Steel’s versatility and durability make it a suitable building material for various construction projects and applications. For cladding and roofing applications, there are different types of sheet steel assemblies, ranging from the simplest single-sheet walls found in agricultural buildings to sophisticated composite panel assemblies.
Each year, curtain walls continue to soar higher, form angles that are more challenging, and push the building envelope closer to total transparency. A case in point is the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC’s) Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station.
Registration is open for NASCC: The Steel Conference, which will be at San Antonio’s Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center from March 22 to 24. This year, the event will include a number of new features, primarily related to its technical seminars.
The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) Québec Region held its 18th Design Awards of Excellence in Steel Construction at Pointe-à-Callière Museum in Old Montréal in November. The awards—which had the theme of “The Contribution of the Steel Industry to Innovation and Creativity”—honoured 11 winners, selected from among 83 submissions and 37 finalists.
Last month, the 2016 edition of the North American Specification for the Design of Cold-formed Steel Structural Members was published. This specification was the result of work by both the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Committee on Specifications for the Design of Cold-formed Steel Structural Members and the CSA Group Technical Committee on Cold-formed Steel Members.
Canadian energy codes will never be less stringent than they are today. Therefore, it is important to have a firm understanding of the building options available to achieve and outperform regulations. Contrary to some conventional thinking, a ‘systems’ approach to construction can prove an ideal building approach even when high thermal performance is required.
Steel has long been praised for its strength, durability, and functionality. More recently, architects and engineers have recognized the material’s additional sustainability advantages, particularly its high recycled content and end-of-life recovery rate.
As more owners and design/construction professionals look toward constructing steel bridges that can last a century, it is imperative to evaluate the corrosion protection systems used to ensure these structures meet the long design life without significant deterioration, and without significant cost.