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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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Final Week to Make Your Voice Heard | State of the Construction Industry Survey

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METALCON and Shield Wall Media have joined forces to conduct this “State of the Construction Industry” survey. By collecting, evaluating and disseminating valuable industry data, we can all make better business decisions, chart a course towards a more prosperous future, and gain some clarity in an uncertain world. Let’s work together to grow our industry by gathering and sharing market data on the segments of the construction industry we serve.

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Cast your Vote for Annual Metal of Honor Awards

Now in its 19th year, Metal Roofing Magazine will present its Metal of Honor Awards in their April issue. Cast your vote for the suppliers who do the best job of providing the services and products you need to successfully run your business. Select three from the existing list, or if you don’t see your favorite supplier listed, you can nominate up to three.

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MCA 2023 Winter Meeting Details and Registration

The Metal Construction Association‘s annual Winter Meeting will take place January 22-25, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency in Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa in Clearwater, FL. The MCA Winter Meeting is open to members and non-members and the event will cover an array of topics pertinent to the use of metal in the building envelope, plus several opportunities to network with industry leaders. Registration is NOW OPEN.

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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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We Want to Hear from You! State of the Construction Industry Survey

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METALCON and Shield Wall Media have joined forces to conduct this “State of the Construction Industry” survey. By collecting, evaluating and disseminating valuable industry data, we can all make better business decisions, chart a course towards a more prosperous future, and gain some clarity in an uncertain world. Let’s work together to grow our industry by gathering and sharing market data on the segments of the construction industry we serve.

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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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Magnificent Metal Monday – Hurricane Ian Aftermath

Cat 4 Hurricane Ian as it makes landfall in SW Florida

With over a million still without power, Florida residents are dealing with immeasurable loss. From flood-ridden homes to structural damage due to fallen trees, wind and rain, the rebuilding will go on for months and years to come. Resources, workers, equipment and more are needed to help. While still too early to assess what structures stood up to this Cat 4 hurricane, here is a quick compilation of some stories coming in … METALCON’s Give Back organization, World Central Kitchen, has mobilized to help hurricane victims, a success story of a Tesla Solar Roof surviving the storm, a Hurricane Ian Recovery Guide for Contractors courtesy of RoofersCoffeeShop®, and how IMPs stand up to hurricanes.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Reigning Architecture in Britain

With the recent passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, United Kingdom’s longest-reigning monarch, we take a look at the impact of her reign over the architectural style of buildings in London over the past 70 years. ArchDaily’s “The Architectural Legacy of Queen Elizabeth’s 70 Year Reign,” reflects upon her legacy in terms of culture, technology, and architecture.

St. Paul’s Cathedral; Photo Credit: Wikipedia

When she first came to the throne in 1952, according to The Guardian, the tallest building in Britain was St Paul’s Cathedral. Today, London’s skyline is marked by glass and steel office towers, many measuring over 500 feet in height, marking an end to low-rise buildings being one of the city’s trademarks. 

According to the article, “Through the decades, Modernism marked the postwar period in England, with its variation, Brutalism, being the prevailing architectural style for new housing estates in Britain throughout the 1970s. The 1980s brought a slow down of Britain’s investment in public and social buildings, thus the influence of the state upon the architectural agenda also diminished … the statement architecture of private capital came to influence the image of UK’s development. Glass and steel towers now define the appearance not only in London, but in many of the UK’s major cities. New monuments like Norman Foster’s The Gherkin or Renzo Piano’s The Shard have little to no connection to England’s architectural traditions but instead aim to create a globally recognizable image and stimulate local economic growth. There is no linear stylistic development, but representative buildings have taken cues from the High-Tech movement in the 1990s, as exemplified by Lloyd’s building in London, Post-Modernism, in the case of Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery, designed by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, or Deconstructivism, as in Daniel Libeskind’s Imperial War Museum North.”

London skyline overlooking the Thames from The Globe Theatre; Photo Credit: Nancy Reilly

While overseeing the architectural landscape of the city was not the monarch’s primary obligation, it will be hard for architectural communities and historians to overlook Queen Elizabeth II’s impact and legacy over the past 70 years. The article states, “Whereas the Queen’s forbears sealed their legacies by commissioning cities, palaces, and cathedrals, the Queen has been discreet in expressing interest in directly influencing the built environment. It might be a little early to assess it. Still, maybe in the future, with the added benefit of hindsight, we might appreciate Elizabeth II’s era as one of progress, innovation, and constantly improving quotidian comforts.”

Source: ArchDaily


For a deeper dive into the relationship of architecture and metal and its impact on cities and communities, we invite you to join us next month for The Architect’s Experience at METALCON, a “show-within-a-show” produced in partnership with AECDaily, offering design professionals an intimate look at how metal can help you solve your toughest architectural, structural, environmental, and building performance challenges. METALCON ’22 takes place October 12-14 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The program features founding principal of Building Science Corporation, Dr. Joe Lstiburek, who will delve into the world of energy flow with his keynote address, “There’s No Such Thing as a Free Thermodynamic Lunch – How Changing Energy Flow Changes Everything.” In addition, get a special architects-only guided tour of the show floor, exclusive networking opportunities with key manufacturers of metal products, and the opportunity to earn up to 19 AIA LU’s including 12 HSWs with 25+ expert-led education sessions curated for design professionals.

