Beams and Columns: Part III

As the steel structure rises, there’s a changing relationship with the surrounding landscape. Standing by three slender Italian Cypress trees, one was afforded expansive views of the valley and a good spot to assess progress some 30 feet below. Now, the construction is at eye-level—and soon we will be looking up at a fully formed structure. Meanwhile, progress is fast and our steel guys aren’t spending much time pondering the views. From the morning to early afternoon, the second level is near completion. The last few beams will go in before the day ends.


Above: Framing preparations begin in the basement while the perforated steel decking has created a dramatic lighting effect throughout the space.