18. August 2014 04:43
Steel has been a useful building material since the industrial revolution. Since then it has been improved upon and become known as the premier building components to any massive project.
As a builder of steel structures, we wanted to highlight our favorite three buildings that were exclusively constructed with steel or a precursor to it. You might recognize some of the buildings we’ll list but we want to tell you why they have become a treasured landmark in their respective cities. Make a weekend vacation and see these amazing sights!
The Eiffel Tower was constructed in 1887 and was finished in 1889 for the World’s Fair at the time. It was fought with a lot of criticism at the time since it would be the tallest structure to dominate the Parisian skyline. Which, for the unfamiliar is a great sin to do to the city; lucky for us construction of the tower was given the green light and the architectural masterpiece was created.
The Eiffel tower was made out of wrought iron, a precursor for many of our steel products now. It was an engineering marvel at the time because of its unique artistic style coupled with its precise calculations for wind loads. People believed it would not stand the test of time, but it’s still around being the icon of France. The Eiffel Tower was the world’s tallest structure (300 meters) from the time it was completed till 1930 when the Chrysler Building took the spot for a short time.
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is one of New York’s famous landmarks. Construction started in 1929 and was completed in 13 months. It was an engineering feat at the time because of its insanely fast construction time. It became the tallest structure (443 meters) till 1970 when the World Trade Center towers were created.
The Empire State Building has undergone some green renovations recently and was awarded the tallest LEED certified building in the United States.
Willis Tower (Sears Tower)
This is our favorite building just because of the classic John Hughes movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The Willis Tower started construction in 1970 and finished in 1973 to become the tallest building in the world till 1998 when the Petronas Twin Towers surpassed it.
What makes the Willis Tower so unique is the way it was designed and engineered. In a simplified answer it’s a 3x3 area where each section was built up around a central tower. This style was one of the first of its kind and is known for its efficient and economic design. The structural design has become the basis for many of the future buildings that came after.
Maybe you can help us design a worthy steel building that can be as well-known as these three. Comment below and tell us your thoughts!
Post Written by Rainier Fuclan