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The pump into the local economy comes from the erection of the steel and the local purchase of consumables such as concrete, welding rods, plastic cups, food, etc.  The reason for a Texas fabricator should not come as a surprise; it is the price.  Steel fabrication in Texas is very cheap and there are several very good shops.  I suspect the good pricing comes from lower labor rates (especially in the more rural areas), low tax structure, and lacks environmental laws.  Here in California we can buy and have shipped galvanized structural steel from Texas and still beat out the local guys.  A lot depends on the size of the project.  The detailing portion is normally a subcontractor to the steel fabricator and the client does not have much say.  Foreign detailing is becoming very popular with the bigger firms.  Also, the SE was probably a subcontractor to the architect.

Thomas Hunt, S.E.
ABS Consulting

"Andrew D. Kester" <andrew(--nospam--at)>

03/24/2003 07:02 AM
Please respond to seaint

        To:        <seaint(--nospam--at)>
        Subject:        wood posts & Heinz Stadium


I hope I have not said this before on this list, but has anyone read the
article about Heinz Stadium in Pittsburgh in Structural Engineer Magazine ,
the new home of the Steelers? I thought a couple of things were ironic, and
I would like to hear some theories on the subject. First, the steel
fabricator. Since the owner wanted a STEEL stadium for obvious reasons, then
that would also put some money into the local steel economy, right? Well,
maybe not. The steel fabricator was from Texas (?). Portions of the steel
were detailed by an English firm (??). Less importantly, but equally
interesting, the SE was from Miami, and did a great job, as did all the
firms involved. I am just curious as to why the Pittsburgh area could not
fabricate the steel and why the owner did not get a local or northeast

Texas must have a thing with fabrication, maybe due to its location on a
major body of water it can recieve steel from foreign sources, and export
fabricated steel easily. Maybe it has a easy tap on natural resources. The
main sections of the bridge deck/ beam system for the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge-Tunnel were fabricated in Texas and floated all the way around FL up
to VA.

I have not even been to Texas so I am not plugging the state, I am just

Andrew D. Kester, EI
Structural Engineer
Bentley Architects & Engineers
665 W. Warren Ave.
Longwood, FL 32750

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