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Architectural Fiberglass, Inc. | 8300 Bessemer Ave. Cleveland, OH 44127-1839
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Structural Fiberglass (FRP) Column Specifications


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SECTION 06610

PART 1 — GENERAL

1.01 RELATED DOCUMENTS

  1. Drawings, conditions of the contract and Division 1 Specifications sections, apply to work of this section.

1.02 SUMMARY

  1. Section Includes: Structural Fiberglass Columns. (Indicate if columns are to be factory split to be used as column covers.)

1.03 RELATED SECTIONS

  1. Section 05120 — Structural Steel: Framing for attachment of fiberglass structural column.
  2. Section 06100 — Rough Carpentry: Framing of Opening and Blocking.
  3. Section 07900 — Joint sealants and field applied sealants.

1.04 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

  1. Columns shall be Structural Fiberglass Columns supplied/manufactured by Architectural Fiberglass, Inc. based on design (Tuscan, Doric, Attic, etc.).
  2. Note: Columns to be split in halves and tabbed where columns are to be used as column covers to wrap structural post.
  3. Column design shall have the correct proportions based on Orders of Architecture, except when cut to specific length.
  4. Structural Fiberglass Columns are manufactured from E-Glass Fiberglass and Polyester Resin (Fiberglass Reinforced Polymers-FRP).
  5. Structural Fiberglass Columns meet ASTEM E84-01 testing criteria for flame and smoke classifications.
  6. Caps, Bases and Plinths shall be made from fiberglass or polyurethane materials.

1.05 DESIGN REQUIREMENTS

  1. Installed architectural fiberglass column and fastening systems shall be designed, engineered, fabricated, and installed to conform to the state codes, local codes, and the Architect's design.

1.06 SUBMITTALS

  1. Literature & Shop Drawings: Shall illustrate dimensions, materials, thickness, fabrications details, attachments, and anchorage to substrates.
  2. Product Data: Submit manufacturer's product data and detailed installation instructions.
  3. Product Samples: Submit samples of manufacturing materials.

1.07 DELIVERY, STORAGE AND HANDLING

  1. Handle, store and transport architectural fiberglass columns according to manufacturer's recommendations and in a manner that prevents damage.
  2. Protect architectural fiberglass columns from damage by retaining shipping protection in place until installation.
  3. Damage Responsibility: Except for damage caused by others, the installer is responsible for chipping, cracking, or other damage to fiberglass fabrications, after delivery to the jobsite and until installation is completed and inspected and approved by the Architect or owner's representative.

1.08 WARRANTY

  1. Warrant architectural fiberglass columns to be free from defect due to materials and workmanship for one year.

PART 2 — PRODUCTS

2.01 ACCEPTABLE MANUFACTURER

Architectural Fiberglass, Inc.
8300 Bessemer Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44127
Toll Free 1-888-483-1775
Phone 216-641-8300
Fax 216-641-8150

2.02 MATERIALS

  1. Structural Fiberglass Columns are manufactured from E-Glass Fiberglass and Polyester Resin (Fiberglass Reinforced Polymers-FRP).

2.03 MATERIALS CHARACTERISTICS

  1. Mechanical Properties:
    PROPERTY VALUE
    Tensile strength 35,000-50,000 PSI
    Tensile modulus 2,500,000-3,600,000
    Flexural strength 30,000-50,000 PSI
    Flexural modulus 2,500,000-3,600,000
    Compressive strength 30,000-45,000 PSI
    Water Absorption 0.5% (By wt.)
    Barcol Hardness 50
    Thermal expansion .000012 I / deg F
    Glass to Resin Ratio 60% / 40%

  2. Average Wall Thickness & Load Bearing Capacity:
    COLUMN BOTTOM DIA SHAFT SIZE AVERAGE WALL THICKNESS LOAD BEARING CAPICITY (Pounds)
    12" 5/32" 18,000
    14" 5/32" 20,000
    16" 5/32" 22,000
    18" 5/32" 24,000
    20" 11/64" 26,000
    22" 3/16" 28,000
    24" 13/64" 30,000
    28" 7/32" 35,000
    30" 7/32" 35,000
    36" 7/32" 35,000

PART 3 — EXECUTION

3.01 PRE-INSTALLATION EXAMINATION

  1. Carefully observe and verify field conditions that substrates are ready for installation of architectural fiberglass fabrications. Contractor shall verify on site dimensions with shop drawings and assume full responsibility for fitting the components to the structure.
  2. Verify that bearing surfaces are true and level.
  3. Verify that support framing has been constructed to allow accurate placement, alignment and connection of architectural fiberglass columns to structure.
  4. Report discrepancies between design dimensions and field dimensions, which could adversely affect installation, to the Architect and/or Owner's Representative.
  5. Do not proceed with installation until discrepancies are corrected, or until installation requirements are modified and approved by the Architect and/or Owner's Representative.
  6. Beginning of installation means acceptance of existing conditions.

3.02 INSTALLATION

  1. Install architectural fiberglass columns in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and approved shop drawings. If columns are split refer to shop drawings for repair and finishing of the joint.
  2. The position of the plinth must be determined by dropping a plumb line from the center of the soffit beam to floor. This point should be marked well on the floor.
  3. Measure the overall height. Raise the soffit or porch slightly and brace safely for later column placement.
  4. Measure length and if necessary, trim the shaft on the bottom only. Trim with an abrasive saw blade. Finish the top and bottom ends of the shaft with a rasp or sander to ensure an even load distribution around the shaft.
  5. Slide the capital (Tuscan/Roman Doric) over the neck and rest temporarily on the astragal until the shaft is in the proper position. Installation of decorative capitals other than Tuscan or Doric should be noted on shop drawings.
  6. Slide the base/plinth onto the shaft from the bottom.
  7. Stand column in a vertical position and slide into place where mark was made on the floor.
  8. Use small L brackets to hold the shaft to the floor and do not let the bracket interfere with the position of the base/plinth. (Note: use through bolts on the shaft, do not use screws.)
  9. Remove brace and allow load to rest on the column evenly. Secure top of shaft with L brackets similar to the bottom of the shaft.
  10. Slide capital up to soffit and attach using corrosion resistant screws. Attach the base to the flooring using masonry or appropriate fasteners. Fill holes with polyester body filler such as bondo.
  11. Apply sealant between the capital and the shaft, and the base and the shaft for a completed appearance. (Note: a gap around the base and shaft is normal and standard in the industry.)

3.03 PAINTING AND FINISHING

  1. Make sure all surfaces are clean prior to painting. Lightly sand and remove all dust and dirt before applying primer or paint. Fill any visible surface scratches.
  2. Fiberglass column joints on split columns shall be finished with fiberglass repair kit and painted with high quality primer & paint.
  3. Use a good quality exterior paint at least one coat of primer and two coats of paint. Oiled based primer is recommended.

3.04 CLEANING

  1. Clean installed architectural fiberglass fabrications using cleaning methods and material approved by manufacturer.

3.05 PROTECTION OF INSTALLED FABRICATIONS

  1. Comply with manufacturer's recommendations and instructions for protecting installed fabrications during construction activities.
ARCHITECTURAL FIBERGLASS
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