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On a recent trip to New Jersey, I had the distinct pleasure of crossing the Hudson River on the NEW $3.98 billion Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge!  The new bridge replaces the former Tappan Zee Bridge, which was built between 1952 and 1955 and served as one of New York’s primary crossings north of the city.  This new lasting icon is 3.1 miles long and is the largest single design-build contracts for a transportation project in the United States. Located less than 20 miles north of New York City, the cable-stayed span crosses one of the widest parts of the river and will be the largest bridge in New York State history.

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World Cup … and Stadium Fever!

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Luzhniki Stadium – location of the first and final games of this year’s World Cup

The World Cup is the globe’s biggest sporting event, with 3.4 billion people expected to watch the month-long, quadrennial tournament. Russia is hosting the event and has spent an estimated 10 billion dollars in both building new arenas, and refurbishing their existing facilities. The 2018 tournament will host 65 matches across 11 cities in 12 of the most modern stadiums in the world.  The tournament kicks off today with the first match between Russia and Saudi Arabia being played in Russia’s largest stadium, the Luzhniki Stadium, located in Moscow, with a capacity of 80,000 spectators.   Continue reading

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The Hoover Sportsplex in Hoover, AL was named MBCEA’s 2018 Building of the Year.  Photo credit: DesignandBuildwithMetal.com.

At its 49thAnnual Conference held last month in San Antonio, TX, the Metal Building Contractors & Erectors Association (MBCEA) named the Hoover Sportsplex in Hoover, AL, 2018 Building of the Year in its annual Building of the Year Awards competition. Continue reading

Steel Tariffs – Ongoing Negotiations

On May 1, the Trump administration extended negotiations on steel and aluminium tariffs for 30 days with Canada, the EU and Mexico, and reached a deal in principle with Argentina, Brazil and Australia.  With the extension now over, US companies buying EU steel will now have to pay a 25% tax, while aluminum has a 10% tariff after the Trump Administration cited national security interests.  The EU has decided to launch counter-tariffs on US products, including bourbon whiskey, jeans, Harley Davidson motorcycles and steel, starting from the end of June. And while the United Kingdom is currently included in the EU tariffs deal, they hope to negotiate an exemption once Brexit is finalized. Continue reading

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Building an airport fit for a Queen!  Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina (the “Queen’s City”),is underway with a $2.5 billion capital plan, Destination CLT, that will expand and modernize the facility, allowing the airport to accommodate an expected increase in passenger flow.  While the ongoing projects are not expected to be fully complete until 2026, METALCON attendees will enjoy some upgraded amenities when the trade show convenes in October.

METALCON attendees will be some of the first travelers to get a glimpse of one of the major projects known as the “Elevated Roadway and Terminal Curb Front” project.  This $50 million project will add more lanes for cars picking up and dropping off and add sky bridges for people walking to the parking decks.

Other current projects include:

  • Nine gates, and associated infrastructure, at Concourse A ($200 million)
  • 51,000-square-foot, three-level addition at Concourses D and E that includes pet and children’s areas, a food court and 12,000 square feet of office space ($29 million)
  • Terminal improvements and renovations ($70 million).

Future projects in the design and planning stages include:

  • 25,000-square-foot expansion of Concourse E ($30 million)
  • Terminal lobby expansion ($247 million)
  • Fourth runway ($422 million)
  • 16-gate expansion of Concourse A ($300 million)
  • 10 to 12 gate expansion of Concourse C ($463 million)
  • 8 to 10 gate expansion of Concourse B ($463 million)
  • An air traffic control tower with no current cost estimate

http://www.cltairport.com/News/Pages/DestinationCLTProjects.aspx

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Five for Five!

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With less than five months to go until METALCON convenes in Charlotte, North Carolina, here are the top 5 things (plus a bonus #6) to do while in the “Queen’s City!”  Appropriately named for its 325 foot peak, conquer the twists, turns and drops aboard Fury 325, the world’s tallest and fastest giga roller roaster located at Carowinds. Located steps away from the Charlotte Convention Center, the heart of racing beats at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. If water is your thing, head to the US National Whitewater Center (USNWC), home of the world’s largest man-made whitewater river and an official Olympic Training Site.  And number five, offer your respects to the late Reverend Billy Graham at The Billy Graham Library.  Born in Charlotte in 1918, the renowned evangelist was raised on his family’s dairy farm, just miles away from Charlotte’s Airport. 

