Category Archives: construction machines

Magnificent Metal Monday – 2023 Forge Prize Finalists

The American Institute of Steel Construction’s (AISC) annual Forge Prize competition celebrates emerging architects who create visionary designs that embrace steel as the primary structural component while exploring ways to increase project speed. AISC recently announced the three finalists, who will each take home $5,000 from the first round, will now have the opportunity to work with a steel fabricator before presenting their final concepts to the judges during a live YouTube event in late March. The winner will take home a $10,000 grand prize and be invited to present before an audience of the industry’s best minds at NASCC: The Steel Conference in April.

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CONTECH Update for 2023

Taking a look at what’s new in the world of CONTECH for this year, ConstructionDive reports new releases including new products and updates from eTakeoff, eMod, Topcon, RedTeam and AirBolt, all aimed to help contractors keep construction projects running on time and on budget. In their 2023 outlook, Associate Editor, Matthew Thibault says, “Technology will be a key driver of progress and efficiency in 2023, and experts believe that the benefits are too useful to ignore in such tumultuous times.”

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Outlook for Construction in 2023

According to Construction Dive, “The industry will continue to face labor shortages, high materials costs and other headwinds, but infrastructure will be a bright spot.” Top construction economists say much like in 2022, signals are mixed. In a recent article, they took a look at five key indicators and what they suggest for contractors in the year ahead.

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S-5! Celebrates 30 Years and Announces New Products and Patents

S-5! exhibiting at METALCON last month in Indianapolis; Photo Credit: McBoat Photography

S-5!, one of the world’s leading developers of engineered, manufactured, metal roof attachments, is having a big year! Not only are they wrapping up their 30th anniversary year, but they just exhibited at METALCON for the 31st time! Additionally, they have introduced another new mounting product to the market adding to their family of clamps and attachments, and just announced 14 new patents awarded in 2022. On behalf of the METALCON team, we congratulate the S-5! family on their successes and thank them for their continued support and leadership in the metal construction community.

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MCN 41st Annual Contractor Survey Results

Across the board, metal construction projects increased in number and size from 2020 to 2021.

Photo Credit: Metal Construction News

Published on March 1, the MCN 41st Annual Contractor Survey sees a robust market environment in the metal construction industry, comparable to the overall construction market. Metal builders, roofers, wall panel contractors and light-gauge steel contractors all report that 2021 was better than 2020 and they anticipate 2022 being even better. According to survey respondents, MCN reports that metal building construction increased 12.9% in 2021, seeing a metal roofing 9.3% increase, metal wall panels 2.5% increase and light-gauge steel framing up 9.5% for exteriors and 3% for interiors.

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TODAY at 1:00 PM — Expert Advice on How to Blast Past Pricing Woes on METALCONLive! REGISTER NOW

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It is on everyone’s minds — the “trifecta of pricing woes” — inflation, supply chain, and talent shortage. Join this high powered panel of experts as the provide some clarity on the issues currently plaguing the industry and share real solutions to help you run your business and turn a fair profit. Join us for METALCON Live! TODAY at 1:00 PM, as Alex Carrick, Chief Economist at ConstructConnect, Tony Bouquot, General Manager of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), and Frank Stasiowski, CEO & Founder of PSMJ Resources, Inc., come together to deliver up-to-the-minute breakthrough tactics for transforming your business results in the face of current headwinds. Get up to speed on supply chain disruption, sustainability, workforce challenges, cost-containment, and more.

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Hear from METALCON Live!‘s blue-ribbon panel of experts on the status of the metal construction and design industry, and how to get over the hump. Get up to speed on the supply chain disruption, sustainability, workforce challenges, cost-containment, and so much more!

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In Just One Week – A METALCON Live! You Won’t Want to Miss! Expert Advice on Blasting Past Pricing Woes

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It is on everyone’s minds — the “trifecta of pricing woes” — inflation, supply chain, and talent shortage. To provide some clarity on the issues currently plaguing the industry, METALCON has assembled a high powered panel of experts to share real solutions to the frustrations currently happening as you try to run your business and turn a fair profit. Join us for METALCON Live! NEXT Wednesday, April 6, as Alex Carrick, Chief Economist at ConstructConnect, Tony Bouquot, General Manager of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), and Frank Stasiowski, CEO & Founder of PSMJ Resources, Inc. come together to deliver up-to-the-minute breakthrough tactics for transforming your business results in the face of current headwinds. Get up to speed on supply chain disruption, sustainability, workforce challenges, cost-containment, and more.

Join us LIVE and you will be able to chat directly with our experts on the challenges your are facing! 

