STOP operating your metal business and START growing it with our “MBA” program. Introducing the single best thing you can do for your metal business, and yourself. If you’re so busy keeping up with the daily demands of running your metal business that you have no time to set goals, make plans and develop your team, you’re not alone. The METALCON Business Academy (MBA) program, produced in partnership with the experts at Breakthrough Academy, will focus on the six most critical things every trades business must do to succeed in 2021 and beyond. What would normally cost hundreds of dollars, these six one-hour courses are available to you at NO COST!Continue reading
As the year begins to wind down, awards and recognitions begin to roll in. Building Design + Construction just announced the winners of their 22nd annual Building Team Awards program, which celebrates excellence in team collaboration and design/construction solutions. Among the 12 winners are one platinum award, five gold awards, three silver awards, two bronze awards, and one honorable mention. While it was not a judged element, it is interesting to see the use of metal in the design and construction of each project.
This year’s sole Platinum honoree goes to LEED Platinum Emory University Student Center, where students were uniquely and intimately involved in the design. Echoing the comments of many of the judges, Anthony Grumbine, AIA, Principal, Harrison Design (and a BD+C “40 Under 40” honoree) saluted Emory and the project team for their “excellent involvement of students,” the high level of sustainable design, and the delicate preservation of Alumni Memorial Union Center.Continue reading
“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what.” — Ernest Hemingway
During this time of year when we think about all the things we appreciate, we think of you — our colleagues, customers and partners. Despite not being able to gather “in person” this year, we are grateful to continue our virtual connections. May your Thanksgiving and all the days ahead be filled with health, happiness, joy and prosperity. On behalf of the entire METALCON team, we THANK YOU for your continued support.
When you return to work next week, join us next Wednesday, December 2, for a very special METALCONLive! when we welcome guest speaker and business expert Danny Kerr with Breakthrough Academy. He will kick off the METALCON “MBA” 6-course program with the first session: “Building Your 2021 One-Page Strategic Plan.” You won’t want to miss it! REGISTER FOR FREE TODAY!
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Do you want to grow your average revenue in the next 12 months? Do you want to grow your average net profit in the next 12 months? Of course you do! The METALCON Business Academy (MBA) program, produced in partnership with the experts at Breakthrough Academy, will focus on the six most critical things every trades business must do to succeed in 2021 and beyond. What would normally cost hundreds of dollars, these six one-hour courses are available to you at NO COST!Continue reading
Kindling the Olympic Spirit with Metal
Despite the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics, one project commemorating the history and spirit of the games, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, opened on July 30. The museum was built on 1.7 acres of land near Pikes Peak, blocks away from the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters. DesignandBuildwithMetal.com reports, “Tasked with constructing the museum’s exterior, MG McGrath Inc. sought to create a skin that matched architecture firm Diller, Scofidio + Renfro’s vision of a building structure and overall exterior visual effect that encapsulated the passion, dedication, and endurance of an Olympic athlete.” To accomplish this, Lorin anodized aluminum panels were selected to create the system of custom metal panels to wrap the double-curved geometry of the façade. The metal was also selected for its durability, low cost, malleability, environmentally friendly qualities, and color and finish.Continue reading
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METALCON, the metal construction industry’s largest international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions, announces a variety of new initiatives that provide ongoing educational opportunities and essential training for industry professionals. “We’ve been working diligently to create meaningful programs for the metal construction industry during this time of uncertainty,” says Judy Geller, Vice President of Tradeshows at METALCON. “We’ve lined up some of the best in the industry to connect with you virtually and to deliver exceptional programming year-round – and until we meet again in person – for a world-class event next year in Tampa!”Continue reading
Metal composite material (MCM) has transformed modern architecture. But what makes some metal manufacturers better than others? What do you look for in your metal supplier to make sure only quality products are provided on your next project? Join us TOMORROW to learn from industry expert and MCA member, John Trifonoff, Vice President of East Coast Metal Systems, a full-service fabricator and installer of engineered architectural metal and exterior envelope systems.
The Metal Construction Association Presents:
Bring Your MCM to Life with a Quality MCM Fabricator
When: Wednesday, November 18 at 1:00 PM EST
Where: Live and On-Demand with Registration
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Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Metal Construction News Readers’ Choice Awards!
