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Trump Lifts Some Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

President Donald J. Trump recently announced that the United States will be lifting its steel and aluminum tariffs imposed on Canada and Mexico in exchange of a new monitoring and enforcemen...


Preliminary Fix Proposed for Transbay Center

Preliminary findings as to the cause of the cracks in San Francisco’s $2.2 billion Transbay Transit Center have been released, along with a suggested fix.


CA Transit Center Analysis Nearing Completion

The Transbay Joint Powers Authority—the team in charge of San Francisco’s Salesforce Transit Center—has announced that the structural review is nearing its end.


Shoring Complete at San Francisco Transit Center

San Francisco’s Transbay Joint Powers Authority confirmed earlier this week that the shoring systems for the sections where cracked steel beams were found in the Salesforce Transit Center ha...


Another Crack Found at CA Transit Center

A day after San Francisco’s Transbay Joint Powers Authority shut down its $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center following the discovery of a cracked steel beam, another fissure has been fou...


San Francisco Stadium Reaches Top-Out

San Francisco’s $1 billion Chase Center, slated to be the new home of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, recently celebrated a major construction milestone by holding a topping-out ceremony la...


80-Year-Old IL Bridge Felled by Demo

A steel bridge opened in 1936 to convey traffic across the Illinois River in Meredosia, Illinois, went out with a bang last week as crews destroyed its skeleton with a controlled demolition.


New Coating for Structural Steel Released

US Coatings (St. Louis, Missouri), along with Valentus Specialty Chemicals have announced an improved polyurethane maintenance coating that the companies say is “based on groundbreaking tech...


$200M MN Soccer Stadium Hits Halfway Mark

Despite the Minnesota weather, crews at M.A. Mortenson Construction (Minneapolis) recently confirmed that the $200 million Allianz Field project in St. Paul is still on schedule and on budge...


Tower Gets Go-Ahead for New Core Design

A new core system design for Seattle’s under-construction Rainier Square Tower has been approved, giving the innovation the green light from a design standpoint.


New Structural Steel Primer Released

A new industrial shop primer for structural steel and other steel substrates has been released.


Video: Progress Made on Shanghai Planetarium

The superstructure is complete for Shanghai’s new planetarium, a 38,000-square-meter (nearly 125,000-square-foot) structure that will become the astronomical branch for the Shanghai Science ...


Seattle Tower Could Be Seismic Game-Changer

The design of a new “proof of concept” tower in Seattle could change the game for towers’ seismic and wind resistance, experts say.


Crews Manning Structural Steel in NYC Get Boost

Workers tasked with erecting the structural steel for the nearly 70-story One Manhattan West in New York City are getting a little bit of a boost.


Zinc Coating Expands into Structural Steel Market

The Sherwin-Williams Company’s Protective and Marine Coatings segment has launched a new high-solids coating marketed for use on structural steel.


Plans Released for Stone Structure in London

More plans have been released detailing the proposal of a load-bearing stone structure in London’s Hampstead neighborhood.


NY State Passes 'Buy American' Steel Rule

New York’s state legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed last week on a new law giving preference to American-made steel on big state projects—but stopping short of the strict buy-American ...


A Coatings Specialist Shares Abrasive Advice

Bryon Beck, coatings specialist with the Michigan Department of Transportation, has been with MDOT for more than 40 years, working with coatings for the past 36. During that time, he’s seen ...


Iron Workers Introduce Maternity Leave

A union that represents workers in bridge construction and other building trades is looking to make paid maternity leave standard practice in an industry that often eschews the benefit.


Trade Group Offers Maternity-Leave Benefits

Paid maternity leave is practically unheard of in the building trades; however, the Iron Workers and the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperation Trust say they are on a mission ...


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Polyset has launched a new polyaspartic system designed for concrete and metal surfaces.


