Category Archives: composite metal panels

METALCONLive! Offers Predictions for 2023 and Beyond

Industry Experts Agree Metal is Well Positioned for 2023 and Beyond

In the first METALCONLive! of the new year, Paul Deffenbaugh, editorial director of Modern Trade Communications, led a discussion with leading industry experts about the state of the metal construction industry and what we can expect this year. According to Jeff Henry, MBA, CAE, executive director of the Metal Construction Association, “The industry is strong, but we still face challenges in 2023.” From an architects standpoint, Brent Schipper, AIA, LEED AP, founding principal of ASK Studio, is not feeling quite as optimistic as they are starting to see their backlogs starting to drop, but feels “the pace of construction in 2023 will become the most critical priority.” Renee Ramsey, director of the Metal Roofing Alliance, shared data from their 2021 study saying, “We saw a 17% market share in the residential reroof market, which is a primary audience for metal roofing. While not a huge increase, we are happy to see it continue to move in an upward pace.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday – World-Class Projects on Saadiyat Island Aim for Culture and Calm

On this day of observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream of living in a world of peace among all beings, we travel to Saadiyat Island, a 10 square mile island which aims to bring “culture and calm” together, perhaps just a place Dr. King envisioned in his speech “I Have a Dream.” Lying approximately 10 miles from the center of Abu Dhabi, in addition to its white sandy beaches, it is fast becoming a world-renown international cultural destination. With two projects already open, and four under construction, here is a look at the cultural assets all brimming with the use of metal that truly showcases the union of art and form.

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ATAS Announces 2023 Metal Wall Panel Installation Seminar Dates

Photo credit: ATAS International

To meet the demand of the growing metal wall cladding sector in the design and construction of both residential and commercial buildings, beginning in the new year, ATAS International will offer installation training in three of their manufacturing locations. The training is designed to assist contractors who may not be familiar with installing single skin metal wall panels and be taught by industry experts with many years of experience working with metal wall cladding.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – MCN 2022 Project Excellence Awards

As announced earlier this month by Metal Construction News, the Grand Award winner in their 2022 Project Excellence Awards is none other than a parking structure! Chosen for its innovative use of metal, the top honor goes to the City of Hope Northeast Parking Structure, Duarte, Calif. Calling it “the most innovative use of metal we’ve seen of all the entries,” the MCN Award Judges selected it saying this project “took something that was so mundane and turned it into a civic presence.” A clear testament to the versatility of metal in the design and building process.

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Self Storage Boom Means Greater Demand for Metal Buildings

Photo courtesy of Metl-Span

In a recent article, Building Design + Construction reports, “Nearly 60% of the country’s top 100 metros are building storage units at a higher rate than the national average.” In September, Metal Construction News featured the trend saying, “Over the last five years, there has been 255.5 million square feet of storage space built, equivalent to 16% of the total inventory. With one in three Americans using self storage units, the self storage industry is quite robust.” And with the vast majority of these storage buildings being made from steel, the metal industry has also seen steady growth in its demand for pre-engineered structures, insulated metal panels and automated technology for unmanned storage projects.

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METALCON Live! FREE Webinar TODAY at 1pm – Debunking Building Airflow Misconceptions

Catch the No. 1 Attended Session at METALCON ’22: Debunking Building Airflow Misconceptions — Today at 1:00 PM. REGISTER NOW! (Recorded live at METALCON)

The “Code Man,” Bill Beals of Therm-All and Samuel Gray of Metallic Products debunk the common misconceptions and misunderstandings behind air flow in a building. This webinar will give you a foundational level understanding of thermodynamics that you can share with your stakeholders and customers. Being able to share this information appropriately will help your customers get what they want and need when ordering and designing a building. Discover a very real symbiotic relationship between insulation and ventilation, and how this ultimately affects your buildings longevity.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Park Union Pedestrian Bridge a “Work of Wonder”

Recognized by Architectural Digest as a 2022 Work of Wonder, this winning project also won first place in the 2022 MCA Design Awards for the Single-Skin Metal Wall Panel category, as announced at METALCON in October. Spanning 250 feet over an active railyard, the Park Union Pedestrian Bridge in Colorado Springs, Colorado, connects visitors to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum with America the Beautiful Park. According to the MCA Design Award judges, “This pedestrian, bike, and wheelchair-friendly bridge looks like a sculpture, truly an outstanding level of craftsmanship.”

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Next METALCON Live! – Debunking Building Airflow Misconceptions

Don’t Miss the No. 1 Attended Session at METALCON ’22: Debunking Building Airflow Misconceptions … recorded LIVE at METALCON! REGISTER NOW!

