Brief History

Many tall buildings have steel frames inside. Since 1884, when the first 12-story ‘skyscraper’ was constructed in Chicago, structural steel has been the Erector Set® of the American skyline.

Until recently, steelworkers had to attach every beam and post manually. Every weld was one-of-a-kind. Erection times were long and shoring waste was expensive.

Now, over 100 years later, the VERSA:T: framing system has introduced a fresh look and new options to structural steel construction. Still based on the same materials (concrete and steel) and the same AISC and ACI building codes, but adding more science and adaptability, DIVERSAKORE’s structural steel framing teams can help you bypass traditional design and construction limitations.


Home Insurance Building
Location: Chicago, USA
Constructed: 1885
Height: 180 feet
Architect: William LeBaron Jenney

Speed. Strength. Fit.

Using combinations of post-and-beam construction together with metal decking, hollow core, precast, and other products, the VERSA:T: system can meet almost any building challenge, saving you time, resources, and money in the process. For example, the old norms of 30’ bay sizes and high floor-to-ceiling spaces may no longer be a constraint for your projects. 60’ or longer spans and improved fire and sound ratings can now be ‘standard.’ Faster floor-to-floor times, reduced risk to project timelines and to people on site, and higher quality scores are possible.

The VERSA:T: system is based on a patented u-shaped form and T shaped beam design that bonds steel and concrete in a form-mold with greatly enhanced performance characteristics. Concrete fuses the steel beams and flooring materials into a monolithic structure that weighs 1/3 less, saves 4” on floor-to-ceiling profiles, reduces (shoring) waste, reduces required materials, goes up faster, and, in many cases, lowers costs.

DIVERSAKORE's VERSA:T: structural framing solutions offer multiple advantages to architects, engineers, designers, owners, and general contractors. DIVERSAKORE’s systemic approach to putting up larger buildings is faster, uses less material and labor, offers greater design flexibility, and produces less construction waste. It’s the perfect alternative to less efficient solutions.

In fact, when several of our clients learned of the VERSA:T: Composite Framing System’s ability to reduce construction costs by 10% to 15%, their projects went back to the drawing boards to accommodate our cost efficiencies. In a down economy, the advantages of better design options at possibly lower cost are critical to consider.

Have it specified as an approved alternate along with your other framing options. Click here to submit a project.