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My firm specified a bunch of round HSS for an exposed steel frame structure that was completed in 1995 in East Los Angeles.  The roof structure was suspended from verticals "masts" which (if memory serves) were 18" round and the perimeter beams at the roof level were also HSS (14" if I recall).  We specified ASTM A500 Gr. B per the HSS manual.  The steel company did have some trouble finding the stuff, and I believe we accepted a few pieces under an alternative specification, but in the end they were able to build the thing.
This was Junior Steel -- City of Industry, 626-968-4671 -- and they would probably be willing to talk to you about availability issues.  I haven't spoken with them in a while, the name I have in my database is Gerry Bustrum.  They may remember the project I'm talking about as either the PUENTE Learning Center or the Riordan Building.  The general contractor was Swinerton and Walberg and the architect Stephen Woolley and Associates.
Drew Norman, S.E.
P.S.  There are pictures and reprints of magazine articles about this structure on our web site, (click on the logo at top of the home page, then the "PROJECTS" button and scroll down to the "Richard J. Riordan Building" -- then click on the link to the article I wrote for Civil Engineering Magazine for some photos of the tube/pipe framing).
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Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2000 1:03 PM
Subject: Round HSS Availability

Anyone has been successful in specifying and getting Round HSS sections (other then those that match old STD, X and XX) listed in black HSS Connection manual in Los Angeles area?
Most suppliers and fabricators including  those listed in "HSS Availability in the U.S. & Canada" on AISC web site that I called are not familiar or do not yet have sections listed in the HSS manual.  Most suggested to stay with the old designation or equivalent sizes.