Cracked PA-NJ Bridge Reopens to Traffic

The Delaware River Turnpike Bridge, which connects the Pennsylvania and New Jersey turnpikes and which closed suddenly in January when a complete fracture was found in a steel truss, has reo...


Polyaspartic Made for Steel or Concrete

Coating manufacturer Polyset has introduced a new polyaspartic system for concrete and metal surfaces, recommended for use on tanks, bridges, railcars, pipelines and other steel structures a...


Axalta to Acquire Century

A Pennsylvania liquid and powder coatings manufacturer has announced an agreement to purchase a Texas-based coating company that offers high-performance coatings for a variety of application...


Axalta to Buy Century Industrial Coatings

Coatings manufacturer Axalta has announced plans to acquire Century Industrial Coatings, a 50-year-old company that makes coatings for structural steel, oil and gas, rail cars and other OEM ...


Cracked PA-NJ Bridge Closed at Least 8 Weeks

Just a day after Punxsutawney Phil foretold six more weeks of winter, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission gave residents of the other side of the state even worse news: at least eight more ...


Steel Company Found Guilty in Falling Death

A federal judge has found a Missouri-based steel company responsible for a 22-year-old apprentice’s 2014 falling death.


OSHA Probes Steel Fabricator after Death

Federal workplace safety regulators are investigating the crushing death of a worker at a structural steel facility in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.


SSPC Announces New Releases

Two new publications—a new standard on pre-construction primer coatings and a newly revised and reissued standard on aluminum-pigmented epoxy coatings—are now available from SSPC, The Societ...


Golden Gate Repainting Put Off, Report Says

San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge is long overdue for a paint job, according to Bay Area media outlets, which note that the span’s main cable housing hasn’t gotten a wholesale recoat...


Brooklyn Bridge Rehab $300M Over Budget

The renovation of the Brooklyn Bridge, originally predicted to wrap up in 2014 and cost $508 million, has yet to be completed—and now looks like it will cost more than $800 million.


Ohio Bridge Closed After Beams Buckle

A bridge in one northeastern Ohio town is closed indefinitely after officials found structural damage so severe they say the span will have to be replaced entirely.


Coating Crafted for Corrosive Environments

A versatile, high-performance polysiloxane coating touted as offering enhanced durability and aesthetics, as well as cost savings, has been introduced by Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine...


Free eBook Covers Overcoating

When it comes to maintenance painting strategies, overcoating is a solution that can restore both aesthetic and protective properties to a structure without removing and replacing an existin...


Tarp Fire Closes Pittsburgh Bridge

A major bridge under renovation in Pittsburgh was shut down immediately following a fire that broke out Friday (Sept. 2), putting the structure at risk of collapse.


9/11 Museum Suit Dismissed

A New York appeals court has sided against a steel company that claimed it lost millions in its work on the National Sept. 11 Museum.


Olympic Rings Inspire Bridge for the Games

When it comes to construction for the 2022 Winter Olympics, host city Beijing is keeping to the theme, even with a new bridge.


PPG Bows Waterborne Intumescents

PPG has announced new products in the Steelguard range of intumescent fire protection coatings for steel structures.


At-Risk DC Bridge Gets New Support Plan

With time running out to raise funds to award a contract to restore a historic Washington, D.C., bridge, the National Park Service has floated a plan that would keep the crossing open, even ...


Forth Road Bridge Failure Not ‘Foreseeable'

An inquiry into the December closure of Scotland’s Forth Road Bridge determined that the fault could not have been foreseen.


Steel Firm Builds New Paint Line Facility

Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI), reported to be the fifth largest producer of carbon steel products in United States, has broken ground on its new $100 million paint line and Galvalume facility in...


Steel Fallout Felt Throughout Europe

Following in the footsteps of other European steelmakers in crisis, the world’s largest steel producer has said it is idling one of its plants in Spain.


Forth Bridge Could Reopen in January

After closing the Forth Bridge over concerns about structural steel damage, the company that has been managing the bridge since earlier this year said it may have found a solution to solve t...


