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Roof Trusses Arrive - Framing Work Continues

February 10, 2011 - The roof trusses arrived today which was exciting and scary at the same time. These trusses were built in Dallas and shipping them was delayed twice due to unseasonable ice storms (remember the Super Bowl?) that hit our area. We thought there would be a third delay (again because of icy road conditions), but we got a call at 6:00am from ProBuild (truss manufacturer) letting us know the truck was leaving their yard.

When they arrived, the trusses were bigger and heavier than I had imagined. When we were working with them in Sketchup, they were easy to move around.  Reality hit when the truck pulled up to the building. The rollback motor that is used to offload them was frozen.  The only way to get them off the truck was to unload them by hand (not an option) or drop them from the bed of the truck to the ground. When the 27,000 pound load hit - the earth moved.  The reality of getting each of these 450 pound trusses on the roof would prove to be a logistics and engineering challenge.  We met with Danny (the Framer), David (our Project Manager), and Adam/Mike our welders and crane operators.  We came away with a plan.

The first thing we needed to do was to finish working on top plates - the 2" x 6" boards placed around the perimeter of the containers and the overhangs.  We decided on a double sill plate bolted to the containers, and held in place with welded clips in the free hanging areas. Danny made quick work of cutting out the top plate boards to fit the uneven roofs of the containers.  Mike had Adam fabricate a bracket that was hung on the side of the bucket of his cherry picker to hold the heavy welding unit.  This allowed him to easily move around the building and make the welds on the 2" x 2" x 1/4" steel beams. 

On Friday Danny and his crew arrived early and began building the scaffolding that would be needed to work safely over the video production room and other overhanging areas.  The top points of the roof are almost 30' off the ground.  Luckily, wind was not a factor this day.  Our next blog entry will detail how the trusses and roof decking were installed.

Posted by on February 13, 2011

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Here you can see the 6 x 6 x 1/4 inch steel plates placed 16 inch on center over the free hanging areas.

Mike makes a weld on a top plate.

Over 36 plates had to be welded around the top of the building.

We used a double top plate secured with 6 inch bolts.

The video production studio before scaffolding is added.

Top view of the perimeter showing the top plates

Danny and his crew put up the scaffolding.

Wide shot showing how we bridged some of the free hanging areas.

Close up of the metal clips and lag bolts used to secure the top plate.

We also added plates between the containers to take the weight of the roof.

Close up of Cole welding a brace between the containers.

It is important to work clean so we took some time to organize our tools and materials.

Adam and Mike worked on fabricating the doors for the video production room.

One thing that is great about having welders on site - if you want something they will make it as shown with our work bench and table.

Here is an interior view of containers 7, 8 and 11.

As the walls are added, the containers begin to look more like a traditional office interior.

The exterior steel personnel door is hung.

The trusses arrive in the rain/cold weather.

The truck arrives from Dallas with our 60 trusses.

Mike and Adam talking about how we will hoist the trusses to the roof.