Erectors Showcase Ingenuity, Planning, and Quality Workmanship on Six Award-Winning Steel Construction Projects
April 29, 2020 (Winston-Salem, N.C.) Six steel erection companies have been named as recipients in the annual Project of the Year awards by the Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA). Chosen by an independent panel of judges, the companies received notice of their awards in March 2020 for projects that were topped out in either 2018 or 2019.
“Expanding the scope of the submission criteria to a 24-month window greatly increased the number of completed project submissions we received,” said Alan Sears, Awards Committee Chairman. “This provides SEAA members with an opportunity to showcase their most interesting, and often most challenging, structural steel erection work.”
“Erectors work closely with fabrication, engineering, and general contractors in roles that often require revisiting the drawing board to customize rigging or material handling devices, collaborate on more efficient connection methods, or devise better fall protection systems to safely keep projects on schedule and on budget. These award-winning projects are good examples of that ingenuity.”
The Project of the Year winners are:
Ropac Inc. for Troy Wellness building at Troy University, Troy, Ala.
(Class I for erection contracts up to $525,000)
A Wellness Center located at the main entrance of Troy University campus required that work be performed with as little disruption as possible to daily activities. Space constraints and flooding made execution even more difficult. According to the judge panel: “The curved hung running track, the radiused members of the Rotunda, and the 115' trusses were some of the unique components on this project.”
Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc., for Ballston Quarter Pedestrian Walkway, Arlington, Va.
(Class II for $525,000 to $1 million)
The Ballston Quarter Pedestrian Walkway is a 145 ft. long, 100-ton bridge with no symmetry. It changes direction twice is made of exposed pipe. Public safety was a major concern, with little room to work on the signature feature over a busy four-lane road with no center pier. The judge panel reported: "Planning was key on this project. Williams Steel Erection Company was able to successfully propose and implement an alternate erection plan to accommodate the complicated geometry and urban setting."
Alliance Riggers & Constructors for Bel Air High School, El Paso, Texas
(Class III for $1 million to $2.5 million)
A new multi-level arts and sports complex for Ysleta Independent School District replaced an existing single level gym within the same restricted location. “Long spans and heavy trusses defined this project. Floor trusses were 127' long, and roof trusses were 177' long, weighing up to 60 tons each. Temporary bracing and guying were also critical components of this project,” summarized the judge panel. Successful execution required close coordination with the fabricator and engineering firms to properly plan erection and fabrication sequencing.
Peterson Beckner Industries for Kinder Building at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
(Class IV for over $2.5 million)
“There is nothing ordinary about this structure,” said the judge panel of the Museum of Fine Arts, Kinder Building. Floor framing consists of two levels of geometrically complicated heavy wide flange composite structure. The roof is an intricate weaving of sloped and swept pipe trusses, infilled with sloped and rolled wide flange beams to form a network of concave roof sections. Primary challenges included erection phasing of the composite floor level framing and in-depth sequencing of the complex roof framing. In addition, development of erection procedures to ensure field fit-up and stability of the structure while under construction was critical.
In addition, two companies received Honorable Mention.
During construction the building was divided into five sections, each with its own challenges, represented by tight laydown areas, critical lifts, need for accuracy with project sequencing, and quality control for ease of field assembly of shop built pieces.
About Steel Erectors Association of America
Founded in 1972, SEAA is the only national trade association representing the interests of steel erectors, fabricators, contractors, and related service providers. The association promotes safety, education and training programs for steel erector trades, including its Ironworker Craft Training curriculum. The association works in partnership with other steel construction, design, and steel product organizations to protect the interests of those who construct steel structures. Learn more at www.seaa.net.