Design Integration Laboratory

Architecture 462/562

Wood and Steel Building Systems

Instructors: Donald Corner, Stephen Duff, Rob Thallon
GTFs: Fred Atherton, Chris Dorman, Susie Harrington, Ken Wiesler

Prerequisite -- Architecture 461

Meets 9:00-10:50am, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, at 115 Lawrence Hall

plus lab sessions (see below)

CRN 11231 (see below for lab CRN's)


Quality buildings are made by people who have a profound understanding of the materials and systems used to make them. In the past, the construction of buildings was an integrated activity, in which aesthetics, planning, structure, and construction were all considered to be part of an overall, unified activity. In some cases, buildings were constructed under the direction of a single master builder, who was an expert in all these areas, and in other cases they were built by the people themselves, their culture having evolved so that the entire population understood the qualities and capabilities of their materials.

Today, however, the construction of buildings follows a much more fragmented process, in which specialists are responsible for small, isolated parts of the overall activity. As a result, it is the contractors who touch the materials and build the buildings that have the most complete understanding of how the materials go together from a practical point of view, and it is the engineers who study the structural capabilities of the materials and calculate the strength of members and connections that have the most complete understanding of how the building behaves from a theoretical point of view. Architects often have little involvement in these activities, concentrating exclusively on programmatic, aesthetic, or management tasks.

Beautiful buildings cannot be made unless design, construction, and engineering are integrated so that they reinforce another. As an architect, you have the legal responsibility to oversee all areas of a building project, but in order to effectively integrate construction and engineering with your designs, you must have real control over the way a building is built, both during the process of design and during the process of construction. In order to have this control, there are two principal areas of knowledge that are required: you need to understand how buildings are put together and you need to understand how buildings behave structurally. Our goal in this course is to begin to develop your understanding in these two general areas. Specifically, we will be studying the construction and detailing of wood and steel systems, and we will be studying the structure and behavior of frame and truss systems.

The lectures in this course are divided into the following four subject areas:

		Part 1:	Analysis (4 lectures)
		Part 2:	Design (2-3 lectures)
		Part 3:	Steel construction and structure (7-8 lectures)
		Part 4:	Wood construction and structure (8-9 lectures)

Parallel to the lectures will be a sequence of eight labs , which we intend to be the heart of the course. Much of the content of the lectures will be directly aimed at supporting what you are doing in the labs.

Required Texts

Allen	Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods, 2nd edition
AF&PA	National Design Specification for Wood Construction   and 
		NDS Supplement: Design Values for Wood Construction
Course packet available at the bookstore in week #2.
Recommended Texts

Breyer		Design of Wood Structures   3rd edition
AISC 		Steel Construction Manual, LRFD Method   Vol. 1
McCormac	Structural Steel Design: LRFD Method  
References (in library)

Forest Products Laboratory	Wood Handbook: Wood as an Engineering Material
Canadian Wood Council	Wood Reference Handbook  (in reference section)
ICBO		Uniform Building Code, 199? edition
WWPA		Western  Woods Use Book  1979
Goetz		Timber Design and Construction Sourcebook
Parker		Simplified Design of Structural Steel
Hoyle		Wood Technology in the Design of Structures
Stalnaker and Harris	Structural Design in Wood
Smith		Structural Steel Design: LRFD Approach
Blanc		Architecture and Construction in Steel

	Homework:		15%
	Lab Sessions:	10%
	Term Project:	35%
	Quizzes:		15%
	Final Exam:		25%

Revised lab sections, times and locations

Existing lab sections:

CRN	Previous time:	 	Room:		Revised Time:		Room:
11232 / 11280	U	12:30-14:50	104 Pac		U	12:00-14:00 	B13 Klam
11233 / 11281	U	15:00-17:20	104 Pac		U	15:00-17:20	283 Lawr
11234 / 11282	W	19:00-21:20	104 Pac		W	19:00-21:20	B13 Klam
11235 / 11283	H	12:30-14:50	104 Pac		H	12:30-14:50	B13 Klam
11236 / 11284	H	15:00-17:20	104 Pac		H	08:30-10:50	283 Lawr

New lab sections:

CRN					New Time:		Room:
16904 / 16905					M	19:00-21:20	B13 Klam
16906 / 16907					U	19:30-21:50	A13 Klam
16908 / 16909					H	19:00-21:20	B13 Klam

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