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Zeta South Bronx School

Bronx, New York, USA

Lindapter Girder Clamps provided a solution for the installation of a rooftop play area enclosure.

Location: Bronx, New York, USA
Product: Type AAF & Type CF Girder Clamps
Client: Zeta Charter Schools
Contractor: JDS Development Group
Specifier: Ysrael A Seinuk P.C.
Steel Contractor: Brothers In Iron, Inc.

Zeta South Bronx School is the anchor of a brand new 10-story, 147,000 square foot mixed-use development in the South Bronx known as 425 Westchester Avenue. Construction began in 2019 and was completed in 2022, with the state-of-the-art inner city charter school occupying the 2nd through 6th floors for teaching space, the 10th floor for a gymnasium, and a rooftop play area.

Ysrael A Seinuk (YAS) were appointed as the structural engineers for this development and were tasked with designing a rooftop enclosure to provide permanent protection from falls or objects exiting the play area. Lindapter had previously worked with YAS on other school projects and were once again approached by them for a suitable method of connecting wire mesh panels to the steel frame of the enclosure.

Originally specified as Lindapter Type F9 and Type F3 the design solution was revised to accommodate field conditions. After design team meetings Lindapter technical support recommended changing the design to Type AAF and Type CF high slip resistance girder clamps with a strap arrangement around the steel sections. The contractor also determined that clamping the mesh panels to the steel frame would be quicker, safer and more cost effective than welding. The girder clamps would provide the necessary clamping force to secure the enclosure and the hot dip galvanized (HDG) finish would provide a high level of corrosion protection. 

Steel columns and beams were used to construct a frame on top of the building and around the play area. Once the frame had been erected the next step was for steel straps with pre-welded tabs to be connected at multiple locations on the beams and columns using the girder clamps. Type AAF clamps were installed on the flat part of the beam and column flanges and in areas where this was not possible the Type CF clamps were used with threaded rod to hook over the flanges and strap around the width of the steel sections. Pre-fabricated wire safety mesh panels were then connected to the tabs on the straps to create an enclosure around the play area. Installation of over 350 clamps was quick and easy as only simple hand tools were required to tighten each connection to the recommended torque.

Lindapter girder clamps provided the contractor with a drilling and weld free connection in the field that was quick and easy to install. The clamps are fully adjustable which gave the contractor the ability during installation to manoeuvre the wire mesh panels into their final positions before fully tightening them. The cost effective solution delivered a successful installation of the enclosure which allows students to enjoy the play area safely.

  • Fully adjustable in the field for easy installation 
  • No drilling or welding required
  • Hot Dipped Galvanized finish offers a cost effective and low maintenance solution

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  • Save time and money

    Save time and money

    Clamping two steel sections together avoids time-consuming welding or conventional drilling and bolting.

  • Safer connections

    Safer connections

    Drilling and welding in the field is avoided, removing the need for hot work permits and encouraging safer site conditions.

  • High strength

    High strength

    Lindapter clamps are manufactured from high strength materials to resist high load requirements and harsh environments.

  • Industry leading approvals

    Industry leading approvals

    Lindapter has earned a reputation synonymous with safety and reliability, gaining multiple independent approvals.

  • Adjustable


    Quickly align steel sections by sliding the section into the correct position before tightening the Girder Clamp to complete the installation.

  • Free connection detailing

    Free connection detailing

    Lindapter’s experienced Engineers can detail a custom connection based on your specific requirements free of charge.

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