Is steel the new wood?

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Steel building going up on Baldwin Avenue in El Monte

Every day I would drive by this construction site on my way to the San Bernardino (10) Freeway. And I’d think, what an unusual building going up. Have you seen it? I snapped a picture of it on Tuesday (see above).

It is made of metal, steel I’m guessing, and it is quite impressive. It is two buildings, really, replacing older industrial ones on Baldwin Avenue between Lower Azusa Road and Gidley Street.

The architects are Lima Hizon Luzano and they are based in Monterey Park ( Their web site says they are building projects in Long Beach, Artesia, San Dimas and Chicago as well.

Anyone know why they are not using wood framing? Is steel the new wood?

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I love journalism. I've been working in journalism for 32 years. I love communicating and now, that includes writing about environment, transportation and the foothill/Puente Hills communities of Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, Walnut and Diamond Bar. I write a couple of columns, one on fridays in Opinion and the other, The Green Way, in the main news section. Send me ideas for stories. Or comments. I was opinion page editor for 12 years so I enjoy a good opinion now and then.

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