Wurstfest – Stelzenhaus Building
To mark their 50th anniversary, Wurstfest commissioned a new event center, which was aptly named Stelzenhaus (or Stilted House) after it was finally built. The building is located on the site of the Wurstfest grounds in New Braunfels, which is bordered by the hydro-electric Landa Falls and the Comal River.
Due to its location, next to a body of water, and the geotechnical study detecting caving layers of gravel, temporary steel casings were used to install the 17-foot drilled piers. Since the structure is in the 100-year flood plain, it had to be elevated on 12-foot steel columns on top of concrete piers, which resulted in a useable, covered space below the finish floor. Overall, the elevated structure measures 12,700 square foot with a 12,500 square foot concrete pad at the lower level. The second level of the structure houses an event center with a restaraunt and features an open truss design.
M&S Engineering provided all structural design and analysis for the foundations, structural steel framing, decking, concrete ramp, as well as a retaining wall. The engineering design also included an elevated platform to hold the A/C unit and incorporated the use of an exterior cooler. The M&S structural team also performed periodic construction observations and inspections.