This year, readers expressed a significant interest metal panels. Whether roofing panels, wall panels or insulated metal panels, of the 22 products selected, 12 of them were metal panels.
The top selection was the Generations Slate Metal Roof Panels from EDCO Products Inc., Hopkins, Minn. These metal roof panels replicate the look of a slate roof with steel in HD (high definition) colors and PVDF finishes. Colors include Black HD, Charcoal Gray HD, Stat Bronze HD and Stone HD. The 50-inch-long by 12-inch-wide Generations Slate panels are installed with interlocking grooves and concealed fasteners. It shows that our readers still have a strong interest in roofing and in residential roofing products in particular.Continue reading
Honoring our veterans has been a core value of the METALCON community since the show’s Give Back program began in 1995. Over the years, the METALCON community has generously donated to organizations dedicated to serving the veterans including Home for our Troops, America’s Fund and most recently, the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, when METALCON held the show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2019.
When we look back over METALCON’s 30-year history, part of the “most memorable METALCON moments,” includes when a steel framed house was constructed on the show floor in years 2006, 2007 and 2008 for the organization Home for our Troops. In 2006, it was built for SSG Paul Russell Marek; in 2007, it was built for 23 year-old Marine Corps Cpl. Evan Morgan, Bakersfield, CA; and in 2008, for U.S. Army Specialist David Battle.
On behalf of the METALCON team, we hope you will take a few moments today to honor all those who have served our country.
Among the 15 tallest metal and non-metal statues in the world (Source: The Atlantic), “Lady Liberty” was dedicated in 1886 and quickly became an icon of freedom for the United States. With its metal framework built by Gustave Eiffel, the Statue of Liberty is a colossal copper statue designed in a neoclassical style by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Sitting on Liberty Island in the New York Harbor within New York City, she has been a beacon of light and hope and seen as a symbol of welcome to immigrants arriving by sea. Regardless of political beliefs, last week’s election was historic and undeniably a celebration of America and our freedom to vote. According to the Washington Post, voter turnout is on pace to break century-old records, projected to surpass the 65.7% turnout in the 1908 election.Continue reading
What? METALCONLive! Presents: Can You Afford NOT to Have Diversity in Your Workforce?
WHERE? Live on ZOOM using your computer, tablet or smart phone
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The Metal Construction Association’s Chairman’s Awards recognize the most innovative and dynamic uses of metal building components. For nearly two decades the MCA Chairman’s Awards have showcased the very best of the industry, demonstrating the design capabilities of this versatile and exciting product. Get your company in on the action by showing your “metal.” Deadline to submit nominations is THIS Friday, November 6.
Download the entry form or go to www.metalarchitecture.com/contests. Note: If you submitted a project to the Metal Architecture Design Awards in 2020, it will automatically roll over to the MCA Chairman’s Awards.
Outstanding building projects from across the country are recognized by the Metal Construction Association (MCA) each year. Selected by a panel of architects, the Chairman’s Awards are given to the year’s most exceptional building projects involving MCA member companies. Awards are based on overall appearance, significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal, and the role of metal in achieving project objectives. Announced at the MCA’s Winter Meeting, the MCA Chairman’s Awards are given in overall excellence; residential; metal roofing; education – colleges and universities; education – primary and secondary; institutional; municipal; and commercial/industrial. LINK to the 2019 Chairman Award winners.
For more information, contact Paul Deffenbaugh, editorial director, Metal Architecture, at email@example.com or (847) 674-2200 ext. 19.
Pre-COVID-19, the number of women in the construction industry finally began to move in the upward direction sitting at around 9.9%. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, between 2017 and 2018 alone the number of women working in construction trades increased by 17.6%. The percentage of women classified as construction managers also rose from 5.9% in 2003 to 7.7% in 2018. So how does the industry continue to diversify and retain women in the industry? As reported by Building Design + Construction last year, Skanska USA is working toward meeting certain needs by women in the workplace, such as PPE equipment (personal protective equipment).Continue reading
Study after study has concluded that there is a clear link between workplace diversity, increased productivity, and the bottom line. In fact, according to a study by Forbes, companies with a diverse workforce produce 19% more in earnings than their less diverse counterparts. You need talented workers now more than ever. So why, at a time when the skilled labor shortage is hitting the construction particularly hard, do woman make up just 9% of the US construction industry workforce? You simply can’t afford NOT to diversify your workforce!
