A Systems Approach

In essence, we’re improving the overall building cost efficiency. We believe that if you reduce the cost and weight of the frame, foundation requirements become simpler and less costly. If, in addition, you reduce the floor-to-ceiling height, your building might be shorter and less expensive due to reduced ‘skin’ (glass, curtain wall) and vertical elements (sheetrock, pipes, etc.) costs. So, Diversakore’s systematic way of thinking might get you permitted (if height is a constraint) or get you more leasable/usable space for the same money.

Systems Approach = COST, STRENGTH, SPEED, and FIT

Complex Construction, Simplified.

VERSA:T: inventor, Housh Rahimzadeh, sees buildings as systems, not as parts. His thinking, influenced by over 30 years of structural steel and concrete framing design, including some of the world’s tallest buildings, is that there should be a technique for multiple components to be supported from a simple yet more versatile framing system. He believes that having a versatile method of accommodating different design needs with interchangeable components is critical to developing the best designs with the lowest environmental impact; designs that can be constructed in the least amount of time at the lowest cost without sacrificing safety, appropriateness of use, or structural integrity. Interchangeable components, Housh believes, is the key to accommodating different design needs. This flexibility yields the best design even in scenarios with multiple constraints. In real-world projects, architects, owners, engineers, and builders need to optimize cost, environmental, labor, material, and load-bearing constraints. Because each of these factors affects the others, versatility is key.

Like an Operating System

To increase versatility, Housh developed a kind of ‘operating system’ for buildings that allows for ‘plug-and-play’ adjustments of components during the design phase. This approach is adjustable and scalable, allowing for the best materials to be incorporated in each part of the building rather than the limitations or ‘overbuilding’ that a one-size-fits-all approach requires.

In addition to being a civil engineer with a master’s degree in structures, Housh has worked on-site at many of his projects. Behind the scenes, he often worked side-by-side with the architects and engineers who built them. He got years of feedback on what it really took to make his ideas work in the field — and on their financial impact as well. This first-hand familiarity with construction sites and techniques showed Housh how to include labor, materials, weight, labor, time, waste, and cost savings into his designs as well. He developed VERSA:T: as a way to simplify construction.

Flexibility By Design. - Initial design sketches

 VERSA:T: In Action