Hear Samuel Gray of Metallic Products and William “Bill” Beals of Therm-All debunk the common misconceptions and misunderstandings behind air flow in a building. In this session you will get a foundational level understanding of thermodynamics that you can share with your stakeholders and customers. Being able to share this information appropriately will help your customers get what they want and need when ordering and designing a building. Discover a very real symbiotic relationship between insulation and ventilation, and how this ultimately affects your buildings longevity.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Thanksgiving Station Building Cladded with MCM

Photo: Corey Middleton / Metal Construction News

With the sounds, tastes and smells of Thanksgiving still fresh in our minds, let’s travel to Thanksgiving Station, a relatively new residential and commercial mixed-use community located within Thanksgiving Point, located in Lehi, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. Appropriately named to express gratitude after receiving the land as a gift from her husband, wife of tech giant WordPerfect co-founder first established Thanksgiving Point in 1995 as a nonprofit indoor and outdoor farm, garden and museum complex. Much growth and expansion has occurred over the past 20 years including the Thanksgiving Station Office Park, a 1,000,000-square-foot mixed-use development that has offices, restaurants, fitness centers, a park and access to public transportation.

When architecture firm Beecher Walker sought to create the 150,000 square-foot building Thanksgiving Station 3, the fourth of five buildings, to embody the innovation associated with prospective tech company tenants, they turned to a design that integrated boxy forms clad with metal composite material (MCM) and glazing.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Metl-Span 2022 Building Of The Year

Metl-Span’s 2022 Building of the Year is 2505 Bruckner, an urban logistics facility in Brooklyn, NY 

To meet the demands of today’s modern product distribution and logistics, it takes a state-of-the-art facility and Metl-Span‘s Building of the Year, 2505 Bruckner, does just that.

DesignandBuildwithMetal reports,“2505 Bruckner stands apart as a modern urban logistics hub, one that provides unparalleled access to the greater New York City region and Connecticut for companies seeking to distribute products in that area,” said Mike Weaver, East Region sales manager, Metl-Span. “It was critical for the design of this building to make a bold statement, and Metl-Span is proud that our products created a dynamic, energy-efficient building envelope for the structure.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday – METALCON People’s Choice Winners Announced

From left, Jim Bus of ATAS International, Inc; Heidi Ellsworth and Karen Edwards of Roofers Coffee Shop; and Dale Nelson and colleagues with Roof Hugger, LLC accept top product awards at METALCON ’22.

While foot traffic began to slow on the final day, the excitement grew in anticipation for the announcement of this year’s METALCON Top Product People’s Choice Award winners. Returning for its second year, METALCON attendees were invited to vote on-site this month in Indianapolis for their top three choice products among the winners of the METALCON Top Products Awards which were announced last month.

Congratulations to this year’s METALCON People’s Choice Award winners including ATAS International, RoofersCoffeeShop/MetalCoffeeShop, and Roof Hugger. Continue reading for details on their winning products.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – MCA 2022 Design Awards Announced at METALCON

MCA Design Awards at METALCON

Last week at METALCON 2022, the Metal Construction Association announced the winners of their MCA 2022 Design Awards. Positioned down the show floor’s “power aisle,” the projects were on display for everyone to see while walking from exhibitor to exhibitor. The new awards program serves to recognize MCA member companies for their contributions to making an architect’s designs come alive with metal in construction. Lori Reynolds Morrow, LEED Green Associate at Sheffield Metals International, was the emcee for the awards presentation during METALCON.

A panel of architects along with MCA members, judged submissions based on overall appearance, significance of metal in the project, and innovative use of metal. Winners were announced in the categories of Custom and Ornamental, Insulated Metal Panels, Metal Composite Material Panels, Single-Skin Panels, Roofs – Commercial and Residential, and Retrofit.

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METALCON ’22 Day 3: Final Lap into Victory Lane!

Welcome to the last day — the final lap — of METALCON ’22! If it’s anything like the first two days, you won’t want to miss today! Join us at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis in Exhibit Halls I, J, and K. The action kicks off at 10:00 AM when the show floor opens and it will be non-stop until 2:00 pm with education, exhibits, raffle drawings, and more!

Beginning at 10:00 AM, learn from some of the best in the industry at final two education sessions: Under Pressure: An Update to Air Leakage Testing in the Technical Know-How Learning Center at 10 am and The History and Future of Metal Retrofit Roofing in the Best Practices Learning Center at 10:15 am. Head to the IMP Pavilion at 10:30 am for their final education session on IMPs: Best Practices.

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METALCON ’22 Day 2: Ready, Set, Race!

Welcome to Day Two of METALCON ’22! Navigate METALCON with your fingertips by downloading the METALCON APP from Google Play or App Store by searching METALCON2022.

Join us at 10:00 AM for a dynamic keynote address with American IndyCar Series driver, Josef Newgarden, as he presents The Road to Success. The Exhibits open at 11:00 AM with a full day of education sessions in the Technical Know-How, Sustainability, and Best Practices Learning Centers.