Start making your travel plans today and reserve your accommodations with METALCON’s ONLY housing company, Globetrotter.  And mark your calendar for June 1 when registration will officially open.

Metal Roof Installation Training at METALCON 2018

roofing installtionBecome a Certified Metal Roof Installer in just 2 days at METALCON 2018!  For the third consecutive year, top experts in the metal roofing industry will lead a two-day, eight-hour certification program based on MCA’s Metal Roof Installation Manual.  The Metal Roof Installation Training offers quality face-time with industry experts on substrates, safety, sealants, flashings, panel types and connections, tools, fasteners, maintenance and more. This year’s course will take place Tuesday afternoon, October 9, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Wednesday, October 10, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (including 2 hours on the show floor) at METALCON 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Registration in the training will also include access to the trade show for all three days!   Continue reading

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MAGNIFICENT Keynote Speaker has just confirmed for METALCON 2018!  NFL Superstar, Steve Smith, will speak on Thursday, October 11 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. A five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro, Mr. Smith is considered one of the NFL’s most productive wide receivers of the 21st century!  Mr. Smith spent the majority of his 16-year NFL career with the Carolina Panthers until signing with the Ravens in March 2014.  He was the Panthers’ all-time leader in total touchdowns, reception, and receiving yards and in 2011, became the 35th player in NFL history to amass 10,000 receiving yards. Continue reading

“Royal” Metal

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As we head into the Royal Wedding weekend, we are reminded yet again of the integral role that metal plays in all aspects of daily and worldly life.  In this case, the royal wedding rings!  Traditionally, royal wedding rings are made from Clogau, or Welsh, gold. This tradition dates back to 1923 and the wedding of George VI and Elizabeth Bowes Lyon (the Queen Mother, Harry’s great-grandmother).  The royal family had been gifted a nugget of gold from the now-defunct Clogau St David’s mine in North Wales.   Continue reading

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screen-shot-2018-03-23-at-12-39-36-pmThis new construction project in the North Woods of Wisconsin features a standing seam metal roof comprised of zinc panels. Photos: RHEINZINK/ Roofingmagazine.com.

Zinc?  Why yes, zinc!  By having the awesome responsibility of blogging for the METALCON community, perusing the metal building and construction trades is a daily activity.  Stories about zinc roofing projects seem to be appearing with regularity so it raised a bit of curiosity.  Zinc has been around since the dark ages … well, maybe not that long, but zinc has a rich global history and is known for its long lifespan. Continue reading

Big Win for Solar Energy

pexels-photo-421888.jpegBreaking News!  This week California became the first state to mandate solar panels on new home construction.  As reported by the Wall Street Journal, “The California Energy Commission voted unanimously to approve a mandate that residential buildings up to three stories high, including single-family homes and condos, be built with solar installations starting in 2020.”  Final approval will be made by the Building Standards Commission later this year.   Continue reading

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adelanto1Innovation happens when two metal manufacturing companies team up!  When McElroy Metal wanted to add solar panels to its California manufacturing plant, they called on fellow METALCON exhibitor, S-5! to assist.  Although their California plant didn’t necessarily need a new roof, after seeing the success they had from installing solar panels to their facility in Peachtree City, GA, McElroy decided it was worth the investment.  After almost five years, the energy generated at the McElroy Peachtree City facility surpassed the plant’s energy consumption, saving the company thousands of dollars.  McElroy expects to offset their California plant’s electrical usage and show a return on investment in approximately three years. Continue reading

METALCON Hotel Reservations Open!

METALCON 1It’s time to book your hotel accommodations for METALCON 2018 in Charlotte, NC, for October 10 – 12, 2018.  METALCON’s official housing company is NOW taking reservations.  GLOBETROTTER is the official and ONLY housing agent for the METALCON show.  If you make your reservations with any other travel company, your reservation may not be guaranteed. Continue reading

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3D printed home by ICON

What if you could download and print a home in 24 hours at half the cost?  ICON, an Austin, Texas based 3-D printer construction startup company is doing just that!  Mentioned briefly in our previous blog post, ICON has partnered with New Story and  People Helping People of El Salvador, two charitable organizations focused on helping some of the world’s poorest people in replacing the sprawling slums with 3D printed homes.  ICON has successfully printed its first home and is poised to built an entire community at $4,000 per home with an estimated 12-24 hours to print each home.  Executive Director for People Helping People, Lisselot Tronconis, says, “the appeal of 3D printing isn’t aesthetics, but that it can cut the cost, time and labor required to build homes.” Continue reading

METALCON is Buzzing with News!

