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About METALCON

METALCON is the largest international event devoted entirely to the application of metal in industrial, institutional light commercial and residential construction.

TODAY — Join us at 1:00 pm as Industry Expert Bob Zabcik Discusses EPD’s and LCA’s on METALCON Live!

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“Are you using sustainable products?” If your clients and partners aren’t already asking you this question, it’s just a matter of time before they are. While it’s relatively easy to find some type of Environmental Product Definition (EPD) online for most building products, how do you know if they really make your building greener? As it relates to the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of metal products, who is the authority, and how do you communicate the benefits of metal to your clients and partners? Join the webinar today at 1:00 PM and earn 1 FREE AIA LU!

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Magnificent Metal Monday Honors MLK

Today we honor Martin Luther King Jr. In our “world of metal,” we explore the monuments and sculptures made of different mediums that can be visited around the United States that play homage to this prolific leader. As compiled by AARP, top ten unique MLK Memorials include:

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METALCON 2022 CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

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In exactly nine months, METALCON ’22 will roar into Indianapolis and we can’t wait to accelerate the use of metal in the city known for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indy 500. Calling all presenters who want to educate, engage, inspire and present material in ways that will enhance the METALCON attendees’ experience. Topics must be targeted to address real-world, metal-related opportunities and challenges toward a specific audience segment of the metal construction community (such as management, architects, contractors, installers, etc.). Please no “commercial presentations” or “sales pitches.”

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Industry Expert Bob Zabcik Featured on Next Week’s METALCON Live!

METALCON Live! and the MCA Present … EPD’s and LCA’s: We Have Them, Now What?

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“Are you using sustainable products?” If your clients and partners aren’t already asking you this question, it’s just a matter of time before they are. While it’s relatively easy to find some type of Environmental Product Definition (EPD) online for most building products, how do you know if they really make your building greener? As it relates to the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of metal products, who is the authority, and how do you communicate the benefits of metal to your clients and partners?

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Nominate Construction’s Top Female Leaders

Image credit: BigRentz, Inc.

Who are the women working to shape the commercial construction industry?

Construction Dive is seeking nominations through February 11 to highlight the industry’s leading women in all sectors during this year’s Women in Construction Week coming up March 6 to 12.  

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Metal for Wind Mitigation

McElroy Metal Provides Hurricane-Safe Solution For Municipal Complex’s Roof

One of the myths “demystified” in last week’s METALCON Live! “Metal Building Systems 101” was that metal was not an ideal choice for buildings subjected to harsh climate conditions. In addition to our industry experts explaining why this was not true, an example was highlighted in the recent issue of DesignandBuildwithMetal. The newly completed Municipal Complex located in the Town of Surf City, North Carolina, selected metal roofing because it was able to meet the high-wind requirements of the coast. The article explained “durability as the main consideration for selecting McElroy Metal’s Maxima standing seam metal roofing.”

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Soak up Some Sun and Education at MCA’s Winter Meeting

Join your peers and industry experts while being surrounded by the beauty and warmth of the Sonoran Desert at the upcoming MCA Winter Meeting, January 24-26, 2022, at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. Along with networking time, the meeting is an opportunity to participate in marketing and technical initiatives related to metal in construction. Members and non-members are welcome to attend and registration includes access to educational sessions, keynote address, welcome reception, awards reception and dinner.

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MCA is monitoring the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and will implement all precautions mandated by Arizona and Maricopa County COVID Guidelines and the current CDC recommendations.

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Metal Building Myths Debunked

METALCON Live! kicked off its 2022 series yesterday by “bringing it back to the basics.” In their presentation, “Metal Building Systems 101,” industry experts Lee Shoemaker, director of research and engineering for the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), and Steve Reiners, technical director with Behlen Building Systems, walked the audience through a thorough overview of metal buildings and debunked several myths including why metal buildings are ideal for design flexibility, creativity, and sustainability.

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Happening Tomorrow! “Metal Building 101” Webinar with Industry Expert Lee Shoemaker – REGISTER NOW

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Start your New Year off right with this “not to be missed” FREE webinar being given by one of the most respected experts in the industry. Lee Shoemaker, Metal Construction Hall of Famer and Director of Research and Engineering for MBMA, will kick off the METALCON Live! 2022 series with “Metal Building Systems 101.” Whether you are just starting out in the industry or a veteran, you won’t want to miss the insights and knowledge that Lee has to share.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Microhome Community Helps to End Homelessness is a Top Story of 2021

Photo Credit: Leonid Furmansky; Community First! Village in Austin, Texas

One of Architect Magazine’s top stories of 2021 included “Small Houses, Big Impact,” by Madeleine D’Angelo, about two microhome developments in Texas build to combat homelessness with attention on having a sense of community in the design. Metal takes center stage in the design and construction of the majority of the microhomes.

