Structural steel is a classification of steel used to make building materials, such as beams, rails, and bars. The specific properties of structural steel may be targeted to influence a structure’s longevity and improve the safety of those within it.
At Base Construction, Inc., we provide our customers with the highest quality structural steel products on the market.
Our Steel Structural Support Capabilities
Base Construction has worked on a wide range of structural steel fabrication projects. We have designed and built:
- Machine guarding
- Pipe bridges/racks
- Permanent/portable platforms
- Plate and structural steel fabrication
- Process piping structural steel supports
- Slope tanks bottom supports
- Tank anchoring support systems
- Structural steel embedment for foundations
- Support structure for all types of equipment
- Structural steel repair and restoration
We work in tandem with our partners throughout the design process and can safely install all designed structural steel systems while staying within your budget and schedule limitations. We can also design and estimate a project ahead of time in consideration of your next monthly, annual, or biannual budget, minimizing the financial strain of a new project on your business. Our staff takes every measure possible to help ensure that your project is completed according to budget, schedule, and other limitations.
Base Construction, Inc. is a diversified contractor focused on creating effective solutions to difficult problems. In addition to our fabrication and installation services, we provide short- and long-term maintenance programs. Through the use of our construction management and consulting services, we can help your company get your structural steel fabrication and installation projects off the ground.
Reach out to us today if you’re interested in learning more about our structural steel capabilities and related offerings
Structural Steel Industrial Applications
At Base Construction, we’ve completed a broad range of structural steel constructions for clients in a variety of industries. Some of the most common structural steel projects we handle include:
Pipe bridges—also known as pipe supports or pipe racks—are used to provide mechanical support to long stretches of piping running internally or externally throughout a plant. These pipes may run between process equipment or be part of the utility system. Pipe supports/bridges must be carefully designed to ensure ideal room for equipment and personnel to pass underneath. Other considerations must be taken into account based on the specific application and its various mechanical stresses, resistance requirements, and temperature ranges:
- Material selection
- Stress and strain
- Seismic requirements
Platforms are often required to provide access to process equipment. Base Construction has provided custom-made platforms for the top of boilers, tanks, scrubbers, heat exchangers, furnaces, and industrial fans. While some platforms require structural steel for its strength and stability, platforms may sometimes be made from other materials such as aluminum, carbon steel, stainless steel, fiberglass, or various plastics. Many platforms are permanent, while others may need to be moved between equipment.
When designing custom-fabricated platforms, we consider the following factors in regards to your application:
- Design code requirements
- Rigging design
- Storage and transportation
Handrails are a critical safety feature in many industrial settings. Walkways, catwalks, platforms, stairs, and other pedestrian structures require handrails with varying design features. Before designing handrails for your application, Base Construction will consider application-specific factors such as:
Repair and Restoration
Structural steel may become damaged from impacts or wear and require repairs. The team at Base Construction can evaluate the condition of your structural steel and provide options to facilitate compliance with safety codes and requirements.
Structural Steel—An Overview
Structural steel has its own set of unique properties and advantages in comparison with other types of steel.
Structural Steel Properties
Structural steel is a specific variety of steel utilized in the production of numerous construction materials due to its high tensile and compressive strengths, corrosion resistance, and mold resistance.
It can be formed into a variety of shapes, but most often appears as elongated beams. Other less common forms for structural steel may include:
- Hollow structural sections (HSS)
Common forms of structural steel may include high-strength/low-alloy steel; corrosion-resistant high-strength, low-alloy steel, and carbon steel. All forms of structural steel are strictly regulated by the ASTM and other international building codes.
Structural Steel Advantages
Structural steel poses a number of advantages, such as:
- Structural steel lends a great deal of strength to structures but is relatively lightweight compared to the other building materials in a structure.
- Structural steel is easy to source.
- As a relatively flexible material, structural steel can be molded into any required shape without a significant negative impact on its core properties.
- Structural steel is very affordable compared to other commonly used building materials.
