CELEBRATE NATIONAL STEEL DAY TODAY

STEELDAY IS TODAY, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020! AISC and the rest of the Structural Steel Industry will still be celebrating SteelDay 2020, but with some changes this year! Due to the current restrictions caused by the COVID-19 virus, AISC’s events will be 100% virtual this year.

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Solar and Metal Roofing a Perfect Pair

According to a recent article featured in Metal Construction News, there appears to be a direct correlation between the growth of metal roofing alongside the increased use of solar. The article states, “As homeowners become more educated about the benefits of solar, the use of a metal roof makes economical sense. And, a metal roof is the perfect platform for installing solar, due to interest in a longer lasting, better performing, more sustainable roof option.” Even through the slowdown due to COVID-19, homeowners are continuing to install solar on their homes with solar companies seeing a need to hire versus layoff as so many other companies and businesses have had to do.

Rob Haddock, CEO and founder of S-5!, Colorado Springs, Colo., was quoted in the article saying, “It’s natural to choose metal roofs for installing solar PV because metal roofs provide an ideal platform as metal roofing is the only roof type with a service life that actually exceeds the service life of a solar PV system. It is also the most sustainable roofing type and is conducive to lower solar installation costs.” He adds, “Metal roofs are a cost-effective solution for mounting solar photovoltaic panels with mechanical solar attachments since they provide fewer components, materials which are lightweight and provide a zero-penetration system with no holes or leaks, so it does not violate roof warranties.”

Photo courtesy of S-5!

Renee Ramey, executive director of the Metal Roofing Alliance, concurs, saying, “The reason why solar and metal roofs are so well matched is because of the return on a residential roof-mounted solar investment is only as good as the quality and longevity of the roof where it’s installed. Metal roofs are the best option for photovoltaic systems, greatly reducing the risk of a roof failing before a solar panel system does. She goes on to explain, “The estimated life span of solar panels is typically about 20 to 25 years, while metal roofs can last for 50-plus years, two or three times the average life span of other types of roofing materials. That means a metal roof should easily outlast the solar panels. Metal also is exceptionally strong and durable, able to support the weight of potentially heavy solar systems by using a simple attachment and clip solution that does not require drilling holes into the roof or the need for self-ballasted systems, reducing the possibility of roofing failures and potential leaks.”

According to research from the MRA, metal roofing is now the second most preferred roofing material in the U.S. As Ramey explains, some of the reasons for that include climate threats, long-term ROI, improved performance, better sustainability, and curb appeal and style options. 

The list of reasons are mounting making metal roofing and solar panels a perfect pair given the financial benefits, the benefits and longevity of metal roofing, energy codes, and net-zero goals.

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Roper Whitney: Introducing the Next Generation of Up/Down Folders

Evobend – The next generation of folding technology and innovation. Developed over the course of several years, our work is guaranteed by our unrivaled quality and flexibility in bending. In addition to the most energy efficient machines on the market, the Evobend also ensures your safety with the help of our servo-electric safety fence technology. Discover this and the many more advantages of the revolutionary Evobend.

The Evobend’s patented double bending system has been refined in a revolutionary way and enables unmatched bending freedom. Due to the Evobends innovative design, previously impossible angles are now able to be processed. Up to 300° (150° up, 150° down) of bending freedom is unrivaled anywhere else on the market. This increases your flexibility when folding parts and allows for more demanding profiles to be produced at a lower cost.

To learn more, visit www.roperwhitney.com/evobend


Roper Whitney, a Tennsmith company, is proud to announce a new partnership with EvoBend GmbH to bring the next generation of sheet metal folding equipment to the metal fabrication marketplace in North America.

As of August 2020, Roper Whitney is the exclusive sales, distribution, and service centers for EvoBend up/down folders (models D300, D600, D800) in the North American market. The product line features patented technology for the folding system as well as patented features for operator safety, making EvoBend a one-of-a-kind folding machine. Additionally, EvoBend will offer:

– 300° bending capabilities
–  Dramatically less energy consumption
–  Increased operator safety
–  Easier and less-frequent maintenance

“EvoBend has re-imagined traditional sheet metal fabrication technology and delivered a truly cutting-edge product line. We are excited to be part of this effort to bring EvoBend to the United States and excited to see how our businesses can grow together”, remarks Mike Smith, one of Roper Whitney’s owners.

