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Celebrate America’s Greenest Structural Material October 21

Parul Dubey on September 29, 2022 - in Announcement, Events

CHICAGO – SteelDay, the annual celebration of the domestic fabricated structural steel industry, is fast approaching! SteelDay is October 21, but this year we just couldn’t contain the festivities to one day. You’ll find events throughout the week across the country.

“This year’s SteelDay will be one for the books–that’s why our tagline is ‘Can’t stop. Won’t stop’!” said American Institute of Steel Construction Vice President Carly Hurd. “It’s our honor to represent this industry every day of the year, but SteelDay is a special day to recognize everyone who designs and builds with structural steel. We’re thrilled to continue the program in 2022.”

A broad array of events awaits steel enthusiasts across the country. Many fabrication shops are opening their doors for tours to give the AEC industry a first-hand look at what happens between the mill and the jobsite. AISC’s own experts will provide the latest economic data that firms need to navigate an uncertain economic climate.

In addition, nine Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT) training centers nationwide will give those who aren’t in the trade the chance to try their hand at welding, rigging a beam, and other things skilled ironworkers do every day to bring steel buildings and bridges to life.

But wait, there’s more! Remember how we can’t stop? AISC’s Flash Conference is also taking place that week: October 18 to 20. The Flash Conference is a virtual event that features 20 insightful half-hour sessions whose impact far exceeds the time commitment. Participants can earn up to 10 PDHs.

And we won’t stop, either! This year’s free SteelDay webinar features AISC’s new vice president of engineering and research, Chris Raebel. He’ll take a look at several projects where design firms engaged with researchers to get confirmation that their innovative idea would be successful.

America’s structural steel industry has a lot to celebrate.

The dedicated workers who produce, fabricate, and erect steel–not to mention those who design with it!–are safeguarding a cleaner future for the next generation.

They make the most sustainable material on the American market, full stop. Steel stores carbon for generations, unlike wood or concrete. And it’s a true cradle-to-cradle material, with decommissioned buildings and bridges going right back into the supply chain. All structural steel shapes produced in the U.S. are made in electric arc furnaces, which use electricity to melt cars, refrigerators, soup cans, and other scrap into new steel without any loss of quality. The average new member contains 93% recycled steel, and EAF steelmaking emits 75% less CO2 than traditional steelmaking. In fact, the iron and steel industries have cut their emissions by seven times what the Kyoto Protocol would have mandated.

About the American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a non-partisan, not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, market development, and advocacy. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information.

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