American Cast Iron Pipe Company (ACIPCO), founded in Birmingham, Alabama in 1905, is a manufacturer of ductile iron pipe, spiral-welded steel pipe, fire hydrants and valves for the waterworks industry, and electric-resistance-welded steel pipe for the oil and gas industry. Gresham Smith, as part of a design-build team with Brasfield & Gorrie, has supported the company’s growth with state-of-the-art designs for a new steel pipe finishing building and additions to the site’s steel pipe coating facility.


American Cast Iron Pipe Company


Birmingham, AL


square-foot American Steel Pipe Finishing Facility


additions to L.B. Foster Steel Pipe Coating Facility


acre site

American Steel Pipe Finishing Building

American Steel Pipe Finishing Building

Our team designed a steel pipe finishing facility on ACIPCO’s existing site in Birmingham. The 123,500-square-foot building doubled the company’s processing capabilities, helping them better serve oil and gas pipeline clients across North America.

The building, which is more than 1,100 feet long, is made of conventional steel, which required deep steel pipe foundations. The facility houses finishing equipment, such as stencils, scanners and barcode readers, that employees use before sending products out the door.

The building’s observation platform runs the length of the building and ties into a two-story employee services building, where the company’s offices, break rooms and locker rooms are located. In addition to architectural and engineering services, our project team also provided site work for the project, including new paving, utilities and stormwater systems, as well as an extended railroad spur track for loading and unloading shipments.

L.B. Foster Steel Pipe Coating Facility Additions

L.B. Foster Steel Pipe Coating Facility Additions

We also designed three separate additions to L.B. Foster’s steel pipe coating facility at the ACIPCO complex in Birmingham. The first addition to the plant increased production space for the company’s epoxy coating line and doubled the size of the office space. The second addition created a new covered pipe processing area and a place to house electrical equipment. The third and final addition created space for a new induction-heating system and state-of-the-art powder application equipment.


“Gresham Smith delivered, providing us with exceptional service on an accelerated schedule. They partnered with our team and Brasfield & Gorrie to build a state-of-the art facility, including the latest in design features and technologies for improved efficiency and safety. Twice the size and double the processing capacity means increased throughput and in turn, shorter lead times for our customers. This was a significant milestone for our company, and the new facility will serve us well for many years to come.”

Joe Thomas, Project Manager, ACIPCO Engineering