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The History of Building With Steel

Here at Southern Alberta Construction, we specialize in providing the strongest, most durable steel structures. The benefits of them go far beyond their ability to withstand the elements, and most commercial enterprises choose them to house their products and expensive equipment. Since we find them so interesting, let’s take a quick look at the history of building with steel so we can understand why these structures are so popular.

Ancient times

Ancient methods of producing steel by using iron are not known to us, but we do know that certain forms of primitive steel did exist. It was used to make weapons and made widely in places like India. By the time the Middle Ages came around, Wootz steel was being made in the Middle East and evidence exists that steel even was being produced in China. Although little remains of this ancient practice, it is worth nothing that even people of long ago realized the benefits of this durable material.


In more modern times, steel was made by smelting in a blast furnace. The industry really took off with the introduction of the Bessemer process in the mid-19th century, a process that utilized oxygen to burn off impurities in pig iron. This solved the lack of the product and allowed for the widespread production of cheap steel. This allowed the industry to explode.

Modern times

With the introduction of cheap methods of production and modern building knowledge and technology, building with steel took off in the early 20th century. Cities began to reach for the sky as places such as Chicago, New York, and London began to build massive skyscrapers with steel. The availability of the material lead to all different kinds of structures to be made with it. Everything from airplane hangars, to sheds, to warehouses.

Here at Southern Alberta Construction, we are proud to bring you the finest steel structures in the industry. Knowing the history of building with steel shows why our hangars, warehouses, and other steel structures are so popular among our clients in Alberta. Contact us today for any and all of your steel construction needs.