The Erection Company and Rainier Square Tower Named One of ENR’s 2019 Top 25 Newsmakers

A crew member of the Erection Company works to secure structural steel on the Rainier Square Tower project.

Thanks to a revolutionary new process, and substantial gains in speed and productivity, Iron Worker contractor the Erection Company is being honored by Engineering News-Record as a “Top Newsmaker” of 2019.

The Erection Company was the steel erecting contractor on the Rainier Square Tower, an 850-foot-tall, 58-story project that utilized a brand new engineering design termed “speed core.” Speed core uses a coupled steel-plate composite shear wall in which the cross-tied plates are filled with concrete, increasing seismic resistance and avoiding rebar congestion.

“Rainier is a game-changer. If we had been able to use two cranes, it would have gone up even faster”

– Adam Jones, CEO, The Erection Company

The innovative new method is sure to take the industry by storm, with the work of the Erection Company setting the standard. Iron Worker contractors Lease Crutcher Lewis and Supreme Steel also worked on the project.

The Erection Company was able to deliver the project in just 10 months, which is estimated to be twice as fast as a perimeter steel frame joined to a reinforced concrete core. In order to accomplish this design and deliver on the speed promises, the Erection Company needed to complete a great deal of field welding on Rainier Square.

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The Erection Company welding and securing structural steel panels on the Rainier Square Tower project.

Adam Jones, the CEO of the Erection Company at the age of 74, has received widespread praise and acclaim for the project. Rainier Square adds to a long line of innovative and noteworthy projects completed by the Erection Company and their crews of ironworkers.

We applaud Adam Jones, the Erection Company, and all the ironworkers who helped complete the Rainier Square Tower project in record time. We look forward to the future of this innovative design, and to more excellent Iron Worker projects for all. Adam Jones: Ushered in Era of Faster-to-Erect Tall Buildings