Techniques to construct a range of substructures and superstructures

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Techniques to construct a range of substructures and superstructures

Construction and the Built Environment

Unit Learning outcomes
LO1 Discuss the terminology used in construction technology.
LO2 Describe the different techniques used to construct a range of substructures and superstructures, including their function and also design selection criteria.

Assignment brief and guidance
You are working as an Architectural Technician for a large design practice and your employer has asked you to produce ‘design consideration’ pamphlets to be distributed to new employees. The documents are to consider the functional requirements and design selection criteria for different elements of typical commercial buildings and structures. You are to focus on three current projects being undertaken by the practice, these are as follows:
1.       Firstly, a ten-storey shared occupation/apartment building in the Manchester City Centre.
2.       Secondly, a steel portal factory and storage unit in the outskirts of Glasgow.
3.       Thirdly, a new cable car from the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park in London to the Kierbeck Business Complex.

Construction and the Built Environment assignment

Document 1: Substructures
This document should consider the pre-design studies to be out and the type of information to be collated in order to design the most suitable foundation type for different types of structures above. The document should also consider the construction of different types of foundations and their suitability for use with different types of structures above.

Document 2: Superstructures
This document should consider the following elements of the superstructure:

Walls
Roofs
Floors – ground and intermediate
Windows and doors
Staircases
Finishes
Structural supports and members

The document should contain a description of the functional characteristics of each of the above elements and also the design selection criteria for their use.
Both documents should contain diagrams to illustrate the technical content. In addition to these you will be to specify materials from appropriate manufacturers and include this information as an appendix and referred to in your technical narrative.

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