MIDLOTHIAN – Through the North Texas SteelDay Tour, design and construction professionals and students from throughout the region learned how building with structural steel helps to reduce risk and manage costs on construction projects.
The unique one-day educational program on Friday, Sept. 23 provided an understanding of how structural steel members are manufactured and then utilized within a construction project, emphasizing both environmental responsibility and efficient building practices.
Following a formal presentation about the steel supply chain for construction, tour participants visited the Gerdau mill in Midlothian to see the manufacturing process for structural steel beams, and then were transported to the First Baptist Dallas construction site in downtown Dallas.
The North Texas SteelDay event was hosted by Gerdau, in coordination with Manhattan Construction, the general contractor for the First Baptist Church of Dallas project.
This professional education program was part of the American Institute of Steel Construction’s (AISC), national SteelDay program, designed to educate architects, engineers, contractors and students on the role of structural steel in the construction industry.
“SteelDay is an exceptional opportunity to reach active professionals and students with the message that steel is a cost-effective, reliably available and environmentally-responsible choice for construction,” said Matthew Gomez, a national sales manager with Gerdau. “Thanks to the team at Manhattan Construction and First Baptist Dallas, participants had an unusual occasion to see a steel project under construction and to hear from the engineers and designers about the processes and tools used to plan and execute a very complex job. We believe it is important for people in our industry to have a full understanding of steel as the most recycled – and recyclable – building product, and to be able to see firsthand how structural steel is an integral aspect of non-residential construction.”
More than 170 people registered for the event which qualified for professional continuing education credits for both architects and engineers.
“We are committed to furthering the educational opportunities for construction professionals and students, and view our SteelDay program as an active part of that commitment,” Gomez said.
Gerdau is the leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special long steel in the world, with one of its North America facilities located in Midlothian. It has more than 45,000 employees and industrial operations in 14 countries with operations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, which together represent an installed capacity of over 25 million metric tons of steel per year.
Below, attendees of SteelDay, hosted by Gerdau in coordination with Manhattan Construction, take a look of a 3D model of the First Baptist Church of Dallas. They were taken to the construction site of the project as part of their educational program.