Join us next Wednesday, November 4 when Heidi Ellsworth, partner of RoofersCoffeeShop®, founder of National Women in Roofing (NWIR) and of Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3) and past METALCON speaker, will moderate this important subject that profoundly impacts our industry; the challenges, benefits, rewards, and strategies associated with recruiting and retaining top talent in today’s market.
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Last week during our METALCONLive! event, we learned from leading authority on metal roofing recover, Charlie Smith, the number one reason to recover a roof with metal is for its longevity. According to Rob Haddock with S-5!, “A metal roof has three to five to six times the longevity of conventional asphalt shingles.”
While metal roofs have made significant gains in recent years, the industry still fights a perception that the value of metal roofing is less than other roofing materials, especially in the residential market. In his recent article in Metal Architecture, Editorial Director Paul Deffenbaugh takes a look on how to quantify the “return-on-investment (ROI)” for metal roofing.
The article cites, “Currently, a metal roof replacing the existing roofing material returned 61.2% percent of the cost within two years. For an asphalt roof replacement, the return is slightly higher (65.9%) but the cost is significantly lower. There is no data available for the return on investment of a metal roof on a commercial project. For commercial real estate investors, building owners, appraisers, municipalities, appraisers, school boards, insurers and others interested in property values, there is nowhere they can turn to identify the intrinsic value of a metal roof.”
Chuck Howard, PE, president of Metal Roofing Consultants, Cary, N.C., and another industry expert says, “One of the problems we have in our industry is that value of the metal roof is not clearly defined while the value of flat roofs and shingle roofs are. It’s going to be X amount of dollars per foot. You tell people, ‘a flat roof will be $6 per square foot and a metal roof will be $12 per square foot,’ and they say they can’t afford metal.” Howard goes on to explain that sometimes the metal roof is designed to work on a structure that will work with any roof and is consequently overdesigned for a metal roof. Once you get a customer past the “cost” conversation, the payoff– the ROI — for metal roofing comes in the maintenance and durability of the product.
To increase awareness of the longevity of metal roofing, Haddock pushed for a survey to document the real service life of a metal roof. Sponsored by the Metal Construction Association and the ZAC Association, the survey analyzed low-slope, unpainted 55 percent Al-Zn coated steel standing seam roofing in a wide range of environments across the U.S. The research concluded that the expected service life of such a roof constructed today can be expected to be in excess of 60 years. That value, the researchers argue, equals the assumed service life of the building, as described by USGBC’s LEED v4 rating program. Haddock suspects if metal roofing were to warrant roofs to the same service life standard, the warranties would likely run to 60 years.
To help customers overcome the cost objections to metal roofs, Howard developed a spreadsheet that compares the anticipated costs of a metal roof to a typical flat roof including anticipated maintenance. His analysis includes initial costs that show metal roofing coming in at about 30 percent higher but at the 20-year mark, the total cost for a metal roof would be 22 percent less than a flat roof. At 40 years, it would be 60 percent less. And at 60 years, it would be 68 percent less. Over the 60 year life span of the building, the 20-year flat roofs need to be replaced three times and have considerably higher maintenance costs.
The durability of a metal roof provides a significantly better return on investment than a typical flat roof over the predictable service life of a building. Durability and maintenance are key elements positively affecting the ROI for metal roofs. Research from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) suggests that investments in maintenance and making sure the building doesn’t deteriorate over time improves the return on investment.
“A metal roof, if properly installed, requires no maintenance,” says Haddock. When we were doing the study, we got up on roofs that were 30 years old and nobody had ever been up there.”
While the value of a metal roof may not be apparent at the start, it is fair to say the ROI presents itself later based on the longevity and ease of maintenance.
Last week on METALCONLive!, the Metal Construction Association presented leading authority on metal roofing recover systems, Charlie Smith with McElroy Metal, who gave a detailed presentation on the benefits of using metal to recover an existing sloped roof. You can stream the presentation on-demand by clicking on the above image. Some key takeaways from the presentation include the growing advantages of using metal for roof recover work, the future of using a “T” shape panel and if doing a retrofit, and knowing your clip offset before starting a project.