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Industry Expert Lee Shoemaker Kicks off METALCON Live! 2022 Next Week with Metal Building 101

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Before you ring in the New Year, mark your calendar for this “not to be missed” FREE webinar scheduled for next week, Wednesday, January 5 at 1:00 pm by one of the most respected experts in the industry. Lee Shoemaker, Metal Construction Hall of Famer and Director of Research and Engineering for MBMA, will kick off the METALCON Live! 2022 series with “Metal Building Systems 101.” Whether you are just starting out in the industry or a veteran, you won’t want to miss learning from this expert.

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METALCON Congratulates Industry Veteran and ATAS President Dick Bus

As announced by ATAS International and featured in DesignandBuildwithMetal earlier this month, Dick Bus, President of ATAS International, has received an Icon Honors award. The awards, presented on November 4, recognized Greater Lehigh Valley business leaders for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership both within and outside of their chosen fields. The awards not only celebrate the recipients’ leadership skills, but also their dedication to their community.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Top 10 Construction Industry Trends for 2022

According to BigRentz, Inc., the largest equipment rental network in the nation, “2022 will be a year of reemergence and growth in the construction industry despite rising construction costs and labor shortages.”

They added, “Since last year, the COVID-19 pandemic changed how the construction industry does business, from scheduling and closing projects to hiring workers to meeting with clients. Looking forward, many industry trends will be affected by the fallout from the pandemic. New technology continues to change the construction site, improve the ability to win projects, and increase profit margins. Trends and movements are changing the roles of industry professionals and frontline workers.”

Here are their top 10 must-watch construction industry trends for 2022 to help you stay competitive in the New Year –

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MCA Releases New White Paper Series on Metal Roofing and PV Solar Systems

White papers are part of MCA’s Metal University Online Learning

Last month, the Metal Construction Association (MCA) released a three-part white paper series on Metal Roofing & PV Solar Systems Parts 1, 2 & 3. Part one had been published earlier this year; parts two and three were recently added to expand on the original paper and supply additional technical guidance for optimal installation and mounting of photovoltaic (PV) solar systems on metal roofing.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Stadium 974

A new standard for the future development of world events

Stadium 974; Photo Credit: Fenwick Iribarren Architects

November 2022 will bring the most prestigious sporting tournament to Doha, Qatar, and all eyes will be on Stadium 974, the innovative 40,000-seat venue and first fully demountable tournament venue in FIFA World Cup™ history. Its design is inspired by Qatar’s worldwide trade and seafaring with “974” being the region’s international dialing code, as well as the exact number of shipping containers used in construction.

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MCN Hall of Fame 2021

Before 2021 comes to a close, METALCON would like to acknowledge and congratulate the 2021 Metal Construction Hall of Fame inductees announced over the summer by Metal Construction News.

These five honorees have made significant contributions to the metal construction industry, often through volunteer work and often at some risk to their own careers. Starting new companies and associations can backfire, but these inductees successfully navigated those paths to give their expertise to an industry that was grateful to receive it. Congratulations to the following inductees:

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Standing Seam Metal Roof Ideal for Solar

Solar Ready Metal Roofing Project Wins First Place in ATAS International’s 2020 competition for Commercial Roofs Category

Each year, ATAS International, Inc., holds an annual “Project of the Year” competition to recognize projects, large or small, that feature ATAS metal panels. Given last week’s METALCON Live! focus on the solar industry, check out this first-place award winner for the commercial roofs category in ATAS International’s 2020 competition announced in June of this year. The state-of-the-art Riverview Branch Library in Riverview, Florida, features Field-Lok standing seam metal roof panels, manufactured by ATAS in Dove Grey .040 aluminum. The panels, with a 2” seam height and 15-¼” panel width, were mechanically seamed, followed by the installation of photovoltaic panels. The 2” Field-Lok panel is a double-locked structural panel that can meet severe load requirements.

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Join us TODAY at 1:00 PM for Solar Expert Webinar on METALCON Live! – REGISTER FOR FREE

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Join Dan Javan of Suntuity TODAY at 1PM for an eye-opening hour as he shares information on solar in the United States and how “Net Zero” construction will become an even bigger aspect of future construction projects.

During his ten years as CEO of Suntuity, Dan Javan has become an authority on all things solar. In this informative presentation, Dan will provide a brief history of solar in the United States, including the origins of early growth. He will also summarize current government mandates and incentives at both the federal and local levels and offer his thoughts on the current popularity of solar and its forecast for future growth. Dan will discuss why metal roofs are an ideal platform for solar integration and share best practices on leveraging solar as an additional profit center. Finally, as “Net Zero” construction continues to gain momentum, Dan will examine the emergence of the category, the role metal roofs play in “Net Zero” construction and the future considerations for everyone in the construction industry.

