IMPACT Celebrates and Educates with SteelDay Lunch and Learn Seminar

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Lunch and Learn lecture, held by IMPACT in conjunction with the American Institute of Steel Construction, successfully educates participants in the thermal properties of structural steel and raises awareness of iron workers in the industry.

IW General Treasurer Ron Piksa addresses the seminar as General President Walter W. Wise looks on.

“[SteelDay is] a matter of awareness, to let everybody know what we do, to let them know about our world-class training and how we build the buildings that they design,” said Kenny Waugh, IMPACT’s Director of Industry Liaisons.

The Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT) celebrated the 6th annual SteelDay by offering a seminar directed at engineers, architects and construction professionals, held on September 18th. SteelDay, an annual celebration billed as “the industry’s largest educational and networking function,” was created by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and features classes, seminars and other gatherings across the country primarily on September 19th.

The seminar, Sustainability 301—Combating Thermal Issues in Building Construction Utilizing Structural Steel, was a success, with over 50 participants attending IMPACT’s Lunch-and-Learn session. Jacinda Collins, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Engineer with the AISC, led the hour-long lecture in her third SteelDay presentation with IMPACT. Because the class is AISC-led, all participants were eligible to receive 1 Continuing Education Unit/Professional Development Hour from the American Institute of Architects and the Green Building Certification Institute. The event was attended by industry professionals from all levels, ranging from engineers, architects and contractors.

“For the Iron Workers and IMPACT, [SteelDay is] a matter of awareness, to let everybody know what we do, to let them know about our world-class training and how we build the buildings that they design,” said Kenny Waugh, IMPACT’s Director of Industry Liaisons.

As IW General President Walter W. Wise acknowledged in his opening remarks, “A large percentage of the attendees are engineering students from nearby colleges and universities, seeking enrichment and insight into the current state of steel construction.”

“It’s the resources. That’s the thing that I thought was most important for the students to hear,” said Dr. Kim Roddis, a professor with George Washington University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, who brought over 18 of her students to the event. “This is a perfect example because this is not something that’s covered in the standard curriculum, but it’s something that’s important for them to know.”

“I think there was a tremendous turnout,” said General President Wise of the event. “It’s always great to see young minds willing to learn about the important part that ironworkers play not only in SteelDay, but in the industry as a whole. We look forward to turning their vision for future structures into reality. Their initiative is something we can all admire and appreciate.”

About the Iron Workers: The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (IABSO&RIW) was founded in 1896 in Pittsburgh, Penn. They now represent more than 125,000 Ironworkers throughout the United States and Canada. The IABSO&RIW’s mission is to improve the working conditions of its members while promoting constructive relationships with their employers to increase work opportunities.

About IMPACT (http://www.impact-net.org): The Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT), affiliated with the Iron Workers Union, is a labor-management partnership designed to create work opportunities in the North American ironworking industry. Our primary mission is to provide a forum for Ironworkers and signatory contractors to discuss effective strategies aimed to expand job opportunities through innovative labor-management cooperative programs. IMPACT provides expertise in training, construction certifications, marketing, construction project tracking and bidding, insurance and Davis-Bacon compliance efforts. IMPACT also administers a world-class substance abuse program to ensure that Ironworkers are safe, drug-free and ready to work.

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