METALCON is produced by PSMJ | Resources, Inc. and sponsored by the Metal Construction Association.

Get to Know Indy – Top Things to Do

In one month, the metal construction community will come together in Indianapolis for the most influential metal construction and design event in the world. While we know most of your time will be spent inside the convention center, there is much to enjoy outside. October is one of Indy’s comfortable autumn weather months with very low humidity and average temperatures in the low to mid 60s, perfect for exploring the city during non-show hours. In addition to the dining scene, Indy’s unique collection of attractions offer a variety of experiences for all ages and interests. An easy way to explore in a short amount of time is to take advantage of Indy’s Attraction Pass with their 1-or 3-day pass option.

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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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TODAY AT 1:00 PM EST – METALCONLive! and MCA Presents: It’s All in the (Air) Flow

FREE WEBINAR ALERT! REGISTER NOW AND JOIN US IN 1 HOUR! Join Sam Gray and “The Code Man” Bill Beals TODAY at 1:00 PM as they dive into a critical topic for most builders — air flow in metal buildings.

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Discover the benefits of ventilation to maximize comfort and gain an understanding of national and regional codes. Bill will explore and explain the current codes in metal buildings relevant to ventilation and air flow. Considered a “must attend” for anyone in the metal building industry, learn best practices, products, and systems for all things ventilation. Reserve an hour of your time next week and receive an immediate return on your investment – for free!

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Could Your New Product be a METALCON 2022 Award Winner – FINAL DAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION!

SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION by NEXT TUESDAY, JULY 12.

Why nominate your product?

  • Exposure! Your product will be exposed to thousands of decision makers and influencers.
  • PR coverage! Enjoy the free publicity before, during and after the show.
  • Booth traffic! Winners will receive special recognition at METALCON.
  • Winners qualify for the People’s Choice Award on-site at METALCON.

If you are exhibiting at METALCON 2022, and if you introduced a product to market after Jan. 1, 2021, nominate your new metal product in a variety of 15 categories by next Tuesday, July 12. Exhibitors are eligible to nominate one top metal product in one product category only. Read more for the list of categories.

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METALCONLive! and MCA Presents: It’s All in the (Air) Flow

FREE WEBINAR ALERT! REGISTER TODAY!

REGISTER HERE!

Join Sam Gray and “The Code Man” Bill Beals next Wednesday, July 13 at 1:00 PM, as they delve into a critical topic for most builders — air flow in metal buildings. Discover the benefits of ventilation to maximize comfort and gain an understanding of national and regional codes. Bill will explore and explain the current codes in metal buildings relevant to ventilation and air flow. Considered a “must attend” for anyone in the metal building industry, learn best practices, products, and systems for all things ventilation. Reserve an hour of your time next week and receive an immediate return on your investment – for free!

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2022 METALCON TOP PRODUCT AWARDS – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 12!

Why nominate your product?

  • Exposure! Your product will be exposed to thousands of decision makers and influencers.
  • PR coverage! Enjoy the free publicity before, during and after the show.
  • Booth traffic! Winners will receive special recognition at METALCON.
  • Winners qualify for the People’s Choice Award on-site at METALCON.

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION by TUESDAY, JULY 12.

If you are exhibiting at METALCON 2022, and if you introduced a product to market after Jan. 1, 2021, nominate your new metal product in a variety of 15 categories. Exhibitors are eligible to nominate one top metal product in one product category only. Read more for the list of categories.

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Introducing MetalCoffeeShop® with “Inside Metal Roofing” FREE Webinar TODAY

WHEN: TODAY, June 29 at 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ETREGISTER NOW

Join Heidi J. Ellsworth and Sherwin Williams as they host a panel of metal roofing experts TODAY at 2PM EST. In this RLW (Read*Listen*Watch), Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings and leading metal roofing experts share what is happening “Inside Metal Roofing” today. Focused on the need for skilled labor, these experts will share how training for sales and installation along with increasing technology is changing the face of the industry for contractors and consumers alike. They will also talk about the newly launched MetalCoffeeShop and how it will bring much needed education, information and network to metal contractors.

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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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Metal Construction Hall of Fame 2022

Announced at the recent Metal Building Contractors & Erectors (MBCEA) Conference held jointly with the Metal Building Manufacturing Association (MBMA) in Tucson, Arizona last week, six industry leaders were inducted in this year’s Metal Construction Hall of Fame.

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2022 METALCON TOP PRODUCT AWARDS – Nominate Today!

METALCON, the only global event for metal construction and design products, technologies and solutions, is currently accepting nominations for the 2022 Top Product Awards! Judy Geller, METALCON Show Director, shares, “We are excited to launch our second annual Top Product Awards program. We had a great response last year and look forward to once again recognizing the top new products and technologies in the industry.”

