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Carpenters participating in "Construction Career Days" Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters is one of many organizations and companies participating in "Construction Career Days." The program, which has been taking place in states around the country for ten years, introduces high school students to the many career opportunities available in the industry.

Held at the Laborers Training Center in Hopkinton, the event in Massachusetts generally attracts more than a thousand students. This year's event, expected to draw more than 1,800 is running from May 5-7 from 8am to 5pm.

The event allows students to see--and in some cases experience--careers from building trades, to engineering to environmental fields. The Carpenters area, which is drawing crowds, allows students to build their own toolboxes.

Helping fellow carpenters Posted by on

To help carpenters who are unemployed, donations of non-perishable foods are being collected by the Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund.

Members are asked to bring a can of food when they attend classes at the training center at 385 Market Street in Brighton.

For more information or food pick-up, please call the center's Food Pantry hotline at 617-782-4314, x28.

The program is sponsored by the Women's Round Table.

The Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund Serves Carpenters Local Unions 33, 40, 67, 218 and 723.

Flying Steel Posted by on

The erection of the second floor frame and third floor/roof began this week. The first column (below) was erected on Monday. The columns being erected this week will frame the second and third floors of the Carpenters Center.

The steel came from Capco Steel??s fabrication plants located in Rhode Island.

The project architect and structural engineers provide Capco with Computer-Aided Designs (CAD), from which the company produces its own shop drawings. These drawings include detailed fastening connections for each column and beam, so that when the steel arrives on site all fastening points have been predrilled and coordinated at connections. Each piece is also numbered. When the steel comes off the delivery truck it is placed in a numeric sequence so that each piece of steel can be erected in proper order.

Onsite, the Operating Engineer, working for Subcontractor Hallamore Corporation, operates the 200-ton hydraulic crane. The crane lifts the structural steel members to the locations of the building where the Ironworkers fasten them into place. The crane??s boom is 197 feet long when it is fully telescoped.

The following sequence shows the Operating Engineer flying steel to the Ironworkers.

Meanwhile, on the first floor of the building, structural steel was added to the first floor columns, to carry the added loads of the third floor and roof. In this picture, the Ironworker is welding anchorage connecting the concrete slab to the beam below it.