Photo courtesy of JGMASOS Children’s Village Roosevelt Community Center
1133 West 13th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Completed: October 15, 2020                                                                                                        

Owner: SOS Children’s Villages
Architect of Record: JGMA
Engineer of Record for Structural Work: 
TGRWA Structural Engineers 
Cold-Formed Steel Specialty Engineer: Brian Skupien, raSmith
Cold-Formed Steel Specialty Contractor: Thomas Garcea Jr., R.G. Construction Services, Inc. 
Award Entry Submitted by: Kyle Poquette and Brian Skupien, raSmith

Project Background

Photo courtesy of JGMASOS Children's Villages are active in 135 countries and territories around the world. These villages provide a foster care environment with individual homes that support a nurturing, stable atmosphere for children who are under the care of a full-time, professional foster parent. SOS Children's Villages have helped hundreds of thousands of children each year through alternative care, family strengthening, education and empowerment, and other community-based work. 

Photo courtesy of JGMAThe new SOS Children's Village Roosevelt Square Community Center located in Chicago, Illinois is an 11,000-square-foot space that was completed in October 2020. This single-story building was constructed with a heavy timber post and beam frame, cross-laminated timber (CLT) panel roof and exterior cold-formed steel (CFS) backup framing of metal panel veneer. It is expected to serve not only the Roosevelt Square community, but also more than 5,000 people from the surrounding neighborhoods. The new community center provides programs for academic, therapeutic, social and recreational support; multi-use spaces for community members to connect to public resources; and a culinary kitchen that provides a space for food and nutrition education and jobs/skills training for the hospitality industry.

Design Challenges and Solutions

Photo courtesy of JGMAraSmith designed the exterior cold-formed steel framing that supports the metal panel veneer. This included bypass framing attached to the CLT roof with deflection clips and hard clips, exterior openings and, most notably, support framing for the continuous sloping curtain walls. A small amount of interior framing for the main entry vestibule was also part of raSmith's project scope.

The majority of the building is wrapped in continuous sloping curtain walls. raSmith supported the curtain walls with a combination of long-spanning CFS headers and kicked spandrel framing. The CFS headers span up to 22 feet in length consisting of three (3) 600S200-97 studs and three (3) 600T250-97 continuous tracks connected to heavy timber posts with custom brackets designed by the structural engineer of record (SER). The CFS headers are field welded to the custom brackets. Spandrel framing is hard connected to the edge of the CLT roof and kicked back to the top of the roof panels.

Photo courtesy of JGMAFull frame elevations of the exterior walls were required in order to determine the geometry of the curtain wall backup framing. The connections of the CFS members and connectors to the CLT roof structure presented a particular challenge and required the SER to provide an additional structural angle at the edge of the roof for support of the kicked spandrel framing.

Framing at the interior of the main entry vestibule contained its own design challenges. An approximately 21-foot-long header was required to span above the interior curtain wall. One end of the header was supported by a cold-formed steel post, but the other end framed into a large glulam beam that supported the roof. The glulam beam ran at a unique angle from the header, which meant the header had to be cut to fit and attached with clips.

 Photo courtesy of JGMA

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