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Steel Structure Trivia: A Bridge in Building’s Clothing
Posted by Tasha Weiss on January 4, 2013 at 1:24 PM.


Here’s MSC’s December Steel Structure Trivia question (delayed from last Friday due to the holidays)! Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, N.Y. is in the process of completing an $18.9 million, 45,000-sq.-ft “bridge building” across a 60-ft-deep fissure that divides its campus. As shown above, the construction team built a temporary single-support steel tower in the middle of the gorge, allowing the three, two-story trusses supporting the building to be erected in two halves and spliced in the middle. Your challenge is guess how long the three trusses are. (Hint: They’re all the same length and you can find the answer in the January issue of MSC, available now!)



The three, two-story trusses supporting the “bridge building” are all 200 ft long. Congratulations to our winners: Chris Hanna, P.E., with City of Redding Electric Utility in Redding, Calif., David Cheramie, P.E., with R.T. Patterson in Cleveland, and Dennis M. with Universal Network Development Corp.


The new building at Onondaga Community College will provide a protected crossing over the 60-ft-deep gorge–particularly enticing during the area’s harsh winters. In addition, the two-story structure makes use of otherwise unusable land. And by avoiding underground rerouting of elements such as sewer lines and electrical conduits, which would have been required with the original proposed building location, it was achievable within the college’s original budget.


Use of bridge construction materials and techniques was essential in achieving the architectural vision, given the structure’s double life as a bridge and a building. The three, two-story, 200-ft trusses support the building and its range of interior room types, and bridge bearings are used to transfer loads to the building’s foundations (called pot bearings — there were six total, one under each end of each truss). On either side of the truss are link buildings (60 ft to 80 ft in length) that attach the addition to the existing structures on either side of the gorge. The new building uses a total of 860 tons of structural steel.


You can read more about the new building in the January 2013 issue of MSC. Click here for a PDF of the article.


You can test your steel structure knowledge right here on our MSC website on the last Friday of each month, where a new photo will be posted to the Steel in the News section as our weekly “Steel Shot.” Your challenge is to correctly answer the trivia question provided in the news post, based on what you see in the photo. The next question will be posted on Friday, January 25.


backscratcher-007_sitn.jpgThe first three people who supply the correct answer will receive an MSC-branded stainless steel back scratcher! You’ll need it to successfully tackle those pesky itches after the trivia pressure subsides. (And check out that telescoping action! Wow!) Its five-fingered curved design reaches from 7 in. to 20 3/4 in. in length.

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Schock Introduces Thermal Break Technology to U.S. Building Market
Posted by Tasha Weiss on January 3, 2013 at 6:07 PM.

Schock, an international developer of innovative construction products for thermal insulation, impact sound insulation and reinforcement technology, recently announced the U.S. introduction of Isokorb, a load-bearing and thermal-insulating element for building exteriors.


The technology reduces heat transfer through the building envelope, and therefore provides a higher interior temperature. This innovative approach to thermal break technology saves energy consumption, prevents the formation of condensation and mold, and improves living comfort from warmer surface temperatures.


“We are delighted to officially make Isokorb available to U.S. architects, engineers and other members of the building construction community,” said Matt Capone, national sales manager for Schock USA. “This proven technology, which plays a vital role in creating energy efficient connections for reinforced concrete and steel, can now be easily accessed by the many U.S. design groups interested in sustainable concepts.”


According to Capone, buildings constructed using Schock Isokorb have more design options and operate with greater energy efficiency than traditional construction. Isokorb reduces a building’s carbon footprint and supports a more holistic, systems-based approach to energy consumption that contributes to LEED.


To find out more about the Isokorb product line, visit or call 855.572.4625.

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2013 IDEAS2 Award Entries Due By January 31
Posted by Tasha Weiss on January 2, 2013 at 6:11 PM.

Entries are being accepted through January 31 for AISC’s 2013 IDEAS2 Awards. The annual awards program, which has existed for more than seven decades, recognizes outstanding achievements in engineering and architecture on steel-framed building projects around the country.


The awards recognize all members of the project’s team involved with the structural framing system. This year’s winners will be announced at the 2013 NASCC: The Steel Conference in St. Louis, which will be held April 17-19. In addition, awards are presented by AISC to the submitting firms and their fellow project team members at the individual project sites during the summer, and all winning projects will be featured in the May issue of MSC.


Architectural and engineering firms, general contractors, fabricators and owners are encouraged to enter innovative building projects that use wide-flange or hollow structural steel sections for a significant portion of the framing system. Pedestrian bridges entered in the competition must be an intrinsic part of a building, not stand-alone structures. Any member of the project team may submit a project for consideration, and joint submittals from project teams are encouraged.


To be eligible, projects must be located within the U.S. and completed between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2012. If any member of the project team is an AISC member, there is no entry fee. (The entry fee is $150 for non-members.)


For more information about the competition and to submit a project entry, go to


You can view last year’s IDEAS2 award winners in the May 2012 issue of MSC, available online at Or, click here to link directly to a PDF of the article.

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