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One of the findings of these focus groups was that architects were eager for more knowledge of how to incor- porate structural steel into building design. In response to this need, AISC set out to create a guidebook for archi- tects that would provide an understanding of the structural systems, material properties and design details for structural steel. To that end industry experts from all fields—architects, engineers, fabricators and coating spe- cialists—were assembled to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information on designing in structural steel. Designing with Structural Steel: A Guide for Architects, is presented in five sections. The Ideas Section contains the booklet, Structural Steel Today, showcasing buildings that incorporate structural steel's unique features to cre- ate truly inspiring architectural designs. Also included in this section is a series of project profiles. The Systems Section explains basic concepts in structural steel design. It is intended to help the architect com- municate more easily with the structural engineer. This section also presents an in-depth discussion of the types of coating systems available for structural steel for instances where coating protection is needed. The section also provides information of welding and sizing of beams and columns for purposes of architectural detailing. The Details Section provides plan details and commentary on the use of structural steel in combination with other building materials like precast concrete panels, masonry, thin stone veneer panels and limestone. The Materials Section contains dimensional properties (in both English and metric units), of wide-flange shapes, hollow struc- tural sections and other sections. The Materials Section also provides architects with additional information need- ed for architectural detailing. The Appendix is divided into three parts. The AISC Code of Standard Practice covers standard communications through plans, specifications, shop drawings and erection drawings; material, fabrication, and erection toler- ances and quality requirements; contracts; and requirements for architecturally exposed steel. Also provided are answers to common questions about codes, specifications and other standards applicable to structural steel. The final part of this section is an information-source-list of names, addresses, phone numbers and website address- es for industry organizations that can be of service to the building team. This Guide is meant to be a teaching tool as well as a desk reference on structural steel. It is meant to be a "liv- ing document." To this end it has been published in a three-ring binder to accommodate additions and updat- ed information to be published in the future. The editors would like to thank all of those who contributed their time, effort and knowledge in producing a pub- lication that can be used on a daily basis. We welcome your comments and suggestions for future additions to the guidebook.
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