Award-winning projects include sports arena, performance centers, and a museum
Seven steel erection companies have been named as recipients in the annual Project of the Year awards by the Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA). One winner was selected in each of four categories based on the dollar amount of the erection contract. In addition, three companies received Honorable Mention. Categories are Class I up to $500,000; Class II $500,000 to $1 million; Class III $1-2.5 million; and Class IV over $2.5 million.
Three of the projects were part of broader redevelopment plans in the local communities where they were built, and five of them house centers for cultural expression—including performing arts, sports, and a museum.
Chosen by an independent panel of judges, the companies received notice of their awards in April 2021 for projects that were topped out in either 2019 or 2020.
“Erectors often work in close collaboration with other teams and trades, and sometimes the customer. Challenges frequently deal with logistics, crane selection and rigging methods, and execution of complicated connection plans,” said Alan Sears, SEAA Awards Committee Chairman. “We congratulate these companies for excellent delivery of these unique structural steel construction projects.”
Steel erectors are getting real in Orlando this year for SEAA’s 48th Convention and Trade Show on October 13-14, 2021. The convention and trade show will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton at the entrance to Universal Studios. This year’s event will include dedicated trade show time, three education sessions for managers and owners, and a panel discussion with the 2021 Project of the Year winners.
The Convention & Trade Show is preceded by the Dave Schulz Memorial Golf Tournament at
the MetroWest Golf Club in Orlando on October 12, 2021. SEAA renamed the annual Education
Fundraiser Golf Tournament in memory of Dave Schulz, SEAA past president, who was instrumental in organizing the event for many years.
The Captain’s Choice style tournament is open to members and non- members. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place teams, longest drive, closest to the pin, and more. Separate registration is required. Fees include green fee, cart, range balls, lunch, and beverages. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
SEAA’s Trade Show provides erectors and fabricators a chance to see the latest products, services and innovations they need for safer, more productive work site. This year, SEAA is offering exhibitors a choice of indoor or outdoor booth locations, and all exhibitors have the option to participate in live demonstrations at no extra cost.
“We will have three hours of dedicated trade show time, with hands-on presentations from exhibitors for a highly-engaged trade show experience,” said Carrie Gulajan, Chairman of the Convention Committee.
To accommodate social distancing and small group engagement, attendees will be split into two groups. Half will visit indoor booths, while half will visit outdoor booths. Groups will rotate at the mid-point in the schedule, and the live demonstrations will be staggered between two time slots.
“We are offering two promotions to encourage exhibitors to confirm their booths early,” said Gulajan. The Early Bird Special is for exhibitors that reserve and pay for their booth by May 31. They receive (1) complimentary e-mail blast in our Convention Products & Services Showcase.
In 2022, SEAA’s 49th Convention & Trade Show returns to its regular schedule in North Charleston, S.C. “The All that Jazz Discount is for members only. Make a $500 deposit on your 2022 booth by October 31, 2021 to secure 2021 Trade Show Rates,” said Gulajan.
Learn more at https://www.seaa.net/seaa-convention--trade-show.html
In 2021, SEAA renamed the annual Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament in memory of Dave Schulz, SEAA past president, who was instrumental in organizing the event for many years. The 2021 tournament will be held in Orlando, Fla., on October 12, preceding the 48th Convention & Trade Show.
The Captain’s Choice style tournament is open to members and non-members. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place teams, longest drive, closest to the pin, and more.
Registration fees include green fee, cart, range balls, lunch, and beverages. Sponsorship opportunities are also available at seaa.net/daveschulzgolf.
Through this event, SEAA has awarded more than $40,000 in Craft Training grants and for the
development of training videos. SEAA is working toward developing approximately 20 Level 1 videos that can be used to accompany the SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Craft Training Program.
The SEAA Board of Directors announces that its 48th Convention and Trade Show, previously scheduled for April 2021 in Orlando, Fla., will now take place Oct. 12-14, 2021. The meeting will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton at the entrance to Universal, in Orlando, Fla.
“In order to accommodate evolving recommendations for in-person gatherings related to the
coronavirus pandemic, the Convention Committee has set the new dates with high hopes that the
environment will be back on track by the third quarter,” said Carrie Gulajan, Convention Committee
Chairperson. “We made this decision based on travel industry projections and watching what other
trade organizations are doing. We feel strongly that the biggest value to be gained is from in-person
networking,” she said.
Details of the agenda are being finalized, but the tentative program is as follows:
Tuesday, Oct. 12: Education and Training Fundraiser Golf Tournament
Wednesday, Oct. 13: Exhibitor Setup, Project of the Year Award Winners Panel Discussion, Welcome Reception
Thursday, Oct. 14: Trade Show and Indoor and Outdoor Exhibitor Demos, Education Sessions, Closing Night Awards and Reception
Hotel, meeting, and trade show registration links will open by February 15.
In addition, plans are underway for the 2021 George R. Pocock Memorial Golf Tournament and a tour of Universal Studios. Headlining the convention will be speaker Bob McCall, President of Inspire High Performance, LLC. He will draw on more than 30 years of experience in the utility industry to address leadership, culture, expectations, and behaviors that need to be changed. McCall will follow up his inspirational opening presentation, 5 Steps to Improving your Team’s Safety Performance, with a workshop later in the week.
The convention will include other sessions on management or field topics. Plus, winners of the annual Project of the Year competition will present case studies of their structural steel erection jobs.
Registration is now open online for exhibitors and attendees. Learn more at seaa.net/events.
How to become a SEAA/NCCER Training Unit/Assessment Site
Tim Eldridge, SEAA’s Craft Training and Assessment Administrator, will discuss how to become a
member of SEAA’s network of Craft Training providers. Participation in the program provides SEAA
member companies with access to nationally recognized credentials for ironworkers. Benefits include reduced costs and administrative requirements. Because of SEAA’s affiliation with NCCER, members also have access to the dozens of other construction craft training materials, assessments, and certifications.
Common Rigging Mistakes
Scott Seppers, a former rigger and ironworker, warns that employers should never assume those doing rigging have all the knowledge and training to account for the many variables affecting rigging scenarios. Drawing on 19 years of field experience and leadership as a general foreman and trainer for Trivent Safety Consulting, Seppers will identify some of the most common mistakes made in rigging.
Make Your Quality System Work for You
Continuous change to the AISC Certification program keeps erectors scrambling to keep up with Quality and Safety Management Systems. Lee Pielaet of Pioneer Steel Services, Inc., has conducted more than 1,000 AISC audits. He’ll share his experience to help erectors achieve, manage, and upgrade AISC certifications.
Structural Steel Field Fixes & Solutions
Problems encountered during construction and erection of structural steel buildings often requires field fixes. Dr. James Fisher, Ph.D., P.E., is Vice President Emeritus for CSD Structural Engineers. He will share case studies, common problems, and how to respond when they occur.
Workforce Development is a Team Effort
A panel discussion, moderated by Tracy Bennett, SEAA’s Managing Editor of Connector and marketing consultant, includes experts representing technical education, craft training, curriculum development, and apprenticeship. The discussion will include trends in CTE education, practical tips for establishing workforce development and how to get funding for training and apprenticeships.
Top Notch Networking
SEAA’s focused trade show offers erector and fabricator companies to see the latest products, services and innovations they need for safer, more productive work sites. Regularly rated as a favorite part of the meeting by attendees, exhibitors are encouraged to reserve booths early as space is limited.
November 11, 2019 (Winston-Salem, N.C.) The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA), will hold its 48th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Charleston, S.C., April 1-3, 2020.