iSPAN Systems LP

iSPAN Systems LP

December 06, 2010 10:27 ET

Media Advisory: Steel Floor Joist System Ideal for Louisiana Construction

iSPAN Technology to Be Showcased in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA--(Marketwire - Dec. 6, 2010) -

Attention: Business, Technology, Green Building Construction

Local architects and engineers will be getting a first-hand look at an advanced new floor system that seems designed with Louisiana in mind.

The system will not warp or buckle from humidity or water intrusion. It is impervious to mold and mildew. And it cannot be damaged by termites or other pests.

It is a modular joist system made of recycled steel that is changing the way buildings are constructed, and it will be on display for the first time in the U.S. South.

  Where: West Baton Rouge Conference Centre, Plantation Room
    2750 North Westport Drive
    Port Allen, Louisiana
  When: Wednesday December 8th, 2010
    2:30 p.m.

iSPAN Systems LP , manufacturer of the lightweight, steel joist iSPAN system, will demonstrate the technology at the event being hosted by the Louisiana Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

"The iSPAN modular system is stronger and faster to construct than traditional wood materials. And it is fire resistant," notes Mike Strickland, President of iSPAN Systems.

Strickland estimates that the iSPAN system reduces floor construction time by 30 per cent compared to traditional wood and wood I-joist materials. That's because the system is modular, the connectors are adjustable, the bridging snaps into place, and there are significantly fewer parts and fasteners. Also, iSPAN joists have pre-punched holes for wiring and piping, allowing for a cleaner look and reducing the need for bulkheads.

A big plus for builders in Louisiana is the water- and mold-proof feature of iSPAN joists. During the construction phase when the building is exposed to rain, the steel joists will retain their structural integrity. They will not buckle or bend. Nor will they absorb moisture, thus avoiding mold contamination and the associated risk to human health.

Using the iSPAN technology also contributes points to LEEDS certification as the system supports improved thermal performance, reduced material use, better indoor air quality, and closed loop recycling.

Strickland and his team hit upon the idea to provide an easy to assemble floor system and introduced the product to market in 2003. He had been in the heavy structural business for 35 years – his experience even included overseeing the construction of the retractable roof on the Rogers Centre, today home to Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays.

"My partners and I were talking about the biggest challenges in construction, and we felt that the greatest improvement on any construction site would be in joists," he explains. "Existing steel products for residential framing were not meeting the demand for longer spans, so we set out to design the strongest and most versatile framing joist available."

Seven years later, the system has now been installed in residential and commercial buildings in such diverse locations as New Jersey, Baltimore, California, Wisconsin, Russia, Spain and Italy. "Builders love it because its easy installation saves time and labor, and the steel results in stronger joists, longer spans and more versatile floor plans," he says. Strickland estimates that the market for iSPAN steel joists is a $1-billion a year industry.

The components are made from 80 per cent recycled steel, and the product can also be recycled again in the future. In North America, iSPAN floor systems are UL/ULC certified for both fire resistance and acoustic separation.

iSPAN systems are currently manufactured in Princeton, Ontario, and Strickland expects to open up production facilities in the U.S.

Media are welcome to the event. Lunch will be available at 12:30 p.m. Please confirm if you plan to attend.

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Contact Information

  • To arrange an interview either in advance or
    during the event, contact:
    Holly Beetham