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  • April 2012

    Local 27 Builds City Creek Project in Downtown Salt Lake City

    Local 27 Builds City Creek Project in Downtown Salt Lake City

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    walter wiseGeneral President

    We all know of the courage it takes to be a union member; to stand up for principles of a safe job site, fair compensation and dig-nity in the workplace. Today, and this election year, our courage and commit-ment will face its greatest challenge in our lifetimes.

    Attempting to rally their supporters, the far right continues their battle cry of labor bashing and attacks on workers rights, and maintains their dominance of the Republican agenda. Republican majorities in Congress, state legisla-tures, and municipalities have proposed and passed anti-worker legislation crafted by ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) and its corporate sponsors, including the billionaire Koch Brothers, despite overwhelming pub-lic opinion against those actions. Once elected, some elected officials do the bid-ding of their financial backers with little concern for re-election, knowing their fu-ture is secure as corporate executives or consultants, completely leaving voters out of the loop. Do you think Gover-nor Scott Walker of Wisconsin will suf-fer economically from his recall by the Wisconsin voters, as the thousands of middle class workers affected by his pol-icies have? Eighty percent of Americans believe government expenditures should be used to purchase American-made goods and products, so why is the Buy America provision of the transportation bill being fought?

    The Supreme Courts Citizens Unit-ed decision equating the rights of corpo-rations to that of United States citizens with free speech aided by unfettered corporate spending without the decency of transparency, threatens the bedrock of our democratic process. Our elec-toral representation has been eroded with district gerrymandering that this year may result in only 50 out of 435 congressional seats being considered as competitive or at risk by either party.

    Our recourse against such attacks, not only on your union, but also on de-

    mocracy, is increased activism, greater voter participation in elections, and to make the power of one person/one vote the only measure to hold elected offi-cials accountable.

    Each of us casts our vote on our own set of priorities: social, economic, or the multitude of combinations; Democrat, Independent, or Republican. For your union, our concerns are based on issues first, not candidates or parties. Our con-cern is the candidates positions on is-sues affecting your livelihood, and the rights of workers such as collective bar-gaining, organizing, safety regulations, the Davis-Bacon Act or state prevailing wages, project labor agreements, Buy America, infrastructure funding, and others having a direct effect on your potential to deliver a better standard of living for you and your family. We have and will recommend candidates from either party or an independent who vows to support our issues.

    We will present to you credible and objective information from independent sources on the candidates position on our issues and their past voting record for your evaluation to make the important decision for whom you will vote. It will be your choice determined by your priorities.

    But it is incumbent on each of us to cast our vote. To make an educated, in-formed decision not based on 30-second sound bites from camouflaged interests.

    This is not only true for elections in the United States. The same battles are being fought in Canada, as conserva-tive governments are following their American counterparts. We will be just as vigilant and active in our support of our Canadian brethren.

    Each local union is tasked with up-dating their voter registration rolls and to encourage 100% voter participation. It is paramount not only to the future of your union, but democracy as well.

    Thank you for helping to build our great union.

    The Power of One Person/One Vote

    But it is incumbent on each of us to cast our vote. To make an educated, informed decision not based on 30-second sound bites from camouflaged interests.

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    local 27 Builds City Creek Project

    local 28 Celebrates 110th anniversary

    local 92 reassembles Historic 1882 King Bowstring Bridge

    a thank You to the John H. lyons sr. scholarship Foundation

    Beck Notice

    APRIL 2012

    Local 27 Builds City Creek Project in Downtown Salt Lake City

    Local 27 Builds City Creek Project in Downtown Salt Lake City

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    Official Publication of theInternational Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers

    1750 New York Ave., N.W. Suite 400 Washington, D.C. 20006 (202)383-4800 E-mail:

    Volume 114 APRIL 2012 Number 4

    EDITOR: Scott Malley, 1750 New York Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20006ASSISTANT TO ThE EDITOR: Nancy Folks

    THE IRONWORKER ISSN:0021163X Published monthly, except for a combined July-August issue, for $15.00 per year by the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, 1750 New York Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20006. Preferred periodicals postage paid at Washington, D.C. and additional mailing offices. Printed on union-made paper. Postmasters: Send change of address to Ironworker- 1750 New York Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20006 Canada Agreement Number 40009549.

