Annual SteelDay to include 125 free events around the U.S.

Industry celebration showcases design and construction of steel buildings and bridges.

September 18, 2013 |

(Chicago, IL) - Where will you be on SteelDay this year? Whether you visit a structural steel facility, tour a job site or attend a seminar, join the structural steel industry's largest educational and networking function as it returns for a fifth successive year on October 4, 2013. Hosted by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), its members and partners, SteelDay invites the AEC community and the public to see the contributions the industry has made in the design and construction of steel buildings and bridges. There are 125 events expected around the U.S., and all are free to attend. To find and register for events, visit

SteelDay is a great opportunity for architects, engineers, contractors, owners, university faculty and students, government officials and others to see the structural steel industry's latest technologies and construction processes in action, learn directly from the industry experts and build new relationships.

"There is no other single day in the nation where so much valuable information is exchanged across all disciplines of the structural steel industry," said Ross Allbritton, AISC industry mobilization manager.

New to SteelDay this year is a free one-hour presentation on "Innovations in Structural Steel - Economical and Sustainable Solutions for Your Next Project," which will be shown at participating SteelDay events. (This information will be included in participating hosts' event description. If it is not listed in their description, please feel free to contact the event host directly to inquire if they'll be offering the presentation.) The program will demonstrate how recent steel industry innovations allow engineers and architects to easily express their design concepts and overcome client serviceability concerns. Attendees will have the opportunity to receive continuing education credit (1.0 Contact Hour/1.0 PDH/0.1 CEU/1.0 AIA CES LU) for viewing the presentation and completing an online quiz. The presentation will be delivered by Tabitha Stine, S.E., P.E., LEED AP, AISC's director of technical marketing, who will be available to answer your questions on SteelDay via Twitter (@TabySu1). Those who join the conversation by using hashtag #Steelovation or "tweet" AISC (@AISC) using hashtag #SteelDay will be entered into a drawing to win a Google Nexus 7 tablet.

Even if you've attended a SteelDay event in the past, you haven't seen it all. Here's a glimpse of what you can expect to see at some of this year's events:

  • Structural steel fabricators: Learn how structural steel is prepared for a building or bridge using off-site, controlled conditions, which ensure a consistently high-quality product while reducing errors and costly fixes at the job site. Also learn why most steel fabricators use 3D models/BIM to streamline production and increase efficiency.
  • Steel mills/producers: Steel is the most recycled material on earth, and today's modern mills produce steel containing an average of 90% recycled material. Witness steel recycling capabilities and procedures at scrap metal recycling and steel production facilities, and develop an understanding of rolling schedules and steel availability.
  • Steel service centers: See what thousands of tons of steel looks like! And learn about the crucial role these facilities play in the industry.
  • HSS producers: Watch the fascinating process of manufacturing top-quality hollow structural sections (HSS) and learn about shape availability.
  • Bender-rollers: Curved steel doesn't just happen; precision instruments and experts are responsible for these increasingly popular architectural and structural elements. Observe the very specialized and skilled process of bending and rolling steel shapes.
  • Galvanizers: See the Hot-Dip Galvanizing (HDG) process, from staging the material through to its receiving a full protective coating against corrosion.

In addition to connecting attendees with local structural steel experts at various facilities across the country, this year's SteelDay features live webinars and special events in major cities including New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and others. SteelDay also engages local dignitaries and government officials who recognize the structural steel industry's contributions to our nation's architecture and economy. In recognition of this year's SteelDay, government proclamations have been signed in the states of Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, Oregon and Rhode Island.

To find and register for SteelDay events by state and event type, visit You can also keep up with SteelDay updates and discussions via AISC's social media channels, and

Watch AISC's two-minute SteelDay video to see what SteelDay offers and hear what past attendees had to say.

For more information on SteelDay, visit For questions about attending or hosting events, please contact AISC's Ross Allbritton, allbritton@aisc.org206.226.7551 or Jenny McDonald,mcdonald@aisc.org312.670.5433.

About the American Institute of Steel Construction

The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a 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, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information.

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