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AISC presents distinguished Industry Achievement Awards at Annual Meeting

November 23, 2010 from American Institute of Steel Construction

(Chicago, IL) - The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) presented Lifetime and Special Achievement Awards at its 88th Annual Meeting in Boston, October 21-22. AISC’s Achievement Awards honor significant projects and individuals who have made a difference in the success of the fabricated structural steel industry.

Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Raymond A. Phillips, chairman of Cives Steel Company, and Fernando Friás, president of the Mexican Institute of Steel Construction (IMCA). These awards provide 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.

A long-time member of the AISC Board of Directors, Phillips has provided consistent and continuous leadership on the Committee on Research. Under his leadership, AISC has successfully conducted research programs on such topics as the qualification of bolts, flange plates, and end plate connections for special and intermediate moment frames; tests confirming the load capacity of columns under high rotations; and tests of large scale connections of slip critical connections. In addition, under his leadership fellowships were granted supporting innovation in seismic design, effectiveness of structural shapes, fire design, and design in areas of low seismicity. He has also supported research outside of AISC including tests at Virginia Tech confirming design procedures for single plate shear connections. In addition to donating his time and energy, Ray has been generous in encouraging his staff to participate in steel industry related activities.

Friás has long been the driving force behind IMCA and has been instrumental in establishing positive relationships between AISC and IMCA. As such, in addition to his success as a steel fabricator, he has helped grow and advance the fabricated structural steel industry in Mexico including the use of the AISC Specification.

Special Achievement Awards were presented to Ronnie Medlock, vice president of technical services at High Steel Structures, Inc., and David Ware, CEO of Tennessee Galvanizing. These awards give special recognition to individuals who have demonstrated notable singular or multiple achievements in structural steel design, construction, research, or education. These awards honor living individuals who have made a positive and substantial impact on the structural steel design and construction industry.

Medlock is being honored for his vision in initiating the AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration as a means to develop and implement standards for the construction of steel bridges, and for his continuing effort in shepherding the Collaboration to a highly regarded position within the community of bridge owners and designers.

Ware accepted the award for Tennessee Galvanizing, honored for its efforts to reduce hazardous waste generation among steel galvanizers. The company invested $750,000 to develop “The Skim Machine,” which reduced waste generation by 100% (the self-contained system now produces more than 1.5 million pounds of ferrous sulfate annually, which in turn is sold for use in livestock feed or fertilizer). But rather than patenting the system, they hosted 15 other galvanizers from around the country to encourage them to also use the system. Annual benefits include the elimination of 2,300 tons of hazardous waste in the form of spent sodium hydroxide solution, reduced “virgin” sulfuric acid use by 228 tons annually, reduced water consumption by 315,000 gallons annually, reduced natural gas consumption by 20% via boiler replacement with tank heaters, and eliminated more than 100 trucks from the road that were no longer needed to haul spent acid offsite as a hazardous waste.

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


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Tasha O'Berski
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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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