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Steel Shots: A Lotta Layers of Steel
Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 14, 2011 at 9:56 AM.


135,000 sq. ft of industrial and vast, steel fabricated mezzanines as part of a complex material handling system for Skechers USA in Moreno Valley, Calif. Located in a high seismic risk area, the structure needed to meet the stringent requirements of Seismic Design Category E. The design characteristics of this moment frame system, using joists and joist girders, assured the structural performance at these levels and earned the project a 2011 Design Award by SJI.


The Steel Joist Institute has announced the winners of its 2011 Design Awards, which are presented in three categories. This year’s winners are:


  • Industrial: Wynright Corp. for the construction and installation of 135,000 sq. ft of mezzanines to support the material handling system for Skechers USA’s 1.8 million-sq.-ft warehouse (shown in the above photo) in Moreno Valley, Calif. Valley-Joist West served as the steel joist manufacturer for the project.
  • Non-industrial: Allgaier, Mendenhall, Smith for its work on the Brunswick Volunteer Fire Station and Social Hall in Brunswick, Md. Canam Steel Corp. (AISC member), was the steel joist manufacturer.
  • Unique: Innovative Engineering, Inc. for its work on the solar panels over the top of the Bergen County Parking Garage in Bergen County, N.J. Canam Steel Corp. also served as the steel joist manufacturer.


Projects were judged based on flexibility, speed of construction, value and aesthetic considerations. The three winning companies each received a $2,000 scholarship in their name to a school of their choice. Honorable mentions also were recognized in each category.


To see photos and learn more about the 2011 award winning projects, visit the SJI website at

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