People: Designer and builder, KBW Associates, Fargo.
Products: The project employed a continuous-beam framing system from Varco Pruden in Memphis, Tenn., in conjunction with tilt-up concrete wall panels. A continuous-beam frame with an off-center ridge allowed the builder to divide the space based upon various requirements while maintaining the peak above the common corridor. Bar joists and purlins were cantilevered to provide rounded corners to the structure.
Fine Points: Part of the 55-acre North Dakota State Research and Technology Park, this two-story, 42,400-square-foot office and research facility is home to an engineering, research, and development company that provides products and solutions to the aerospace industry. The pairing of the metal building frame with the tilt-up wall panels fulfilled the owner’s requirement for a flexible, efficient, and quiet building.