Fitness Center Features Floating Roof
As if by magic, the roof of the HealthRidge Fitness Center appears to float above the end walls, the generous glass on the exterior offering so many views inside that nighttime visitors to the grounds of Corporate Ridge Office Park in Olathe, Kan., might wonder what holds the building up. As with most tricks, figuring out how it’s done is easy if you watch closely. The weight-bearing interior steel structure was well hidden by Opus Architects & Engineers Inc. of Minnetonka, Minn.; the firm camouflaged posts by lining them up with window mullions and set beams just under the roofline along the building’s sides. The effect is heightened by the facility’s variety of window openings, an attempt to bring a random, playful quality to the facility while maximizing views out to the pastoral setting.
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