There were many people and organizations involved in the CN-SBS Research Project. Without their help and commitment, this project never would have happened. Key participants include:

American Iron and Steel Institute

AISI's Steel Market Development Institute oversees the industry's investment in advancing the competitive use of steel by meeting the demands of the marketplace. AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of 24 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 138 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. AISI's member companies represent over 75 percent of both U.S. and North American steel capacity. For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI's Web site at

ArcelorMittal Dofasco

ArcelorMittal Dofasco is a leading North American steel producer and supplier of high-quality flat rolled steels. Strategically located in the City of Hamilton at the western end of Lake Ontario on the St. Lawrence Seaway, ArcelorMittal Dofasco is based in one of Canada’s busiest Great Lakes seaports with easy access to markets in Canada, the U.S. and around the world.

The company’s 750-acre steelmaking complex, home since the company was founded in 1912, features state-of-the-art facilities that are among the most efficient, flexible and technologically advanced in North America. All of ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s facilities are maintained to the highest standards of health and safety, quality and environmental performance.

With annual steel capacity of over 5 million short tons, the Hamilton facilities have one of the widest product offerings for the Construction market of all North American steel producers. The extensive product offering includes Hot Roll, Cold Roll, Galvanize, Galvanneal, GalvalumeTM, Galvalume PlusTM, single-invoice prepaint and steel laminate packages. In addition to the wide product offering, the facility has one of the broadest product capabilities in North America. Light and heavy gauge Galvanized product and heavy gauge Galvalume are perfect examples.

ArcelorMittal Dofasco is part of ArcelorMittal the world’s leading steel company, with operations in more than 60 countries.

BEHLEN Industries LP

BEHLEN Industries LP was established in 1969 in Brandon Manitoba, and is currently Canada’s largest manufacturer of steel building systems in Canada.

Over the past 40 years, BEHLEN Industries LP has provided building solutions to North Americas leading organizations and has expanded to serve customers worldwide.  We have achieved this growth and recognition through commitment to quality and customer service.

BEHLEN was the first North American steel building manufacturer registered to ISO 9001.  In addition to ISO we are certified to CSA standard A660, the Canadian standard for steel for Steel Building Systems.  We have also been awarded for the past eleven years as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Private Companies with Platinum status since 2003.

BEHLEN Industries LP manufactures several building systems, which include Rigid Frame System (FLEX-SYS®) and our proprietary Frameless System (CORR-SPAN®) which has unparalleled advantages over other building systems.  The diversity of our product line empowers us to provide a variety of cost effective building systems to the industrial, institutional, commercial and agricultural markets.

We service and sell the market in partnership through our Authorized Builder network, which spans all of North America and parts of Europe, Asia.  These builders are supported through qualified Regional Sales Managers, in house engineering and Technical Customer Service Representatives that are located in regional offices throughout North America.

BEHLEN Industries LP is committed to the markets we serve by providing quality products and services through cost effective building solutions on time and on budget.

Butler Buildings (Canada)

Butler Buildings (Canada), a division of BlueScope Steel North America, Inc. provides metal building systems to meet a variety of construction needs whether you need a basic steel building, a retrofit roof, a complex facility or one requiring vast open spaces. Butler and our Butler Builder ® network offer more than materials and construction services such as site selection, government permitting, and building design. Learn more about the design-build process and how it can reduce construction time and help reduce costs for your next project. Butler also strives to meet all building challenges using environmentally sound methods and materials. Butler® components are made from recycled steel materials, are pre-engineered to reduce waste, and use only low-VOC paints in roof applications with colours to meet the LEED® and Green Globe® requirements. BlueScope is a leader in the steel solutions industry, maintaining a strong commitment to the environment, workplace safety, and sustainable operations.

Canadian Sheet Steel Building Institute

The Canadian Sheet Steel Building Institute (CSSBI) is the foremost authority on sheet steel, its products, and its many applications. We are an industry association responsible for the development and dissemination of industry standards. A source for technical information and resources, we provide expert guidance to the general public and sheet steel manufacturers alike. Our overall mission is to pursue the advancement of sheet steel as the most durable and reliable building material on the market today.

The CSSBI can help turn design visions into realities. Sheet steel products have significant advantages over other building products, often providing more strength and immediate cost savings. Always at the forefront of current designs and product technologies, our Institute provides the technical guidance architects, designers, engineers, and builders need to achieve structurally sound and ambitious designs with steel.

Nucor Building Systems

Nucor Building Systems is one of the most flexible and diverse building manufacturers in operation today. As a custom manufacturer, Nucor Building Systems produces a wide array of structural systems including clearspan rigid frame, modular rigid frame, tapered beam, and lean-to. All are available in standard or ClearBay options. Crane support systems and mezzanines can also be included as part of the complete building package. NBS buildings can be designed to virtually any desired dimension to achieve the optimal solution for building requirements.

Nucor Building Systems is the Brand of Choice for many of North America’s leading design build contractors. Our position as an industry leader is the result of a highly skilled work force comprised of dedicated employees executing our F.O.C.U.S. statement: Steel that Fits. . .On time deliveries. . .Competitive Pricing. . .Unbeatable Service. . .and Solutions that Work.

Nucor Building Systems incorporates the latest engineering knowledge in the industry. Our products have passed rigorous third-party testing of our engineering and manufacturing policies, practices, and procedures achieving CAN/CSAA660 Certification, IAS Accreditation, and CWB W47.1 Certification. Nucor Building Systems, The Brand of Choice, has building solutions that have been proven time and time again.

