amit H. Varma, PhD; Morgan Broberg; Soheil Shafaei, PhD; and Ataollah Anvari Taghipour) covers coupled and uncoupled systems in planar, C-shaped, and I-shaped configurations. It also includes critical information about designing for wind, fire, and seismic considerations, along with extensive design examples.
“SpeedCore is a game-changer when it comes to the rapid design and erection of steel buildings because there’s no waiting for concrete to cure,” said AISC Vice President of Engineering and Research Christopher H. Raebel, SE, PE, PhD. “It’s possible to build four floors in a week, which translates into shorter construction time, substantial cost savings, and earlier occupancy. The new Design Guide provides a complete toolkit to harness the potential of this innovative structural system.”
In addition to being…well…speedy, SpeedCore provides extraordinary strength and stability, which is one reason it’s being used in seismic zones like Seattle and California. It also offers superior impact and blast resistance, and its predictable structure with no hidden reinforcing bars makes it great for future adaptive reuse.
About the American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a non-partisan, not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, market development, and advocacy. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information.