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Innovate with Structural Steel

Structural steel has a rich history of innovation. The continual development of higher-strength materials and new shapes has long characterized structural steel, and new material standards, such as ASTM A1085 for hollow structural sections (HSS) are regularly developed. At the same time, new products and innovative systems using structural steel have been produced to help designers efficiently address project requirements. These solutions, which address areas like long-span deck, fire protection, connection optimization, coating systems and progressive collapse, have resulted in a growing demand for structural steel to build student housing, healthcare, multifamily residential, office and parking projects.

Every year, AISC publishes a compendium of steel innovations.

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Composite Steel Frame

Engineering News Record's cover story from December 25, 2017 details the first use of a new, non-proprietary steel core framing system offering a 40% reduction in construction time compared with a conventional concrete core. The 58-story, steel-framed Rainier Tower, designed by Magnusson Klemencic Associates, is now under construction in Seattle. 

AISC and the Pankow Foundation have jointly funded research currently underway at Purdue University which will make this revolutionary system even better. The research will result in a design guide on the system that will allow you to use the game-changing, non-proprietary system in your designs. 

Please direct all questions to solutions@aisc.org.

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