Structural steel is erected across the world daily. It provides a foundation for many of the buildings and structures we see all over. More infrequently, however, we see steel structures purposefully constructed to leave a lasting impression. They often become iconic structures, tourist destinations and national landmarks, like the Eifel Tower or Statue Of Liberty. And once every four years, the Olympics remind us of how steel structures are constructed with precise purpose, unbelievable creativity and mesmerizing designation. Although the Olympics have passed and many people already have forgotten about what transpired in London, the structures built will remain for decades. That’s the beauty of steel, it’s timeless.
Steel is critical to what we do as contractors. We help companies from design to completion with their industrial project, and structures like the ones built for the 2012 Olympics, continue to inspire us and push the limits of what we can do. Craftsmanship is the name of the game, and we feel it is our responsibility to safely provide quality workmanship. Let’s take a look at one of the amazing structures built with steel at the past Olympics.
The Olympic Tower, a steel monument and sculpture was constructed to commemorate the Olympic Games by paying homage to their motto, “Swifter, Higher, Stronger.” Modern Steel, in their monthly magazine, provided more insight into the erected steel sculpture. “The sculpture, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, will house a viewing platform, create 50 new jobs and is expected to generate ￡10 million ($15.5 million) each year in revenue, continuing the Olympic legacy after the Games close. It’s the tallest sculpture in Britain and harnesses steel sourced from every continent where ArcelorMittal has operations. (As a Tier 2 sponsor of the Games, ArcelorMittal donated ￡19.6 million [$30.7 million] and the 2,000 tons of steel to create the sculpture.)”
Although we typically construct Conventional and Pre-Engineered buildings, structures like the ArcelorMittal Orbit continue to remind people and contractors how steel pushes the limits of construction and architecture. Even for companies across the world from London, in Canton, Ohio.