Structural steel is designed for different uses in building construction. The ductility of structural steel, plus the variety of shapes, thicknesses, and sizes it can be customized to meet your specific needs. It is used in commercial, industrial, and institutional construction.
A few of the common structural steel shapes are wide-flange beams, channels, angles, tee, bar, and rod. Structural components include beams, columns, braces, joists, trusses, and decking.
According to the American Institute of Steel Construction, structural steel comprises 47 percent of all construction materials, meaning that almost any structure owes some of its design to structural steel. Structural steel is the skeleton of our infrastructure, every day we rely on its strength, longevity, and durability.
Why Structural Steel?
> Cost Effective – As a framing material, structural steel yields a greater value in a project from both initial cost and reduced costs of foundations, general conditions, and facades.
> Accelerated schedule – Structural steel can be fabricated off-site while the site work and foundations are being completed. It is then delivered to the site and erected.
> Increased usable floor space – It is light and strong, which allows for long spans and open, column-free space.
> Aesthetically pleasing – Structural steel frames have a wide range of options, it can be rolled, curved and integrated into irregular building shapes.
> Future adaptability – An existing steel frame can be modified to address changing building requirements and uses.
> Quality and predictability – Fabrication takes place off-site in controlled conditions, ensuring a high-quality product.
> Environmentally friendly – Modern steel mills can produce steel containing up to 90 percent recycled material. At the end of a building’s life cycle, 100 percent of the steel frame can be recycled. This equates to low environmental impacts on a per-square-foot of construction basis.
> Malleability – No matter what project you are working on or what challenges arise, there is always a solution in steel.