September 18 declared ‘Steel Day’

CHICAGO — Architects, engineers, contractors and others involved in the AEC community will have the opportunity to visit steel fabricators, mills, service centers and other facilities throughout the country on Septemer 18.  Currently, more than 100 SteelDay events are scheduled in 43 states. The AEC community can tour facilities and jobsites, attend educational seminars, network, and see how the structural steel industry is contributing to build America.

SteelDay 2009, hosted by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), is the first planned annual national event dedicated to providing the AEC community with accessibility to the latest happenings in the structural steel industry. AISC recently launched a new web site and portal, www.SteelDay.org, featuring information and resources on where all of the action is taking place, including a map of the event locations and how to attend or host an event.

"SteelDay is a unique chance for participants to receive hands-on education about the latest advances in the structural steel industry and witness new technologies first hand," says Chris Moor, AISC industry mobilization director. "AISC holds tours and seminars throughout the year in specific locations, but we wanted to do something on a grand scale where more people could get these types of learning experiences without having to travel very far."

During SteelDay, participants will gain hands-on knowledge about structural steel’s key benefits and features such as sustainability, availability, speed and cost. They can also observe how design affects production and efficiency, advances which have resulted in high-performance projects that minimize construction’s impact on our planet while also saving time and money.

The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921. 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.

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