2009 Steel Joist Institute, Unique Application – Honorable Mention
The Shepherd University Contemporary Arts Center consists of approximately 100,000 gross square foot of space among three primary buildings: two visual arts buildings, and a theater building, as well as shared public spaces. The site is steeply graded on one edge and integral with the existing campus on the other sides. The current project consists of one of the visual arts buildings. The roof form is intended to be the unifying element for both interior and exterior. The roof structure consists of wood decking bearing on steel joists spaced 3’-0 on center. The steel joists are supported by a CMU bearing wall at the exterior and one row of interim steel beams.