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Type: Cultural
Scope of Work: Geometry Resolution and Special Detailing of Pre-Cast Panel Structural Support System
Client: Advanced Cast Stone / David Kufferman PE
Location: Natchitoches, Louisiana
Status: Completed 2013
Team: Trahan Architects, David Kufferman PE (Specialty Steel Consultant), Method Design (Geometry and Detailing Consultant), CASE Inc(BIM Manager and Technology Consultant)
Method Design Team: Reese J Campbell, Demetrios A Comodromos,  David Stasiuk

The primary design element of the Louisiana State Sports Hall Of Fame + Regional History Museum, designed by Trahan Architects is a fluid, organic interior space sculpted from panels of cast stone. As specialty design consultants to the pre-cast panel fabricator, Advanced Cast Stone, Method Design is working with David Kufferman P.E. to develop and engineer a sophisticated structural steel support system that secures the 1150 unique stone panels, each with its own set of custom connections. An integrated multi-platform approach was used in the development of custom tools that solved for the complex geometrical relationships that deployed the dynamic and flexible connection system to a responsive structural support frame.  Key to process was the programming environment of Grasshopper, Karamba and Geometry Gym, operated in parallel with Robot structural analysis software and SDS/2 for steel detailing. This allowed Method to iteratively develop a system with a feedback response loop and transfer geometrical data seamlessly across multiple softwares. The end result was a fully detailed Level 400 model of every structural member, support and connection used ultimately for fabrication and installation of the steel supports and cast stone connections.