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METALCON is buzzing with excitement to announce NEW dynamic changes to create a more interactive event – a Total Experience.  METALCON is going to Charlotte for the first time in 28 years and it is time for a change! Show leaders have been hard at work designing a new and more engaging show format with everything located in ONE place! Once you start your day on the show floor, you stay there. No running around looking for classrooms. With everything and everyone moving at a faster pace in today’s world, this format will offer greater efficiency for an attendee.

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3D Printing is Scaling Up

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We continue to explore how 3D printing has the potential to “remodel the construction industry.”  As featured in Monday’s blog post, Amsterdam is poised to install the first 3D printed bridge made entirely from steel in 2019.  Structures built with 3D printing are popping up in locations such as Dubai, China, Italy, Russia and El Salvador.  It is also a subject that is appearing with more regularity in construction and technology trades and in mainstream news sources.  As reported by the Wall Street Journal just this month, “3-D printing is scaling up. All over the world, an impressive diversity of people and organizations, ranging from startups and hobbyists to construction and engineering firms, are successfully prototyping 3-D-printed buildings.” Continue reading

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Future technology is about to mix with 17th century old architecture as Amsterdam is preparing to add a 3D-printed steel bridge to its 1,200 bridges throughout its canals.

Dutch 3D-printing start-up MX3D has finalized their design plans to install the world’s first 3D-printed fully functional stainless steel bridge over a historic canal in Amsterdam next year. Continue reading

Break out that Metal Pan … It’s National Grilled Cheese Day!

dreamstime_m_48475423Admit it, who doesn’t love a gooey, oozing, yummy grilled cheese sandwich?  Listed as one of the top comfort foods in the United States, National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day is observed annually on April 12th.  Metal, of course, plays a key role – without the metal pan or skillet, there would be no Grilled Cheese Sandwich!

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Today is magnificent because we are six months from METALCON 2018 which is scheduled for October 10-12 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  If you have been to METALCON before and think you know the show, think again!  We are thrilled to announce that major changes are taking place to greatly enhance your experience and return on investment.  METALCON is moving toward a “total experience” concept and making everything accessible to you ON THE FLOOR!  What does that mean exactly?  Just as it says, from the trade show booths to the education seminars to the keynote address – everything will take place ON the floor! Along with the changes to the overall layout of the show, new pricing will also be announced soon.  Look for a “total experience” price inclusive of the trade show AND the education, moving away from separate fees for the conference and trade show.  Attendees will now be able to enjoy a “one stop shop.”  Check out our March issue of METALCONnection for the latest show news.

Las Vegas Stadium – A Step Closer to Reality

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Las Vegas is one step closer to making their new state-of-the-art Stadium a reality, according to Construction Dive.  The Clark County Board of County Commissioners voted to approve the sale of $750 million in general obligation bonds to help pay for construction of the nearly $2 billion stadium.  The National Football League team, the Raiders, who are currently based in Oakland, CA, are looking to start their 30-year lease with the 2020 season at the new 65,000-seat stadium that will be built across the freeway from the Las Vegas Strip.  Continue reading

Magnificent Metal “Madness”

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Charlotte’s “Royal Welcome” for METALCON

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METALCON 2018 will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina October 10-12.  This will be METALCON’s first appearance in the city nicknamed the “Queen City” in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz who had become the Queen of England several years before the city’s inception. While Charlotte is not considered one of the United States’ “major” metropolitan cities … take note, THIS is a city on the rise.  By attending METALCON this year, you will have the chance to explore why this is a city worth seeing.

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To Tariff or Not to Tariff?

