Steel beams to create the superstructure of the four-story student union began arriving on campus this week and the first beams were anchored to the foundation by the Barton Malow construction team. Before the union is completed, 6,100 pieces of steel will have been assembled before interior work can begin.
The steel is being fabricated in Atlanta, Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Daytona Beach and will be arriving for months to come. The longest piece of steel to be used in the student union will be 75 ft. long and weigh 17,800 lbs. In all, 1,800 tons of steel will anchor the 177,000 square foot structure. Each sequence of constructing a section of the superstructure will involve about 150 pieces (60 tons) and take six weeks to fabricate and deliver. Once on-site, construction crews can have each section completed in three to four days.