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METALCON ’22 Day 1: Download the METALCON APP to Maximize your Show Experience

Welcome to Day One of METALCON ’22! Navigate METALCON with your fingertips! Easily find exhibitors, education sessions, show floor experiences all at a simple touch of the fingers. Accept “notifications” from the APP to receive up to the minute reminders of special events happening each day of the show. Download the app from from Google Play or App Store by searching METALCON2022.

The show officially kicks off this morning at 8:30 AM with the opening keynote address, There’s No Such Thing as a Free Thermodynamic Lunch – How Changing Energy Flow Changes Everything, presented by Joseph Lstiburek, President of Building Sciences Corporation (in room 135), followed by a second keynote at 10:00 am in the Main Theatre on the show floor, Leading for Today and Tomorrow, presented by Dr. Melissa Furman. The exhibits will open at 11:00 AM. In between meeting with exhibitors, take advantage of the education sessions happening all day in the Main Theater, or Learning Centers.

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Magnificent Metal Monday — Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines … Only 2 Days till METALCON ’22

Super-Charge Your Metal Knowledge at METALCON ’22 — Learn from Metal Hall of Famers

With METALCON ’22 roaring into Indianapolis this week, it’s time to make your final plans to maximize your time at the most influential metal construction and design event in the world. While meeting with exhibitors is an essential part of the event, so can learning from experts to super-charge your knowledge. Here is your “ultimate road-map” to navigating the show floor, where EVERYTHING happens ON THE SHOW FLOOR … AND … included in your Total Experience registration (see FLOOR PLAN). REGISTER HERE!

METALCON is thrilled to welcome four MCN Hall of Famers as presenters this year including:

CONTINUE FOR YOUR “ULTIMATE ROAD-MAP” TO EXHIBITS AND EDUCATION …

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Special Events Happening at METALCON ’22

With only 7 days to go until we gather in Indianapolis for METALCON ’22, you won’t want to miss these special events happening on the show floor. From “Social Networking Bingo,” to an exclusive “Future Leaders” program and Happy Hour … from the specialty IMP Pavilion to the new Metal Building Marketplace … and from “The Architect’s Experience” curated for architects and design professionals to an “Indy 500 Race Car Simulator,” sponsored by CIDAN Machinery … there is truly something for everyone at this year’s show. Read on for details of each event …

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Magnificent Metal Monday – MCN 2021 Grand Award Winner

The Grand Award winner in the 2021 Metal Construction News Project Excellence Awards and the New Metal Roofs category winner was the New York City-based Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library Rooftop Terrace. The project is noteworthy for its “wizard’s hat-shaped roof” that gracefully disguises the rooftop mechanical equipment above the public terrace. The judges selected it calling it a “brilliant solution for urban design building detail,” citing its roof that was “not typically expected on a historic building.”

Photo: John Bartelstone, courtesy of New York Public Library / MCN
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MCN’s 2022 Project Excellence Awards Now Accepting Entries

The 2022 Metal Construction News Project Excellence Awards are celebrating their 36th year. Formerly known as the Building and Roofing Awards, this year they have added a special category for metal craftsmanship and are making the judging criteria more comprehensive to reflect the great work done in the field. The deadline is September 16 so don’t miss the chance to enter your project.

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TODAY at 1PM — METALCON Live! Presents … Introduction to the New CRRC Wall Rating Program

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Join Audrey McGarrell of the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) TODAY, Wednesday, August 24 at 1:00 pm as she explains a brand new wall rating system. This presentation will provide information about the CRRC’S new rating program for exterior wall products, including details about the requirements for participation, testing, weathering, and rating of products. You will learn current information about the various U.S. codes, standards, and programs that require or promote the use of solar-reflective wall materials and how CRRC product ratings help consumers identify eligible products. EARN 1 FREE AIA LU.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Incorporating Metal in Biophilic Design

Photo Credit: CSO

What is Biophilic Design? According to the The International Living Future Institute, biophilic design is the practice of connecting people and nature within our built environments and communities. Imagine if you could experience the same physical, psychological, and emotional benefits moving through an urban landscape that you experience when walking through a forest? The Clif Bar company had this vision in mind when they set out to design a recent addition to their industrial building located in METALCON’s host city, Indianapolis. Attend METALCON and have the opportunity to learn from Principal Architect Dan Brueggert and Principal Designer Eric Knott of CSO, Clif Bar’s design firm, who will present a case study on their design of the new workplace. 

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New Sherwin-Williams’ MetalVue Program to be Featured in METALCON Live! Webinar Tomorrow – REGISTER TODAY!

Already a $3.3 billion industry in North America, the metal roofing market is expected to grow 4.3% through 2026. To help manufacturers and contractors sell more residential and commercial metal roofs, Sherwin-Williams has launched their new MetalVue program. As the industry leader in metal roof coatings, they are dedicated to growing the metal roofing industry and the share of business for their partners faster than the current rate of growth. To achieve this, MetalVue is designed to be a complete network of metal roofing expertise to connect you to training, software and an online community.