- Structural steel is chosen for its ability to provide reliable structural support to buildings. This includes an ability to survive natural disasters such as storms and earthquakes.
Structural Steel Services from Base Construction
Base Construction has provided high-quality products and services for more than 20 years. We have a strong team of highly skilled craftsmen that can work in virtually any industry. If you’re interested in learning more about our structural steel capabilities and related offerings, fill out this form to request more information or contact us directly today to speak with a representative.
Pipe Supports & Bridge
Base Construction, Inc. will consider the expansion, extraction, stress, strain, seismic requirements, and material selection (Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel, Aluminum, and Plastic) when designing a pipe support or a pipe bridge.
Base Construction, Inc. has custom-made platforms for top of boilers, tanks, scrubbers, heat exchanges, furnaces, and fans. Material selection is an important factor to fabricate and install custom-made platforms. Some of the materials we use to fabricate and install custom-made platforms include Aluminum, Carbon steel, Stainless Steel, Fiberglass, and various Plastics, just to name a few.
Custom-Made Portable Platforms
Base Construction, Inc. performed projects that required portable and removable platforms while a shut-down of scheduled maintenance takes place. The design and fabrication included, but not limited to, proper design per code requirements, rigging design, storage and transportation from the outside to the inside of the building.
Custom-Made Sky-light protection
While a large number of Sky-light fall protection manufactures exists, Base Construction, Inc. had to put its team to design and build Sky-light protection which was unique in design and fabrication and application.
Custom-Made Temporary Supports
Base Construction, Inc. has designed and built temporary supports when a structural steel support member had to be removed in order to gain access to equipment for replacement or maintenance.
Base Construction, Inc. designed and built projects which required removable handrails, light weight or corrosion resistance handrails. Base Construction, Inc. put its teams to work to overcome the challenges.
Ladder Fabrication and Modification
Base Construction, Inc. has worked on projects which required ladder with code requirement width, cage, and material. Modification of these ladders saved time and money for our clients while bringing their ladder to the latest code requirements.
Custom-Made Tank Nozzles & Tanks Reinforcing Pads
Base Construction, Inc. has replaced tank nozzles, and added reinforcing pads to bring a tank to proper requirement, both per client and codes requirements.
Beverage plants, dairies, and drinking water plants
Copper sheet plants
Electronic microchip and other semi-conductor plants
Food processing facilities
Fossil, natural gas, geothermal and co-generation
Lime, cement, Boron, concrete block plants
Personal care products plant
Plate and Structural Steel Fabrication
Slope Bottom Tank Support and Foundation
Tank Anchoring System
Wastewater treatment plants
Tank Anchoring System
There are tanks that are in service but require new code anchoring requirement. Base Construction, Inc. can help as we have already helped numerous clients update their out of date tanks to new code and seismic requirements.
Slope Bottom Tank Support and Foundation
A Slope bottom tank requires proper structural steel of concrete foundation; Base Construction, Inc. can design and build as it has for many of our clients.
Plate and Structural Steel Fabrication
From time to time structural steel member is not made or available in the marketplace. Base Construction, Inc. can fabricate and install all forms of structural members.
Movable (Mobil) Elevated Platform
Base Construction, Inc. has designed and built one of kind movable platforms, which are very unique in construction and application. In one case, one of our clients required full protection to their equipment while the roof was being replaced. Since it was not possible and feasible to protect the entire equipment, Base Construction, Inc. put its team to work and designed and built a platform which could be easily moved as roofers moved to different locations. Due to size and weight limitations, the entire platform was constructed of Aluminum.
Base Construction, Inc. has designed and fabricated Machine Guards for many of client, both Carbon Steel and Stainless Steel.
Structural Steel Repair and Restoration
Base Construction, Inc. has saved a number of our client’s time and money by repairing and restoring their structural steel. These specialized works are performed by evaluating the damage structural steel and providing alternatives to repair to a sound code and safety requirement. Base construction, Inc. can help your structural steel needs, as we have more than 30 years experience in industrial plants and also provide our own design layouts.