Why Steel


All Why Steel Resources

Below you will find a full list of the Why Steel resources pages, as well as other suggested content.

Accelerated Construction

Structural Steel can be Rapidly Designed, Fabricated and Erected

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Acoustics

Structural Steel efficiently meets acoustic requirements.

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Apartments and Condominiums

Structural steel framing achieves low floor-to-floor solutions with ideal bay sizes for apartments and condominiums.

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Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel

When left exposed, structural steel can express form, integrity and beauty in buildings while simultaneously demonstrating function and strength.

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Beauty in Design

Structural steel allows for endless opportunities to create beautiful, iconic spaces and places.

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Bending and Curving

Structural Steel can be curved to enhance the beauty and functionality of buildings.

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BIM

Building Information Modeling

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Blast and Progressive Collapse

Buildings designed in structural steel offer superior performance in extreme events.

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Coatings & Corrosion Protection

Steel provides long-term durability.

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Comparison to Other Materials

Structural steel has unique and distinct advantages over other building materials.

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Construction Costs

Structural Steel is the Cost Leader

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Data Centers

Thanks to its long-span capabilities, speedy construction and resilience, structural steel is ideal for creating strong, secure data centers.

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Design Considerations

Design Smarter With Steel.

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Design Flexibility

Structural steel can successfully accomplish any design the architect and structural engineer can imagine--from a simple, functional structure to a complex, visually stunning masterpiece.

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Fabricator & Erector Certification

AISC fabricator and erector certification brings value to any steel project.

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Facade Attachments

Structural steel offers simplified facade attchments.

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Fire Protection

Structural steel buildings perform well when exposed to fire.

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Future Adaptability

Structural steel buildings can be much more easily modified than competing framing systems.

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Green Codes

Structural steel simplifies satisfying green codes, standards and rating system requirements.

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Healthcare

Structural steel framing systems satisfy current healthcare requirements while providing flexibility to meet future demands.

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High-Quality Construction

Structural steel is a high-quality material that contributes to a high-quality building.

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Hotels & Hospitality

From low-rise suburban facilities to a flagship downtown high-rises, structural steel can help hotels get the most out of their space.

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Innovative Systems

Innovate with Structural Steel

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LEED 2009 - Recycled and Regional Content

Documenting Structural Steel's Recycled and Regional Content.

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LEED V4 - Environmental Product Declarations

Environmental Product Declarations for Fabricated Structural Steel.

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Life-Cycle Costs

Structural Steel provides long-term durability with lower-life cycle costs.

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Made in America

Structural Steel is Produced and Fabricated in America

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Modular Construction

Modular construction practices paired with steel's advanced prefabrication capabilities can help shorten construction schedules.

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Office Buildings

Structural steel framing is all business when it comes to office buildings of any size.

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Parking Garages

Steel is a durable, economical and aesthetically pleasing framing material for parking structures.

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Project Delivery Methods

Early fabricator involvement captures the full benefits of structural steel.

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Projects Gallery

A collection of projects that innovate beyond conventionally framed, connected, and built structural steel that have changed the way designers approach projects.

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Religious Facilities

Structural steel framing systems are commonly used in religious buildings and provide a unique combination of large open spaces and inspiring architectural expression.

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Retail

Structural steel framing systems provide a unique combination of long spans, open floor spaces and clean lines to bring out the best in retail projects.

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Schools

Structural steel framing meets the tight schedule demands of schools.

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Serviceability & Resilience

Structural steel is exceptional in addressing building serviceability requirements under both normal and extreme conditions.

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Specialty Homes

Specialty Homes

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Sports Facilities

Structural steel's ability to easily handle cantilevers and long spans makes it the perfect choice for sports facilities and stadiums.

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Steel Supply Chain

Understanding the structural steel supply chain to increase project value.

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Sustainability

Structural Steel: The Premier Green Construction Material

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Ten Reasons to Use Structural Steel

Why use structural steel? Here are the top ten reasons:

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Thermal Performance

Properly designed structural steel framing systems can reduce building energy consumption.

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Transportation Terminals

Structural Steel allows transportation terminals to overcome tight budget and schedule constraints while allowing for extraordinary architecture.

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University Residence Halls

Structural steel framing can achieve low floor-to-floor heights and ideal bay sizes for university residence halls.

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