According to the Metal Construction Association, “Fire Safety is an important responsibility of the building designer and owner. Even if individual elements of a wall assembly are not combustable, the assembly must be tested. NFPA-285 is an important test that measures for vertical and lateral flame spread of the geometry and layers in a wall panel.” Don’t miss this FREE opportunity to learn more about the exterior wall assembly fire performance code with industry expert, Steve Gaynor, co-founder of RAiNA and Principal of PIVOTH.
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Magnificent Metal Monday – Fire Resistance Ratings
This Wednesday, June 7th, Steve Gaynor of RAiNA and PIVOTH, will share important information about the exterior wall assembly fire performance code during our next METALCON Live! webinar. In addition to understanding the exterior wall assembly, knowledge about construction types is vital for firefighters and anyone in the construction industry. Thanks to BigRentz, here’s a look at the five building construction types and their respective fire resistance ratings.Continue reading
METALCON Keynote Speaker Wins Indy 500!!
Congratulations to METALCON ’22 keynote speaker Josef Newgarden and Team Penske for winning the Indy 500 this past Sunday. Just as the thrilling finish was a race highlight, so was Josef’s talk on teamwork at last year’s show.Continue reading
2023 METALCON Top Product Awards – Nominate Your Product Today!
METALCON, the metal construction industry’s only global event for metal construction and design products, technologies and solutions, launches its 2023 Top Product Awards.
This year’s exhibitors are invited to nominate their top metal product in one of 15 categories. To be eligible for consideration, a product must have been introduced to the market after Jan. 1, 2022, and its manufacturer must be a 2023 METALCON exhibiting company.
Metal product categories include:
- Paint & Coatings
- Windows & Doors
- Insulation & Weather Barriers
- Contractor Tools & Equipment
- Alternative Energy
- Rollforming Equipment
A simple Top Product Awards application form is available at http://www.metalcon.com/tpa, and submissions are due June 30, 2023. METALCON show management, along with industry leaders, will review applications, and those that meet all requirements will be eligible for public voting via an online form. Attendees may vote only once but are eligible to vote for multiple products in different categories. Up to 15 winners will be determined.
Award winners will be announced on September 6, and winners will be invited to showcase their top products with special recognition at their booths in Las Vegas.
METALCON People’s Choice Awards
Show attendees will be invited to vote on-site in Las Vegas for their favorite three Top Product Award winning products via the show app. Special recognition for the METALCON People’s Choice winners will take place on the show floor.
METALCON takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Wednesday, Oct. 18 – Friday, Oct. 20, 2023, with pre-show workshops beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Registration is now open!
“We know most METALCON attendees want to see what’s new and exciting, and the Top Product Awards are a great way to showcase the industry’s top products and technologies while recognizing the most innovative exhibitors,” says Judy Geller, METALCON Show Director.
Established in 1991, METALCON is the only annual tradeshow and conference devoted exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction. Produced by PSMJ Resources, Inc., in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, METALCON’s success is based on a dynamic exhibit hall, extensive educational programs and interactive learning opportunities. This is the event’s sixth time in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.metalcon.com.
Magnificent Memorial Monday
While there are several military holidays, Memorial Day began in 1868 as a way to pay respect to those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Originally celebrated on May 30 (regardless of what day of the week it fell on), since 1971, the holiday has been celebrated on the last Monday of May.
7 Facts About Memorial Day (Source: Better Homes & Gardens)
Memorial Day Was Unofficially Started by Women
Before the Civil War ended, women’s groups gathered to decorate the graves of the soldiers who had passed away. On April 12, 1886, the Columbus Ladies Memorial Association in Columbus, Georgia, announced they would dedicate one day a year to decorating graves as a way to remember fallen soldiers. This was one of many events put on by local Ladies Memorial Associations that eventually led to the federal holiday.Continue reading
A Peek into METALCON 2023’s Education Program
With only 5 months to go before the metal construction industry convenes in Las Vegas for METALCON 2023, the education program is shaping up to be one of the best in the show’s history. From Keynote addresses to Super Sessions, to 35+ FREE sessions in learning centers strategically located on the show floor, you will learn from some of the best the industry has to offer including Ken Simonson, Chief Economist with The Associated General Contractors of America, Steven Gaynor, Principal Consultant for PIVOTH and co-founder of RAiNA and Justin Ganschow, Business Development Manager with Caterpillar Safety Services, Caterpillar Inc.