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Inflation, Material Delays and Labor Issues

Credit: Travelers

There is no question the “trifecta of pricing woes” is on everyone’s mind causing business owners and leaders to rethink, strategize, and get creative in order to maintain their profitability. Earlier this month, Construction Dive reported, “Despite a surprisingly strong U.S. January jobs report, nonresidential construction employment fell by 9,000 workers in the heavy and civil engineering sectors as an aging labor force retires or quits; according to The Associated Builders and Contractors, construction unemployment rate rose to 7.1% vs. 4% across all industries; and the third wild card: supply-chain snafus making it harder to count days to completion or shareholder profits.”

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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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METALCONLive – TODAY AT 1PM – How to Avoid Condensation by Roofing Industry Expert

Here’s what’s coming up next on METALCON Live! — Your FREE business-boosting resource for NEW solutions, NEW strategies and NEW ways to grow your business.

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Deadlines for MCN’s Post-Pandemic Survey and METALCON’s Top Products Submission Fast Approaching

How will the COVID-19 pandemic shape the future of the construction industry? Will we go back to business as usual or will there be wholesale changes in the types of construction work and how we work?

Please take a few minutes to complete MCN’s survey

Survey results will be included in a special report on the future of the construction industry as a result of the pandemic scheduled to appear in the August issue of Metal Construction News.

Individual responses will be kept strictly confidential, unless you give consent. You can also enter your e-mail address at the end of the survey to be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card. Survey deadline is July 1 so don’t delay, respond today! Metal Construction News is METALCON’s sponsoring publication and producer of the official show guide. METALCON is scheduled for October 6-8, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.


Nominations are still open for METALCON’s NEW Top Product Award. Submit your nomination by July 1!

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Short on Continuing Education Credits? Earn them at METALCON 2021

If you are a licensed designer, architect, builder or contractor, continuing education is a necessity. Have you earned all of your credit hours this year? METALCON can help! In addition to its ongoing credit-earning webinars, METALCON is returning as an “in-person” event this October and will offer a comprehensive education program with most of the sessions qualifying for AIA, CSI, and ICC credits. Consider the show a “one-stop” shop for all of your education needs, while also exploring an exhibit hall packed with a vast array of metal products, equipment and technology, and networking with the “Who’s Who” in metal in construction and design.

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And the Crystal Ball Says …. Trends in Metal Construction and Design: 2021 and Beyond

EPISODE AIRED ON WEDNESDAY 5/5 — WATCH ON DEMAND!

This week’s METALCONLive! featured industry economists who presented recent findings from this past year to identify the trends and help members of the metal construction industry navigate through the rest of the year and beyond. PSMJ Senior Principal David Burstein and Ken Simonson, chief economist with The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), both presented comprehensive and encouraging data all pointing in the direction of a robust year in metal construction, while still highlighting some challenges that lie ahead.

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MCN Top Metal Builders of 2021

As posted on May 1, 2021 by Metal Construction News

“The pandemic defined the year, but the labor shortage continues … “

Each year when MCN compiles this list, they are faced with the challenge of trying to identify metal building contractors from metal building erectors. For the 2021 Top Metal Builder list, they have attempted to separate the erectors from the contractors and starting next year, the goal will be to create two separate lists of Top Metal Builders and Top Metal Erectors.

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Steel Mills Currently in Driver’s Seat

Credit: WorldSteel.com; stack of steel tubing 3d rendering

This month, Argus reports, “A year after one of the sharpest production contractions in the US steel industry, domestic flat-rolled mills are reaping the benefits of historically high finished steel prices, tight supply and record scrap margins. US steel production and mill utilization have remained below year-prior levels for nearly all of last year because of Covid-19-related drops in demand, keeping spot and contract steel supply limited amid higher demand.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday – eSports Arenas

Proposed Shanghai International NCC&Esports Center; Photo credit: Building Design+Construction

Last week we featured two new stadiums built for the world of “traditional” sports. How about arenas for eSports? eSports describes the world of competitive, organized video gaming and is one of the fastest growing sectors of the sports and entertainment industry. While eSports is digitally based, the industry increasingly needs a variety of physical spaces to house its in-person events, so a boom period is starting around building competitive gaming infrastructure.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Post Super Bowl Issue

On behalf of the METALCON team, we excitedly congratulate the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS on their Super Bowl victory! METALCON and the beautiful city of Tampa have long enjoyed a relationship over the history of the show and we can’t wait to return THIS year. Let’s help Tampa continue to make history by coming together in October with record attendance for METALCON 2021 scheduled for October 6-8! REGISTER TODAY.

In the spirit of the Super Bowl, 2020 welcomed two new stadiums to the National Football League that continue to raise the bar in the construction and technology world. Allegiant Stadium, the new home for the Las Vegas Raiders, opened in a prime location on The Strip in Las Vegas and SoFi Stadium opened in Los Angeles as the new home for the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers.

