Modern Steel Construction » Steel in the News » March 2010

Archive for March 2010

Back to all posts

Steel Shots: Net-zero Energy Lab Uses Recycled Steel
Posted by Alison Trost on March 5, 2010 at 11:11 AM.


Haselden Construction (Centennial, Colo.) is building the 219,000 square-foot Research Support Facilities (RSF) building, which is designed to be a model for sustainable, high-performance building design. The design–build team also includes RNL Design, Denver, and Stantec Consulting, which provided engineering, energy modeling and sustainability consulting.

Technology — from sophisticated computer modeling to advanced windows that actually open — will help the newest building at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) near Denver be one of the world’s most energy efficient offices. A short video clip (click here to view) shows its construction and explains many of the ways planned to achieve zero net energy use.


Although Denver-based structural engineer and builder KL&A is not mentioned by name, the first comment in the video is about its use of reclaimed steel gas pipe as the building columns, and all the action shots are about structure. Steel was provided by AISC member Omaha-based Paxton & Vierling Steel Co.

Bookmark and Share

Supplement to the Cold-Formed Spec
Posted by Alison Trost on March 4, 2010 at 9:30 AM.

The newly published Supplement No. 1 to AISI S100, North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members, 2007 Edition, is available as a free download on the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) website, (Select the “Shop AISI” tab or click here.)

The supplement adds the provision for determining the safety and resistance factor for partition walls, and updates the reference to Supplement No. 1 of AISI S123, the North American Cold-Formed Steel Framing Standard-Lateral. The Specification harmonizes cold-formed steel design technology among the U.S., Canada and Mexico, allowing faster introduction of new technologies and opening up the marketplace for a wide variety of derivative products such as design aids and educational materials.

Bookmark and Share

Award-winning Steel Houses
Posted by Alison Trost on March 3, 2010 at 9:57 AM.

housesofsteel3.jpg“Houses of Steel” captures the quality and inventiveness of entrants into the annual Living Steel International Architecture Competition which has run internationally over the last three years. This comprehensive collection presents commentary and images about the winners and finalists of all the global competitions in an elegant book.


“Houses of Steel” is published by Images Publishing and is available in major architecture and design bookstores. To purchase the book online, visit  or click here.


Additional images from the various competitions can be viewed at

Bookmark and Share

Webinar on Corporate Blogging Best Practices
Posted by Alison Trost on March 2, 2010 at 10:28 AM.

Join David Nour of Relationship Economics and AISC for a webinar all about corporate blogging. If you are interested in starting or maintaining a blog, this webinar is for you. In 60 minutes David will teach you how to better connect with your customers through blogging.


The webinar “Corporate Blogging Best Practices” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 16 at 1 p.m. Eastern time. For more information or to register, go to

Bookmark and Share

Tools in Hiding
Posted by Alison Trost on March 1, 2010 at 9:35 AM.

The next time you search for something on Google, try this: When the results come up, go to the upper left hand corner of the screen and right beside the word “Web” click on “Show options.”

Look down the list of options that appears on the left side of the screen. Toward the bottom you’ll find “Wonder wheel” – click on that.

So far, it’s just a hidden tool that shows related search possibilities in a graphical format. But as you follow your curiosity and click through a few more words and phrases, notice two things. First, the list of results keeps changing to match the new topic. And second, you can always jump back to one of the hubs from earlier in your search. Play around, and have fun.

If you prefer a more methodical introduction, click here for step-by-step instructions.

You can also listen to a Google software engineer’s explanation in a 30-second video by clicking here.

And while you’re there, check out the “Timeline” option as well. It’s particularly interesting if your search for something with a history, such as “steel.”

Bookmark and Share