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AISC releases Sophisticated Paint Endorsement Standard

November 08, 2005 From American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.

The American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc. (AISC) has revised and updated its Sophisticated Paint Endorsement (SPE) program, which helps owners and specifiers select structural steel fabricators that are able to provide the special project quality needs for sophisticated painting systems, such as zincs, epoxies, urethanes, and multi-coat systems.

The SPE is part of AISC’s program to certify steel fabricating shops. Release of the new criteria as a standard, rather than the previous checklist, is part of an ongoing effort by AISC to support a system based approach to quality management and to better communicate to project owners and specifiers exactly what the Certification programs provide. (To view the full Standard, visit www.aisc.org/spe). AISC recommends that facility owners require all shops hired for the fabrication of structural steel with sophisticated paint requirements as outlined above be certified to the AISC SPE program. This helps ensure that the owner’s contracts are awarded to capable shops that have been evaluated independently to the highest standards.

AISC expects to completely implement auditing to the revised SPE program criteria by the end of 2006. Newly certified fabricators will be required to comply with the SPE Standard beginning July 1, 2006. Currently certified companies will be required to comply with the SPE Standard beginning January 1, 2007 with the expectation that all companies carrying the Sophisticated Paint Endorsement will be certified to the new standard by the end of 2007. For a list of Quality Certified Fabricators, visit www.aisc.org/certification. For more info on the AISC SPE or certification program, call 312.670.2400 or email [email protected].

For more information contact:

Scott Melnick
VP of Communications
(312) 670-8314
[email protected]


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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