Why Steel | Architects
Steel is adaptable, sustainable, resilient, capable of long spans, has high recycled content, and creates column-free spaces. Check out the list of recommended resources below for more information on the many attributes that make steel the ideal structural material.
Here you will find a selection of resources for architects, focused on the many benefits that a structural steel framing system can bring to any building project. Please feel free to browse the content below, as well as all of the Why Steel resource pages. If you have questions, need technical assistance, innovative solutions, or tools to make structural steel design even better, contact The Steel Solutions Center.
Guide for Architects
Why Steel will introduce you to the benefits that structural steel, and only structural steel, can bring to any building project.
Engineering Basics will show you how to create a structural layout for a building, with particular information about bay sizes, column sizes, and overall floor framing depths.
Finishes, Coatings, and Fire Protection provide critical information about various coating systems for structural steel and how each can be used to best fit the needs of your project.
Sound Isolation and Noise Control showcases how structural steel assemblies can be used to achieve Sound Transmission Class (STC) and Impact Isolation Class (IIC) ratings.
Sustainability and Resilience highlights structural steel's ability to provide a sound, resilient structure that's environmentally friendly. All structural steel produced in the U.S. is made of recycled steel and the end product is 100% recyclable.
Detailing Considerations demonstrates how to use structural steel in combination with other building materials such as precast concrete panels, masonry, thin stone veneer panels, and limestone.
Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel illustrates steel's ability to express the structural integrity of a building in a striking way while showcasing the true beauty of the structural system. The broad range of steel shapes and finishes provide infinite possibilities in terms of creative expression.
The Preliminary Beam, Girder, and Column Size Tables are a series of tables to aid the architect in determining approximate column sizes and floor and roof system depths.
Additional Resources provides further information and helpful resources for designing in structural steel.