If you are exhibiting at METALCON this year, and if you introduced a product to market after Jan. 1, 2021, you can nominate your new metal product in a variety of 15 categories. Exhibitors are eligible to nominate one top metal product in one product category only. Metal product categories include:

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Early Bird Gets the Worm … Why This Bird Can Save you Money

METALCON ’22 will be “roaring” into Indianapolis in only five short months so make plans today to attend. Save time and money by registering this week to get a discount off the already low early bird pricing. Home to the famous Indy 500 Race, “rev your engines” and join us in Indy at the only global event dedicated exclusively to the application of metal in design where you can visit with over 300 exhibitors, learn from industry experts, and network with designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators and suppliers from more than 50 countries.

REGISTER BY MAY 15 USING CODE “RACETOREGISTER” TO SAVE

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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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Magnificent Metal Monday – RoofersCoffeeShop Celebrates 20 Years!

Though the years, one of the pillars of METALCON’s success has been its strong partnerships with industry pioneers. One such partnership has been with Heidi Ellsworth and her team at the RoofersCoffeeShop® (RCS) and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome her back THIS Wednesday to METALCON Live! for a special presentation titled, “A View From the Roof.”

METALCON would like to congratulate RCS on celebrating 20 years and for providing a true online community for the roofing industry. Among the many hats she wears, she is an amazing moderator and this week will be no different. Join Heidi this Wednesday as she leads a dynamic panel discussion with commercial and residential roofing professionals to talk the latest in metal roofing to help attendees gain a view of what is in the pipeline and a look at the current customer demands.

REGISTER TODAY! EARN 1 AIA LU CREDIT
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What’s a Home Without Its Roof? A Look at What’s Happening in the Roofing World

With National Roofing Week approaching in about a month, let’s look at what’s happening in the roofing world (with a slight bias toward metal roofs of course!).

Earlier this month, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), hosted 224 participants – 88 attending for the first time – at Roofing Day 2022 on April 5-6 in Washington, D.C. Roofing professionals from throughout the U.S. met with 173 members of Congress and their staffs to advocate for solutions to workforce and supply chain challenges through immigration reform, Perkins career and technical education grants, and reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. NRCA reported 62% of these meetings were in-person, and attendees were able to meet with Congress members from 34 different states, with top top state represented being Ohio, followed by Texas, California, Florida and Maryland. 

METALCON Live! “A View from the Roof” – Wednesday, May 4 at 1:00 PM … READ MORE …

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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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Magnificent Metal Monday – METALCON Registration Opens!

What could be more MAGNIFICENT then having registration OPEN for METALCON 2022!! Join us October 12 – 14 as Indianapolis welcomes us with their “Hoozier Hospitality!”

Everyone Start your Registrations!

REGISTER by May 15th and get an EXTRA $20 OFF Early Bird Pricing — that’s a savings of up to $75! Enter promo code: RaceToRegister to activate $20 bonus

Read more to learn what will be new at METALCON and what will be returning …

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NO JOKING AROUND — METALCON 2022 is Only 6 Months Away!

It may be April Fool’s Day today, but all kidding aside, we are only 6 months away from METALCON 2022 — the only global event focused exclusively on the use of metal in construction and design! If you are a construction professional, an architect, engineer or specifier who uses, plans to use, or wants to expand into metal in construction, this is a “must-attend” event for you. Not only will thousands of metal fabricators, suppliers, distributors and manufactures from around the globe come to showcase the greatest range of metal construction products, services equipment and technology in the world, but METALCON also touts the most comprehensive education program in the industry.

BLOCK OUT YOUR CALENDAR AND JOIN US OCTOBER 12-14 IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA!

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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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SAFETY FIRST! Back by Popular Demand – METALFOCUS® Safety Training Program

“This course provided me with a better understanding of the safety related intricacies in metal building construction.” – Steve Wykoff, TKS Contracting

Back by popular demand, the inaugural METALFOCUS® Safety Program is available ONLINE for you to use as a valuable training tool for you and your employees. Safety is a priority for every metal business but how do you prove it to your employees, your customers and your insurance company? How do you ensure your entire team is aware of the latest metal safety rules, tools, trends and techniques to avoid costly or potentially fatal accidents? This series of 10 one-hour virtual courses goes beyond traditional OSHA-10 safety training to address situations that are unique to metal job-sites.

All 10 METALFOCUS training courses are now available for you or your staff to access On-Demand. Each course earns you 1 AIA HSW LU and certificate. Earn 10 AIA HSW LU Credits by taking the full program!

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NEW NRCA PROCertification Metal Panel Roof Systems Installer Program

The National Roofers Contractor Association (NRCA), in partnership with MRA and MCA, is launching a new PROCertification® Metal Panel Roof Systems Installer Program. NRCA certifies workers who have met all the requirements for different types of roof system installation, allowing them to earn professional credentials. Uplevel you and your team’s expertise and skills while taking advantage of continuing education by becoming ProCertified for metal panel roofing systems.

SPECIAL PRE-LAUNCH SALE FROM METAL ROOFING ALLIANCE: From March 31 – April 15, installer applicants can save $300 by using code MPRS300 when signing up for the program

Through NRCA PROCertification®, NRCA’s national certification initiative, experienced workers who demonstrate substantial roofing skills and knowledge can become certified by NRCA in specific roof system installations.

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