The biennial “Architectural Iron and Steel in the 21st Century: Design and Preservation of Contemporary and Historic Architecture” will be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge this coming spring.
Specifying high-performance coatings for structural steel framing, decking, or curtain walls can be a tall order when the application surface is located hundreds of feet above ground level. The specified coatings must protect the structural integrity of these hard-to-reach steel exposures against corrosion.
Many UL designs have load restrictions—a matter of great importance and potential liability for engineers of record (EORs), who, in accordance with several building codes and the UL Fire-Resistance Rating Directory, are responsible for identifying and approving the use of such designs on a project.
Galvanizing is one of the best ways to protect steel, but the complex series of reactions necessary to prevent corrosion can be undermined by exposure. When hot-dipped galvanized steel is first exposed to the atmosphere, near-pure zinc at the surface reacts with oxygen to form zinc oxide.
The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) has recognized 12 projects for its 2015 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS²) awards program. IDEAS², which recognizes the importance of team work, coordination, and collaboration, is conducted annually to award excellence in steel-frame building design.