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Applications now accepted for 2016 IDEAS2 Awards

The American Institute of Steel Construction is now accepting applications for their annual IDEAS2 Awards. Winners will be recognized for their innovative use of structural steel. According to AISC’s website, criteria for the award will be based on the following:

  •      Accomplishment of the building’s program
  •      Expression of the architectural intent
  •      Application of innovative design approaches to the structural system
  •      Utilization of productivity enhancing construction methods

Projects must fall within a specific two-year window. Steel structures completed form January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2015 will be eligible to receive an award.

Entries will be split into three categories based on U.S. dollar amounts.

  1. Less than $15 million
  2. $15 million to $75 million
  3. More than $75 million

Architecture firms as well as structural engineering firms, general contractors, detailers, fabricators, erectors and more are all encouraged to submit projects and be recognized for their contributions to the steel community.

The judges will use their discretion to issue National and Merit awards, as well as the Presidential Award of Excellence for structural steel engineering and architectural expression.

AISC is a nonprofit whose goal is to advance and celebrate the steel community throughout the United States. 

Visit the AISC website to find out how to enter.

AUG 28

Industry News Roundup: August 28, 2015

This week’s news resources:

Two steel arches will call an area near downtown Dallas home in the near future. The arches will extend over Margaret McDermott Bridge. Learn more about this stunning addition to the city of Dallas.

Five incredibly unique skyscrapers are taking shape around the world. The towers will be built throughout Asia and Europe. Each massive project aims at delivering a one-of-a-kind addition to the world’s skyline. Take a look at each of these exciting projects here. 

AISC is making their current draft of the Specification for Structural Steel Buildings viewable to the public. The group encourages comments from the public. Learn more about this opportunity by visiting AISC’s website.

In case you missed our latest blog:

SteelDay is AISC’s annual education and networking event. Structural engineering firms around the country are encouraged to celebrate SteelDay on September 25. Click here to find out how your office can get free Domino’s pizza by watching one of the SteelDay webinars and see other ways to celebrate SteelDay. 

AUG 26

Celebrate SteelDay: September 25, 2015

SteelDay, an annual event sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction, will take place on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. SteelDay is the steel industry’s largest education and networking event, the event’s website says. Steel aficionados around the U.S. use the day to appreciate the accomplishments of the country’s structural steel industry.

A great way to celebrate this year is to take part in an online educational activity. One featured event is a lunch and learn webinar, “Steel and the Phantasmagoria.” This webinar “explores the advancements in the steel materials we use, the design and construction methods we employ, and the ingenious solutions that have resulted to make great buildings,” the webinar description says. The lecturer will be Charles Carter, vice president and chief structural engineer for AISC. 

AISC is also offering some tasty rewards to workplaces that register for the webinar. The first 1,000 structural engineering offices to sign-up to view “Steel and Phantasmagoria” will receive free Domino’s Pizza! Participating firms must register before 5:00 p.m. on September 11 and be within a Domino’s delivery area in the 48 contiguous states. 

There are numerous ways to celebrate SteelDay. Events are taking place throughout the country. Find one near you by visiting the SteelDay event page. 

AUG 21

Industry News Roundup: August 21, 2015

This week’s news resources:

AISC is seeking assistance to update the “Sample Safety Program Elements for Structural Steel Fabricators.” Professors that teach in relevant fields are encouraged to submit proposals. Learn more about this opportunity.

Architects have released designs for a tower set to be built in southern China. View the plan and learn how this skyscraper is designed to turn heads. 

Five design finalists have been selected for the national World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. See images of all five submissions. 

Höweler + Yoon, a studio in Boston, built an impressive steel structure in Phoenix, Arizona. See how this group used steel in a creative way to provide shade to a city park. 

In case you missed our latest blog:

Read about the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's 2015 award winners. The best tall building in the world will be decided later this year. 

AUG 19

CTBUH Names Best Tall Buildings in the World

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat will award their top skyscraper of 2015 award to one of their four regional winners. The annual award for the world's best tall building aims to "deliver a comprehensive and sophisticated view of these important buildings while advocating for improvements in every aspect of their performance, especially those that have the greatest effect on people who use these buildings each day," the website says.

Middle East and Africa: Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower in Abu Dhabi

Asia and Australasia: CapitaGreen in Singapore

Europe: Bosco Verticale in Milan

Americas: One World Trade Center in New York City

The 10 Year Award was given to the Turning Torso building in Malmo, Sweden. The project was completed in 2005 and has residential and office spaces.

The winning tower of 2015 will be announced during the CTBUH Awards ceremony on November 12, 2015.  

The CTBUH gave out its first award in 2001 and began awarding the Best Tall Building awards in 2007. Companies can begin submitting their buildings in March of each year and there is no entry fee included. Regional winners are chosen by a main jury, composed of influential professionals with backgrounds architecture, urban planning, socio-economics and more.