To learn more, visit www.roperwhitney.com/evobend

Magnificent Metal Monday – METALCONLive! Makes Its Return

“Construction, Metal Construction and Design: Trends and Outlook”

When: Wednesday, October 7 at 1:00 PM EST

Where: Live and On-Demand!

Cost: FREE

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MCN Building and Roofing Awards Extend Deadline to Submit

Metal Construction News has extended their deadline to next Friday, September 25 for all entries in their annual Building and Roofing Awards.

The judges will select a Grand Award winner as well as winners in these categories:

  • Metal Buildings
  • Metal Roofs-New
  • Metal Roofs-Retrofit
  • Metal Walls-New
  • Metal Walls-Retrofit

Any project completed after January 1, 2019 is eligible. The results will be published in the December 2020 issue of Metal Construction News as well as be posted on our website at www.MetalConstructionNews.com.

Construction Safety Week – September 14-18, 2020

Construction Safety Week is a week-long event that happens annually. Originally scheduled for May 4-8, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was rescheduled for this week, September 14- 18. If you haven’t already implemented a plan, there is still time to bring Safety Week to your company! You can access and download all of the tools and resources you’ll need, including tips, best practices and all of the Safety Week branded materials you’ll need to support your events and communication.

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Roper Whitney: Introducing the Next Generation of Up/Down Folders

Evobend – The next generation of folding technology and innovation. Developed over the course of several years, our work is guaranteed by our unrivaled quality and flexibility in bending. In addition to the most energy efficient machines on the market, the Evobend also ensures your safety with the help of our servo-electric safety fence technology. Discover this and the many more advantages of the revolutionary Evobend.

The Evobend’s patented double bending system has been refined in a revolutionary way and enables unmatched bending freedom. Due to the Evobends innovative design, previously impossible angles are now able to be processed. Up to 300° (150° up, 150° down) of bending freedom is unrivaled anywhere else on the market. This increases your flexibility when folding parts and allows for more demanding profiles to be produced at a lower cost.

To learn more, visit www.roperwhitney.com/evobend


Roper Whitney, a Tennsmith company, is proud to announce a new partnership with EvoBend GmbH to bring the next generation of sheet metal folding equipment to the metal fabrication marketplace in North America.

As of August 2020, Roper Whitney is the exclusive sales, distribution, and service centers for EvoBend up/down folders (models D300, D600, D800) in the North American market. The product line features patented technology for the folding system as well as patented features for operator safety, making EvoBend a one-of-a-kind folding machine. Additionally, EvoBend will offer:

– 300° bending capabilities
–  Dramatically less energy consumption
–  Increased operator safety
–  Easier and less-frequent maintenance

“EvoBend has re-imagined traditional sheet metal fabrication technology and delivered a truly cutting-edge product line. We are excited to be part of this effort to bring EvoBend to the United States and excited to see how our businesses can grow together”, remarks Mike Smith, one of Roper Whitney’s owners.

To learn more, visit www.roperwhitney.com/evobend

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Fast Food Chain Responding to Changing Needs Due to Pandemic

As businesses continue to pivot and adjust to the changing times, fast food chains are responding as well. As reported by Building Design + Construction, Restaurant Brands International (RBI) will begin to roll out new designs for its Burger King chain that are only two fifths the physical footprint of its traditional fast-food restaurant to provide customers with different ways food can be ordered and delivered with an emphasis on mobile ordering and drive-thru.

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We Remember – One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center (also known One WTC or Freedom Tower) is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. Now touted as the tallest building in the United States, One WTC is also now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the 7th tallest building in the world. To pay homage to the original World Trade Center destroyed in the terrorist attaks of September 11, 2001, the skycraper has the same name as the North Tower of the original World Trade Center.

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Metal Roofing Market Share Grows in New Home Construction Sector

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) announced last month the latest industry report for the U.S. residential roofing sector showing growth for metal roofing for new home construction has doubled in the past year, and continues to enjoy an ongoing steady demand among the repair/remodel market segment. 

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Stay Connected with Virtual Fall Events

As industry events continue to change, cancel or postpone, our friends with Metal Construction News are keeping everyone up-to-date. You can find a running list of events on their WEBSITE. While some have postponed to next year (METALCON included) or canceled, many events are now offering a VIRTUAL platform. While they don’t replace face-to-face, these virtual meetings can still provide an excellent way to connect with industry leaders and peers and continue to learn how to better position your business. Here is the list for the upcoming events happening this fall, between now and the end of November.