Steel Issue Closes Forth Bridge

Scotland’s Forth Bridge might never see traffic again after inspectors there found a fault in the bridge’s steel structure.


Team Develops Coating for Steel

Harvard researchers say they have developed a coating that makes steel stronger, safer and more durable.


Getting Schooled on Bridge Building

Students at the University of Miami are getting first-hand knowledge of the science of bridge building and materials performance as they actively participate in the construction of a pedestr...


Steel-and-Glass Bridge Wins Award

A creative steel-and-glass design for a new pedestrian bridge in Columbus, OH, earned national recognition for the project team who designed and built it.


Dallas Bridge Arch Topped

The first of two arches has just been completed on Dallas’s Margaret McDermott Bridge, part of the $798-million Dallas Horseshoe project that seeks to reduce traffic and enhance accessibilit...


Castle Moves to Sherwin-Williams

Industry veteran Derrick Castle is taking his 20 years of experience to lead project development for the bridge and highway market with Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings.


In L.A. Guns Support Infrastructure

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) has a novel approach to transforming weapons used in criminal activity into something that contributes to the community as a whole.


Gauges Measure Steel Thickness

A quality-control company has introduced a handheld ultrasonic thickness measuring device that the company says is useful on primarily steel structures.


First Offshore Wind Farm in U.S. Begins

With the first “steel in the water,” an offshore wind farm is pioneering what its owners and environmental proponents hope will be a trendsetting moment in the United States.


Free eBook Tackles Overcoating

As costs associated with bridge rehabilitation have risen, overcoating has become a more common practice in maintenance painting and rehab for bridges and other structures.


Descaler Helps Prep Ship Decks

NORWALK, CT--A descaler that allows workers to rapidly remove corrosion and coatings from ship decks and other metal substrates is now available from CS Unitec.


U.S. Probes Steel Dumping Complaint

WASHINGTON--Two federal agencies are investigating claims by American steel makers that their industry is unlawfully being buried by a flood of cheap imports.


U.S. Agencies Investigate Steel Dumping

WASHINGTON--Under pressure by America's top steel producers, the federal government has launched dual investigations into the alleged dumping of steel by five other nations.


Steel Makers Urge Antidumping Action

WASHINGTON--Six U.S. steel producers are alleging unfairly traded imports of corrosion-resistant steel from China, India, Italy, South Korea and Taiwan are causing material injury to the U.S...


Steel Makers Demand Action on Dumping

WASHINGTON--Joining forces against a tsunami of inexpensive imports, six U.S. steel producers are seeking trade protections from the federal government.


Paris Bridges Divorce Love Locks

PARIS—Attention, Benjamin + Suzanne and thousands of fellow lovebirds: Bridges in the City of Love are no longer that into you.


RPM Expands Intumescent, Wood Lines

MEDINA, OH—The UK's largest manufacturers of fire-stopping products and high-performance wood finishes are both joining the family of Rust-Oleum, Zinsser, Stonhard, Tremco and Dryvit.


Chromate-Free Intermediate Self-Repairs

SOMERSET, NJ—A new high-performance intermediate coating from NEI Corp. provides active corrosion protection of structures by physically healing cracks and gaps that occur.


Arkansas Worker Killed in 11-Foot Fall

A 29-year-old steel erector has died after falling just 11 feet from a beam he was bolting into place on a job site in Little Rock, AR.


Thermal Spacers Fill Envelope Gaps

Metal buildings can make code with a continuous insulation system that includes new SNS Thermal Spacers from Sealed "N" Safe, the Utah manufacturer says.


Deadly Fall Racks up $511K in Fines

After a 22-year-old apprentice fell to his death, a structural steel subcontractor faces $511,000 in penalties—accused not only of failing to provide fall protection, but also of allowing wo...


Fabricator Settles Paint Waste Case

A structural steel fabricator has agreed to pay $57,100 for improperly managing containers of paint and other hazardous waste.


