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Procrastinator's Week: The 3 C’s of Success with Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel

This session will look at the AISC method for specifying architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS), specifically the tiered categories that reflect various considerations including viewing distance, desired finish, and budget. The category system implemented in the 2016 AISC Code of Standard Practice effectively communicates expectations for appearance and should be utilized on any AESS project. Participants in this program will learn how and when to implement the AESS Category Method to effectively communicate the desired appearance for architecturally exposed structural steel in a format that contractors can understand. Case studies will illustrate how this approach has been successfully used for coordination in projects.


At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Effectively design, specify, and budget architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS) to achieve design goals for aesthetics, quality, fireproofing, and structural integrity of the project;
  • Identify and specify AESS in the contract documents using the category method;
  • Describe the expectations of fabrication and erection of AESS under the 2016 AISC Code of Standard Practice to effectively communicate the desired appearance for exposed structural steel in a format that contractors can understand and thus produce a more user-friendly and structurally sound building; and
  • Describe how failure to communicate this information in a proper fashion can lead to improper budgeting for AESS projects, which may result in redesign, project delays, environmentally unfriendly waste, and excessive project costs.

Presented by: American Institute of Steel Construction


License renewal is upon us! Have you completed your Mandatory Continuing Education Requirement?

By April 30th, licensed architects in the District of Columbia must accumulate at least 24.0 HSW|LUs in order to remain licensed. This total must have been acquired since the last renewal period ended in April 2018. Transcript not quite up to snuff? Join us March 11-13 during Procrastinator's Week at the District Architecture Center.

We’re offering 10 sessions for a total 15.0 HSWs!