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Cold formed steel framing installation with lateral supports
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Cold Formed Steel Framing in a Structural Application

What is Cold-Formed Steel Framing?

Cold-formed steel framing (CFS) is made from sheet steel that is formed into C-sections and other shapes by roll forming the steel through a series of dies at room temperature.  Heat is not required to form the shapes, hence the name cold-formed steel. A variety of steel thicknesses are available to meet a wide range of structural and non-structural applications.

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Geopier rammed aggregate pier test pier installation
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Geopier Rammed Aggregate Piers for 6 Story Building

Geopier Rammed Aggregate Piers (RAP) as a Ground Improvement System for a 6 Story Residential Building in Chicago

As the developer and owner of a 36 unit residential building at 851 W. Grand in Chicago, 3F Construction spent considerable time evaluating the most cost-effective foundation solution for the building.  After extensive research, in field testing, and one failed approach, 3F selected Geopier Rammed Aggregate Piers (RAP) as the ground improvement system.  This allowed us to construct the building on traditional spread footings.  The Geopiers worked great and exactly as advertised.  However, the City of Chicago does not formally recognize “stone column” ground improvement systems.

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Useful Links for Real Estate Developers and General Contractors in Chicago

Useful Links for Real Estate Developers and General Contractors who do business in Cook County or the City of Chicago

As real estate developers and general contractors, we use all the online tools available to us.  Keeping track of the resources in one place is a challenge.  This page is dedicated to tracking and sharing useful links to City of Chicago and Cook County resources for Real Estate Developers and General Contractors.

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