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Protection Screens

Protection Screens

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Concrete international / June 2009
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n every project, building contractors have the sameconcerns—keeping the schedule, dealing with theelements, protecting workers—and when the structure isa skyscraper in a busy, congested city, these concernstake on even more importance. For the builders of theLegacy at Millennium Park, a luxury condominiumresidence in Chicago, IL, the harsh weather andclose proximity to other structures made the projectparticularly challenging.When completed later this year, the 72-story towerwill feature 355 apartments, along with parking, retailfacilities, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.Among the building’s unique features is its glass-wallarchitecture providing floor-to-ceiling windows in theresidences and a design that curves in plan and taperswith elevation.
EnCloSing thE Work EnvironmEnt
To help ease these construction challenges, WalshConstruction, contractor for the Legacy, wanted to createa closed working environment on the tower that wouldprotect workers from Chicago’s wind and ensure workersafety while maximizing production levels. Because of thebuilding’s special design features, any system used wouldrequire reconfiguration as construction progressed upthe building.Walsh Construction chose to use Xclimb 60 ProtectionScreens from Doka USA, Ltd. The system providesprotection for the working floor and up to three floorsbelow. The room-high enclosure provides completeprotection around the accident-prone edges of the slabswhere edge falsework and column-forming operationsare performed.In this safe, comfortable working environment,the workers on the Legacy project were able to moveabout freely without fear of falling, while being shieldedfrom Chicago’s high winds. The Xclimb 60 ProtectionScreen’s modular panel system easily adapted to thebuilding’s challenging design and allowed work toproceed on schedule.The following photos illustrate how this protectionsystem was used on the project.
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Due to the Legacy’s close proximity to other buildings and traintracks, extreme precautions were taken to safely transportmaterial from trucks at the ground level. Because there was noroom on the ground to position equipment or deliver material, astaging level was set up on the 15th floor. From this level, the Xclimb panels were easily positionedThe versatile Xclimb 60 system can be configured as a climbing wall formwork system or the protection screen system shown inthis illustration. Also shown is the integral loading platformfeature. Formwork or other materials can be placed on theplatform that sticks out from the face of the protection screenso the crane has access to lift the materials to the currentworking levelFor the Legacy project, the protection screen panels werepreassembled at a Doka facility to save time and reduce labor costs. The facing material can be changed to suit local conditionsfor the amount of protection from the elements. During warmer construction seasons, a screen material can be used to allow air flow. In this application, solid metal siding was used to providerelief from the cold temperatures and high winds prevalentduring construction of this Chicago high-rise As individual panels of the protection screen were swung intoposition, they were joined together using steel brackets andremovable drift pins. Connecting two panels together to form aprotection shield unit in this manner created a very robust,sturdy system
 
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Once positioned, the protection screens provide a safe working environment for forming the next slab level, placing reinforcement, and placing and finishing the slab.Workers can move around freely, without the distraction of being able to see over theedge of a floor several hundred feet off the ground. After the slab is cast, the screenscan be lifted to the next level using the crane or a hydraulic ram system can be used tofree up crane time After the slab gains strength, removable anchors are embedded in theconcrete about 19 in. (480 mm) in from the edge of the slab to provide aconnection for floor-mounted supports. These supports transfer both vertical and horizontal forces from the protection screen into the floor slabsand also guide the screen unit as it’s raised from one floor to the next.Because the supports are located on three slab levels, the screens arealways supported from at least two levels, even during lifting 

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