Here’s a sneak peek into METALCON 2023’s Education Program:Continue reading
Grooming the Next Gen! MCA and METALCON’s Future Leaders Program
Thank you Building Enclosure for featuring the Future Leaders Program! Now in its second year, the Metal Construction Association (MCA) and METALCON have been collaborating to offer several opportunities for the next generation. Any industry is only as good as its people. Sustaining success requires experienced industry veterans as well as the ability to attract, educate and develop a younger and more diverse workforce to eventually move into leadership roles within their companies and industry. Like a lot of industries, the metal construction industry is facing the challenge of retiring leaders with not enough replacements waiting in line to fill that void. Innovative ideas from future leaders have to be a valuable asset when making a difference in the continuing growth of the metal construction industry.Continue reading
In 2 Weeks – METALCON Live! and RAINA Present – “NFPA 285 & Other Fire Considerations”
NFPA 285 IS THE CRITICAL TEST FOR EXTERIOR WALL ASSEMBLIES.
According to the Metal Construction Association, “Fire Safety is an important responsibility of the building designer and owner. Even if individual elements of a wall assembly are not combustable, the assembly must be tested. NFPA-285 is an important test that measures for vertical and lateral flame spread of the geometry and layers in a wall panel.” In two weeks, you won’t want to miss this FREE opportunity to learn more about the exterior wall assembly fire performance code with industry expert, Steve Gaynor, co-founder of RAiNA and Principal of PIVOTH.Continue reading
Magnificent Metal Monday – The Importance of Rainscreens
The rainscreen is the first line of defense against the effects of moisture on the wall detail. According to the Rainscreen Association in North American (RAiNA), “A rainscreen is defined as an assembly applied to an exterior wall which consists of, at minimum, an outer layer, an inner layer, and a cavity between them sufficient for the passive removal of liquid water and water vapor.” Given their importance and their relationship with cladding, fire safety, codes, energy efficiency, and more, METALCON has partnered with RAiNA to not only feature an exclusive installer training workshop at METALCON 2023 but also have its co-founder, Steve Gaynor, present the next METALCON Live! on June 7.
ONLY at METALCON 2023 will you have access to RAiNA’s Rainscreen Assemblies Installer Training featuring a comprehensive all-day session comprised of both a knowledge component and a hands-on component. And on June 7, join Steve during METALCON Live! for “NFPA 285 & Other Fire Considerations,” when he shares information about the exterior wall assembly fire performance code.Continue reading
Metal Construction News’ 2023 Top Metal Builders Report
MCN’s 2023 Top Metal Builders report is a tale of “yin and yang” showing a clear “return to growth” yet still showing labor shortage to be the biggest challenge among top metal builders. According to the results this year, the list of top metal builders shows a growing industry with the largest contractors and erectors reporting significant growth in the average tonnage and square footage of the metal buildings they constructed between 2021 and 2022.
Note that MCN breaks out the list of 20 top erectors from the list of 100 top contractors, so that they don’t end up counting work on the same building twice, once for the contractor furnishing the metal building system and again for the erector putting up the steel. Knowing that some companies furnish and erect, but also are contracted to only erect a building, making them both contractors and erectors. Rather than separate those numbers out in the same entity, MCN identifies those companies as contractors.Continue reading
METALCON Live! TODAY at 1:00 pm EST – Important Air Leakage Testing Information and a Net Zero Passive House
In a few hours, join METALCON and the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) as they discuss the importance of air barriers on a building, now being recognized as more than simply saving energy. Industry expert, Adam Ugliuzza, ABAA Director of Sustainable Building Partners and Region Manager for Intertek Building Science Group in York, PA, will review why an air tight building is a key to moisture management in the building envelope, proper operation of mechanical equipment, reduction in dust, odors such as second hand cigarette smoke and cooking smells. He will also cover how it plays an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and moving the industry to a Net Zero Passive House building.
The question is — How do I know my building is airtight? The answer is — Whole building airtightness testing. Register NOW to learn about this testing.Continue reading
What’s NEW for METALCON 2023?
Make your plans today to attend the ONLY global event dedicated exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction! Registration is open for METALCON 2023, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 18 – Friday, Oct. 20, with pre-show workshops beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Check out what’s NEW for 2023, what’s returning, and pricing information (special note: the sooner you register, the more you save).
NEW FOR 2023
METALCON Training Zone – Sponsored by Sherwin-Williams
Led by John Sheridan of Sheridan Metal Resources and his team of experts, the training zone will provide hands-on training featuring demonstrations and education (in bothContinue reading
METALCON Announces 2023 Advisory Council
METALCON, the metal construction industry’s only global event for metal construction and design products, introduces its 2023 advisory council to help shape the educational programming for the show, ensuring it represents all factions of the metal construction and design industry and its major attendee groups.
“We are pleased to announce the 2023 METALCON Advisory Council, an esteemed group of industry leaders who are dedicating their time to making the educational programming better than ever,” says Judy Geller, METALCON’s Vice President of Tradeshows.
“Representing all facets of the industry, these volunteers are generous with their time, insights and ideas, helping to ensure that METALCON is a vibrant and relevant educational event that meets the ongoing needs of the industry.”
