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Appareo Systems, Fargo, N.D.

Appareo SystemsPart of the unique 55-acre North Dakota State Research and Technology Park, this two-story, 42,400-square-foot office and research facility is home to an engineering, research and development company that provides products and solutions to the aerospace industry.

For the project, the design-builder employed a Continuous Beam framing system from Varco Pruden and tilt-up concrete wall panels. A continuous beam frame with an off-center ridge allowed the builder to divide the space based upon various requirements while maintaining the peak above the common corridor. Bar joists and purlins were cantilevered to provide rounded corners to the structure that incorporated cast on-site concrete tilt-up wall panels.

Located adjacent to an airport, the mass on the concrete walls was essential in reducing outside noise levels. The pairing of the Varco Pruden main frame with the tilt-up wall panels fulfilled the owner's requirement for a flexible, efficient and quiet building.

The technology park was established to offer a campus where university researchers and private industry could combine their talents to develop new technologies, methods and systems. The new Appareo facility was important because it demonstrated how this public/private partnership could be successful. Appareo began as an incubator company at the park in 2003 and has become a thriving company.

Design-builder: KBW Associates, Fargo
Metal building: Varco Pruden Buildings, Memphis, Tenn., www.vp.com