Steel Contractor Indicted on WTC Project

A federal grand jury has charged a steel erector and its CEO with using shell minority-led "partners" to land nearly $600 million in contracts on the World Trade Center Project.


WTC Contractor Indicted in $600M Fraud

A New York City steel contractor and its CEO have been charged with defrauding a federal minority set-aside program to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts on the World Trade ...


Truckers Ignore Emergency Bridge Limits

Rushing to act after an engineering analysis showed a busy bridge failing, New York State officials imposed emergency load limits on the span—only to have truckers ignore them.


$7M Bridge Painting Up for Bid

The Alabama Department of Transportation is seeking bids for the rehabilitation, cleaning, and recoating of the historic O’Neal Bridge.


Report: Bad Math Led to Crack in Dam

A 50-year-old math error made during the design of the Wanapum Dam is the chief suspect in a 65-foot-long crack that will now cost $61 million to repair, officials have found.


12 Steel Buildings Honored for Design

The tallest skyscraper in the country and a public library with a dome the size of Rome’s Pantheon are among 12 projects newly commended by the American Institute of Steel Construction.


KTA’s Kline Hailed for Coatings Career

Eric Kline, executive vice president of KTA-Tator Inc., is being honored for his decades of contributions to advancing coatings technology for the structural steel industry.


Global Team Pursues Safer Structures

Mindful of a rash of recent structural failures worldwide, engineers from three countries are teaming up to develop a real-time monitoring system that could sense serious structural weakness...


3 Nations to Develop Structural Sensors

An international team of engineers will spend the next three years collaborating on a real-time monitoring system to sense potentially catastrophic structural weaknesses before they fail.


Corrosion Springs $17M Project Surprise

The unexpected discovery of “significantly corroded” structural steel at an Ontario redevelopment project has dealt the project partners an eight-figure repair bill—and a major beef over who...


$17M Repair Divides Stadium Partners

Severe corrosion of structural steel beams at a stadium renovation project in Ottawa, ON, has sparked debate over who should foot the $17 million repair bill.


Carboline Launches New Intumescent

Fire protection for commercial structural steel elements has a new option in Carboline Company’s Thermo-Lag E100, an advanced epoxy intumescent.


New Fire Protection for Structural Steel

Carboline Co. has introduced Thermo-Lag E100, an advanced epoxy intumescent for the protection of exterior and interior commercial structural steel elements.


Best Practices:
A Recipe for Specification Success

The old cautionary proverb about too many cooks spoiling the broth is often unfortunately ignored in modern times, when a group of individually very talented professionals collaborates to wr...


Bids Invited for 5.5-Mile CA Bridge

Estimated at almost $50 million, the California Department of Transportation is seeking bids for the painting of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.


Metal Builders Show Their Mettle

An Arizona college, Illinois medical center, New York fireboat facility and Texas headquarters are among a dozen structures nationwide showcasing excellence in metal construction products an...


Steel-Tech Adds Spray Coating

Rust-Oleum has uncapped an aerosol version of its stainless-steel-infused Steel-Tech High Performance protective line.


Steel-Infused Spray Coating Bows

Rust-Oleum Industrial Brands has expanded its line of high-performance stainless-steel-rich coatings to include a spray coating.


Best Practices:
The Perils of Pre-Finished Steel

Specifying that new steel be prepped and primed in the controlled and predictable environment of the fabricating shop can offer many advantages.


NACE Offers Free Bridge Corrosion Paper

A white paper on how and why highway bridges corrode, along with solutions for low-cost control methods, is now available for free download from NACE International.


With Mall ‘Doomed,’ Owner Shunned Fixes

The owner of Ontario's infamous Algo Centre Mall says he refused to repair what he called a “doomed” structure because it was a “black hole” unworthy of additional expense.


