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 worked 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 geometric 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.
A sophisticated structural steel support system that secures 1150 unique stone panels, each with its own set of custom connections