Steel Structure Trivia: Functional Art

This photo was taken from one of the outdoor terraces of a new, steel-framed modern art museum situated between the High Line and the Hudson River in New York City. The building features various exposed structural steel elements, including the large steel plate girder used for the terrace railing behind the colorful chair sculptures. (Photos: Jacinda Collins, AISC)

Our August Steel Structure Trivia question is: What is the name of this New York City art museum?


The answer is the Whitney Museum of American Art. Congratulations to our winners! They are: Mark Sencich, VDC manager - Western Division, Schuff Steel Company, San Diego (an AISC Member/Certified fabricator); and Nep Viajar, a civil/structural engineer with Fluor Corp. in Houston.

Banker Steel (an AISC Member/Certified fabricator) was the steel fabricator for the Whitney Museum, which reopened downtown in May, six months after closing its Upper East Side doors. The scope of Banker’s work for the new 200,000-sq.-ft building included 4,000 tons of structural steel and unique features such as 15-in. diameter solid round columns, 15-in. and 22-in. diameter pipe columns, an extensive exterior stair system and a cable wall supported by a rod and clevis system. The building includes more than 50,000 sq. ft of indoor galleries and 13,000 sq. ft of outdoor exhibition space on a series of outdoor terraces facing the High Line, providing opportunities to show more of the Whitney’s art collection in tandem with temporary exhibitions.

You can test your steel structure knowledge right here on our MSC website on the last Friday of each month, where a new trivia question will be posted to the News section. Our next question will be posted on Friday, September 25 (SteelDay!) at noon CDT.