New CFAC Week 70: Unitized system

March 15, 2016

NewCFAC_Week70 The two halves of the new Centre for Arts and Culture are beginning to look more alike as crews make progress on west curtain wall. The entire envelopment should be complete within a couple of months thanks to a trusted and efficient process.

There are various systems for installing a curtainwall, but the one being used for CFAC is the unitized or modular system. In this system large portions or modules of the wall are preassembled and glazed at the factory before being shipped to the construction site. A typical unitized module is one story high and a few feet wide, depending on design. Each module is lifted by a hoist and simply locked into place by crew members from inside the building.

One of the biggest advantages of the unitized system is speed. Unitized installation is considerably faster than other systems because the glazing and much of the assembly is done at a factory while crews work on other areas of the building. Selecting the most efficient processes ensures that the building will be ready to open on time, avoiding disruptions to students.

Last week crews also continued to work on metal roof decking on the west side of the building, as well as scaffolding removal in the recital hall.

Fast Facts:

  • Average manpower for the week was 255 workers
  • 14,793 m3 of concrete has been poured to date.

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