The Vescom System

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1. Vescom Joists:

Vescom joists are built custom for every project and every location.  They are designed to pick up point loads.  This allow for easy construction of setbacks, easy pickup of headers, and the easy creation of major slab openings.  Heavier loads are accommodated through Vescom’s long span joists and composite truss girders.

Vescom will slope its top chord for roof construction eliminating the need for tapered insulation for drainage.  Vescom will build special openings in the trusses for large mechanical ducts.  Varying floor elevations, standard or Juliet balconies, and special features to better market an apartment or building is accomplished by willingness to custom design to accommodate your needs.

The Vescom UL ratings are the best and the most comprehensive in the industry.  Uses in 2 hour and 3 hour assemblies with one layer of sheetrock accommodate Type I and Type II construction requirements with liberal allowances for unprotected openings.  Ceilings can be attached to the bottom chord of the joist for economy or hung from slab or joists.


2. Vescom Composite Floor System :

Composite joists mean having the concrete slab as the top chord of the joist.  It allows the joist to span further, be stiffer, act as a diaphragm to transmit lateral loads and basically feel substantial like a floor should feel.

Vescom composite joists add more dividends.  Their stiffness eliminates the need for bridging.  No bridging reduces erection cost, increases worker safety, and allows for free circulation of mechanical systems.  Open web joists, which a Vescom joist is, will allow circulation of all mechanical system with no soffits.  The sharing of this plenum space reduces building height, building costs, and allows upscale mechanical solutions without costly construction.



3. Vescom Energy Absorbing Shear Wall :

Seismic design is now required in all areas of the country.  In many mid-rise buildings seismic governs at least in one direction.  Vescom has developed a lateral load resistant wall which revolutionizes the light gauge industry.  The Vescom wall is a high capacity wall designed for high seismic areas.  It actually absorbs the seismic energy similar to an eccentrically braced frame.   Its operating device will remain with the same resistance to earthquake shaking after multiple cycles.  Its strength and redundancy allow for 8, 10, or 12 story structures with a minimum of walls.  No other wall in the light gauge industry is as dynamic and energy absorbing as the Vescom Wall.

Combining the rigidity of the Vescom floor diaphragm and the high capacity Vescom shear walls allow for fewer shear wall and greater architectural flexibility.  Fewer walls equate with less cost and more open apartments.  Vescom has made possible the high mid-rise residential building using the economy, utility, and speed of light gauge construction.


4. Light Gauge Panelized Walls :

Panelization means savings of money and time.  Savings mean reduction of construction time by two- thirds. Savings include on–site labor, on-site risk, reduction in performance time, and reduction in general conditions costs including site waste removal.  A light gauge bearing wall serves a dual purpose as exterior and interior wall in addition to being the vertical structure for gravity and lateral load resistance.  Why build a redundant structure of concrete or steel which wastes money and costs months in construction time?

All Vescoms walls are built in a shop with quality only achieved in a supervised environment.  Vescom builds light gauge walls integrating steel beams and tubes where required.  All panels are welded.  All panels have a load distribution member (LDM) which eliminates the requirement of in line framing.  All exterior walls are built with exterior sheathing, concrete stop, and attachments for OSHA protection.


The Vescom System allows HVAC ducts and electrical systems to remain within the structural portion of the plenum.


1. Accomodates Main HVAC Ducts:

The Vescom system features large framed openings in Vescom truss girders to accommodate the main HVAC ducts. Round flexible secondary ducts easily pass through the diagonal web members of Vescom composite joists.






2. Allows secondary ducts to pass under the bottom chords:

Where required, Vescom composite joists can be designed to allow secondary ducts to pass under the bottom chords.






3. Secondary Duct Pass Through:

Where required, Vescom composite joists can be designed to allow secondary ducts to pass through the bottom chords.




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