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METALCON LIVE! PRESENTS: The New Technologies of Metal

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METALCON Live! is thrilled to welcome back Heidi J. Ellsworth, president of MetalCoffeeShop (MCS) and RoofersCoffeeShop (RCS) along with special guest, Mark MacDonald of Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings. Join them next Wednesday, August 10th, as they share the advancements in emerging technologies for the metal construction industry. They will discuss how the metal market can utilize new technologies to create job compression along with increased sales and networking opportunities for metal contractors. They will also cover details about the recently launched Sherwin-Williams MetalVue program, the technologies within the program, and how it is being shared through the newly launched MetalCoffeeShop.

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FINAL DAY TO ENTER the Metal Construction Association Design Awards

Metal Architecture 2022 Award Program

Metal Construction Association Design Awards

Deadline: June 30, 2022 

Show your metaland enter your metal building project in the MCA Design Awards contest!

The Metal Construction Association’s Design Awards (formerly called the Chairman’s Awards) recognizes the creative use of metal in architecture. The MCA annually awards member companies involved in the construction of outstanding building projects that use metal in significant and innovative ways. A panel of architects will choose the award recipients from submitted projects that highlight specific products used to enhance the design of a building.

Projects must include materials provided by an MCA member.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Perforated Panels Complete Building Exterior

CENTRIA® perforated panels complete Whole Foods Market project in Midtown Tampa

As announced by CENTRIA® last week, their recently completed project in Midtown Tampa celebrates “the future of urban living.” Midtown Tampa, Tampa Bay’s hottest new social hub, features a contemporary and energetic vibe, bringing the best of living, working, shopping, dining, entertainment, health and hospitality together in this new area. A new 48,000 square-foot Whole Foods Market, complete with 7,000 square feet of CENTRIA’s EcoScreen, perforated 0.040-inch painted aluminum panels in Sherwin-Williams’ 6748 Green, fits right in with this hip, modern, contemporary look.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – MBCEA Building of the Year

Congratulations to the Arbogast Performing Arts Center in Troy, Ohio, for being selected as the recipient of the 2022 Building of the Year as announced by the Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA) at their annual meeting.

MBCEA’s 2022 Building of the Year, the Arbogast Performing Arts Center in Troy, OH

According to DesignandBuildwithMetal, “Foundation Steel, LLC located in Swanton, OH, served as the building erector on the 41,000-square-foot community arts center. BlueScope Construction, Kansas City, MO served as the broker and Brentwood Builders Inc., Cedarville, OH, as the construction manager. The building was manufactured by Butler Manufacturing of Kansas City, MO.

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FREE WEBINAR TODAY AT 1PM: Metal Panels for Interior Acoustics and Sound Control

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Metal panels have traditionally been used as roofing and wall cladding material. However, it is now being used more often inside of buildings, as ceilings, wall cladding, decorative accents, and column covers. Join industry veteran, Kevin, Cox, director of interior business development of ATAS International, today at 1:00 PM, as he dives into how metal panels can be used for interior acoustics and sound control. Information on acoustics will be shared, along with how placement of acoustical treatments can control sound within a building.

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METALCON Live! TODAY at 1:00 PM with ROOFING EXPERT TODD MILLER OF ISAIAH INDUSTRIES

Metal roofing is on the rise in the residential market, now accounting for 13% of the market share, with metal outpacing other materials in terms of growth. Given the rise and projected increases, it is important for contractors and architects to stay current with their product knowledge to ensure future success in residential metal roofing. Catch Todd Miller, president of Isaiah Industries, in today’s “Residential Re-Roofing with Metal, presented by METALCON Live! and the MCA.

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Why Re-Roof with Metal?

TV Personality and Home Advisor Bob Vila says the top reasons to re-roof with metal include:

  • Durability and long-lasting
  • More environmental-friendly and sustainable
  • Energy-efficient
  • Design flexibility

“Growing numbers of people are installing metal roofs in both new construction and roof replacement projects.,” says Vila. In 2015, McGraw-Hill Construction and Analytics estimated that 750,000 of U.S. homeowners chose metal roofing for their residences, a number indicating 11% of the residential market share, second to asphalt shingles.

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MCN Announces Annual Top Metal Builders

For metal building contractors and erectors, 2021 was a roller coaster ride with steel prices in total flux rising to all time highs and decreasing to all time lows. Paul Deffenbaugh, editorial director of Metal Construction News (MCN), comments, ” Price, availability and demand for construction materials all fluctuated widely in 2021, but despite that, the top metal builders report increases in the average tonnage and square footage. In fact, by all measures, 2021 was a very strong year for the metal building industry when looking at the largest contractors.”

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