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Sophysa Production Unit: an exemplary high tech building made of steel
The companys production site in Besançon is designed according to its high-tech needs, ArcelorMittal façade products emphasize its modern architecture: Gascogne cladding panels in Aluzinc® and Helice sunbreakers to keep off bright sunlight.
A Highly Modern Facade Which Refects Light Is Serving Sophysa Plant Activities
The building has a shape of a parallelepiped with a length of 75 meters, width of 27 meters and height of 10 meters on average. The facade is made of “Gascogne”, a fixed siding, 240 mm wide, placed at the top of the building, and hélical blinds waving in front of the glass sections. The blinds, a series of bands in “Hélice” type sections coated with Aluzinc®, surround the building and vary their angle according to the orientation, sunlight, views and type of activity being housed. The strips can be perforated in the vision areas and are bent around the edges of the building.
A frame made of galvanized steel tubes measuring 50x30 mm on a 90 cm frame supports blind strips on mounting brackets placed at different angles. The glass sheets are covered with double glazing with a low-emissive layer.
The interior of the building has a clean ambience suitable for laboratories. The process of designing and manufacturing precision instruments requires the use of smooth, light and durable materials. Stainless steel is used in several places, especially on the stairs and inside the white room.
Para-seismic Steel Frame of the Building
The structure is made of steel designed according to the para-seismic standards, which are directly integrated at the foundation and plinth levels with concrete anchor studs for the ground floor. It is composed of fifteen gates ECI 360 or ECI 400 and a central longitudinal beam in the IPE 550 sections for stability. The central posts vary between 150 and 340 millimeters. A secondary structure is suspended for attaching ducts, to suspend false ceilings, and to hold the plenum walkways.
METRA & Associés
Project Manager: G. Lenouenne, O. Foucher
- Engineering Firm:
Frachon Soder, RFR
Ravoyard (steel structure)
© Jean-Francois Chapuis
© Philippe Ruault