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CELEBRATE NATIONAL STEEL DAY TODAY

STEELDAY IS TODAY, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020! AISC and the rest of the Structural Steel Industry will still be celebrating SteelDay 2020, but with some changes this year! Due to the current restrictions caused by the COVID-19 virus, AISC’s events will be 100% virtual this year.

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MCN Building and Roofing Awards Extend Deadline to Submit

Metal Construction News has extended their deadline to next Friday, September 25 for all entries in their annual Building and Roofing Awards.

The judges will select a Grand Award winner as well as winners in these categories:

  • Metal Buildings
  • Metal Roofs-New
  • Metal Roofs-Retrofit
  • Metal Walls-New
  • Metal Walls-Retrofit

Any project completed after January 1, 2019 is eligible. The results will be published in the December 2020 issue of Metal Construction News as well as be posted on our website at www.MetalConstructionNews.com.

Metal Roofing Market Share Grows in New Home Construction Sector

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) announced last month the latest industry report for the U.S. residential roofing sector showing growth for metal roofing for new home construction has doubled in the past year, and continues to enjoy an ongoing steady demand among the repair/remodel market segment. 

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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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Magnificent Metal Monday

Each year, National Roofing Week increases awareness about the significance of roofs to every home and business and shares the good deeds of the industry.

NRCA encourages members to participate in National Roofing Week by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community. Continue reading to see how you can participate this week.

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New White Papers Published by MCA Offer Updated Design and Safety Aspects in Metal Construction

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has published three white papers, two new and one updated, each covering important design and safety aspects of metal construction in metal roofing, metal walls, and metal fasteners.

Best Practices: Metal Building Sealant Types and Application Guidelines 

This NEW paper is an overview of the sealant types commonly used in metal building including general guidelines application. The intent is to highlight standardized testing used to compare the performance of various sealant products so the end user can make an informed decision on the correct product for a specific application. Sealants are presented in a “quick reference” format highlighting benefits, features and limitations. Useful tool for roofing professionals, procurement departments, consultants and building owners. (Published June 2020)

Is My Exterior Wall Material Truly Noncombustible?

This NEW paper clarifies safety standards in the International Building Code (IBC) regarding metal walls and ASTM E136, the test for material combustibility. The paper discusses topics such as what products or materials will burn, what criteria causes a product or its assembly to be deemed “non-combustible,” and cladding flame spread performance. (Published June 2020)

Fastener Compatibility with Profiled Metal Roof and Wall Panels

Profiled metal roof or wall panels rely upon mechanical fasteners to secure the components to a structure. This updated paper discusses the differences between primary and secondary fasteners and the importance of fasteners in securing the components to a structure. Also included is a Recommended Fastener Guide which clarifies the selection of fasteners used with metal roofing and wall panels. Fastener durability, compatibility, and load resistance is also explored. (Published June 2020)

For MCA’s entire library of White Papers, check out their Technical Resources section on their website. MCA conducts many technical studies and research projects in partnership with member and industry partners. These studies include bulletins, white papers, manuals and reports that ensure that metal is at the forefront of innovation, and proactive with codes and standards.

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Photo Credit: Building Design + Construction

Solar + Steel

Pittsburgh (site of METALCON 2019!) is now home to the largest single sloped solar array in the United States thanks to a collaborative effort led by the city’s Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC), a private nonprofit company bringing large, obsolete, unused properties back to life to benefit the companies that occupy them as well as the communities in which they are located. RIDC saw an opportunity at the site of one of Pittsburgh’s very last operating steel mills, the LTV (J&L) Coke Works, which closed in 1998.

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MCA Reports Virtual Summer Meeting a Success

CHICAGO – July 28, 2020 – The Metal Construction Association (MCA) is proud to report that its Virtual Summer Meeting, held June 15-18, enjoyed record high attendance, and promoted a positive outlook for the future of the metal construction industry.

With 166 registrants and an average of 50 people attending the council/committee meetings, the association reports the virtual meeting format gave more members and guests the opportunity to attend and engage with the association.

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Magnificent Metal Monday

If you missed the announcement made over the weekend, METALCON 2020 has been postponed until the following year (see OFFICIAL RELEASE). Mark your calendar for the 30th Anniversary event scheduled for October 6-8, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Knowing how important METALCON is to your business, the METALCON team is quickly pivoting to provide you with new virtual programming and essential training to help you take your business to the next level. As the producers of the only global event dedicated to the use of metal in design and construction, we are using our knowledge and resources to launch three new initiatives in the areas of safety, business development and industry briefs.

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METALCON 2020 Postponed Until 2021

Three New Initiatives Launching in the Coming Weeks

Due to the ongoing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic and mandates established by the state of Nevada, METALCON 2020 cannot take place as planned for this October and is postponing its 2020 show until October 6-8, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Mark your calendar!

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Amazon’s Spheres blend form and function

As featured in Building Design + Construction, Amazon’s “crown jewels” are being touted as an “architectural marvel.” Seven years in the making, The Spheres are located on Amazon’s $4 billion Seattle campus, and are a trio of conjoined glass domes complete with terraces, waterfall and river features, and a treehouse conference area.