Magnificent Metal Monday – Solar and Net Zero

Our next METALCONLive! is happening THIS Wednesday and puts solar and net zero construction in the spotlight. Entrepreneur turned solar expert, Dan Javan, CEO of Suntuity, will speak on the growth of solar and the emergence of net zero construction. While Suntuity has been busy making solar more accessible to the masses, they now have another accomplishment – building their first “Net Zero” structure, a unique, one-of-a-kind home running solely on renewable energy sources. Their “Net Zero Home Project” will operate as a completely self-sustaining LEED Platinum certified home that meets ENERGY STAR® and Department of Energy requirements.

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Get to know the Metal Construction Association

For nearly 40 years, the Metal Construction Association (MCA) has focused on one key strategy – to promote the use of metal in the building envelope through marketing, education, and action on public policies that affect metal’s use. It is a volunteer-led organization with much of the work achieved through strong leadership by its board of directors and member-driven MCA councils and committees. In addition to the annual METALCON event, full membership meetings are held twice each year with the next one coming up next month in the beauty and warmth of the Sonoran Desert in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Next Week: FREE Webinar on the Growth of Solar and the Emergence of Net Zero Construction

Join Suntuity CEO, Dan Javan, next Wednesday, December 8th at 1:00 PM for an eye opening hour as he shares information on solar in the United States and how Net Zero construction will become an even bigger aspect of future construction projects.

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MBCEA Announces New President

METALCON would like to congratulate Jennifer Heimburger of Heimburger Construction Inc. as the next president of the Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA). The MBCEA National Board ratified the election of officers and new board members during its annual meeting held October 7, 2021, in Tampa, FL during the METALCON trade show. Jennifer is currently serving as vice president of MBCEA.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Shanghai Astronomy Museum is “Out of This World”

With the recent full moon, lunar eclipse and the upcoming rocket launch scheduled for this week, MMM takes a look at the world’s largest astronomy museum that opened its doors earlier this year in Shanghai. Architectural Digest says, “Any museum can get a telescope and point it to the stars, but few can bring the wonders of the galaxy down to Earth. The new Shanghai Astronomy Museum is potentially the world’s most majestic museum devoted to the skies.” The museum’s designer, Thomas J. Wong, a design partner at Ennead Architects, explains how the elliptical, silvery structure “embodies some of the fundamental laws of astrophysics.” READ MORE to learn how metal played a integral role in achieving the design goals.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Two BOTYs Boast Metal Panels

Both CENTRIA and Metl-Span have announced the winners of their respective 2021 Building of the Year contests, each for their unique use of metal panels. Throughout the year, both companies have held Building of the Month contests showcasing projects located throughout the United States. CENTRIA selected the River Oaks Baptist School located in Houston, Texas and Metl-Span named the BMO Tower in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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MCN Reader’s Choice Awards 2021 Announced

Now it’s in 9th year, Metal Construction News (MCN) announced their 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards for top products in the metal construction industry. The top product for this year goes to Milwaukee-based Xena Workwear Inc. for their Omerga EH Safety Boot. The other products selected were incredibly varied and showed no clear pattern of preference. Ranging from insulated metal panels and perforated screens to curtainwalls and louvers, the products identified by MCN’s readers touch on every facet of the metal construction industry and show the breadth of the industry’s building product needs.

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METALCONLive! Presents: Fundamentals of Rainscreen Design – REGISTER TODAY

METALCON Live! returns tomorrow at 1:00 pm with the first of our new series, “The Best of METALCON,” with Fundamentals of Rainscreen Design. Join Managing Director of Pivoth Corp and Vice Chairman at Rainscreen Association in North America (RAiNA), Steve Gaynor, for a deeper look at the reasons for using a rainscreen and the performance requirements.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – METALCON 2021 Highlights

If you missed METALCON 2021 or if you attended, click on the video link above to watch a full recap with this two and a half-minute highlights reel. Also, “hot off the press,” check out the November issue of METALCONnection, METALCON’s monthly newsletter, for post-show highlights. You can also check out our “newsroom” on the METALCON website for the recent press release, “Getting the Band Back Together” for additional show information. Despite the challenges to produce an event in the current climate, METALCON Show Director Judy Geller says, “It was a fantastic show with a lot of energy, and people were happy to be back.” This year’s show included more than 200 leading companies exhibiting the latest metal construction industry products and technology with over 2500 attendees. From veteran exhibitors to first-timers, the overall consensus was how important it was to be able to see pDeople face-to-face and to shake hands again.

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