New council members for 2023:
- Chandler Barden, President, CIDAN Machinery Inc.
- Steven Gaynor, Principal Consultant, Pivoth Corp.
- Judith Kleine, Architect, Judith Kleine Architect, LLC
- Jerry Iselin, Retired, Metal Roof Specialties, Inc.
- Andrew Else, Division Manager, Canadian Metal Buildings
- Alan Scott, Director of Sustainability, Intertek Group plc
Returning council members:
- Brent A. Schipper, Founding Principal, ASK Studio
- Art Hance, Founder & President of Hance Construction, Inc., and National President, MBCEA
- Heidi Ellsworth, Partner, RoofersCoffeeShop & Owner HJE Consulting
- Todd Miller, President, Isaiah Industries, Inc.
- Rich Pontius, VP of Design, Marker, Inc.
- Jeff Irwin, President, JH Irwin Consulting LLC
- Paul Deffenbaugh, Editorial Director, Modern Trade Communications
- Tony Bouquot, General Manager, MBMA & VP at Thomas Associates, Inc.
“We have a solid board of industry leaders comprised of key exhibitors, industry experts, associations and attendees who bring their knowledge and expertise to create new and different programming,” says Geller. “We appreciate their volunteer time and contributions to making METALCON a quality event each year.”
Advisory council members represent those in metal construction, metal building systems, metal building contracting and erecting, insulated metal panels, architecture, contracting, roofing, roll forming, key associations and industry trade press.
METALCON 2023 takes place Wednesday, Oct. 18-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
METALCON Live! THIS Wednesday, 5/17 – Important Air Leakage Testing Information and a Net Zero Passive House
Join METALCON and the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) as they discuss the importance of air barriers on a building, now being recognized as more than simply saving energy. Industry expert, Adam Ugliuzza, ABAA Director of Sustainable Building Partners and Region Manager for Intertek Building Science Group in York, PA, will review why an air tight building is a key to moisture management in the building envelope, proper operation of mechanical equipment, reduction in dust, odors such as second hand cigarette smoke and cooking smells. He will also cover how it plays an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and moving the industry to a Net Zero Passive House building.
The question is — How do I know my building is airtight? The answer is — Whole building airtightness testing. Register NOW to learn about this testing.Continue reading
Magnificent Metal Monday – Repurposed Steel Frame Used for Award Winning Office Project
Located in the redeveloped Hayden Tract neighborhood in Culver City, California, this three-floor office building offers about 25,000 sf of office and amenity spaces, as well as a variety of sustainable and energy-efficient components. Situated in a former industrial zone that has become a technology and corporate hub, Del Amo Construction has completed the adaptive reuse of 3516 Schaefer St and has been given the top Gold award in the commercial office category by the Los Angeles Business Journal.Continue reading
Magnificent Metal Monday – MRA’s Best Residential Metal Roofing Contest Q1 Winner
As announced by DesignandBuildwithMetal, the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has named a beautiful copper metal re-roofing project, installed by Istueta Roofing and manufactured by Metal Master Shop, as the winner of its Best Metal Roofing Project competition for the first quarter of 2023.Continue reading
METALCON Live! and FMA Present “Roll Forming Safety” TODAY, May 3 at 1:00 PM EST
Join us in 4 hours and get your continuing education credit with this FREE webinar.
Whether you’re a fabricator with multiple machines or a contractor using a portable hand brake on the job site, maintaining a safe work environment is your top priority. With labor shortages as challenging as ever, how do you get your employees to eat, breathe and sleep safety while still meeting your production deadlines? Industry leaders from two companies with exemplary safety records, voestalpine Roll Forming, and AMS Controls, will lead the discussion on roll forming safety in today’s METALCON Live! presented by METALCON Live! and The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International® (FMA).Continue reading
Safety on Our Mind – FMA Announces 2023 Safety Award Winners
Experts say safety should never be an afterthought. The set-up, operation and maintenance of roll forming equipment requires a keen safety awareness for anyone working in the same facility. Creating a safe place for employees should be at the top of the list.
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International®, (FMA), puts safety as one of the organizations’ top priorities with their annual Safety Awards and Annual Safety Conference. Announced last month in the fabricator, “The Safety Awards program are open to all FMA Business members and acknowledges metal fabrication companies for achieving safety records better than the OSHA recordable rate for their North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. Sponsored by CNA Insurance, the awards will be presented at next week’s FMA’s Annual Safety Conference.”Continue reading
Magnificent Metal Monday – Roll Forming Safety
When it comes to practicing roll forming safety, look no further than AMS Controls and voestalpine Roll Forming Corporation, both industry leaders in their respective markets. In a “don’t miss” METALCON Live! this Wednesday, the President of AMS Controls, Andy Allman, along with the Safety and Training Manager of voestalpine, Patty Sweasy, will be LIVE presenting their best practices and innovative ideas used in their respective companies to create a safety-centered culture. Read on to learn more about both of these companies.Continue reading
Take the Mid-Year Survey by Shield Wall Media
Shield Wall Media is conducting their mid-year survey and every voice counts. The survey will take you about 5 minutes and will contribute greatly to their “Mid-Year State-of-the-Industry” article, which aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the construction industry.