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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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Photo Credit: Building Design + Construction

Steel and timber come together for what will be the world’s tallest hybrid tower

According to a recent article in Building Design + Construction, the new headquarters building for Atlassian, an Australian software company, is set to rise 40 stories in Sydney and scheduled to be completed by 2025. The mass timber building will feature a steel skeleton that supports the timber “mega floors” and a glass facade that will generate electricity via built in PVs and self-shade the interior offices. The headquarters will feature a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces with elevated parks located throughout. Imagine being able to get some “outdoor” time during your workday by simply going up or down some floors in your building without having to walk to a nearby green space!

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Updates and Resources Related to COVID-19

It has been approximately five months since most states began their “lock-down” measures forcing members in our construction industry to react and quickly adjust to doing business differently. While the industry has shown great strength and resilience, designers, contractors, builders, manufacturers, etc, were forced to pivot and make necessary changes. So where are we today? How is the construction industry faring? Here is a round-up of some of the latest news and resources from several of METALCON’s partner associations and publications:

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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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Trending – Modular Construction Industry

Photo Credit: Modular Building Institute (MBI)

Modular buildings are used in all building sectors including housing, education, public and health and it’s popularity is due to reasons of safety, efficiency and costs. Many in the METALCON community are involved with providing the materials to builders, designers and sub-contractors in this part of the construction industry. Recently, modular buildings have been in high demand because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In their recent issue of their Modular Advantage magazine, Modular Building Institute (MBI) takes a deep look into the industry’s response and how modular companies worldwide rose (and rising) to the challenges and opportunities presented by the crisis.

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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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COTE Top Ten Plus Award Environmental Nature Center and Preschool, Newport Beach, Calif.; photo credit: Cris Costea.

TOP AIA COTE® AWARD HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING SUSTAINABILITY AT A YOUNG AGE

Each year, the AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE®) recognizes 10 projects that integrate design excellence and environmental performance. One winner receives the COTE Top Ten Plus award—an indication of exemplary proven energy performance and post-occupancy results. This year’s “plus” award was given to the Environmental Nature Center and Preschool in Newport Beach, California, for reasons of “Introducing kids to responsible sustainability at a young age and represents a place where people will want to send their children. It does all the right things—water, biophilia, resilience, and strong material choices.” (ARCHITECT Magazine) Through simple and cost-effective design strategies, the center was certified as the first LEED Platinum building in Orange County, California, and has operated at net zero since it opened, serving the community as an educational tool for sustainability.

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METALCONLive! June 3 Highlights and Preview of Next Week’s Event

Key Take-Aways

“Buy America” – Cost of Capital Is at Its Lowest in Decades 

Steel Dynamics Inc., Hopes to Make U.S. More “Steel Sufficient” with Construction of its New Steel Mill

Continued Focus on Training and Education Will Be Key for Greater Usage of Metal

METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, continued to highlight “Build Back Better” with a special focus on steel with guests Brian Smallwood, Market Manager-Construction for Steel Dynamics, Inc., and Marines Hagemann, Director of Client Experience for Allied Steel Buildings.

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Improvements to PPP will Help Save More Construction Jobs

House-passed bill making needed improvements to paycheck protection program will allow construction firms to save more jobs

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement in reaction to the passage in the House of Representatives today of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020: “Members of the House appreciate that one of the best ways to protect the economy from further harm is to make needed improvements to the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

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METALCONLive! Week 8 Highlights and Register for Next Week

Key Take-Aways from 5/20/20

Optimism and Concerns as Nation Re-Opens 

Use Visuals to Sell Metal to Architects

Training Will Be Key to Combat Labor Shortage

METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, continued the focus on “Build Back Better” with special guest Mark Kalin (FAIA, FCSI, LEED), President of Kalin Associates Specifications and highly experienced specification writer, author, speaker and registered architect. See below for Mark’s valuable insight of the specifications industry and strategies to leverage more metal sales with architects.

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Reminder – METALCONLive! TODAY at 1:00 EST! Register NOW!

REGISTER for today’s LIVE event hosted by METALCON Co-Founder CEO Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations as they draw upon their combined years of industry experience in the A/E/C and metal construction industries. Today’s discussion will explore the architect’s role in the metal design process and how will the glut of steel in the market affect the metal construction industry?

TODAY’S SPECIAL GUEST: Mark Kalin, President at Kalin Associates Specifications

Mark Kalin (FAIA, FCSI, LEED) is a highly experienced specification writer, author, speaker, and registered architect. Mark is a CSI certified construction specifier, USGBC LEED accredited professional, and one of only 27 individuals advanced to fellowship in both the American Institute of Architects and the Construction Specifications Institute. Mark has been involved in over 4,000 specification projects since 1984, including 250 LEED projects. He has taught Architectural Specifications at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

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METALCONLive! Week 7 Highlights (Magnificent Metal Monday Special Edition) and Register for this Week

Key Take-Aways

Global Perspective of Crisis 

Shortage of Residential Metal Roofing Contractors

Metal is Changing Perception in Residential & Commercial Design & Usage

METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, continued the focus of “Build Back Better” with special guests Ken Gieske of McElroy Metals and Ray Smith of Australia-based AppliCad Software. Read on for important take-aways from last week’s discussion and REGISTER today for this week’s METALCONLive! as we welcome expert specification writer and architect, Mark Kalin of Kalin Associates Specifications.

