How does Prescient work with the architects and other design consultants?
Prescient is an integral member of the project design team. Our architects and engineers will work hand-in-hand with your architect and consulting engineers to integrate and coordinate our structure with architecture and building systems. We produce structural drawings at all major design milestones and provide stamped drawings for permit submittals.
When should we engage with the Prescient team about our project?
As soon as possible. The earlier a project is designed to the grid, the more advantages there are in time and cost savings. Ideally, we would be involved during conceptual design to ensure maximum benefits of our integrated platform, but we work with projects that are already as far as Design Development and enable significant time and cost savings.
What is the most efficient way to design with the Prescient platform?
Using the Prescient platform is pretty simple. First, design as much of the main structural walls to the grid as possible using our Revit plug-in. A general rule of thumb is to have all exterior, demising, and corridor walls as well as stair and elevator shafts on the grid. Other Prescient walls are often needed within a living unit in order to accommodate the maximum span criteria (20’ in private spaces, 12’ in public spaces) of the structure. Second, design units and structural elements to stack vertically. Lastly, leverage the information contained in the structural model – available as early as the schematic design phase – to fully integrate MEP systems into the structure. Design for value and constructability as you go and eliminate the need for costly redesign.
How do MEP systems work with your system?
Our structural system is designed for seamless integration of all MEP systems. The BIM model produced by our software is a replica of what gets built so proper planning leads to highly predictable installation of MEP systems. Specific information on dimensional guidelines related to our trusses and panels is located on our Technical Information page.
Can plumbing run through your structural walls?
All plumbing wet walls should be built into infill, non-structural walls. Vertical plumbing lines (such as main waste lines, fire sprinkler risers, etc.) cannot penetrate the top track of our wall panels. Additionally, having all plumbing located in non-structural walls makes for more efficient construction sequencing.
What exterior finishes work with your system?
Our structural system is designed to handle nearly any typical exterior enclosure system.
What kind of foundation system does your system require?
Our system can be installed on concrete slab-on-grade foundations, elevated concrete podiums, or structural steel composite deck structures.
Do windows and doors have to be on the 2’ grid as well?
No. The system is flexible and can accommodate nearly any rough opening.
Can I have floor-to-ceiling glass on my project?
Yes, but not extensively. Our structure depends on lateral bracing in the exterior walls of the building. We will work with you to evaluate the best way to balance the architectural intent of the design with the structural realities of the system.
What is the maximum floor-to-floor height?
13’-6” is our maximum, but this may need to be reduced for lower levels of the building depending on the number of floors. Generally, our floor/ceiling assembly is 20” thick. Therefore, if 9’-0” ceiling heights are desired, the building should be designed for 10’-8” floor-to-floor.
How do stair and elevator shafts work with your system?
Stair and elevator shafts are constructed from Prescient panels and posts and are integral with the rest of the structure. These shafts are designed to allow for higher fire ratings dependent upon the construction type of the project. There is no need for concrete or masonry cores.
How do you handle balconies in your system?
We have developed a standard connection detail for supporting balconies. These supports need to be attached to posts within the system and therefore need to be on the 2’ grid. However, the balcony itself does not necessarily have to be on the grid. You can find a detail of this connection in our resource section.
How many grids can I utilize on my project?
Many. However, we try to keep the number of different grids (to create building elements at different angles to each other) to as few as possible in order to keep the structure as standardized as possible. The more building that is on the grid the more cost effective the project will be.
Can the building design have elements that are at non-rectilinear angles?
Yes. The most efficient use of our system is to design the entire building to the grid. However, if special architectural features are desired, we can accommodate this with on-site framing that is connected to the grid-based structure.
Does your structure require expansion joints?
Sometimes. As is the case with other structural systems, when a building gets very long or has an unusual shape, it will require one or more expansion joints. Our engineering team will advise the project team early on about the need for expansion joints and will provide specific details on how to incorporate them into your project.
How do you handle RTUs, condenser farms, and other rooftop equipment?
We will work with the MEP engineers and subcontractors as necessary to coordinate the location, size, and weight of all roof top equipment. We have standard details and methods for incorporating the supporting structure for mechanical equipment. Getting these kinds of issues resolved early in the design phase of the project is always helpful.
Are you the engineer for your system?
Yes. We engineer our system from the transfer slab (foundation, podium, etc.) up. The project engineer of record is responsible for engineering the attachment of our structure to the transfer slab as well as other structural components to the project that are not connected to our system.
Can your system accommodate larger open spaces on lower levels of the building?
Yes. Our system trusses have been designed to work with wide-flange steel beams. When this is the case, our team will help with the layout of the structural beams and columns required in order to support the bearing wall-lines of the structure above.
Can you do setbacks and rooftop decks?
Yes. We have details on how to handle these situations. Generally, we try to align the structure on the floors below to accommodate these steps in the building in order to minimize the need for transfer beams.
Are your roofs flat or can they be sloped to drain?
Our floor and roof trusses are flat. Tapered insulation systems are used to create roof slope.
Can there be sloped or pitched roofs like a gable, hip or shed roof on your buildings?
Yes, our projects often have pitched roofs. Most of these types of roof trusses are not manufactured by Prescient but we will coordinate the supply and installation for you project.
Does your cementitious subfloor require an underlayment before installing the finished floor?
Yes. The warrantee of the cementitious material requires an underlayment to be installed prior to finish floor installation. Most of our projects use a sound mat for underlayment.
Can Gyp-Crete be poured on top of your flooring system?
Yes, but it is an extra cost and is not part of our scope. However, if a concrete surface is desired, a ¾” thick layer of Gyp-Crete can be poured on top of our cementitious subfloor.
What construction type should I use on a Prescient project?
Our buildings are generally classified as type IIA, IIB, or IB construction depending on occupancy type, floor area, and number of floors. We work with the design team on each project to help determine the best construction type to use.