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‘Metal Tapestry is Key Feature in Frank Gehry’s New Eisenhower Memorial’ – METALCON’s Magnificent Metal Monday

Metal tapestry at night at Eisenhower Memorial Commission; Credit: Architect Magazine.

Metal Tapestry is Key Feature in Frank Gehry’s New Eisenhower Memorial

According to Architect Magazine, the memorial, designed by Frank Gehry, FAIA, and executed in partnership with AECOM is scheduled to open on Septemeber 17. Its key feature is a metal tapestry 60 feet tall and 450 feet wide—almost three quarters of an acre of woven stainless steel, held aloft by piers the height of an eight-story building. The screen replicates a freehand sketch by Gehry himself of Pointe du Hoc, a D-Day landing site in Normandy. The tapestry is nearly transparent in daytime: The gridded façade of the 1961 Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building, designed by the firms Faulkner, Kingsbury and Stenhouse and Chatelain, Gauger and Nolan, is visible behind it. But when the sun goes down, the memorial comes alive by a special lighting scheme done by the New York firm L’Observatoire International that make the outlines of Gehry’s sketch glow brightly on the tapestry.

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Promoting Diversity in Workforce Development

Photo Credit: Let’s Build Construction Camp for Girls

In celebration of National Roofing Week, we are proud to bring you an amazing story about a collaborative effort being done in Pennsylvania to promote diversity in work force development. ATAS International, one of METALCON’s long-standing exhibitors, was once again involved in their local “Let’s Build Construction Camp for Girls” last month. This year, the “advanced camp” group designed and constructed a shed from the ground up, as part of a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser, including the installation of an ATAS metal roof. Now in its fourth year, this annual event serves as a way for the design and construction community in the Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania area to promote work force development for the industry as a whole. Continue reading for the ATAS’ press release on the initiative.

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Roper Whitney Announces New Partnership with Evobend to Bring Cutting-Edge Sheet Metal Folding Technology to North America

Roper Whitney, a Tennsmith company, is proud to announce a partnership with EvoBend GmbH to bring the next generation of sheet metal folding equipment to the metal fabrication marketplace in North America.

As of August 2020, Roper Whitney is the exclusive sales, distribution, and service centers for EvoBend up/down folders (models D300, D600, D800) in the North American market. The product line features patented technology for the folding system as well as patented features for operator safety, making EvoBend a one-of-a-kind folding machine. Additionally, EvoBend will offer:

– 300° bending capabilities
–  Dramatically less energy consumption
–  Increased operator safety
–  Easier and less-frequent maintenance

“EvoBend has re-imagined traditional sheet metal fabrication technology and delivered a truly cutting-edge product line. We are excited to be part of this effort to bring EvoBend to the United States and excited to see how our businesses can grow together”, remarks Mike Smith, one of Roper Whitney’s owners.

To learn more, visit www.roperwhitney.com/evobend
Roper Whitney, based in Rockford, IL, is a household name in sheet metal forming shops, most notably with the Autobrake® and Kombi® Autobrake® folding machines. With more than a 100-year history, Roper Whitney currently provides solutions for virtually all sheet metal forming challenges – from hand tools to sophisticated, automated equipment and cutting-edge software technologies – that streamline the sheet metal fabricating process. Learn more at www.roperwhitney.com Tennsmith, based in McMinnville, TN, purchased Roper Whitney in 2011 including owned brand names such as Pexto and Connecticut. Together, Tennsmith and Roper Whitney now offer the most complete line of American-made metal forming tools and machinery on the market. Product lines include Automatic Folders, Hand Brakes, Shears, Slip Rolls, Cleat Benders, Notchers, Rotary Machines and more. Learn more at www.tennsmith.com

Tennsmith, based in McMinnville, TN, purchased Roper Whitney in 2011 including owned brand names such as Pexto and Connecticut. Together, Tennsmith and Roper Whitney now offer the most complete line of American-made metal forming tools and machinery on the market. Product lines include Automatic Folders, Hand Brakes, Shears, Slip Rolls, Cleat Benders, Notchers, Rotary Machines and more. Learn more at www.tennsmith.com

2020 MCN Building and Roofing Awards – Submit Entry

The Metal Construction News Building and Roofing Awards, celebrating their 33rd year, have continually showcased the innovation and excitement of the metal construction industry.

