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Arch Action
By David A. Platten, P.E., and Lee W. Slade, P.E.
The steel-framed arched roof of Dallas’ American Airlines Center is as skillfully articulated as the action beneath it.

Inside Look
By Hardy Campbell, P.E.
The American Welding Society D1.1 Code was revised and updated for 2002 to reflect current practices in structural steel fabrication.

Engineering Ecology
By J. Michael Desmond
Steel integrates with natural design at the Bluebonnet Swamp Interpretive Center in Baton Rouge, LA.

Room to Breathe
By Linda Norris
Long-span joists fill the need for long-term structural flexibility.

Up and Away
With a roof shape similar to an airplane wing, Lock Haven University’s new student recreational facility pays homage to the Piper Cub aircraft once manufactured nearby.

Machinery Trends
By Beth Pollak
Sophisticated tools and machines are more accessible and affordable to shops of all sizes than ever before.

Glass Acres
By Thomas Z. Scarangello, P.E., and Bryan Tokarczyk
Innovative steel designs for the massive atrium roofs at Orlando’s Gaylord Palms Hotel create bright and airy spaces for guests to enjoy.

Stress Relief
By Bart Riberich, P.E.
Innovative stress-relieving solutions eliminate unwanted thrust forces to make today’s long-span, retractable roof systems possible