plasma cutting table

3 Reasons a Plasma Cutting Table Benefits Your Construction Projects

Once you’ve won the construction project, completed the back-slapping, fist bumps and high fives with your team, it’s time to get down to business. You know your final victory lap won’t happen until you’ve completed the project with precision, on time and, with luck, under budget. You should select your steel fabricator with those goals […]

Read More…

structural steel certified supplier

Why Your Construction Steel Supplier Should Be AISC Certified

Should you care if your construction steel supplier goes to the heavy expense and trouble to become AISC certified? That depends. Do you want your job to proceed efficiently and safely? Do you expect a structure that will pass code and, more importantly, stand and perform perfectly throughout its expected lifecycle? A Very Brief History of the AISC […]

Read More…

Barton Supply Steel Camber Process

Curve, Camber and Sweep in Structural Steel Beams

When designing with structural steel, does it have to be all straight runs, angles and joints? Fortunately, the answer is no. One of the many virtues of structural steel includes its ductility — the ability to undergo tension and compression while still remaining as strong as ever. Therefore, nothing prevents a steel beam from being bent into […]

Read More…

2019 Front Range Construction Outlook: Does It Still Look Rosy?

By late 2017, construction industry leaders predicted that the Colorado Front Range economy would continue to boom throughout 2018. So it has. As predicted, the influx of large tech companies — Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and others — devoured a good chunk of available commercial and residential inventory. The Denver/Boulder communities saw most of the tech development. Yet […]

Read More…

structural steel building colorado

3 Considerations when Deciding Between Glulam and Steel for Your New Construction

It’s nice to have options. New construction can incorporate a number of structural support elements, the basic three being steel, wood or concrete. One product attempting to rival the properties of structural steel is glue laminated timber or glulam. Would your new Colorado construction project benefit most from steel or from several layers of dimensional lumber […]

Read More…

structural design

Live Loads vs. Dead Loads in Structural Design

Structural design is all about calculating loads. The engineering firm Nishkian offers a succinct description: “Loads are commonly understood as forces that cause stresses, deformations, or accelerations. These loads are applied to a structure or its components that cause stress or displacement.” From the general concept of “load” comes two major categories: dead loads and […]

Read More…

5 Reasons to Use a Balanced or Cantilever Footing

The child’s game of Tiddlywinks demonstrates the principles of eccentric loads. When certain property and design limitations result in offset centers of gravity between a column or wall and its footing pad, you need to engage a balancing act. Otherwise, your footings can tilt or overturn after the fashion of a Tiddlywink disk bearing pressure on its edge. […]

Read More…

I Beam for Colorado Steel Construction

Why Architects Love the Humble I Beam in Structural Steel Construction

Every pound counts in architectural design. The more materials used, the more expensive the building. However, too little material results in a weak edifice. In structural steel construction, the happy medium comes in the form of the common I beam. Steel-boned bridges, high rises and everything in between make heavy use of I beams for good […]

Read More…

hot weather concrete finishing

10 Tips to Successful Hot Weather Concreting

When pouring concrete, rapid set-up and drying can ruin your day. The warmer the day, the greater the danger of a quick set. Hot weather concreting can ultimately lead to accelerated curing and substandard strength. If you do not counteract the effects of excessive ambient heat before, during and after the pour, your concrete could […]

Read More…

Steel Tariffs Contribute to Higher Construction Costs along the Front Range

How Steel Tariffs Contribute to High Construction Costs on the Front Range

Many of our customers are asking us, “Why is steel costing so much?” It’s a fair question with no simple answer. Markets, producers, users and politicians all contribute to the presently rising costs of construction steel. Let’s talk about the major contributing factors of increased steel prices taking place on Colorado’s Front Range. […]

Read More…