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Markus Glaas vann Silverbalken

Markus Glaas won the Silver Beam

Published: 23 October 2020

The Silver Beam is the The Swedish Institute of Steel Construction´s award for particularly prominent initiatives for the development of steel construction. This year, the Silver Beam was awarded for the 46th year in a row and was received by Markus Glaas at an award ceremony out on The Sluss Bridge in Stockholm ahead of the Steel Construction Day 2020.

"Big, and glorious of course. I have been to many Steel Construction Day and seen who has received the award. Now I get to stand here on Slussen Bridge and receive the prize as well, it feels great", says Markus Glaas.

Markus Glaas is currently technical manager for steel bridges at Skanska and was responsible for the manufacture of the new "Golden Bridge" between the Old Town and Södermalm in Stockholm. He is a civil engineer in road and water construction with a degree from Luleå University of Technology in 1999. Markus began his career as a project manager at Skanska Steel Construction where he worked with frames, bridges and industrial applications. Markus then continued with more advanced and heavier steel structures and bridges within Normek, Harvator and Ruukki. Since 2013, Markus has been group manager and project manager for steel structures within Skanska with a focus on advanced steel bridge projects.

The manufacture of the advanced Slussen Bridge meant several trips to China for Markus to check, among other things, that the 3,500-tonne steel bridge complied with Swedish regulations.

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Markus Glaas is awarded the Silver Beam 2020 because during his twenty-year career he has ensured that the most advanced steel bridge structures in Sweden have been manufactured and constructed with quality assurance and precision. Markus has already been involved in several outstanding and acclaimed projects. Some examples besides Slussen Bridge are the old Årstabron, the motorway bridges at Rotebro, the railway bridges at Tomteboda and the steel bridge at Stockholm City Hall. When both large and small steel bridge projects require special knowledge and experience, it is often Markus who gets the assignment. As one of the youngest winners of the Silver Beam of all time, he shows that the growth of young and talented bridge builders in Sweden is good.

It is with great pleasure that the Steel Building Institute awards the 2020 Silver Beam to Markus Glaas.