Have you ever wondered where those exposed steel beams come from? Follow along with the whole process of the build from paper plans to steel parts to installing structural elements! And it turns out that the fabricators who made them up for the WaterFire Arts Center are just down the street at Rhode Island Welding! They prepared the vertical I beams that will be supporting the new WaterFire offices by tapping holed to receive custom brackets. Those special brackets that tie the beams into the existing structural steel were cut on an automated table, and then hand welded together and finally welded to the building.
The whole process was very fast, with all of the steel beams hung in one day! Final welding into position is still taking place, and the channels which will hold the floor concrete have yet to be placed.
Watching these beams go up really tells us how far we have come in the progress of the building!