This research aims to evaluate the earthquake and post-earthquake fire performance of mid-rise CFS-building systems through full-scale earthquake and live thermal testing of a 6-story wall-braced system. Through partnership with cold-form steel and other materials suppliers, design engineers, and insurance entities, a unique experimental program is underway. Central to this effort is the construction of a full-scale portion of a 6-story CFS-wall braced building directly on the UCSD Large High Performance Outdoor Shake Table. Wall and floor systems for the building are assembled in a panelized fashion off-site, thus the overall erection time of the building is dramatically reduced. The test building will be subjected to low amplitude white noise motions and sequentially increasing in amplitude earthquake motions. Subsequently, live thermal tests will be conducted on two floors of the building, in corridor and room like spaces strategically designed to investigate thermal patterns that develop due to reduced compart mentation ensued during the earthquake motions. Read more
September 22, 2014 Irvine, CA: Today, the Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ) released their annual list of Fastest Growing Private Companies for 2014.
Superior Wall Systems and it’s subsidiaries SWS Panel, SWS Truss and EZ Stud by SWS are amongst the fastest growing companies to top the list with an impressive average 30 increase three years in a row to over $90 million in revenue for the last 12 month period.
Ron Hudson, President of SWS Companies sees this growth continuing with his innovative technology that improves the quality and speed at which commercial buildings are constructed. This growth creates a win for all parties involved when they hire an SWS company for the commercial steel load bearing wall construction.