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The First Winner of the Prize Bridge Award in the United States

September 30, 2020 11:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In 1928, the Sixth Street Bridge that would eventually become known as the Roberto Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh took home the Prize Bridge Award, making it the very first American bridge to do so. The panel that hands out the prize was awed by the bridge’s innovation in steel—it was among the very first self-anchoring suspension bridges that featured solid steel eye-bars both in the main suspension cables and the vertical support for the bridge deck. Today the bridge is more than 90 years old, and it is one of the defining features of the Pittsburgh landscape. History of the... View Article

How the American Institute of Steel Construction Partnership with RePicture Helps Students

September 16, 2020 11:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Over the summer of 2020, the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) partnered with RePicture, a virtual community in which students learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers and real-world products while researching topics related to structural steel in the worlds of construction, architecture and engineering. The program ran from June 9 to August 10, and all students who participated were provided the opportunity to demonstrate what they learned and potentially win awards in certain categories. This was a very unique opportunity for students to get some practical knowledge and experience in the use of structural steel in... View Article

What You Should Know About the Safety Risks Associated with Taller Steel Buildings

July 13, 2020 10:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Skyscrapers are one of those inventions that can still give you pause no matter how many you’ve seen. They are wonders of architecture, engineering and construction, and their presence in so many of our greatest cities is a point of pride. In the past, they were a dangerous thing to build, but decades of advancements have made construction ever safer. However, they’re still not quite risk-free. Buildings are more complex than ever, as the infrastructure needed to make them hum becomes more and more complicated. When we talk about taller steel building safety risks in Indiana, we are really talking... View Article

Why Steel Is Preferred as Reinforcement in Concrete

June 29, 2020 10:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’ve ever worked with concrete before, or plan on doing so, you might have heard of reinforced concrete. While the material is strong and stable on its own, it doesn’t hurt to have reinforcement that can further strengthen it and help maintain its structure for decades to come. Steel reinforcement in concrete in Indiana usually comes in the form of rebar, but the reasons steel may be preferred for this type of work are varied. Our team at Benchmark Fabricated Steel is pleased to offer more insight into why steel is the favorite material chosen when it comes to... View Article

Steel Building Misconceptions

June 1, 2020 10:42 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Steel buildings are everywhere, but historically speaking, it’s a relatively new construction material. Many people are laboring under misconceptions about steel and how it functions in a building. In short, it’s an extremely durable building material that offers excellent benefits, making it very popular in modern construction. As always, the higher-quality steel you get, the longer your building will last. Here’s what you need to know about common myths about steel buildings in Indiana: Steel frames will rust: Building steel is often dipped in a protective coating, which safeguards the material against rust and corrosion. Most building steel comes with... View Article