Robertson Building Systems

Robertson Building Systems uses leading-edge design and manufacturing technology to provide innovative, engineered building solutions for the construction market.

Whether you are a large company or a growing business, Robertson can design a building for your specific needs from a small, simple building to a large, complex facility. Robertson also supplies building components for the retrofit and re-roof market.

The demand for environmentally friendly construction products and practices, or green building, has accelerated. As an NCI company, one of Robertson’s priorities is to help customers reach their green building project objectives by providing ideas, education, and solutions. Our sales and customer service professionals assist customers in selecting and properly incorporating products into their building projects, which can ultimately earn credits toward green building certifications.

A Robertson building offers the strength of steel and knowledge that you are building with one of the world’s most recycled materials – virtually 100% of the metal used in steel construction is recyclable. Low maintenance steel roofs with high insulation values can conserve energy while reducing operating and maintenance costs.

All Robertson building components are of the highest quality, manufactured in facilities that are IAS Accredited and CAN/CSAA660 Certified. We stand behind our products with the best 25-year warranties in the business.

Robertson custom-engineered steel building systems are distributed through a network of Authorized Robertson Builders in North America. For more information, call (800) 387-5335 or visit

Steelway Building Systems

Since 1976, Steelway has been in the business of manufacturing the highest quality steel buildings across Canada and around the world. From arenas and entertainment venues to commercial and manufacturing facilities, Steelway has helped industrial, commercial, recreational, institutional and agricultural clients reach their full potential. As experts in designing and manufacturing specialized steel building systems, Steelway uses superior designs, state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities and unparalleled expertise to deliver cost-effective steel buildings. Steelway is privately owned and operated by Jason and Bryan White and managed by a team with well over 130 years of experience in the industry.

Steelway specializes in: 

Steel Building Systems - Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Recreational

Steel Building Products - Architectural / Industrial Cladding, Floor Deck, Roof Deck

Lightweight Steel Cladding - Agricultural, Residential

Tarpon Energy Services Ltd.

Tarpon Energy Services is a leading supplier of products and services to the domestic and international oil and gas, heavy oil, oil sands and mining industries. We provide end-to-end customer solutions through our four divisions to seamlessly execute projects.

Tarpon’s Structures division is a single-source provider for steel building solutions that offer design excellence and quality fabrication. Structures’ expertise ranges from permanent and temporary workforce accommodations to steel building system components.

Our experienced design, detailing, fabrication and manufacturing teams enable us to efficiently construct all sizes of pre-engineered and modular building projects for the industrial, commercial and energy sectors.

U.S. Steel Canada

U. S. Steel's global steelmaking operations make us the fifth largest steelmaker in the world. With a comprehensive portfolio of steel products, enhanced production capabilities, and a strong commitment to quality, service and innovation, we are positioned to be the supplier of choice for value-added steel products. U. S. Steel Canada specifically is comprised of two facilities: Hamilton Works and Lake Erie Works.

University of Waterloo

School of Architecture

The School of Architecture at Waterloo is a leader in design education and research. It offers a fully cooperative professional program, has been rated the greenest architecture curriculum in Canada and is the only Canadian school of architecture to have a permanent international facility, which has operated for 30 years in Rome, Italy. The school attracts top students from across Canada and around the world.

Department of Engineering

Waterloo Engineering is a multi-faceted engineering school with eight academic units, home to about 250 faculty, over 1550 graduate students, and over 5700 undergrads. Over 30,500 alumni have made their mark in industry, academe, and the public sector, in Canada and around the world.

Waterloo’s undergraduate engineering program is Canada’s largest and best. We offer bachelor’s degrees through 13 programs, in core disciplines like chemical engineering and architecture and in emerging multidisciplinary areas like mechatronics, nanotechnology and management engineering. 

The Faculty is also home to more than 1550 graduate students. Each of our eight academic units offers graduate programs; there are more than two dozen programs in all. Graduate students at Waterloo study with world-renowned experts, conduct leading-edge research, and help fuel our drive to expand the frontiers of knowledge.


Varco Pruden Buildings

Varco Pruden Buildings (VP Buildings) is one of the North America’s largest participants in the worldwide, metal building systems industry. With international headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee, the company engineers and supplies pre-engineered, non-residential, low-rise steel buildings for manufacturing, warehousing, school and commercial applications. VP has over $350 million in sales and provides nearly 7,000 buildings annually.

Varco Pruden’s industry experience includes building projects for several Fortune 500 companies as well as military, government and private industry facilities. VP Buildings has licensed engineering credentials throughout North America and is a founding member of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association. VP has certification from the Canadian Welding Bureau.

In order to develop and maintain more environmentally sustainable building practices VP is a member of the United States Green Building Council and the Cool Roof Rating Council. VP has products are registered with EnergyStar and VP products meet Miami-Dade County code compliance.

Each VP project is designed to meet the highest standards for engineering integrity and building code compliance. Through the use of VP Command®, VP’s proprietary design and engineering software, each project is value-engineered to meet the owners exact requirements while optimizing material use and minimizing waste. VP Buildings are backed with complete material and workmanship warranties.

BlueScope Buildings North America, Inc is part of BlueScope Steel, an Australian based steel producer with international steel related business in 14 different countries.