The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Friday, July 06, 2007

Steel's up on GM test lab

By The Building Tradesman

PONTIAC - An expansion of the General Motors Engine Dynamometer Test Facility reached a milestone June 15, with GM, their contractors and the building trades celebrating the topping out of the structure.

Brent Irrer, project manager for Bristol Steel, the fabricator for the building's iron skeleton, said some 4,200 tons of steel have gone into the building. "It's been a real good job from start to finish," he said.

GM hosted a luncheon for all the construction workers on the project, and a number of dignitaries had nice things to say about the job's quality, safety and progress.

General foreman Dan Foco of Iron Workers Local 25 said the steel began going up Jan. 2 in a project that employed about 20 iron workers at peak. Some of them will be around for another four months. "It's been a real smooth job," Foco said.

IRON WORKERS from Local 25 and Bristol Steel top out the GM Dynamometer Test Facility.