Anderson Center Station
Anderson Township, Ohio

Renderings courtesy of KZF Design

The new mixed-use Anderson Center Station sits on a 5.5 acre site adjacent to the retail development, Anderson Towne Center. A total of 322,000 sq ft of residential spreads across two four-story buildings on podium, which sits atop a 274,000 sq ft, three-story parking garage.

The 488 space parking + podium structures are constructed with post-tensioned concrete + mild reinforced slab, respectively. The design includes indoor waiting areas for shuttles + bus stops as well as an indoor golf simulator on the second level.

There are a total of 256 apartment units. Ones falling above the podium are wood-framed; those below are metal stud. Residents also enjoy 7500 sq ft of amenity spaces that include an outdoor infinity pool, fitness center, business space, and massage + yoga rooms.

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  • Interesting stuff. I am looking at the roof supports in my garage. It is a stick building. 20′ X 20′ wide it only has four 2 X 6 boards spanning the middle third that are 20 feet long and sagging pretty good. Anyone that could point me at some possible ways to shore it up?

    • Hi Jeffrey,

      20 ft is a long distance for 2×6’s to span without any support. We recommend that you have this reviewed by a local engineer before performing work. We reached out to your email with additional information.

  • What methods have you used where the bar joists in the existing part of the building run perpendicular to the wall where the addition is proposed.

    • In the blog post, the diagrams show the joists being perpendicular to the wall. If the joists are parallel to the wall, the same procedures for eliminating the drift on the lower roof apply: 1) add a new low section of roof that can carry the drifted snow or 2) cantilever out new framing over the original structure.

      If we can’t do the above options or if the new drift is not that great, we analyze the joists with the new loads and design reinforcing to be added where necessary. The Steel Joist Institute Technical Digest 12, “Evaluation and Modification of Open Web Steel Joists and Joist Girders” and Vulcraft’s free on-demand webinar, also titled “Evaluation and Modification of Open Web Steel Joists and Joist Girders” show how to design the reinforcing. Also, Vulcraft’s publication titled “Design of Vulcraft Steel joist, Joist Girders and Steel Deck” addressed the topic but may be out of print.

  • I’m looking at purchasing a home that has a detached 2 car garage. In looking at the inside of the out building, I noticed that the roof stresses are spaced 4′ on center and the seating was 7/16″ osb plywood. I didn’t see that ” H ” were used between sheets of osb sheets. The out building is less than 1year in age. The structure is not insulated but if I were to buy the property I would be wanting to insulate and heat the 2 car garage. How would I go about making sure that the roof is structurally safe. The trusses are 2×4 designed. The dimensions of the garage is 24′ × 30′ and the roof is, I believe a 4/12 or 5/12 pitch. I really like the home and the extra 2 car garage is a plus. Thank you Jeff

    • Hi Jeff, the outbuilding that you are asking about sounds somewhat typical for utility structures. For lighter framed utility buildings, roof trusses are often spaced 4 ft on center for economy reasons. The sheathing still needs to be supported at 24 inches on center. Typically, buildings of this type will use 2×4 roof purlins spaced at 24 inches on center that are perpendicular to the roof trusses to support the roof sheathing. If this building doesn’t have purlins, those can be added in to provide proper support once you buy the property. Lightweight insulation should be fine for this type of roof as well.

  • I’m building a lean-to style cabin in Willow Alaska, I’m told it’s important to have snow shoveled off the roof when needed. I’m unsure of how much of a snow load my roof can support. The roof consists of 2x12x20’s rafters, the footprint of the walls are 16×16. Is there somewhere I can calculate my snow load? I tried to over-plan for snow load, but I’m not sure if the 2×12’s are enough. Any advice/direction would be appreciated. Thanks

    • Hi Jeff, thanks for contacting Schaefer! Unfortunately, we cannot comment on design or design checks in this forum. However, we are licensed in all 50 states and are happy to work with you on your Alaskan cabin. You can connect with us at 800.542.3302.

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