28   A Sharp Solution
By Elizabeth Heck, SE, PE
A new county building in the Arizona desert turns to steel—and saguaros—to achieve energy efficiency and blend in with the surrounding landscape.

36   A Sense of Community
By Tom Forsberg, PE, and Melissa Boulden, PE
A Philadelphia community college puts its steel frame on full display in a new career center.

42   Best Bridge Practices
By Bob Forand, PE, and John Kuretski, PE
Smart fabrication tactics and design changes reduce the size, impact, and budget for a one-of-a-kind steel bridge spanning a major arterial and critical utility corridor in St. Petersburg, Fla.

50   Learning the Loop
By Maria Mnookin
A new sculpture on Ball State’s campus celebrates the school’s College of Architecture and Planning and puts its students’ skills on full display.

NASCC: The Steel Conference Preview
54   Extreme Steel Bending
By Ken Pecho
A bender-roller provides a look at material considerations and properties and how they can make or break a curved steel project.

NASCC: The Steel Conference Preview
58   Fitting the Bill 
By Adam MacDonald
A case study on training layout/fitter personnel can help you determine how to best develop this role in your own fabrication shop.

NASCC: The Steel Conference Preview
60   Bolts and Nuts and Washers, Oh My!
By Larry Martof
Come to QualityCon at this year’s NASCC: The Steel Conference and learn how to avoid common bolt pitfalls and the associated corrective action requests.



16   A Century and Counting
By Michael Desch, PhD, Vyshnavi Gudhibandi, and Cynthia Duncan
Nearly 100 years old, the AISC Specification contains some significant changes in its latest version, all geared toward better organization and easier reference.

Data Driven
22   Less is More
By Brian Raff
Warehouses are typically minimalist structures, but they’ve maximized in size over the past few years.

Field Notes
24   Design Leader
Interview by Geoff Weisenberger
After three decades of building portfolios for different structural engineering companies, Helen Torres decided to start building a portfolio for a new firm—one that bears her name.

Business Issues
26   Ethical Behavior of Ethical Engineers
By Troy M. Dye, SE, PE
When it comes to ethics, start with the basics and strive to “be” all the right things.