Williams Steel Highlighted by Link-Belt

Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. was recently highlighted on Link-Belt.com for their work on the new Atlantic Bank James Madison University Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, VA.

The feature showcases Williams Construction Services new 100-ton Link-Belt HTC-86100 hydraulic truck crane alongside their existing 200-ton Link-Belt LS-248H II lattice crawler crane and 200-ton Link-Belt HC-248H lattice boom truck crane.

Williams Steel erected the steel for the new 8,500 seat arena including eight 250 ft-long trusses weighing 60 tons each. The article features the erection of the final truss which had to be erected in extremely tight quarters from the bowl of the arena. The company successfully completed the pick in October.

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Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. provides structural steel erection services for all sizes of projects in the Mid-Atlantic region. Williams Construction Services rents cranes up to 330-ton capacity, performs heavy haul operations, and provides rigging services in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern Regions. Visit wmsi.com for more information on the services that these and other Williams Industries, Inc. subsidiaries can provide for your next project.

Congratulations to Dale Martin

Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. congratulates Dale Martin on his retirement at the end of April 2019. Dale has been a valued employee of Williams Steel for over 20 years, working as a field steel erection foreman.

A cookout to celebrate his retirement was held on July 10th where Dale was congratulated for his achievement and given a commemorative beam plaque. The company wishes Dale the best in his future endeavors.

Dale Martin receiving a commemorative plaque from Art Williams.
Dale Martin receives his commemorative plaque from Art Williams for over 20 years of service.

Williams Steel Erects Bridge at Kennedy Center

Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. has erected yet another pedestrian bridge at the new addition to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The 150 ton, 310 ft long bridge was fabricated in large sections and deliverd to the site. It was then partially assembled on the ground and erected in 4 pieces over the weekend of May 10th to 13th.

The trapezoid shaped box girder design of the bridge meant custom assembly jigs and shoring had to be used during the operation to ensure stability. The work required a total road closure of a major arterial roadway in the District.

The bridge, which crosses Rock Creek Parkway next to the Potomac River in downtown Washington, DC, is part of the $250 million “The REACH” expansion of the Kennedy Center. It will officially open in September 2019.

To see more of Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc.’s pedestrian bridge resume, click here.

Williams Steel in Action at Ballston Quarter

When Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. set the new pedestrian bridge at Ballston Quarter in Arlington, VA on February 15th and 16th, a camera crew was on hand to capture the action. Check out the video below of the operation as well as interviews with the key players explaining the special challenges of this project and how they were overcome.

For more information check out our other posts about this project.

Project of the Year Winners in Connector Magazine

The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) has published their 2018 Project of the Year winners in the May edition of Connector Magazine. Included is Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. for their Class III winning project, the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project – Phase 2.

This long term project connects Dulles International Airport to the nation’s capitol. The company’s scope of work included 5 stations, 9 entrance pavilions, and 31 pedestrian bridge sections. For more information check out previous New posts.

Williams Steel Erection Wins 2018 SEAA Project of the Year

Trophy that says "2018 Project of the Year, Class III, Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc., Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project Phase 2, Dulles, VA"

Congratulations to the Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. team for winning the Class III 2018 SEAA Project of the Year for their work on the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project – Phase 2. The award is given to projects that “demonstrate complexity, unusual conditions, issues, and barriers requiring special management team action or performance.”

The project team faced many challenges on this project including the 12 mile long jobsite, 5+ year project duration, limited access, and the shear scope of the work to be done.

Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. employees previously won a 2019 Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award for their work on the project. The company gave a presentation of the project’s challenges and how it overcame them at the 47th SEAA Convention & Trade Show in Charlotte, NC on April 25, 2019.

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Williams Steel Has Metro Covered

The curved stainless steel canopies that cover the entrances to underground stations are familiar to anyone who has ridden on Washington DC’s Metrorail. Over the years Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. has erected many of these canopies including the one pictured below at the Shady Grove station. This canopy is one of ten canopies the company has been contracted to erect recently.

These canopies are erected at night to avoid interruptions to Metrorail service and are often located in tight quarters. To ensure that erection can be completed in these conditions, the roof sections are made into large panels in the shop and shipped whole to the site. Their complex shape requires special attention to how the sections are rigged and erected.

The canopies were fabricated by Chattanooga Boiler and Tank Co. in Chattanooga, TN.

The Union Bank & Trust Center at JMU

Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. has begun erection of the new Union Bank & Trust Center at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Slated to open in the fall of 2020, this new indoor arena will seat 8,500 during sporting events and 10,000 during commencement.

Williams Steel Erection will be erecting about 2,500 tons of structural steel including roof trusses that weigh 60 tons each and are up to 230 feet long. Progress on the project can be followed via webcam.

The steel for the project is being fabricated by Banker Steel Company in Lynchburg, VA and S.B. Ballard Construction is the general contractor.

Congratulations to Craftsmanship Award Winners!

Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. congratulates the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project – Phase 2 team for winning a 2019 Washington Building Congress Award! The awards banquet was held March 29th and recognised the company’s craftsmen for their “high standards of excellence in the construction trades.”

Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. thanks all employees who worked on the project for their efforts, especially the foreman who were recognized at the banquet; Sherman Hill, Wilber Salguero, William Martinez, John Manfredi, and Cameron Maddox. The company would not be able to perform the complex and exciting work that it does without these experience craftsmen. Congratulations to each one of them for this achievement.

The Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. team at the 2019 Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Awards.

Community Interest in Ballston Bridge

It is great to see lots of interest from the community on the recently erected Ballston Quarter pedestrian bridge completed by Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. The Williams Steel team is honored to be able to use our expertise to enhance our community and the whole mid-Atlantic region. This post contains some highlights of the operation from around the internet.

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