Multi-Story Building Systems and Selection Criteria

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by New Millennium Building Systems
Presented by Alex Therien, Market Development Manager

Learning Objectives:

  1. Name the three long-span composite floor systems and describe their distinguishing characteristics.
  2. Specify the best system for a project based on an assessment of that project’s key design criteria.
  3. Identify the main resources used to guide system selection, including engineering standards, design guidelines, and manufacturers’ tables.
  4. Explain why early collaboration with suppliers is key to the system selection process and how it impacts a project’s construction efficiency.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
This test is no longer available for credit

This course outlines the attributes, functions, benefits, limits, and acoustic qualities of composite deck slabs. It reviews the three primary types of composite systems that represent the full range of long-span composite floor systems and examines the criteria for their selection, design, and engineering. In addition, it provides a comprehensive range of industry standards and resources that a designer could consult to ensure, at a minimum, compliance with all building regulations and industry standards.

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Alex Therien, is a licensed architect, a member of the AIA, and LEED Accredited Professional that has been practicing for more than 15 years. Alex has taught courses on construction detailing and works with project teams in schematic design on Long-span Composite Floor Systems and Architectural Deck applications in a wide range of building types. He assists throughout the design and construction phases with architects, engineers, contractors and fabricators.


New Millennium Building Systems Achieve architectural visions. Solve engineering challenges. Realize project goals. Your success begins with the selection of the right steel building system. We have the expertise to help you determine the optimal structural steel building system for your application. From steel joists and deck to long-span composite floor systems, we engineer and manufacture solutions that control costs, enhance performance and ensure project success. Together, let’s build it better.


Originally published in October 2021