December 16, 2008
The American Institute of Steel Construction's Lifetime Achievement and Special Achievement awards were presented at the 2008 AISC Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo., in September.
The 2008 Lifetime Achievement award, a recognition of outstanding service over a sustained period of years to AISC and the structural steel design/construction/academic community, was presented to William Liddy and Bert Cooper.
Liddy spent nearly 60 years in the steel industry, first promoting structural steel for the mills, then as a regional engineer with AISC, and finally as an adviser in the Steel Solutions Center. He worked closely with the fabrication industry, especially in the Midwest, and is respected by both the fabrication and design community.
Cooper is a long-time contributor to the structural steel industry as both an AISC board member and as the owner of W&W/AFCO Steel. He's contributed substantial time and financial resources to support steel industry research activities.
AISC's 2008 Special Achievement award, a recognition of individuals who demonstrate notable singular or multiple achievements in structural steel design, construction, research, or education, was presented to William W. Brown and Joseph J. Hunt.
Brown is the president of Ben Hur Construction Co., and Hunt is the general president of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers. They received the award for their work in developing and nurturing I.M.P.A.C.T., which is a labor/management partnership designed to bring together local unions and their signatory contractors to address mutual problems and create solutions to those problems.
The AISC, with headquarters in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association serving the structural steel design community and construction industry.