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Steel Shots: Up She Goes!
Posted by Tasha Weiss on June 7, 2013 at 1:01 PM.


The final pieces of the 408-ft steel spire for One World Trade Center were lifted to the top of the tower and installed last month. Using a crane located high above street level, ironworkers lifted the final two pieces off of a temporary work platform on the roof of One WTC and attached them to the previously installed 16 sections of spire. During the installation, ironworkers set and tightened 60 bolts at an altitude of 1,700 ft. Photo: The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey


One World Trade Center is now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third-tallest in the world, standing at a symbolic 1,776 ft high.


Eighteen barrel-shaped sections of steel make up the tower’s spire, which weighs nearly 760 tons and will function as a world-class broadcast antenna.


The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has released additional photos and video from last month’s installation of the final spire pieces atop One WTC.


You can also view a spectacular photo on CBS News’ website showing WTC ironworkers placing the spire on top of the skyscraper.


One WTC is set to open in 2014. More information on its construction progress can be found at

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Call for Proposals Now Open for 2014 Milek Fellowship Award
Posted by Tasha Weiss on June 6, 2013 at 8:26 AM.

University faculty are invited to apply for the 2014 AISC Milek Fellowship, a four-year, $30,000-per-year award. Designed to help promising university faculty members conduct structural steel research, the winning faculty member will also be recognized in MSC as well as receive free registration at NASCC: The Steel Conference for the four years following their selection as an AISC Milek Fellow.


The Milek Fellowship program is designed to contribute to the research careers of young faculty who teach and conduct research investigations related to structural steel, while producing research results beneficial to designers, fabricators, and erectors of structural steel.


Proposals will be accepted until September 15, 2013. Required application information includes:


  • Candidate’s name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone and email address
  • Description of the research to be conducted
  • Discussion of the relevance and usefulness of the research to structural steel construction (design, detailing, fabrication, installation, maintenance, renovation, materials, management, protection from corrosion etc.)


The intent of the award is to support students with high potential to be valuable contributors to the U.S. structural steel design and construction industry. Funds are provided to conduct research that meets the long-term needs of the structural steel industry; assist in leveraging additional outside funds for fellowship-related research; and develop graduate students for academic and design careers in the structural steel industry.


The selected faculty fellow should strive to fund a doctoral candidate each year with at least half of the yearly fellowship funds, and the chosen students will be named AISC Graduate Fellows and featured in MSC.


The award is named after William A. Milek, former AISC vice president of engineering and research, to recognize his invaluable contributions to AISC and the structural steel industry.


For complete information about the Milek Fellowship program, past faculty fellows, and the full proposal requirements and application, visit

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Chicago’s First Staggered Truss Project Resumes Construction
Posted by Tasha Weiss on June 4, 2013 at 8:52 AM.

It’s alive! After a four-year delay, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, the city’s first staggered steel truss project, has just restarted construction in the River North neighborhood.


The project first began construction back in the fall of 2007 and stalled less than a year later. AISC’s Steel Solutions Center had completed a conceptual study for the project and along with ASE hosted a breakfast presentation in early 2008 by members of the project team, as well as a tour of the construction site.
You can find the recorded presentations, photos from the site tour, a time-lapse video during the initial construction, and information about the structural steel staggered truss system at (The right image shows a rendering of the project, courtesy of Valerio Dewalt Train, Architect.)


The project’s staggered steel truss design allows for large open spaces and potential cost savings. The 14-story upscale lifestyle hotel will include 221 rooms, with 194 studio suites and 27 one-bedroom suites. It is slated to open early next year.


Tomorrow, June 5, COAA Illinois is hosting a tour of the restarted construction underway at the project site and members of the project team will discuss the problems and solutions of resuming a construction project after a long-term delay, as well as the building’s innovative staggered steel truss design.


For more information about the event and to register, visit You can keep up on the Godfrey Hotel’s construction progress at

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Fred R. Beckmann, Former AISC Director of Bridges, Dies at 82
Posted by Tasha Weiss on June 3, 2013 at 4:40 PM.

fred-beckmann.jpgFred R. Beckmann, former AISC director of bridges, passed away last Friday, May 31, at the age of 82.


He was known as one of the nation’s most-recognized experts on steel bridge fabrication. In addition to his love of bridges, he especially enjoyed sharing his advice and wisdom.


“Fred’s passion was in the building of steel bridges and he developed an understanding of how steel girders behave as loading changes during construction,” said Bill McEleney, director of the National Steel Bridge Alliance. “His desire to share this knowledge will have a lasting effect on steel bridge design and construction in the future.”


Beckmann was born in Pekin, Ill., on July 25, 1930. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1953 with a degree in civil engineering and in 1953 married Joanne Drake, also of Pekin, and they spent the majority of their life together in Chicago Heights, Ill. He was also an avid tennis player.


Beckmann started his career in Pennsylvania at Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel and later moved back to Illinois to work in Springfield. The majority of his career was spent at Chicago Heights Steel. He joined AISC in 1980 as its director of bridges and retired 14 years later in 1994.


In 2002, he received an AISC Lifetime Achievement Award in special recognition of his many years of exceptional service to AISC and the structural steel design, construction and academic communities.


He is survived by his wife, Joanne, their three children and their families.


Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, June 4, at 11 a.m., with a 10 a.m. visitation prior to the service, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2901 Western Avenue, Park Forest, Ill., 60466.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either Trinity Lutheran Church (2901 Western Avenue, Park Forest, IL 60466) or to AISC (general scholarship fund in Fred Beckmann’s name). Checks should be made payable to AISC Education Foundation, Inc., and mailed to: AISC, Attn: Danielle Bronkema, One E. Wacker Drive, Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60601. Please note Fred Beckmann in the memo portion of the check.

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