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Register for MCA AND MBCEA Virtual Conferences

MCA has announced that they will hold a Virtual Summer Meeting June 15-18 and opening it up, not just to their members, but to anyone who would like to participate.  REGISTER HERE

51st Annual MBCEA Conference is going Virtual! In just two hours a week, one hour each Tuesday and Thursday, beginning TOMORROW, May 19th, MBCEA will provide business insights that can help your business move from survive to thrive. Plus, these events are live, so you’ll be able to ask questions and get live answers. There will be a section for exhibitors to share information on their products and a Community board for discussions. Click this link to register for our virtual conference and gain access to these FREE sessions. 

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Reminder – METALCONLive! TODAY at 1:00 EST! Register NOW!

Tune in to today’s LIVE event hosted by METALCON Co-Founder CEO Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations as they draw upon their combined years of industry experience in the A/E/C and metal construction industries along with the expertise of their special guests.

TODAY’S SPECIAL GUESTS:

Ken Gieseke, VP Marketing, McElroy Metal: As a metal construction component manufacturer, Ken brings his unique insight from multiple angles — the frame builder community as well as his experience as a manufacturer with multiple markets, channels, and geographic locations. He will explain what McElroy is doing to be proactive, change, adapt and position their company to come out ahead.

Ray Smith, Founder and CEO of AppliCad Software: Our first METALCONLive! guest from overseas (Australia) will help bring a global perspective to this week’s discussion. Hear how his country has responded to the health crises and what we can learn from them.  What will they be doing differently post-pandemic than they did before the crises?

METALCONLive! is your online weekly business boosting broadcast that connects you with other metal construction company owners, contractors, fabricators, suppliers and experts for the strategies that enable us all to BUILD BACK BETTER.

With the COVID-19 crisis, the metal construction industry faces a new challenge every week, so METALCONLive! is here to help with the latest data and news, exclusive interviews with key players, eye-opening forecasts, creative solutions to sales, marketing, staffing, logistics, safety, and other concerns. All FREE, all LIVE and ONLINE, all focused on helping your business THRIVE in the next normal.

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Take Coronavirus Impact Survey by MCN

Survey deadline is THURSDAY, May 14 – click HERE to take the survey.

Metal Construction News is conducting regular surveys of the metal construction industry. So far, they have done two surveys: one from March 30 through April 2 and the other from April 13 through April 16. MCN is tracking changing attitudes and industry conditions throughout these trying times to help companies cope.

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METALCONLive! Week 6 Highlights (Magnificent Metal Monday Special Edition)

Key Take-Aways

Re-Open with Optimism and Act NOW

Integrate Digital Engagement into Strategic Plan 

Importance of Utilizing CRM Systems

METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, have begun shifting the focus away from crisis-mode to how the industry can “build back better.” Special guests Paul Lechiara, owner of East Coast Metal Roofing, and Bobby Darnell, principal of Construction Market Consultants, Inc., joined the discussion to offer their sales and marketing strategies implemented during the lockdown, which have proven to be successful. 

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Industry News Round-Up

With an immense amount of news streaming into your inbox, here’s a “round-up” of industry stories that caught our eye over this past week. Another source is METALCON’s weekly METALCONLive! Next week, Frank and Rob will continue with the theme “Build Back Better” as they are joined by special guests Ken Gieske from McElroy Metals and Ray Smith from AppliCad Software who will touch on sales strategies for the exterior building segment (REGISTER below).

  • Updated “Coronavirus News” compiled by Metal Construction News including announcements of virtual conferences by MBCEA, IIBEC, FGIA, and ASHRAE; AIA’s new resource for safer re-occupancy of buildings and NRCA’s rescheduling of National Roofing Week.
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TODAY – METALCONLive! at 1:00 PM EST – Build Back Better

“What have we learned, how do we improve and how do we build back better?” – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Tune in to today’s LIVE event hosted by seasoned experts, METALCON Co-Founder CEO Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations as they draw upon their combined years of industry experience in the A/E/C and metal construction industries.

TODAY’S SPECIAL GUESTS: Paul Lechiara, owner of East Coast Metal Roofing, and Bobby Darnell, Principal of Construction Market Consultants, Inc. They will highlight successful sales and marketing strategies implemented during the lockdown. Find out TODAY during METALCONLive!

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METALCONLive! Week 5 Highlights (Magnificent Metal Monday Special Edition)

Key Take-Aways

“Build Back Better”

Restrictions Are Loosening 

Cash Flow Still a Critical Factor

METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, led last week’s robust discussion addressing current challenges and workarounds to the current coronavirus crisis. Their special guests included Danny Kerr, managing partner of Breakthrough Academy and Adam Mazella, executive vice president of Sheffield Metals.

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