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AISC Presents Distinguished Achievement Awards at Annual Meeting

September 23, 2008 From American Institute of Steel Construction

The American Institute of Steel Construction’s Lifetime Achievement and Special Achievement awards were presented at the 2008 AISC Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO, held on September 11-13.

AISC’s Lifetime Achievement Award honors living individuals who have made a difference in the structural steel industry's success. It provides special recognition to individuals who have provided outstanding service over a sustained period of years to AISC and the structural steel design/construction/academic community. The 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to William Liddy and Bert Cooper.

Bill Liddy spent nearly 60 years in the steel industry, first promoting structural steel for the mills, then as a regional engineer with AISC, and finally as an advisor in the Steel Solutions Center. He worked closely with the fabrication industry, especially in the Midwest, and is very respected by both the fabrication and design community. He has also acted as a mentor for younger staff at AISC.

Bert Cooper is a long-time contributor to the structural steel industry as both an AISC board member and as the owner of a leading fabrication firm, W&W/AFCO Steel. He’s contributed substantial time and financial resources to support steel industry research activities. Bert is known as an active “agent provocateur” who isn’t afraid to stir the pot to move ideas forward and has been instrumental in pushing for unified specification.

AISC’s Special Achievement Award gives special recognition to individuals who demonstrated notable singular or multiple achievements in structural steel design, construction, research or education. This award honors living individuals who have made a positive and substantial impact on the structural steel design and construction industry. The 2008 Special Achievement Award was presented to William W. Brown and Joseph J. Hunt.

William Brown is the President of Ben Hur Construction Co., and Joseph Hunt is the General President of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers. They were awarded this year’s Special Achievement Award for their work in developing and nurturing I.M.P.A.C.T., which is a labor/management partnership designed to bring together local unions and their signatory contractors to address mutual problems and create solutions to those problems.

For more information on AISC’s Individual Awards and past recipients, please visit www.aisc.org/awards.

For more information contact:

Tasha O'Berski
Communications Department
(312) 670-5439
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American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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