Radius Track® designed and CNC fabricated the precision CFS framing for the spiral coffered elliptical dome at Faena Forum.


Minneapolis, MN
– Las Vegas, NV (March 29, 2017) – Last night Radius Track Corporation received the Excellence in Construction Award from CISCA, the Ceiling and Interior Systems Contractor Association. The Award, presented this week at CISCA’s annual convention, recognizes the company for excellence in designing and fabricating curved cold-formed steel (CFS) framing for the Faena Forum, Miami Beach, FL. The project received top honors, the Gold award, in the Southeast Region’s Ceilings category for difficult and complex projects.

CISCA applauded the complex framing design and manufacturing contributions Radius Track Corporation made to the successful delivery of the 70-foot diameter spiral coffered dome.  The dome required finishing on both sides, and 2-hour fire rating.  That meant all the light-gauge box-beam trusses acting as primary structural framing had to be streamlined and wrapped in 3-layers of gypsum wall board.  All the dome framing is Curved-Right®, the line of custom framing Radius Track® designs utilizing 3D modeling, CNC fabricates, and delivers as a kit of parts with installation instructions and support through close out. 

Radius Track worked closely with Titus Construction Group, the framing and finish subcontractor to deliver an efficient, cost effective solution that met the design intent, structural, Miami Dade NOA, and fire safety code requirements. Bill Hassel, Titus President & Owner, said “Radius Track added value and solved technical challenges for the project at every step, from engineering, consulting, and fabrication through installation assistance. It seemed as if their Senior Design Technologist was available to us 24/7.”

Titus Construction installed each 35-foot long truss with chain hoists, scaffolds and cranes to precise locations flush to the compression ring using laser levels and measured points on each truss.  With all trusses in place and drywall wrapped, preformed purlin and hat-channel installation commenced followed by the compound curved spiral framing.  Outsourcing the custom fabricated dome framing saved Titus time and allowed them to focus on other scope and coordination needs.

Left: A spiral walk transports guests to seating above the dome to view performances through punched openings in selected coffers. Right: The dome required finishing on all sides to accommodate viewing from above.

With deep expertise developed over 20 years and more than 6000 custom projects, Radius Track continues to lead the complex and curved framing industry with cold-formed steel, aluminum, and stainless framing solutions.  Chuck Mears, FAIA and Chief Design Officer says, “the 5 Step Process we employ outlines the level of services and products we provide to our customers and allows them to decide when to engage our expertise.  Some choose to bring us on during design to validate constructability while others call on us to unify the complex elements into a constructable framing solution.”

Light-gauge dome framing solution includes box-beam trusses, a compound curving spiral track-stud assembly, purlins and curved hat-channel above and below purlins for finish attachment to both sides of the dome.

Bill Hassel, President and Owner, and Nathan Pardue, Vice President & Owner, with Titus Construction along with Chuck Mears, CDO and Owner, Luanne Ketchie, Director of Sales, and Scott Finley, Account Manager-Southwest with Radius Track accepted the award for their work on the dome, the crowning jewel at Faena Forum Designed by OMA.  They also credit the project’s success to: L&W Supply – Hialeah, Tamarack Materials Inc., Marino Ware, USG, Hunter Douglas, and Baswa Phon, all fellow CISCA Members.

About Radius Track Corporation

Radius Track is the expert in designing, engineering and fabricating framing solutions for curved and complex surfaces. The company provides fully engineered framing solutions compatible with the customer’s choice of cladding material for interior surfaces and exterior envelopes. Projects include domes, ceilings, walls, façades, roofs and any other type of curved surface…from simple to complex…structural or non-structural.

The Radius Track Design Team employs leading 3D virtual modeling technology to deliver cost effective constructable solutions that honor the design intent. The company is passionate about serving its customers well – understanding design intent, mitigating risk before construction begins, delivering clear instructions and, most importantly, staying with customers until the job is done. Radius Track pioneered curved framing technologies used in some of the most notable architectural projects of the past two decades. Radius Track was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. For more information, visit www.radiustrack.com.

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