St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church Steel Tracery

Hamilton, ON

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church is a new church for the Hamilton Diocese. The overall architectural composition and form of the church strives to be simple and timeless. Walters was awarded the structural steel scope of roughly 746 tons with Feature Walters completing the tracery and exterior cross.


Our Role

Feature Walters created three window tracery frames for the St. Catherine Church, located on the East, West and South sides of the buildings. The frames are constructed from curved Hollow Structural Steel (HSS) in an Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel (AESS) 2 finish, used to support the aluminum framing and glazing.

Our scope on this feature art installation includes 17 tons total, AESS 2. The project includes almost all welded connections and was prime painted in the shop.

Facts & Figures

Each tracery has:

  • 28 single nodes
  • 20 double nodes
  • 10 single field splice nodes
  • 1358 inches of shop weld
  • 520 inches of field weld
  • Approx. 500 ft of HSS 10 ft x 3 ft

Overcoming Challenges

The frames were approximately 40 ft by 50 ft, and with this large size they needed to be spliced to accommodate shipping requirements. This connection needed to be designed carefully in order to maintain the geometry of the frame as well as consider how it will affect the AESS finish.

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