About Steelike® UHPC: UHPC Powered by Innovation™

About Steelike® UHPC

For over 20 years, Steelike, Inc. founder Bill Kulish has been at the forefront of cementitious material design innovation. In the process, the founder of the former Kulish Design Company discovered the unique properties of ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC), and Bill became committed to developing his own UHPC material from the ground up. In time, after hundreds of trials, Bill succeeded in creating a a new and unique UHPC.. This new UHPC has been submitted to a series rigorous tests in accordance with ASTM International standards, which have shown that it meets the requirements of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for UHPC and it performs as well as, and for some properties, better than other commercially available UHPC products. In 2014, Bill Kulish’s UHPC was commercialized for the first time, offering the marketplace a new UHPC material with a unique chemistry. Today this new product is marketed as Steelike® UHPC.

Image: New Port Pell Bridge – Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA)

The History of Steelike® UHPC, UHPC Reaching New Heights™

1991

Bill Kulish Launched Quintechs, LLC

As President of the new company, Quintechs, LLC., Bill Kulish began experimenting with concrete mixes for sculptural and decorative applications.

1994

The Term “Ultra High-Performing Concrete (UHPC)” is Coined

UHPC is a novel concrete mix design that proved to be up to 710 times the strength of conventional concrete and with a potential life span of nearly 100 years or more.

2000

UHPC is Commercialized in the US

A series of research projects demonstrated the capabilities of UHPC. A number of state departments of transportation began to deploy UHPC in the early 2000’s for long-lasting infrastructure construction.

2005

Sculpture Completed Using an Early Iteration of What Will Become Steelike® UHPC

Designer Bill Kulish proved the possible with a giraffe sculpture made with his UHPC mix design. Bill named the sculpture “Gigi, Reaching New Heights.” Today, Gigi is symbolic of Kulish’s resilience against the odds. At about the same time Bill creates and plays the first playable concrete record made of UHPC in the USA at the World of Concrete Show in Las Vegas.

2010

Kulish Design Company, LLC formed. Steelike® UHPC Used in Architectural Designs

To communicate his renewed focus on concrete materials, especially for architectural applications, Bill Kulish and Co-founder Chen Wang rebrands his company and forms Kulish Design Company., LLC. Bill begins a series of experimental formulations to create a range of applications of Steelike® UHPC in architecture and design.

2014

Kulish Design Co., LLC Begins Commercial Production and Supply for US Construction Projects

Steelike® UHPC is commercially available and sold for the first time.

2014

FHWA Published First UHPC Design Guidelines

The first design guidance for UHPC in the US is published, focused on the application of UHPC for connecting precast concrete elements. Technote: Design and Construction of Field-Cast UHPC Connections, FHWA Publication No FHWA-HRT-14-084

2016

First Project to Mix Steelike® UHPC in a Standard Ready-Mix Truck

200 cubic yards of Steelike® UHPC was successfully mixed in a standard front-loading ready-mix truck and placed for the first time on a commercial project over multiple placements. This was done at Fort Knox Kentucky under the direction and guidance of Mr. David Ward.

2019

Federal Highways Administration Publishes Technote 19-011 and Mentions Steelike

The updated FHWA Technote Design and Construction of Field-Cast UHPC Connections, FHWA-HRT-19-011, mentions Steelike® UHPC as a UHPC with material properties that may align with the needs of a UHPC connection projects.

2019

FHWA Uses Steelike® UHPC for Precast Bridge Girders to Develop UHPC Design Guidance

Steelike® UHPC was selected by the Federal Highway Administration to fabricate a series of precast prestressed UHPC girders to be tested for the development of new UHPC structural design guidance.

2020

Steelike® UHPC Is Successfully Used for Many Projects, Incorporating Innovative Mixing and Placement Methods

Steelike applications deployed in 2020 Included bridge deck overlays, repair of longitudinal joints between precast concrete beams, repair of steel columns, closure pours between precast deck panels, and expansion joint headers. Innovative mixing placement techniques employed included using a ready-mix truck to mix off-site and transport to job site, eliminating overfilling and grinding of deck-level connections, and eliminating plastic sheeting of overlays. Additionally, Steelike Inc. placed the first direct-to-deck UHPC overlay directly from the ready-mix trucks used to mix the UHPC in the USA. This sped up placement, decreased waste and a significant amount of time and cost.

2020

Kulish Design Co., LLC Receives External Seed Investment and Converted to Steelike Inc.

The company successfully raises over $2M in seed investment. To better reflect the company’s focus on the commercialization of Steelike® UHPC, the company is renamed Steelike, Inc. Founder Bill Kulish becomes the President. Co-Founder Chen Wang is named CEO.

Our Leadership Team

Driving Innovation Beyond Expectations

Chen Wang

CEO

Chen brings to Steelike, Inc. her many years of experience in global corporate strategy, operations, as well as domestic and international intellectual property law and corporate policy developments. She oversees all operations of Steelike and drives the strategic direction of the company. Chen co-founded Steelike’s predecessor Kulish Design Co., LLC with Bill Kulish and proudly supports the efforts of women and minority owned businesses.

Bill Kulish

Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer

Serial entrepreneur, inventor of Steelike® UHPC, independent researcher and developer of novel materials for construction and design, Bill Kulish is the visionary and the creative force of Steelike, Inc. In 2020, after successfully acquiring seed investment, Bill and his co-founder Chen Wang converted Kulish Design Co. LLC to Steelike, Inc. As President and Chief Technology Officer of the company, Bill is committed to setting up projects for success and expanding awareness and use of Steelike® UHPC mix designs, UHPC Powered by Innovation™.

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