Projects that were completed after Jan. 1, 2019 are eligible in the following categories:

  • Metal Buildings
  • Metal Roofs-New
  • Metal Roofs-Retrofit
  • Metal Walls-New
  • Metal Walls- Retrofit

For more information, download the entry form here. Submit entry by September 18, 2020.

For a list of the 2019 winners, click HERE. Metal Construction News is the proud sponsor of the METALCON Official Show Guide. Due to ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, METALCON 2020 has been postponed until 2021 and will take place October 6-8 in Tampa, Florida. For the full update on the show, click HERE.

Celebrate National Roofing Week this week by submitting an entry today!

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Each year, National Roofing Week increases awareness about the significance of roofs to every home and business and shares the good deeds of the industry.

NRCA encourages members to participate in National Roofing Week by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community. Continue reading to see how you can participate this week.

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New White Papers Published by MCA Offer Updated Design and Safety Aspects in Metal Construction

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has published three white papers, two new and one updated, each covering important design and safety aspects of metal construction in metal roofing, metal walls, and metal fasteners.

Best Practices: Metal Building Sealant Types and Application Guidelines 

This NEW paper is an overview of the sealant types commonly used in metal building including general guidelines application. The intent is to highlight standardized testing used to compare the performance of various sealant products so the end user can make an informed decision on the correct product for a specific application. Sealants are presented in a “quick reference” format highlighting benefits, features and limitations. Useful tool for roofing professionals, procurement departments, consultants and building owners. (Published June 2020)

Is My Exterior Wall Material Truly Noncombustible?

This NEW paper clarifies safety standards in the International Building Code (IBC) regarding metal walls and ASTM E136, the test for material combustibility. The paper discusses topics such as what products or materials will burn, what criteria causes a product or its assembly to be deemed “non-combustible,” and cladding flame spread performance. (Published June 2020)

Fastener Compatibility with Profiled Metal Roof and Wall Panels

Profiled metal roof or wall panels rely upon mechanical fasteners to secure the components to a structure. This updated paper discusses the differences between primary and secondary fasteners and the importance of fasteners in securing the components to a structure. Also included is a Recommended Fastener Guide which clarifies the selection of fasteners used with metal roofing and wall panels. Fastener durability, compatibility, and load resistance is also explored. (Published June 2020)

For MCA’s entire library of White Papers, check out their Technical Resources section on their website. MCA conducts many technical studies and research projects in partnership with member and industry partners. These studies include bulletins, white papers, manuals and reports that ensure that metal is at the forefront of innovation, and proactive with codes and standards.

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Solar + Steel

Pittsburgh (site of METALCON 2019!) is now home to the largest single sloped solar array in the United States thanks to a collaborative effort led by the city’s Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC), a private nonprofit company bringing large, obsolete, unused properties back to life to benefit the companies that occupy them as well as the communities in which they are located. RIDC saw an opportunity at the site of one of Pittsburgh’s very last operating steel mills, the LTV (J&L) Coke Works, which closed in 1998.

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MCA Reports Virtual Summer Meeting a Success

CHICAGO – July 28, 2020 – The Metal Construction Association (MCA) is proud to report that its Virtual Summer Meeting, held June 15-18, enjoyed record high attendance, and promoted a positive outlook for the future of the metal construction industry.

With 166 registrants and an average of 50 people attending the council/committee meetings, the association reports the virtual meeting format gave more members and guests the opportunity to attend and engage with the association.

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If you missed the announcement made over the weekend, METALCON 2020 has been postponed until the following year (see OFFICIAL RELEASE). Mark your calendar for the 30th Anniversary event scheduled for October 6-8, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Knowing how important METALCON is to your business, the METALCON team is quickly pivoting to provide you with new virtual programming and essential training to help you take your business to the next level. As the producers of the only global event dedicated to the use of metal in design and construction, we are using our knowledge and resources to launch three new initiatives in the areas of safety, business development and industry briefs.

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METALCON 2020 Postponed Until 2021

Three New Initiatives Launching in the Coming Weeks

Due to the ongoing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic and mandates established by the state of Nevada, METALCON 2020 cannot take place as planned for this October and is postponing its 2020 show until October 6-8, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Mark your calendar!

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Sales of New Homes Built Set Record in June

As featured in the recent issues of DesignandBuildwithMetal.com, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reports that sales of newly built, single-family homes rose to their highest level since the Great Recession, up 13.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 776,000 units in June, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The June rate is 6.9 percent higher than the June 2019 pace. Chuck Fowke, chairman of the NAHB, says these numbers could be “a sign that the housing market is leading the economy during the coronavirus outbreak.”

