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Banker Steel Acquires Foote Steel Company
Posted by Tasha Weiss on September 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM.

Banker Steel, an AISC member/AISC certified fabricator headquartered in Lynchburg, Va., has announced the acquisition of Orlando-based Foote Steel Company, also an AISC member/AISC certified fabricator. Following the successful award of several high-profile projects in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, the acquisition represents a strategic decision to further expand and develop market presence throughout the southeast.


Don Banker, CEO of Banker Steel, said, “Having reviewed numerous options in four other states, we wanted to be in Orlando and Foote Steel exemplified the best fit in terms of additional capacity and expertise. We are very excited to bring Foote Steel within the Banker Steel family, as we seek to grow our business and look to create new employment opportunities.”


Rob Glass, Banker Steel’s vice president of industrial sales, will be coordinating the integration and management of Foote Steel.


Primarily serving the east coast, some of Banker’s past and current projects include Washington Nationals Baseball Park, Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the International Gem Tower in New York.

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Largest Truss Bridge Move Ever
Posted by Tasha Weiss on September 12, 2012 at 4:10 PM.

The Chicago Department of Transportation moved a 400-ft-long, 4.3-million-lb steel truss bridge late last month. The Torrence Avenue truss bridge, which crosses both the Norfolk and Southern Railroads near 130th Street and Torrence Avenue in Chicago, is believed to be the largest truss bridge ever to be moved into place after being assembled off-site.


The project general contractor, Walsh Construction, used four Self-Propelled Mobile Transporters (SPMTs) to relocate the fully assembled truss bridge from its assembly site to its final position on the new bridge piers a few hundred feet away.  


The project is part of the CREATE program – a partnership between the U.S. Department of Transportation, the State of Illinois, City of Chicago, Metra, Amtrak and the nation’s freight railroads – to invest billions in critically needed improvements to increase the efficiency of the region’s passenger and freight rail infrastructure.


“The moving of this new truss bridge is an incredible feat of construction and engineering,” said Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commissioner Gabe Klein. “It also demonstrates the strength of the CREATE partnership between government, the railroads and other stakeholders to bring complicated projects like these to fruition to improve the quality of life for Chicago-area communities.”


The goal of the 130th and Torrence grade separation project is to eliminate the two at-grade crossings of the Norfolk Southern tracks with the two roadways to improve the traffic flow of all modes of transport attorrence-avenue-truss-move-video.jpg this complicated intersection.


To see the truss move in action, check out this Youtube video: 


The project is a testament to the successful implementation of using Prefabricated Elements and Systems, a technology employed and supported by FHWA’s Accelerated Bridge Construction initiatives.

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Steel Work Complete at 1 and 4 World Trade Center
Posted by Tasha Weiss on September 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM.

As the nation observes the 11th anniversary of 9/11 today, signs of recovery are shown in the progress of rebuilding the World Trade Center, which reached two major milestones this summer. Steel has topped out at the 1 World Trade Center and 4 World Trade Center towers.


img_0004.JPGOne World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, without the spire has reached its full height of 1,368 ft (the spire atop the 104-story building will reach the symbolic height of 1,776 ft when installed). The building topped out on August 30 when the last of the spandrel beams were installed between the parapet columns. A special steel beam, signed by the President Obama, local officials and the construction workers, was raised to the top of the building a few weeks prior. The building will open in 2014 on the northwest corner of the trade center site, with 3 million sq. ft of office space. (Photo: Jacinda Collins, AISC)


The final steel beam was lifted atop 4 World Trade Center in June, ceremonially signifying the completion of its structural steel framework. During the topping out ceremony, ironworkers and public officials signed the beam before it was lifted 977 ft by a crane and installed on top of the building. The 72-story tower is scheduled to open late next year and is expected to be the first tower completed on the 16-acre site since the 9/11 attacks.


For more information on the World Trade Center’s construction progress, including live camera images, visit

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SteelDay is Just Around the Corner
Posted by Tasha Weiss on September 10, 2012 at 3:58 PM.

steelday2012_aisc_logo.jpgThe structural steel industry’s fourth annual SteelDay is Friday, September 28! Have you made your plans yet? If you haven’t registered for an event, there’s still time!


Visit to find and register for a free event in your area. This year’s national event is expected to be celebrated at almost 170 locations around the country and, once again, offers free educational and networking opportunities for the design and construction community and the public.


Here is what you can expect to see at some of this year’s events:


  • Structural steel fabricators: Learn how structural steel is prepared for a building or bridge using offsite, controlled conditions, which ensures a consistently high-quality product while reducing errors and costly fixes at the jobsite. Also see why most steel fabricators use 3D models/BIM to streamline production and increase efficiency.
  • Steel mills/producers: Steel is the most recycled material on earth, and today’s modern mills produce steel containing an average of 90% recycled content. Witness steel recycling capabilities and procedures at scrap metal recycling and steel production facilities, and develop an understanding of rolling schedules and steel availability.
  • Steel service centers: See what thousands of tons of steel looks like! And learn about the crucial role these facilities play in the industry.
  • HSS producers: Watch the fascinating process of manufacturing top-quality hollow structural sections (HSS), and learn about shape availability.
  • Bender-rollers: Curved steel doesn’t just happen; precision instruments and experts are responsible for these increasingly popular architectural and structural elements. Observe the very specialized and skilled process of bending and rolling steel shapes.
  • Galvanizers: View the hot-dip galvanizing (HDG) process from material staging through zinc dipping, which provides steel with a protective coating against corrosion.