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If you have been paying attention to the news, you will know that the current Administration’s proposed new tariffs on steel and aluminum could have major implications to the metal construction industry.  When the news broke a couple of weeks ago, it made headlines and rattled the industry.  Cheers could be heard from U.S. steelmakers while jeers could be heard from companies that rely on importing steel, not to mention the U.S. allies who immediately rejected the proposed tariff.  Over the past couple of weeks, initial concerns about the excise tariffs on aluminum and steel have somewhat relaxed after the administration softened its stance by offering exemptions, first for Canada & Mexico and then for additional allies including the European Union, South Korea, and Australia. This lowered the elation felt by U.S. steel and aluminum makers which showed in the market when US Steel dropped by 11%. Continue reading

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MMM is “on the road” today, traveling in the Big Apple.  Is there any place better to marvel at metal and steel architecture than New York City?  Ever since I was a little girl coming into the “grand metropolis,” I have always been amazed and in awe of how much is built on a relatively small land mass, a total contrast to the rural New Jersey lakeside community I was raised in.  From the iconic buildings including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Flatiron Building to the new and modern One World Trade Center (or Freedom Tower and now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere), and The Oculus (World Trade Center Transport Hub), New York is truly a patchwork or steel, metal and concrete. Continue reading

METALCON 2018 – Housing and Roofing Games Update

OFFICIAL METALCON HOUSING WILL OPEN MAY 1

ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!  Please watch out for imposter housing companies who are already soliciting your business to book a hotel room for METALCON.  Do not be fooled by these “fake” housing companies.  Globetrotter International is METALCON’s ONLY OFFICIAL housing company.  METALCON hotel reservations will officially open on May 1.  We ask that you please wait until then and book within the room blocks held for the trade show.  It matters and is important for the success of the show!

DREAMING OF BEING A ROOFING GAMES CHAMPION?  PRE-REGISTER TODAY! 

Be a part of the 5TH Annual National Metal Roofing Championship Games competition to be held this October at METALCON in Charlotte, NC.  The MCA Metal Roofing Games Task Force is now taking contestant registrations.  Ten teams of two participants each are needed for the competition.  Teams should consist of players from the same company and who are planning to attend METALCON all 3 days of the event.

Similar to last year, there will be five challenges each on Wednesday and Thursday, October 10 and 11. The team that scores the highest collective points each day will be required to return on Friday October 12th for a run-off competition.  The winning team on Friday will be recognized as the 2018 MCA METALCON Metal Roofing National Champion and receive a Grand Cash Prize of $2,000.  Last year, $8,500 cash was awarded over the 3-day competition.  Returning this year will be the 2017 National Champions, Matt Cox and Justin Hopta of Thomas Phoenix International.  Who wants to try their luck against the returning champs?  All MCA member companies are encouraged to recruit their customers to participate in the competition.

 

 

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Located about a minute walk from the Charlotte Convention Center, the NASCAR Hall of Fame opened its doors to the public in May 2010. Charlotte, dubbed “NASCAR Valley,”  has been intertwined with the day-to-day dealings of NASCAR from the beginnings of stock-car racing. Designed by the esteemed architectural firm known for their award-winning designs, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, used steel and glass throughout in their design of the building.   Continue reading

Celebrating Women!

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Today is an important day around the world: It’s International Women’s Day! In some countries, it is a National Holiday and the goal is to reflect and pay homage to the contributions of women around the world. This week also marks “Women in Construction Week 2018” (March 5 – 11).  Construction Dive interviewed several women leaders who are helping shape the future of the construction industry. These women — and many others — are taking active steps to include a variety of thoughts and experiences that can help propel the industry forward.   Continue reading

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Is red the new black?  Top roofing trends for 2018 are “standing out from the crowd.”  With more color options available than any other roofing type, metal roofing color trends are setting the tone for the latest in homeowner style preferences.  According to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), “predictions for the most popular shades this year include bright reds, brilliant whites and moody deep blues. Multi-tones and raw organic hues such as copper, titanium and bright stainless steel also are attracting homeowners for their one-of-a-kind appeal.”  Continue reading

What’s all the “Buzz” about?

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Catch all the “buzz” in METALCONnection’s first issue of 2018 and get up to speed on plans for METALCON’s 2018 show in Charlotte, North Carolina October 10-12.  METALCON’s 2017 show was one of the largest in the show’s history, and plans are underway for this year’s show to be even more dynamic, larger, and offer the latest in products and technology.   Continue reading

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World Trade Center Transportation Hub (The Oculus), New York City; Photo credit:  Hufton+Crow; http://www.arch2o.com

Magnificent Metal Monday takes us on a tour around the United States today as we congratulate 12 building projects that have earned recognition in the 2018 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2). Conducted annually by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the IDEAS2 award is the highest honor bestowed on building projects by the U.S. structural steel industry and recognizes excellence and innovation in the use of structural steel on building projects across the country. The winning projects will be recognized at the 2018 NASCC: The Steel Conference in April.   Continue reading