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Amazon’s Spheres blend form and function

As featured in Building Design + Construction, Amazon’s “crown jewels” are being touted as an “architectural marvel.” Seven years in the making, The Spheres are located on Amazon’s $4 billion Seattle campus, and are a trio of conjoined glass domes complete with terraces, waterfall and river features, and a treehouse conference area.

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April 2019 – The spire of Notre Dame collapsed after the blaze.

It has been just over a year since we all held our breaths as we watched the devastating fire engulf one of Paris’ most recognized symbols, the Notre Dame cathedral. While the COVID virus has delayed restoration plans, crews have slowely returned back to the site and the Paris government has set an aggressive timeline to have it complete in time for the Summer Olympics in 2024.

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MCA Publishes Three Updated Environmental Product Declarations

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has released three updated Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for Metal Composite Materials (MCM), Insulated Metal Panels (IMP), and Roll Formed Aluminum and Steel Cladding. These three documents provide key data on the manufacturing and use of these products and discuss the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and environmental impacts associated from the use of metal cladding in construction. (Soure: Metal Construction News)

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Construction Costs Decrease While Contractor Optimism Grows

While Construction Dive reports that “construction costs decrease for first time in ten years,” the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) reported last week that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 8.1 months in June, an increase of 0.2 months from May’s reading, indicating increased optimism among contractors. 

Construction Dive sites the following reasons as to why construction costs are projected to decrease:

  • A variety of pandemic-related forces have caused construction costs to decline slightly for the first time in a decade, which could lead contractors to feel a pinch in profits.
  • The Turner Building Cost Index, which measures costs in the U.S. nonresidential building construction market, fell to a value of 1177 in the second quarter of 2020, a 1.01% quarterly reduction from the first quarter. This is the first time the index from Turner Construction Co. has reduced in value since 2010.
  • “Trade contractor competition has increased in many areas as they work to secure backlog due to uncertainty they have about future opportunities,” said Attilio Rivetti, the Turner vice president responsible for compiling the Cost Index in a press statement.
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Steel and timber come together for what will be the world’s tallest hybrid tower

According to a recent article in Building Design + Construction, the new headquarters building for Atlassian, an Australian software company, is set to rise 40 stories in Sydney and scheduled to be completed by 2025. The mass timber building will feature a steel skeleton that supports the timber “mega floors” and a glass facade that will generate electricity via built in PVs and self-shade the interior offices. The headquarters will feature a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces with elevated parks located throughout. Imagine being able to get some “outdoor” time during your workday by simply going up or down some floors in your building without having to walk to a nearby green space!

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Updates and Resources Related to COVID-19

It has been approximately five months since most states began their “lock-down” measures forcing members in our construction industry to react and quickly adjust to doing business differently. While the industry has shown great strength and resilience, designers, contractors, builders, manufacturers, etc, were forced to pivot and make necessary changes. So where are we today? How is the construction industry faring? Here is a round-up of some of the latest news and resources from several of METALCON’s partner associations and publications:

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Backyard Offices are the Newest “Prefab” Trend

The pandemic crisis forced thousands around the world to leave their offices and work from home. Needless to say, this has not been an easy adjustment given the distractions found at home — kids, pets, rowdy roommates, limited space and more. There is a SOLUTION – a prefabricated backyard office or “studio shed!” These are amazing! Keep reading to learn more.

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THE STACK in New York City; Photo Credit: newyork-architects.com

THE STACK Modular Housing in New York City

In a city where it is not easy to find affordable housing, stack modular housing may be a possible solution. In an article published by ArchDaily, “This is the first prefabricated steel and concrete multi-unit residential building to be erected in New York City. Twenty-eight residential units (6 studios, 6 one-bedrooms, 14 two-bedrooms, 2 three-bedrooms) were built with fifty-six complete factory-finished modules prefabricated offsite. While 5000 square feet of infrastructure and foundations were being built on site, 6 stories of the building equalling 28,000 square feet were simultaneously being completed in the factory — all in the same first three months of the project. A steel column grid structure was built on top of a poured-in-place concrete foundation to receive the stacked modules. The two came together in a four-week period of installation. Altogether, it took 6 months less time than if built with traditional construction methods.”

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