TAKE THE SURVEY BY MONDAY, MAY 1, AND GET 50% OFF YOUR 2023 METALCON REGISTRATION!Continue reading
METALCON Live! and FMA Present “Roll Forming Safety” Next Wednesday, May 3 at 1:00 PM EST
Get your continuing education credit with this FREE webinar – RESERVE your virtual seat TODAY!
Whether you’re a fabricator with multiple machines or a contractor using a portable hand brake on the job site, maintaining a safe work environment is your top priority. With labor shortages as challenging as ever, how do you get your employees to eat, breathe and sleep safety while still meeting your production deadlines? Industry leaders from two companies with exemplary safety records, voestalpine Roll Forming, and AMS Controls, will lead the discussion on roll forming safety in next Wednesday’s METALCON Live! presented by METALCON Live! and The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International® (FMA).Continue reading
Magnificent Metal Monday – Cuba’s Corrugated Metal
If you have ever traveled to the Caribbean, especially to some of the more impoverished islands, it is common to see homes resembling “sheds” versus sturdier structures. It’s not often I get “personal,” but having just returned from Cuba, I thought I would take a deeper “dive” into the history of corrugated iron, given its prevalence in island construction.
While most of my time was spent exploring Cuba’s underwater life, I got a glimpse of “life on land” while traveling from Camaguey to the port village of Jucaro (about a 3 hour drive). Mostly a rural area, it was easy to see the wide use of corrugated metal for the roofs and sometimes the siding.Continue reading
TODAY at 1:00 PM EST — METALCON Live! and the MCA Present: The Art of Metal Wall Panels
TODAY at 1:00 pm EST, METALCON Live! and the Metal Construction Association are proud to have metal manufacturing professionals from Petersen present “The Art of Metal Wall Panels.” Tony Sauve and his colleagues will examine the key starting points for designers in selecting, designing, and detailing metal wall panels – both corrugated and concealed attachment systems. The course will also examine the field examples of these wall panel systems, “dos and don’ts” of these specific applications, and how they affect environmental efficiency, project sustainability, and product performance.
Celebrating MCA’s 40 Years – “Life with MCA Over the Years” by Six Industry Veterans
The Metal Construction Association (MCA) kicked off their 40th anniversary at its Winter Meeting held in January in Clearwater, Florida, and will continue to celebrate throughout the year. MCA’s 40th Anniversary is covered in depth in this month’s issue of Metal Construction News including a look back at the association’s history, a look forward at their newest program “Future Leaders,” a list of service award winners, current MCA Members, and featured here, interviews with six industry veterans to see how “Life with MCA Over the Years” has been.Continue reading
Magnificent Metal Monday – Aluminum “Main Act” in “Amorphous” Design of New Theatre in China
Dezeen reports, “Chinese studio Open Architecture has revealed the visuals for the new Yichang Grand Theatre in China, which will have an amorphous form intended to evoke flowing water.”
The 70,000 square-meter theatre will be located at the Pinghu Peninsula in Hubei Province, at a site where the Yangtze River meets the Huangbai River tributary.
To achieve these design goals, curved, matte anodized aluminum tubes will be used on the building’s outer surface.Continue reading
Metal Architecture Design Awards – Deadline to Submit is TODAY!
“Show off your “Metal!” Over the years, the MA Design Awards have become the defining award program for the metal construction industry, with some of the most exciting projects seen in the architecture landscape. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your project featured in the 2023 Metal Architecture Design Awards. The deadline to submit is today, April 14.Continue reading
METALCON Live! and The MCA Presents: The Art of Metal Wall Panels | Wednesday, 4/19 at 1:00 PM EST
Join METALCON Live! and metal manufacturing professionals from Petersen as they examine the key starting points for designers in selecting, designing, and detailing metal wall panels – both corrugated and concealed attachment systems. This course will also examine the field examples of these wall panel systems, “dos and don’ts” of these specific applications, and how they affect environmental efficiency, project sustainability, and product performance.
“How Hot is Metal Roofing Growth” – MetalCast with Renee Ramey of the Metal Roofing Alliance
Last month Heidi J. Ellsworth, owner of RoofersCoffeeShop™ and MetalCoffeeShop™, sat down with the “leading lady of metal,” Renee Ramey, executive director of the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), to talk about the growth of residential metal roofing and the driving factors of this growth.Continue reading