Gateway at Belknap
State: Michigan City: Grand Rapids
Completed: 2017 Contractor: Orion Construction Inc
The Gateway at Belknap are apartments in a quickly developing neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The mixed use development includes studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, row houses, a restaurant, and retail spaces.
The building utilized precast framing for the parking garage and a support of the four stories of wood framed structure on top. Precast is easily compatible with other trades such as woodwork. Installment occurred in phases to accommodate the tight urban site restrictions. There was 1,117 linear feet of beams used, which were designed and fabricated to allow the wood framing of the units above to be installed directly on the beams.
The use of a large mobile crane allowed the pieces to be set in small phases and keep the project on track for completion. This helped resolve the problem that was run into when the exterior parking ramp was installed after the units were fully constructed creating a logistic issue with delivery and installation of the 13,920 square feet of 65’ Double Tee members.
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