"La Sagrada Familia," a dramatic, imposing cathedral designed by Spanish architect Antoni Guadi, is easily Spain's most recognizable landmark, and it isn't even finished yet. Construction began on the church 133 years ago, in 1882, and it continues to this day.
Work crews recently began the final phase of construction, meaning the church will soon be complete after more than a century of work.
The building has exceptional lifecycle expectations and unique design. When completed, the 18 towers of La Sagrada Família will reach heights from 94 to 182 meters above ground level. Stainless steel rebar was selected first in the tower structures due to its high strength, exceptional corrosion resistance and reduced lifecycle costs. Outokumpu is the single-supplier for the project, delivering products in Outokumpu Forta DX 2304 and Forta DX 2205 grades in easy to assemble sizes and shapes.
The basilica is a leading tourist attraction, with more than 3.2 million visitors annually. Tight logistics and strict safety controls demand a precise approach. Outokumpu meets those needs with punctual deliveries and bundled packaging.
Carles Farràs, representative for the Basilica of La Sagrada Família comments cooperation with Outokumpu: “We selected Outokumpu for its valuable technical assistance and also for the high quality of its products. We expect the construction process of the Basilica to continue until 2026 and believe that stainless steel is an ideal material that can meet our requirements. Outokumpu has been a great help in advising on cost-efficient and long lasting solutions for our demanding structures.”
Outokumpu Long Products, Key Account Manager William Münzer says: “We’ve worked closely with our customer in material selection and the mechanical properties needed for this design. We’ve also provided extensive project-specific assistance. The customer appreciates the fact that we work together to solve problems in structural topics. Maintenance is an obvious concern, as is threat of corrosion from carbon dioxide emissions.”
Outokumpu Long Products, President Kari Tuutti says: “We are very proud to work together with La Sagrada Família. We are fully committed in working closely with our customer to ensure that we meet the quality, time and technical requirements in the project.”
Outokumpu has a century of experience creating efficient, long-lasting, recyclable stainless steels. Its global offering includes quality-critical long products and plates for infrastructures. Outokumpu’s Long Products and Quarto Plate sites are located in the UK, Sweden and the US, all renowned for their high quality products, flexibility and world-class delivery performance.
“Stainless steel rebars are emerging as an excellent sustainable solution for the concrete structures worldwide .The stainless steel reinforcing bars provide long life into concrete structures especially in the hills, coastal areas, ports, airports, bridges, high rise buildings and water treatment plants as these bars do not ever corrode and thus concrete failure due to spalling is avoided.Since stainless steel does not corrode, the concrete continues to offer a maintenance free life of over 100 years.” Sai Yatinder Pal Singh Suri, India Head, Outokumpu.
“Every body wants their next generations to see world’s tallest structures, with stainless steel being seen as wonderful engineering material Now Stainless steel applications expand to encompass everything from everyday items like cutlery to high-end industrial equipment, such as those used in pharmaceutical factories, nuclear power plants, ships and high-speed trains.” Said Yatinder Pal Singh Suri, India head, Outokumpu
“Even Swami Narayan temple (Akshardham) coming up at Kolkata and a Buddhist temple being built in hill area in Thailand are using stainless steel rebar for non-maintenance above 1,000 years of life of the temples.” Said Suri .
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