    WALTER WISEGeneral PresidentSuite 4001750 New York Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20006Phone: (202) 383-4810Fax: (202) 638-4856

    JoSEPh huNTGeneral President EmeritusSuite 400 1750 New York Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20006Phone: (202) 383-4845Fax: (202) 638-4856

    ERIC DEANGeneral Secretary1750 New York Avenue, NWSuite 400Washington, DC 20006Phone: (202) 383-4820Fax: (202) 347-2319

    EDWARD C. McHUGHGeneral TreasurerSuite 4001750 New York Ave., N.W.Washington, DC 20006Phone: (202) 383-4830Fax: (202) 383-6483

    GEORGE E. KRATZERFirst General Vice PresidentFranklin Square office Center8401 Claude Thomas RoadSuite 55Franklin, oh 45005Phone: (937) 746-0854Fax: (937) 746-0873

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    TADAS KICIELINSKI Sixth General Vice President212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Ste. 1025, St. Louis, Mo 63108Phone: (314) 454-6872Fax: (314) 361-8328Email:

    MARVIN RAGSDALESeventh General Vice President3003 Dawn Drive, Ste. 104Georgetown, TX 78628Phone: (512) 868-5596Fax: (512) 868-0823

    DARRELL LABouCANEighth General Vice President#8-205 Chatelain DriveSt. Albert, Alberta T8N 5A4CanadaPhone: (780) 459-3389Fax: (780) 459-3308

    RON PIKSANinth General Vice President10828 Grevelly Lake Boulevard, SW, Ste. 212Lakewood, WA 98499Phone: (253) 984-0514Fax: (253) 984-0533

    RONALD C. GLADNEyGeneral CounselBartley, Goffstein, L.L.C.4399 Laclede AvenueSt. Louis, Mo 63108Phone: (314) 531-1054Fax: (314) 531-1131headquarters office: (202) 383-4868headquarters Fax: (202) 638-4856

    Apprenticeship and Training Tel: (202) 383-4870 Fax: (202) 347-5256

    Computer Department Tel: (202) 383-4886 Fax: (202) 383-4895

    Davis-Bacon Office Tel: (202) 834-9855 Fax: ((202) 393-0273

    Department of Canadian Affairs Tel: (780) 459-3389 Fax: (780) 459-3308

    Department of Ornamental, Architectural & Miscellaneous Metals (DOAMM) Tel: (630) 238-1003 Fax: (630) 238-1006

    Department of Reinforcing Ironworkers Tel: (866) 336-9163 Fax: (386) 736-9618

    Ironworkers Political Action League Tel: (202) 383-4805 Fax: (202) 347-3569

    LU/DC Staff Retirement and Shopmens Pension Fund Tel: (202) 383-4874 Fax: (202) 628-6469

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    Safety Tel: (202) 383-4829 Fax: (202) 383-6490

    Shop Department Tel: (202) 383-4846 Fax: (202) 783-3230

    On The CoverLocal 27 (Salt Lake City) ironworkers took part in a massive rebuilding enterprise to infuse new life into Salt Lake Citys downtown.


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    City Creek ProjeCt

    Salt Lake City embarked on a massive rebuilding enterprise to in-fuse new life into its downtown doldrums. The most impressive and largest portion of the renovation is the City Creek Project, check-ing in at an estimated $1.5 billion. SME Steel Contractors was awarded the contract for two full city blocks: Block 75 and Block 76. Okland Con-struction grandly kicked off each of these city blocks with four levels of parking structure below street level and above, which SME carefully positioned transfer decks. Next, Jacobsen Construction built the neces-sary crane roads on each block, which required shoring through all five levels of the parking structure to terra firma and meticulously traced the crane paths that had been previously configured.

    The erection of Block 75 consisted of five levels of structural steel encompassing the entire block in addition to high-rise buildings. SME also erected the structural steel for Building Four, a seven-story struc-ture, along with four podium levels and one roof mechanical support level on Tower Five, a twenty-three story structure. Erection of Block 76 included four major buildings ranging from five to eight stories and interconnects with two levels of commercial space accessed by a series of bridges, elevators, and escalators. Additionally, ironworkers on Block 76 erected three levels of mechanical support on Tower One, a 32-story high rise, as well as two levels of mechanical support on Buildings Six and Seven, twin ten-story structures.