In addition to connecting the design and construction community with local structural steel experts across the country, this year’s SteelDay also offers special events in major cities including New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Boston.


SteelDay also engages local dignitaries and government officials who recognize the structural steel industry’s contributions to the nation’s architecture and economy, its continuing progress and the dedication of everyone involved. In recognition of this year’s SteelDay, government proclamations have been signed in the states of Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Nevada, Oregon and West Virginia.


Click here to watch AISC’s SteelDay video on YouTube that shows highlights from previous years’ events and gives a glimpse of what you can expect to see this year.


For additional information on SteelDay and to find out what’s happening in your area, visit

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Steel Shots: Rapid Recovery
Posted by Tasha Weiss on September 7, 2012 at 2:52 PM.


The new Lake Champlain Bridge, which replaces the Champlain Bridge and reconnects the towns of Crown Point, N.Y., and Chimney Point, Vt., is built from 4,021 tons of steel. Click on the photo for a full view of the center arch span, which was assembled on the shore of Lake Champlain and floated by barge two miles to the awaiting approach spans. Main Photo: Andy Ryan, photo courtesy HNTB. Center Arch Span Photo: Trey Cambern Photography, photo courtesy HNTB.


In the September MSC cover article (available now!), Theodore P. Zoli, chief bridge engineer at HNTB Corporation (and 2009 MacArthur Foundation Fellows winner and a 2010 AISC Special Achievement Award winner), describes the emergency replacement of the Lake Champlain Bridge.


The $76 million replacement structure reaches 2,200 ft across a narrow spot in Lake Champlain and was designed and constructed in just slightly more than two years to help restore mobility between Crown Point, N.Y., and Chimney Point, Vt.


Here’s an excerpt from the article:


Much has been written about the emergency replacement of the Lake Champlain Bridge - from the unprecedented collaboration between the bi-state owners, New York and Vermont, and the Federal Highway Administration to the successful pre-assemble-and-lift scheme.

But little has been said about the critical role steel played in expediting the project. Without steel, the preferred design alternative would have been impossible, the expedited schedule and the budget would have been in jeopardy and the project would not have been able to deliver a critical new lake crossing in record time.


Click here to read the entire article online.

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“Iron Men” Season 2 Premieres Tonight
Posted by Tasha Weiss on September 6, 2012 at 3:41 PM.

The second season of “Iron Men” premieres tonight at 9 p.m. EDT on The Weather Channel. The show goes inside the high-security construction at the World Trade Center site, where iron workers at Tower 4 and Tower 1 share their stories and race to complete the final floors and top off these significant steel skyscrapers.


In addition to showing the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, the series follows New York’s Local 40 and Local 361 ironworkers as they build the enormous Barclays Center sports arena in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the Alexander Hamilton Bridge high above the Harlem River.


For more information about Iron Men, visit

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Steel: The Material of Choice (Even in Political Speeches)
Posted by Tasha Weiss on September 5, 2012 at 4:11 PM.

Regardless of political views, the U.S. steel industry is universally recognized as a symbol of American ingenuity and strength, and a backbone of American industry. First Lady Michelle Obama alluded to this in her speech last night at the Democratic National Convention:


“…So today, when the challenges we face start to seem overwhelming – or even impossible – let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation…it’s who we are as Americans…it’s how this country was built.


And if our parents and grandparents could toil and struggle for us…if they could raise beams of steel to the sky, send a man to the moon, and connect the world with the touch of a button…then surely we can keep on sacrificing and building for our own kids and grandkids.”

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Deadlines Approaching for September AISC Opportunities
Posted by Tasha Weiss on September 4, 2012 at 3:28 PM.

With the holiday weekend behind us and school back in session, here’s a reminder to sign up for this month’s approaching AISC educational opportunities:


  • AISC will be hosting a live webinar this Thursday, September 6, based on the standard, Prequalified Moment Connections for Special and Intermediate Steel Moment Frames for Seismic Applications (AISC 358-10). Presented by Michael Engelhardt, Ph.D., the DeWitt C. Greer Centennial Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and the 1999 recipient of AISC’s T.R. Higgins Award (for his paper on Reduced Beam Section Moment Connections), the 1.5-hour webinar will cover an overview of connection prequalification and an introduction to available prequalified connections. For more information and to register, visit


  • Register for AISC’s Fall 2012 Louis F. Geschwindner Seminar Series by this Friday, September 7, and you’ll receive a $50 early registration discount! Visit for more information on the seminar series, registration and pricing.


  • If you’re an AISC full or associate member, remember to enter your steel sculpture by September 15 for this year’s SteelDay Sculpture Competition! You’ll have a chance to be one of five finalists to win a trip to the 2013 NASCC: The Steel Conference, April 17-19 in St. Louis, where your sculpture will be on display and the ultimate winner will be chosen by attendees. The winner will also be featured in MSC and receive a catered lunch. For more information, visit


  • And don’t forget, everyone is invited to attend a free SteelDay event on Friday, September 28! For more information and to find an event near you, visit Why attend? Watch this video to find out! (Also, see our post below for this month’s Steel Structure Trivia challenge — it’s easy! Simply tell us your plans for SteelDay by noon tomorrow for a chance to win a prize!)




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