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Superior Iron Works Wins Craftsmanship Award
Posted by Tasha Weiss on April 9, 2013 at 5:08 PM.

superior-iron-works-1.jpgSuperior Iron Works, Inc. (an AISC member/AISC certified fabricator and advanced certified erector) recently received a 2013 Star Award for Excellence in the Face of Adversity from the Washington Building Congress for its work on the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building Revitalization project on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.


The Star Award is given as part of WBC’s Craftsmanship Awards, which Superior Iron Works won in the Metals category. As part of the Craftsmanship Awards evaluation process, teams are asked to recommend projects that deserve special recognition for demonstrating the highest level of quality and exceeding the awards criteria to achieve a level defined as “Exceptional”  in the categories of Visual Excellence, Technical Excellence and Excellence in the Face of Adversity.


The award for Excellence in the Face of Adversity is given for the highest quality job that was done under the most difficult conditions. Schedule, logistics, site constraints and working conditions all could be contributing factors, according to the awards program, and the job must have been demonstrably tough to execute.


The Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building Revitalization project required the removal of the majority of the existing roof structures and replacement with modern steel components. The building has four quads consisting of five individual areas that are all unique and were systematically demolished and rebuilt using modern steel components while matching the fabric of the original design. The four quads are integral to one another and required significant in-house engineering to ensure hit-out of new and existing structural members between quads.


Each quad consisted of approximately 2,200 pieces of steel totalling 125 tons, 8,000 pieces of hardware and 26,000 sq. ft of decking. A portion of the existing steel was reused in the structure and required significant remediation to meet the new structural requirements.



As part of last year’s SteelDay events, attendees were able to tour the project site while it was under construction (shown right).


The building is scheduled to reopen in the summer of 2014 to host programs and exhibitions related to innovation.


For more information about the project and to take an online tour of the building’s history, visit

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