Taking design-build to another level

In the shadow of Arizona’s Camelback Mountain, just north of downtown Scottsdale, Arizona, the Optima Camelview Village represents the most ambitious Fast-Frame project to date.

For the 720-unit condominium Optima Camelview Village project in Scottsdale, Arizona, Gerdau Fast-Frame* teamed with the Steel Frame Alliance, helping the developer to see immense time savings through the integrated approach to engineering, detailing, framing and structural steel rolling and delivery.

The Optima Camelview Village consists of 11 seven-story buildings that rise from three levels of contiguous underground parking for a total of more than two million square feet. The project features include indoor swimming pool and racquetball courts, 22-foot cantilevered balconies and “green” (earthen) roofs for energy conservation.

Gerdau Fast-Frame participated in the Camelview project as part of the Steel Frame Alliance, and was a vital part of the entire process, from selling the steel frame package to the actual delivery of the steel to the fabricator. Steel Frame Alliance’s scope of services has included all structural engineering, as well as the structural steel framing and floor slabs for a complete building shell.

This design-build approach to the building shell – combined with the structural system used – cut approximately 35% off the project development schedule.

Even before this project was complete, David Hovey, president of Optima, Inc., said, “(We) have achieved some of our most ambitious architectural accomplishments to date. This team of steel specialists has afforded us the opportunity to break new ground on the Optima Camelview project, and opens exciting new possibilities of our future projects as well.”

*At the beginning of the Optima Camelview project, Fast-Frame was operated by Chaparral, a steel manufacturer subsequently acquired by Gerdau.

Gerdau Fast-Frame This team of steel specialists has afforded us the opportunity to break new ground on the Optima Camelview project, and opens exciting new possibilities of our future projects as well.

David C. Hovey FAIA, President

Camelview Condominium Project

Scottsdale, AZ

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