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Construction Safety Training Saves Money and Lives

NEW Safety Training Program starting February 18 presented by METALCON

Is it worth your company’s time and money to invest in preventative safety training? The answer is a resounding YES!

According to the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), “The charts and summaries in the 2020 Safety Performance Report present the clearest picture yet of the remarkable impact that leading indicator use has on a company’s safety performance: fewer disrupted or lost lives and a safer, more productive jobsite regardless of the size of the company. In fact, companies that engage in leading indicator use are, statistically, considerably safer than their peers. The ABC created the report in 2015 to address the issue of not having sound data to prove the correlation between the use of measures companies can take to keep workers safe on jobsites and the number of incidents that occur.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Winners of BD+C’s Building Team Awards

BD+C Platinum Winner Emory University Student Center

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.

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Stay Connected with Virtual Fall Events

As industry events continue to change, cancel or postpone, our friends with Metal Construction News are keeping everyone up-to-date. You can find a running list of events on their WEBSITE. While some have postponed to next year (METALCON included) or canceled, many events are now offering a VIRTUAL platform. While they don’t replace face-to-face, these virtual meetings can still provide an excellent way to connect with industry leaders and peers and continue to learn how to better position your business. Here is the list for the upcoming events happening this fall, between now and the end of November.

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Roper Whitney Announces New Partnership with Evobend to Bring Cutting-Edge Sheet Metal Folding Technology to North America

Roper Whitney, a Tennsmith company, is proud to announce a 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.

To learn more, visit www.roperwhitney.com/evobend
Roper Whitney, based in Rockford, IL, is a household name in sheet metal forming shops, most notably with the Autobrake® and Kombi® Autobrake® folding machines. With more than a 100-year history, Roper Whitney currently provides solutions for virtually all sheet metal forming challenges – from hand tools to sophisticated, automated equipment and cutting-edge software technologies – that streamline the sheet metal fabricating process. Learn more at www.roperwhitney.com Tennsmith, based in McMinnville, TN, purchased Roper Whitney in 2011 including owned brand names such as Pexto and Connecticut. Together, Tennsmith and Roper Whitney now offer the most complete line of American-made metal forming tools and machinery on the market. Product lines include Automatic Folders, Hand Brakes, Shears, Slip Rolls, Cleat Benders, Notchers, Rotary Machines and more. Learn more at www.tennsmith.com

Tennsmith, based in McMinnville, TN, purchased Roper Whitney in 2011 including owned brand names such as Pexto and Connecticut. Together, Tennsmith and Roper Whitney now offer the most complete line of American-made metal forming tools and machinery on the market. Product lines include Automatic Folders, Hand Brakes, Shears, Slip Rolls, Cleat Benders, Notchers, Rotary Machines and more. Learn more at www.tennsmith.com

Construction Costs Decrease While Contractor Optimism Grows

While Construction Dive reports that “construction costs decrease for first time in ten years,” the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) reported last week that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 8.1 months in June, an increase of 0.2 months from May’s reading, indicating increased optimism among contractors. 

Construction Dive sites the following reasons as to why construction costs are projected to decrease:

  • A variety of pandemic-related forces have caused construction costs to decline slightly for the first time in a decade, which could lead contractors to feel a pinch in profits.
  • The Turner Building Cost Index, which measures costs in the U.S. nonresidential building construction market, fell to a value of 1177 in the second quarter of 2020, a 1.01% quarterly reduction from the first quarter. This is the first time the index from Turner Construction Co. has reduced in value since 2010.
  • “Trade contractor competition has increased in many areas as they work to secure backlog due to uncertainty they have about future opportunities,” said Attilio Rivetti, the Turner vice president responsible for compiling the Cost Index in a press statement.
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Magnificent Metal Monday

THE STACK in New York City; Photo Credit: newyork-architects.com

THE STACK Modular Housing in New York City

In a city where it is not easy to find affordable housing, stack modular housing may be a possible solution. In an article published by ArchDaily, “This is the first prefabricated steel and concrete multi-unit residential building to be erected in New York City. Twenty-eight residential units (6 studios, 6 one-bedrooms, 14 two-bedrooms, 2 three-bedrooms) were built with fifty-six complete factory-finished modules prefabricated offsite. While 5000 square feet of infrastructure and foundations were being built on site, 6 stories of the building equalling 28,000 square feet were simultaneously being completed in the factory — all in the same first three months of the project. A steel column grid structure was built on top of a poured-in-place concrete foundation to receive the stacked modules. The two came together in a four-week period of installation. Altogether, it took 6 months less time than if built with traditional construction methods.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Infrastructure Bill Update

The Moving Forward Act’s Proposed $1.5 Trillion in New Investments Will Improve Range of Public Infrastructure, Creating Needed Demand for Construction While Making the Economy More Efficient (AGC)

With the current surface transportation authorization’s expiration date of September 30 drawing closer, lawmakers are turning their attention to passing a new infrastructure bill. As reported by Construction Dive, “Last week, House Democrats unveiled a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that includes almost $500 billion of green measures proposed as part of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act earlier this month.”