Learn more about the CTBUH on their website: http://awards.ctbuh.org/

AUG 14

Industry News Roundup: August 14

This week’s news resources:

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has named One World Trade Center the 2015 Best Tall Building in the Americas. The building officially opened last November and is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. See the other three CTBUH winners: http://awards.ctbuh.org/

The tallest tower in Sri Lanka will be a tribute to the country’s cricket team, which won the World Cup in 1996. The 1,190-foot tower will be home to both residential and retail units. Read more in an article in Building Design+Construction magazine

New continuing education materials from AISC teach practical steel industry insights and trends. Check out their recent article, “Achieving Higher Quality in High-Density Residential: the Strengths of Structural Steel.”

In case you missed our latest blog:

What does your #SummerofSteel look like? When you see steel benefitting people’s lives this summer, post a photo of your findings on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #SummerofSteel and #contest. Each time you do, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Learn more about the #SummerofSteel.

AUG 12

The #SummerofSteel Roadtrip is Underway

Heading out on an adventure to close out the summer? The #SummerofSteel Roadtrip is your chance to share the best photos and stories of how steel is benefiting people’s lives. The photo contest is sponsored by the American Iron and Steel Institute. Visit www.summerofsteel.com and click on the interactive map to see prominent steel structures in North America.

"The campaign is intended to educate and inform people through facts, stories and photos about the benefits of steel to the community and the individual," an article in Modern Steel says. 

What does your #SummerofSteel look like? You can find steel benefiting a community through something as small as a bicycle to as big as a skyscraper. When you spot some impressive steel, post a photo of your findings on Twitter or Instagram with #SummerofSteel and #contest to become entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Participants can submit as many posts as they want, as long as each entry features a new photo and contains both hashtags.

The contest winner will be announced on September 14. View the contest rules before heading out and keep an eye on the #SummerofSteel hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

Good luck and safe travels!


Industry Roundup: August 7

This week’s news resources:

An offshore wind farm near Rhode Island will power 17,000 homes by 2016. The steel foundation that reaches the ocean floor is known as the “first steel in the water.” Learn more in an Associated Press article. 

American Galvanizers Association case study videos on hot-dip galvanizing are now available. The case studies highlight the success of hot-dip galvanization projects that have been completed for at least 10 years. Learn more in Modern Steel.  

Construction workers in Long Island, New York, shared some kind words with children at the neighboring Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. “Get well soon,” was spray-painted onto steel beams easily seen at the hospital. Read more on Today.com.  

A skyscraper in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City is set to be the tallest building in the country. The tower, The Vincom Landmark 81, will be composed of 25 rectangular tubes rising out of the ground. Read more in an article in Building Design+Construction magazine.  

In case you missed our latest blog: 

A four-part webinar series, “Bracing Connections and Related Topics,” will be available next week for those interested in the steel industry. Learn more in our previous blog


AISC hosting Bracing Connections Webinar Series

A four-part webinar series, "Bracing Connections and Related Topics," will be available next week for those interested in the steel industry. This AISC series "is full of design examples that demonstrate how to distribute forces to connection components and check for applicable limit states," the webinar website says

The series runs every Thursday from August 13- September 10, with the exception of August 27. 

August 13 - Session 1: Basic Principles

August 20 - Session 2: The Uniform Force Method

September 3 - Session 3: Bracing Connection Details and Prying Action

September 10 - Session 4: Vertical Bracing Corner Connections

Each session will have a 1.5-hour running time and will take place at 12:30 p.m. CDT. There is special pricing for those that buy all four webinars at once, but single event registration is also available.

Be sure to review the PDFs you receive of the presentation after registering so you’re up to speed when you begin each webinar.

Registration is only available online. Take care of your registration today at www.aisc.org/webinars


The Connector publication contains news about the structural steel industry and related events, customer spotlights, as well as information about SDS/2 and Design Data.

Delivered via e-mail, The Connector gets this important information straight to Design Data’s customer contacts. This format allows these customers to easily route our newsletter throughout their business, so all SDS/2 users can benefit from the valuable information it contains.

SDS/2 Software Provides Framework for
Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital

When the new $78-million, 190,000-square-foot Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital opens in early 2014, Design Data's SDS/2 software will have played an important role in the six-story project.

Meeting the project's challenges required collaboration between Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) — the project's structural engineer — and Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation — the project's fabricator — via SDS/2.

Using SDS/2, Douglas Steel automatically designed connections for each beam, brace, column and framing condition, which enabled HED engineers to validate the connection capacities against the required values.

To learn more about how HED and Douglas Steel successfully used SDS/2, read the full article in the March 2013 issue of Modern Steel Construction.