Steel Building Systems, Inc
Recent action-packed movie blockbusters like “Olympus Has Fallen” and “White House Down” made me curious about the construction of the White House. After 30-plus years in of the steel building business, it was no surprise to me to learn the White House is a type of steel building.
Construction on the White House began in 1792. It took eight years to complete. Every president since John Adams has resided in the White House. It was the largest house in the country until after the Civil War.
Originally built with a timber frame, the structural integrity of the White House gradually deteriorated over the years. Sawing and drilling into the wooden beams for plumbing and electrical remodeling weakened the structure over time. The addition of a third floor and a steel roof in 1927 further stressed the framing.
By Harry Truman’s presidency, the White House was quite literally falling apart. The floors swayed in places. The bathtub in the president’s bathroom began sinking into the floor. In the East Room, plaster sagged as much as a foot-and-a-half. A piano leg broke through the rotting flooring.
In 1948, engineers declared the White House structurally unsound. They believed it in imminent danger of total collapse.
To avoid complete demolition and rebuilding, there was only one way to save the White House: steel framing.
Gutting the structure to the exterior brick walls, builders created a hollow shell. After digging subbasements, concrete and load-bearing steel replaced the framing for the entire structure.
Today the White House:
As history has shown, there is no more dependable building material than steel.
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