Structural Steel Fabricators and Their Role in The Construction Industry

Structural steel is commonly-used in high-rise commercial and industrial building construction primarily because of its high strength, toughness, rigidity, and ductile properties. Structural steel is the most cost-effective building frame material. Structural steel members are fabricated in structural H-beams, I-beams, and T-beams, which are used as structural load bearing members. Structural steel fabricated off site under controlled conditions reduces costly job site modifications.

Structural Steel Fabricators

Structural steel fabricators provide and erect quality, fabricated steel components and structures. They offer a cost effective, durable, and stable high quality steel construction solution. The typical structural steel fabricator employs admin personnel and salespeople, engineers and project managers, detailers, shop workers, equipment operators, welders and painters, inspectors, and delivery drivers. Construction projects range from the fabrication of several tons of structural steel for to tens of thousands of tons for a high-rise commercial structure. Approximately one ton of steel is required for every 200 SF of building area.

Structural steel fabricators physically prepare the structural steel components for a construction project (bridge or building). Upon project award, the fabricator’s steel detailer is responsible for creating accurately-dimensioned drawings of each structural steel component and connections to be fabricated. Acceptable load dimensions must comply with the equivalent standard requirement for that size and shape of structural steel required by code. The structural engineer approves the drawings and the shop flow and project schedule / material management sequence is prepared, to include:

  • (Plasma) cutting to the proper length,
  • Punching or drilling,
  • Shop fitting (bolting, welding),
  • Cleaning and painting or galvanizing when required,
  • Grouping members in their field-erection order, and
  • Shipping and delivering to the project site.

Just-in-time delivery also speeds up project schedules, reducing costs. Structural steel members are delivered to the work site ready for installation / erection which are immediately ready for welding. Columns, trusses, beams, purlins, frames, trestles and bridges, walkways, stairs, platforms, handrails, guards, grating, towers, and pipe racks are some of the fabricated structural steel products offered by fabricators. The reduced construction, welding, and installation time amounts to additional cost savings. Structural steel fabricators withstand insects, moisture / water, and fire due to their fire, mold / mildew, water, and corrosion resistance properties. Structures endure natural disasters better.

Recycled Structural Steel Fabricators

Structural steel is the leading green structural construction material. The structural steel industry is proactively contributing to reducing targeted emissions and increasing energy efficiency and related environmental matters.

Recycled structural steel far exceeds typical cost benefits of using an equivalent recycled material (recycled timbers, etc.). The structural steel industry remains the world leader in recycled material and end-of-life recycling, including recycled structural steel beams and columns content. Recycled structural steel fabricators strive to provide quality products that:

  • produce less carbon dioxide emissions,
  • produce lower energy consumption levels, and
  • support environment conservation.

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