Light Gauge Framing Fine Tunes Compound Curves
Radius Track provides new installation at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, Texas.
June 20, 2016
The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio renovation project presented layout space restrictions, trade overlap, tight schedule requirements, and close proximity to occupied spaces. MK Marlow Company LLC, the framing and gypsum contractor, depended on Radius Track Corp. from the beginning by inviting the framing design expert to bid coordination meetings which were held via web-based video conference.
“We wanted a tech savvy partner that could work from the project BIM to design a framing plan for the compound curved walls of the Santa Rosa Chapel,” said Jason Postel, senior project manager at MK Marlow. “The Radius Track Design Technologist identified potential soft and hard clashes and delivered resolutions for each in the final framing design. The greatest cost savings were realized in the field by the efficient framing installation.”
Radius Track created the 3D framing design and CNC fabricated the light gauge framing to infill the red iron steel structure of the chapel. To maintain the precise geometry of the design intent, they provided off-set distances from the red iron steel. These two fine tuning details, off-sets plus pre-curved framing, provided an accurate fastening surface for the drywall sheathing. The precise framing accuracy ensured flush consistent drywall joints, which were critical given the Level 5 Acoustic Finish that was specified – the smoothest of smooth wall finishes.
“The erector set of color coordinated and labeled framing profiles matched to the installation drawings made the installation safer and more productive,” said Postel, “I would definitely work with Radius Track again.”