Charlie opened the presentation with the simple, yet important, question, “Why metal?” He answered his own question by saying, “Simple, it has the longest life expectancy of approximately 40-60 years.”Continue reading
If you are a building owner, contractor, roof consultant or architect/designer interested in recover systems, spend one hour of your time today and get insights and tools that you can put to immediate use in your business. We guarantee an ROI for the one hour you spend listening to Charlie Smith, McElroy Metal, present on the 12 Ways to Recover an Existing Sloped Roof with Metal. Presented by the Metal Construction Association (MCA), this FREE on-line session will teach you how to use a structural standing seam system in recover applications on an existing building with a sloped roof.Continue reading
Knowing when to replace, retrofit or re-coat a roof has been an important and popular topic for years now regularly appearing in articles across industry trades. Removing and replacing old roofs was the go-to roofing solution for decades because it offered building owners the longest lifespan at the most economical price. Today, however, re-roofing solutions such as “Metal-over-Metal” and “Metal-over-Shingle” recover solutions offer owners alternate solutions with many advantages. To learn more about these solutions, join leading metal roofing authority, Charlie Smith with McElroy Metal, as he presents “12 Ways to Recover an Existing Sloped Roof with Metal” during this week’s METALCONLive! presented by the Metal Construction Association (MCA).Continue reading
In this on-line session you will learn how to use a structural standing seam system in recover applications on an existing building with a sloped roof.Continue reading
Last week, we had the pleasure of having Alan Scott, FAIA, LEED Fellow, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, WELL AP, CEM, and senior consultant with Intertek Building Science Solutions, appear on METALCONLive! as a panelist. Alan serves as a consultant for architects and designers and is a regular columnist for Metal Architecture Magazine. In a recent article, Post-COVID Crystal Ball: How Might This Pandemic Influence Design, Alan advises, “it is not too soon to consider how the 2020 pandemic might influence how we design our built environment.”
Regardless of what school looks like this year across the nation (and world), the school year is underway for both college and primary levels. In a recent article titled “Gateway to Learning,” ModernMetals took a look at how one university in California realized a decade long dream to build a new Student Services Building. California State Polytechnic University Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona), part of the sprawling state university system, had to work within a tight budget, have it be long-lasting and needed it to be energy efficient. The solution? Aluminum for its high recycled content and the material’s long lasting nature.Continue reading
METALCONLive! made a robust return this week with a peek into the “future.” Normally we would be gathering for the annual, in-person event this month — METALCONLive! makes it possible to be together “virtually.” As Director Judy Geller said in her opening remarks, “We can’t have our live event as usual, but that doesn’t mean we have abandoned our mission of bringing together buyers, sellers, manufacturers and suppliers of metal for use in design and construction.”
Moderator, Frank Stasiowski, FAIA and METALCON Co-Founder in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, along with a “blue-ribbon” panel of experts, tackled the issues surrounding market changes for the construction and metal construction industry, and what to expect heading into next year.
Panelists included Tony Bouquot, General Manager, Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), Paul Giovannoni, Managing Director, FMI Corporation, and Alan Scott, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Senior Consultant, Building Science Solutions at Intertek. Unfortunately Dr. Sarah Skidmore, Leadership Development Consultant and Executive Coach with Skidmore Consulting, had to cancel due to illness. We wish her well and hope to welcome her on a future MCLive! program.Continue reading
What are the jaw-dropping economic and market changes for metal construction and design decision-makers just over the horizon? How MUST your business fundamentally change to grasp these once-in-a-business-cycle opportunities – and sidestep the strategic blunders that await the unprepared? Tomorrow’s METALCONLive! will help you see into the future (for free!!).Continue reading
“Construction, Metal Construction and Design: Trends and Outlook”
When: Wednesday, October 7 at 1:00 PM EST
Where: Live and On-Demand!
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Sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the annual Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS²) Award program recognizes projects that illustrate the exciting possibilities of building with structural steel.
This year’s winner’s included the following outstanding projects:Continue reading
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.
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.”
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.
And don’t forget to mark your calendar for the return of METALCONLive! happening Wednesday, October 7 at 1:00 PM EST.
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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.
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“Construction, Metal Construction and Design: Trends and Outlook”
When: Wednesday, October 7 at 1:00 PM EST
Where: Live and On-Demand!
Cost: FREEContinue reading
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.