New eBook Covers Specialty Coatings

Free technical guidance on choosing and buying specialty function coatings, such as anti-graffiti, fire-resistant and heat-resistant coatings, is the focus of two new eBooks published by ...


Webinar Highlights Cast Intumescents

Cast intumescent fireproofing as an alternative to spray-applied coatings will be the focus of a free upcoming product-oriented webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


Coating eBooks Cover Railcar, Pipelines

Free technical guidance on choosing and buying coatings for railcars and transmission pipeline is the focus of two new eBooks published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings


Contractor Invited to Make a Splash

Collier County, FL, is seeking an SSPC-QP 1 certified contractor to paint and renovate a water slide at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park in Naples, FL.


New eBooks Guide Plant Coatings

Free technical guidance on coatings for power and wastewater plants is the focus of two new eBooks published by JPCL.


Free eBook Offers Tank Coating Help

A new compilation of technical guidance on coating protection and maintenance of water tanks is now available as a free downloadable eBook from JPCL.


Standoff Grips $120M Problem Project

Not so fast. That's the word from Montgomery County, MD, which has advised Washington, D.C.'s transit agency that it cannot simply bail out of a troubled $120 million project that it ...


Arrests Made in Fatal Building Collapse

Building and factory owners have been arrested and rescue efforts have ceased five days after an eight-story, illegally constructed building in Bangladesh crashed down, killing, injuring and...


Agency Wants Out of Botched $120M Hub

Already $80 million over budget and more than two years behind schedule, a $120 million Maryland transit center will not be used as planned because its structural flaws are too expensive to ...


Building Owners Face Arrest in Disaster

Six Bangladeshi factory and building owners have been ordered to appear in court this week to explain why they forced thousands of people to work in a doomed building that police had evacuat...


Mall Principals Tied to ‘95 Collapse

Both the engineer and owner of the doomed Elliot Lake mall had similar connections to a Michigan mall that partially collapsed in 1995, the Elliot Lake Commission Inquiry learned last week.


Hearing: Mall Owners Wanted Out

The original owners of the Elliot Lake Mall wanted to sell the troubled property 20 years ago, because they were unable to repair the chronically leaking roof, a representative of the compan...


New Coating eBooks Focus on Oil and Gas

Technical guidance on coatings for chemical and petrochemical plants and offshore platforms are the focus of two new, free eBooks published by JPCL.


Doomed Mall: 1 Second, 1 Car

With a weld ravaged by water and corrosion, it took just one car—in one second—to cave in an Ontario shopping mall last summer, trapping and killing people inside, engineers studying the acc...


New eBook Offers Marine Coating Advice

Free technical guidance on selecting coatings for marine applications is the focus of a new eBook published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings.


New eBook Aids Bridge Coating Selection

Free expert technical guidance on selecting and specifying bridge coatings is the focus of a new eBook published by JPCL: The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings.


Corrosion Closes Oldest Vehicle Bridge

A snapped cable has forced the closure of the oldest vehicular suspension bridge still in use in the United States, West Virginia transportation officials said this week.


NC Hockey Arena Invites Coating Bids

Cumberland County, NC, is seeking bidders for coating work on roof supports at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, a 15,000-seat venue for hockey, indoor football, and entertainment.


Free eBook Tackles Abrasive Selection

Choosing the best of many current abrasives options for a coating project is the focus of a new, free, expert-written eBook from JPCL.


Free eBook Focuses on Bridge Coating

Safety, quality, decision-making and other hands-on issues vital to a successful coating project are among the topics of a new, free eBook available from JPCL.


Golden Gate Needs Extra Rust Repairs

Extensive corrosion found this month on the Golden Gate Bridge will require more immediate repairs and extra funding for the current seismic retrofitting contract.


Carboline Named in BP Refinery Suit

BP is suing protective coatings giant Carboline and four other companies, alleging that steel they provided and fireproofed for a multibillion-dollar refinery project is defective and causin...


 
 
   

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