Why Steel

Who are we?

The American Institute of Steel Construction

We are the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. Our mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in steel-related technical and market-building activities such as specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization and market development.  AISC is a standard setting organization publishing several standards including "ANSI/AISC 360-16 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings" which is included by reference as part of the International Building Code.

To advance that mission, we have created the AISC Steel Solutions Center, a complimentary resource for design and construction professionals. Developed for steel fabricators, structural engineers, architects, owners, developers and other construction professionals, the Steel Solutions Center provides technical assistance, innovative solutions and tools to make structural steel design simpler and more efficient.


WhySteel.org is one of several outlets we use to communicate technical and market- based information regarding structural steel. Its goal is to communicate the benefits that a structural steel framing system can bring to any building project. Other AISC websites include: www.aisc.org, our main website; www.aisccertification.org, which provides information on AISC's Quality Certification program, as well as a list of certified fabricators and erectors; www.steelbridges.org, which covers steel bridges; and www.modernsteel.com, which includes current and past issues of our monthly magazine.

If you have questions regarding structural steel or how structural steel can meet the framing system requirements of your next project, please contact the AISC Steel Solutions Center.