There is nothing like power tools. Today, a large 40 ton crane was brought to 60 Bragg Hill to help lift nine giant structural beams into place. These beams were carefully engineered and fabricated to support both the enormous 24 foot span and the weight of the second floor, which includes large stone slabs which are tightly spaced with minimal grout joints. The beams are made from engineered parallel strand lumber or “para-lam” capable of supporting high loads with minimal deflection—much more than a solid wood beam. Three of the nine beams were sandwiched with a steel flitch plate to create a super strong structural beam. Each of these flitch beams can handle a structural load of 18,000 pounds. While most building codes allow for a deflection (or sagging) of the beam covering 24 feet of 1 1/4 inch, these site-fabricated beams will only deflect one quarter inch over the entire span.
View a slide show of the structural beam installation here.