The University of Alaska Anchorage Sports Complex, also called the UAA Alaska Airlines Center, is a 5,000-seat multipurpose arena. EEIS Consulting Engineers, Inc. (EEIS) provided the structural engineering design services delegated to the contractor by the engineer of record in the bid documents. Design work performed by EEIS included seismic restraint of mechanical equipment, suspended ceilings of light-gauge steel framing, large exterior walls and parapets of light-gauge steel framing, and attachments of the parapets to the structural steel frame.
The University of Alaska Anchorage constructed a new three-story Health Science Building with a penthouse for mechanical equipment. EEIS provided the metal stud shop drawings for the building and detailing of the metal wall panel attachments to the metal studs.
EEIS provided structural design services for metal stud framing and metal stud shop drawings for a new Cabela’s store. The project covered a total of 136,558 square feet of area with 132,678 square feet at grade level and 3,880 square feet on a mezzanine. The metal studs were required to support a variety of loading conditions from gun cases, canopies, and display shelves. EEIS designed the light-gauge studs and joists for the exterior walls, interior walls, mezzanine framing, fireplace framing, and area separation walls.
EEIS provided the structural engineering and drawings for the metal studs for walls of the hospital building, a two-story structure with a mechanical penthouse. The main entrance to the building was on the east end where the grade sloped up to the second story. The south side of the building was constructed with curving walls with a 120-foot radius to the outside face of the building.
EEIS provided structural engineering and drawings for the renovation and expansion of the McKinley Annex building. The expansion consisted of a 103-foot-long addition to the three-story building.
EEIS provided structural engineering and drawings of the exterior walls and the attachment of the exterior wall cladding to the studs for the entire building. The Mat-Su Regional Medical Center Building was three stories high.
EEIS provided structural engineering and drawings for the interior and exterior walls of the clinic building. The Health Clinic was constructed with a structural steel frame supporting light-gauge metal studs for the exterior walls. The studs were required to be designed to resist blast loads around window and door openings.
EEIS provided structural engineering and drawings for the wall studs of the church building. The studs were long span with large openings that presented challenges to design.
EEIS provided the structural engineering design services for the exterior metal studs. The shop drawings included design of light-gauge steel framing and attachment of the studs to the structural steel building frame.
EEIS provided structural earthquake engineering design services for Providence Hospital. The project consisted of extensive seismic bracing design of automatic transfer switch (ATS) cabinets, ATS cable, generators, conduit runs, NEMA 4x enclosures, concrete encased conduit suspended from ceilings, pull boxes, steel conduit enclosures, feeders, motor control center (MCC), transformers, switchboards, enclosed circuit breakers, and panel boards. The design included encased conduits in concrete with metal housing for protection of the electrical feeder. Platforms were designed to remove the existing generators from the second floor.
EEIS provided structural engineering and drawings for the metal studs used to frame the walls in a new maintenance facility hangar. The hangar housed F-22 fighter jets and was constructed with two large doors on the west side of the building for the aircraft to enter. The facility also contained offices on the first and second floors of the building on the north, south, and east sides of the building.
EEIS provided structural design services for a building expansion. The project consisted of providing metal stud shop drawings and calculations for stud framing of the structure addition.
EEIS provided structural design review services for a 14- by 48-foot utility and electrical module. The project consisted of reviewing the calculations and shop drawings for the module steel and light-gauge framing. The design review consisted of checking the module framing for earthquake, wind, snow, and lifting loads.
Cook Inlet Region, Inc was developing a wind farm with 11 wind turbines generating 17.6 megawatts of electrical power on Fire Island just west of Anchorage. EEIS designed the concrete foundation for a 34-foot by 20-foot electrical switchgear building and seismic anchoring for various electrical modules.
EEIS provided engineering design and construction support for portions of a new 15,539-square-foot, two-story building. The building had a braced steel frame structure with reinforced concrete basement walls. EEIS designed the light-gauge steel studs and provided shop drawings. Concrete formwork for the basement walls was also designed by EEIS. EEIS also consulted with the contractor on construction sequencing of basement walls that were designed to be laterally supported by the second floor.
The city of Sitka was building a facility to disinfect drinking water with ultraviolet light instead of chlorine. Eighteen- (18-) and twenty-four- (24-) inch-diameter pipes with heavy valves were located in the basement. The valves needed to be periodically removed from the basement for maintenance. EEIS was retained to design the overhead crane beams and trollies to lift the valves. EEIS provided structural engineering design of the overhead cranes. EEIS selected a beam trolley with a 2-ton chain hoist. EEIS designed W8x28 crane beams, angle iron hangers, welds, and cast-in-place concrete anchors.
EEIS provided structural engineering for the design of connections between the purlins of a pre-engineered building and Unistrut to support a 14-foot-6-inch by 24-foot-6-inch projector screen. The design included seismic restraint of the screen.
EEIS provided structural engineering services for the attachment of a 16-foot-6-inch by 16-foot digital sign to an existing building. A wood ledger with angle support steel was used to span the studs of the building and to connect to the predesigned sign frame.
EEIS provided structural engineering review for the design of the contractor-provided skids and lifting tabs. The skids and lifting tabs were designed to support two 1,000-pound generator sets. The tabs were 5/8 inches-thick with 1-1/2-inch holes and were welded to the four corners of each skid.
EEIS provided structural design for supports for a new heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system at the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities building. The HRV system needed a support platform, which required the design and installation of additional support beams.
EEIS provided structural review services for telecommunication poles. The project involved review of calculations for loads on poles as well as code compliance for a pole package.
EEIS provided structural engineering and design services for seismic bracing and anchoring of water heaters, boilers, fuel oil tanks, furnaces, expansion tanks, and HVAC equipment.
EEIS provided structural earthquake engineering design services for seismic restraint of a cable tray feeder. The design included seismic restraint anchorage of the cable tray feeder using Hilti bolts into concrete pads.
EEIS provided structural earthquake engineering design services for seismic restraint for the piping using Hilti bolts into a concrete pad.
EEIS provided structural earthquake engineering design services for the exhaust fans for the McDonald’s store at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The design also included seismic restraint of a cooler/freezer unit using Hilti bolts into the existing concrete floor deck.
EEIS provided structural engineering design services for the heating and ventilation unit at the Professional Military Education Center for Elmendorf Air Force Base. Design included seismic restraint of an air handling unit to the existing building roof.
EEIS provided structural engineering design services for and seismic restraint of new dimmer equipment at the University of Alaska Anchorage Alaska. The design secured the dimmer equipment to an existing concrete masonry unit wall.
EEIS provided structural earthquake engineering design services for various sites in Anchorage, Alaska. Seismic restraint designs were provided for transformers, uninterruptible power supplies (USPs), data center feeders, and switchboards. Representative building sites included Alaska Regional Hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Northrim Bank, WH Pacific offices, West Anchorage High School, and Romig Middle School.
EEIS provided structural earthquake engineering design services for seismic restraint of boilers, a 5,000-gallon fuel tank, unit heaters, an 18- by 19-foot generator, piping, propane tank, and an air handling unit.
EEIS provided structural earthquake engineering design services for restraining mechanical and electrical equipment. The equipment included boilers, sliding concave foundation (SCF) isolators, transformers, dampers, air separators, pumps, expansion tanks, air handling units, emergency generator, transformers, fans, kitchen hoods, variable air volume boxes, water heaters, expansion tanks, heat exchangers, and unit heaters. Some equipment was floor mounted; other equipment was hung from the ceiling. The project also included extensive seismic bracing of ducts and piping.