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METALCONLive! SPECIAL LAS VEGAS EPISODE TODAY AT 1:00 PM – Register NOW!

BREAKING NEWS! “PEDAL TO THE METAL”METALCON 2020 IS ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR LAS VEGAS, OCTOBER 21-23!

Join us TODAY from 1:00 – 2:15 PM EST for this special LIVE and ONLINE Las Vegas Episode of METALCONLive! when we answer questions about our 30th anniversary event with special guests, featuring Brian Yost, COO with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

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TODAY is METALCONLive! at 1:00 EST! Register NOW!

What’s happening in the steel industry and how will it affect your metal construction bids and contracts?

This burning question and more will be answered today during METALCONLive! Register now for your virtual seat and join us at 1:00 PM for this robust conversation.

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Magnificent Metal Monday

Over the weekend, history was made when the United States returned to launching American astronauts from American soil. The SpaceX Crew Dragon aboard the Falcon 9 rocket docked successfully with the International Space Station 19 hours after the successful launch (NASA). But this time it was different — they were lifted off in a commercial spacecraft aboard a commercial rocket.

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METALCON Exhibitor S-5! Offers Free Weekly Webinars

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WHEN: Wednesday, April 22 at 11.00 a.m. MT/1.00 p.m. EST 

WHAT: Metal Roofs – Wind Uplift(ing) or NOT?

AIA Accredited Earn: 1 LU/HSW CEU Credit Presenters: Architectural & National Accounts Director, Shelly Higgins

Discover the science of wind uplift and how it is changing. Understand how the changes are impacting codes and roof material choices. Learn about testing and specification techniques for metal roof options and accessories to improve wind uplift resistance, providing a safer building at a lower cost. This course will also address wind uplift in severe weather conditions and how to increase wind uplift resistance to protect both the buildings and its inhabitants. You’ll see examples of hurricane-stricken areas and what builders are doing to minimize damage. Finally, you’ll learn about the associated changes in code. Register Now.

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WHEN: THURSDAY, APRIL 22 AT 1:00 PM EST (jueves, el 23 de abril 2020 1.00 p.m. EST)

WHAT: Las Mejores Practicas para Instalar Paneles Solares sobre Techos Metálicos

Descripción del Curso: Con la alta demanda de energías renovables en estos tiempos, propietarios de edificios y residencias, comienzan a utilizar la energía solar como un generador esencial. Elegir la superficie correcta sobre dónde instalar los paneles solares, es muy importante para el proceso del diseño, el impacto económico inicial y al largo plazo. Este curso es acerca de los beneficios de instalar paneles solares sobre techos metálicos,  los distintos tipos de sistemas de montajes, la distribución de los paneles, pruebas de rendimiento para fijaciones y sus comparaciones en costos. Register Now.

Previous S-5! webinars can be found on their website and can still be viewed. We hope you will take advantage of these great educational opportunities.  If you have any questions for the folks at S-5!, please contact them at support@s-5.com

3D Printing Takes a Huge Leap Forward in Metal Construction

LASIMM went live in January 2019; Photo Credit: Lasimm

Redshift by Autodesk reports in their recent article, “Massive Hybrid Manufacturing Machine in Europe Pushes Boundaries of 3D Printing,” that a new machine is now designed to 3D-print metal parts and structures for construction as large as 2 meters in diameter (6.5 feet) and up to 6 meters long (over 19 feet long) and 2,000 kilograms (4,409 pounds) in weight. 

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Magnificent Metal Monday

Credit: Rainier Square/NBBJ

Construction of the 850-foot-tall, $570 million-to-$600 million Rainier Square Tower in Seattle is turning out to be a proving ground for innovation.

According to Construction Dive, “Aluminum components are being 3D printed with the resulting v-shaped nodes and connected squares of curtain wall forming a dramatic slope from the fourth to 40th floors. Aside from the impressive aesthetic, this method of production can also more easily accommodate last-minute changes.”

The article goes on to explain, “Structural engineer Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA) started out planning to use a reinforced concrete core for the building, said firm CEO Ron Klemencic, and about halfway into the project, it was clear that the tower would be too expensive and was going to take too long to build, making it economically unfeasible for the building’s owner, developer Wright Runstad & Co.” So after tabling the project for over a year, they needed an idea that would “jumpstart the project without busting the budget.”

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