Fabricators & Manufacturer’s Association Headquarters

Elgin, IL

Background Fabricators & Manufacturer’s Association Headquarters

The Project Manager for FMA, Alex Vaysman of Pancor, envisioned a grand entrance befitting the skills of its occupants, with a prominent view off of the I-90 Tollway.

Arlington helped him realize this vision, and you can’t miss it any time you drive by. It’s over 25’ tall and twice as long, and curved along its length. Alex and FMA wanted an asymmetrical flow, so the diagonal members are placed in random locations to give the building more visual interest—That it has!

A view of the plans for the FMA Spider Web Steel Structure

To get the job done, Arlington fabricated the structure in one piece, then cut it into three sections for shipping.

Steel spider web asembly
The FMA Steel Spider Web Entrance in the Yard

Due to the required curves, we had to be creative with the locations of the diagonals. The aim was to avoid having to weld numerous intersections within the structure. We kept this to an absolute minimum, and also provided temporary connections for the field personnel so that they were able to hang the structure in one day. We then took a second day to detail out the connections. Some times the best step forward is a step back to think about how to solve the puzzle!

Our work on the FMA Headquarters was also featured in The Fabricator.

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