Structural I-Beam

The removal of the wall between the kitchen and family room to make way for a more open floorplan and kitchen island required placement of a steel I-Beam in the ceiling above the island along with 2 steel posts that went down 2 stories to the foundation below.

Here is the crane brought in to hoist the steel I-Beam and 20′ long posts into the house through the family room window.

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Placement of the I-Beam using a scissor jack.

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Onsite welding the posts to the I-Beam and bolts to the posts for studs. This had to be done onsite to be sure of height and fit.

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Bolting posts to the foundation required reinforcement to the foundation with 4,000 psi concrete, seen here being poured in with a pump.

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A shear walls was added perpendicular to the I-Beam to transfer earthquake force down the post to the foundation.

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Completed opening.

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Photo credit: Mitch Shenker Studio