The March 2012 issue of SBC highlighted the benefits of assembling wood roof trusses on the ground. Here, we see an example using cold-formed steel trusses for a Winco Foods Store in Mesa, AZ. Westco Steel Systems designed the store’s roof so the contractor could build each section on the ground and hoist it into place as a fabricated section.
Four workers assembled, sheathed and set the roof in just four days, about half the time and labor it would have taken to individually install the trusses, not to mention greatly increasing safety and reducing the need for complicated fall protection systems. Westco Steel Systems designs many of its projects so the roof can be built on the ground at the jobsite, says Kimbo Godwin, President of Westco, noting, “With the correct planning, the cost of rigging and lifting is very small compared to the cost savings of building on the ground.”