    Local 27 Builds City Creek Project in Downtown Salt Lake City

    Story by Patty Johnson | Photos by Jeremy Stam, City Creek Reserve, Inc. and Don Green Photography

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    Local 27 Builds City Creek Project in Downtown Salt Lake City

    Two other impressive aspects are the enormous transfer deck plate gird-ers and the AESS end wall design. The transfer deck plate girders range from 175 pounds per foot to an incredible 720 pounds per foot with an average length of sixty feet. The end walls, which con-nect to the sky bridge, were designed with a reverse camber on the main beams and tethered with cable tensions to pull the beams perfectly into place. Stately positioned, the end walls uti-lized twelve 54' beams with an 18' arc to skillfully enclose the retail galleries.

    The transfer deck required such strength in order to accommodate the weight of a creek-like water feature, as well as the building structures that would be erected. Sections of the creek water feature run on top of the transfer deck beginning on one end of Block 75 and continuing through Block 76. The heaviest pieces of steel for this project were positioned on the roof with a sky-light above a retail entrance on Block 75 and on the end walls of each block.

    There are several unique features of this building project that include a 67' wide skylight above a retail entrance, which required five 70' beams with a 12' arc. These massive AESS beams were fabricated in two pieces and assembled in the field simply in order to transport them. The Local 27 ironworkers did a phenomenal job in seamlessly welding the beams while balancing from an impressive 80' above the ground. These beams are truly a work of art.

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    Rich Allen, SME Block 76 project manager, said this project is extraor-dinary and ranks among his favorites. The dynamics of building an eight-sto-ry complex structure on top of a four-story concrete parking structure is an amazing challenge and a rewarding outcome. Allen gained greater appre-ciation for our shop workers and their abilities as well as increased admira-tion and respect for the many iron-workers who built this project. They have agility and moxie that most men dont possess. This will be a project that will improve downtown Salt Lake City for decades to follow and thou-sands will enjoy its magnificence and beauty each year.

    General Contractors:Jacobsen Construction, Salt Lake City, UtahOkland Construction, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Steel Fabricator and Erector:SME Steel Contractors, West Jordan, Utah

    Tonnage: 15,000 tons

    Plate Girders: roughly 258 ranging from 48 deep to 84 deep

    Bolts: approximately 98,188

    Detailed Shop and Erection Drawings: over 25,000

    Part Drawings: over 54,000

    Truck Loads: 1,529

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    Local 27 (Salt Lake City) and SME Steel joined forces to erect the steel structural system, which includes the sky bridge featured on National Geo-graphics program Worlds Toughest Fixes. Two hundred and sixty iron-workers, with more than 150,000 hours clocked on the project, helped make the impossible possible when they hoisted a 320 thousand pound sky bridge inches above two commuter train high voltage power lines. They carefully erected the sky bridge snugly between two high-rise buildings while working under a tight four-hour window from midnight to four a.m. This incredibly

    unique structure is secured with only one anchor pin. The remaining three feet float; however, they remain fixated by gravity with steel plates on either side to restrict movement, yet allow flexibility. Jeremy Stam, SME Block 75 project manager, stated that four months of careful planning came down to one breathless moment. Everything came together perfectly as the sky bridge was strategically maneuvered into its new home with mere inches to move. Two cranes working in tan-dem were carefully positionedone stationary and one to crawl forward carrying its load. Before this amaz-

    ing feat could even begin, the enor-mous structure arrived on several truckloads and required the skill and craftsmanship of ironworkers to as-semble it on the ground.

    The City Creek downtown project boasts 900,000 square feet of retail space and 2.1 million square feet of of-fice space in addition to several hun-dred residential units.

    Stam captures the thoughts and perspective of everyone at SME Steel Contractors: Without the pride and professionalism of our shop and field ironworkers, this job could not be completed on time and on budget.

    Ironworkers assemble on top of the beautiful sky bridgeto celebrate this in...