Category Archives: Coronavirus

METALCON Live! Returns with a look at “Construction, Metal Construction and Design: Trends and Outlook”

METALCONLive! made a robust return this week with a peek into the “future.” Normally we would be gathering for the annual, in-person event this month — METALCONLive! makes it possible to be together “virtually.”  As Director Judy Geller said in her opening remarks, “We can’t have our live event as usual, but that doesn’t mean we have abandoned our mission of bringing together buyers, sellers, manufacturers and suppliers of metal for use in design and construction.”

Moderator, Frank Stasiowski, FAIA and METALCON Co-Founder in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, along with a “blue-ribbon” panel of experts, tackled the issues surrounding market changes for the construction and metal construction industry, and what to expect heading into next year. 

Panelists included Tony Bouquot, General Manager, Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), Paul Giovannoni, Managing Director, FMI Corporation, and Alan Scott, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Senior Consultant, Building Science Solutions at Intertek. Unfortunately Dr. Sarah Skidmore, Leadership Development Consultant and Executive Coach with Skidmore Consulting, had to cancel due to illness. We wish her well and hope to welcome her on a future MCLive! program.

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Magnificent Metal Monday

Fast Food Chain Responding to Changing Needs Due to Pandemic

As businesses continue to pivot and adjust to the changing times, fast food chains are responding as well. As reported by Building Design + Construction, Restaurant Brands International (RBI) will begin to roll out new designs for its Burger King chain that are only two fifths the physical footprint of its traditional fast-food restaurant to provide customers with different ways food can be ordered and delivered with an emphasis on mobile ordering and drive-thru.

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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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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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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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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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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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News from MBCEA

The Metal Building Contractors & Erectors Association has had a busy few months. Due to the COVID pandemic, they shifted gears and changed their 51st Annual Conference from a three-day live event into a 30-day online event last month. Additionally, MBCEA formally recognized their 2020 Building of the Year winners during this “virtual event,” which is typically done in person at the annual conference.

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MCN Looks at “Uncharted Waters” with Expert Panel

As we head into this holiday weekend, be sure to carve out some time to read the feature story posted yesterday by Metal Construction News titled, “Uncharted Waters.” Paul Deffenbaug, editorial director, asks five industry experts to weigh in on the current business environment given the disruption caused by the coronovirus pandemic. They all respond to questions covering these five key areas: length of time for the industry to bounce back, the greatest challenges being faced as a result of coronavirus from a business perspective, the effect on the labor shortage, the best tactical moves to address the changing market and recommendations to get the industry back on track.

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METALCON 2020 IS “PEDAL TO THE METAL” – REGISTRATION IS OPEN

It’s all systems go for METALCON 2020, the largest annual gathering of the metal construction industry! Kick-start your business growth to help “build back better” and ensure a stronger 2021 at our 30th Anniversary event scheduled for October 21-23 in Las Vegas.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

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Vegas is Open and METALCON is “Pedal to the Metal”

If you haven’t heard yet, METALCON 2020 is full steam ahead for October 21 – 23 in Las Vegas! METALCONLive! switched gears this week to bring you a LIVE update from the team whose number one priority is to provide the safest and healthiest environment possible for the event.

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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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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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Magnificent Metal Monday

Mark your calendars for June 15 – 18! In just one week, the Metal Construction Association kicks off its Virtual Summer Meeting.

MCA’s Virtual Summer Meeting Will Give Real Benefits

This event is now FREE and available for members and qualified non-members in the metal construction industry. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to attend lectures and discussions related to metal in the building envelope today and in the future, and network with industry leaders and peers. This is a great way for non-members to experience the benefits of an MCA membership!

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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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METALCON Technology Survey, Tools and Resources


METALCON TECHNOLOGY SURVEY

CONTECH will make its return at METALCON 2020, scheduled for October 21-23 in Las Vegas! To help us better serve you, please complete this 2-minute TECHNOLOGY SURVEY.

TECHNOLOGY TOOLS AND RESOURCES

CONTECH made its debut on the show floor last year at METALCON 2019 and provided an interactive hub that showcased the game-changing technologies shaping the construction industry today and tomorrow.

Since the pandemic crisis started, industries around the globe have been forced to pivot and find new ways to work during the lockdowns. Before we knew it, the use of technology in the construction arena made a quick transition from “good to have” to being a necessity. From mobile technology to aerial photography to video conferencing, the industry is discovering a whole new way to work and while doing so, re-designing the business model. Digital engagement is here to stay!

Technology has been discussed in several of our new weekly METALCONLive! broadcast events so we thought we would provide you with some of the resources and tools mentioned over the past several weeks.

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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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Magnificent Memorial Day

As the country begins a new phase of the pandemic crisis, with some areas beginning to reopen and others still facing stricter restrictions, let us all pause today to reflect and honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

METALCONLive! will “pause” this week and return next Wednesday, June 3, at 1:00 pm EST. REGISTER for this free and “live” opportunity to connect with metal construction professionals from around the country.

For updated METALCON show news, check out the latest issue of METALCONnection, METALCON’s monthly newsletter.

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Metal Construction News Survey Results

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Updated Coronavirus Impact Survey Results

The coronavirus shutdown has been going since the middle of March with states ordering shelter in place restrictions at varying times. Now, nearly two months later, the country is trying to open back up for business. MCN’s third survey in the last month delves into attitudes within the metal construction industry about the threat and how it has affected its businesses.

Highlights from the third survey:

  • Fatigue is creeping into attitudes.
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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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Architects Help Design COVID-19 Face Shields

Face shield designed by architecture firm Foster & Partners

Check out the recent article published by ArchDaily showcasing architects from around the world who are helping in the fight against COVID-19 by designing protective face shields. One such company is Foster & Partners who have designed a general-purpose prototype reusable face visor, suitable for cleaning and reuse, aimed at fast mass production. The amazing part is that the design is available to download, cut in under 30 seconds and assembled in under a minute. The article comments, “Using 3D printing technology, easy to assemble techniques, and low-cost material, firms, universities, and individuals have mobilized their expertise to create face shields for citizens and medical staff.”

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY.

CALLING ALL ARCHITECTS! METALCON 2020 will be featuring NEW special programming for architects at the show this year scheduled for October 21 – 23, 2020 in Las Vegas.The full day program will earn AIA credits and access to the exhibits will be included in registration. PRE-REGISTER to receive show updates.

TODAY – TUNE INTO METALCONLive! at 1:00 PM – What is your Re-Opening Plan?

METALCONLive! continues today at 1:00 PM EST. Available for FREE to our friends (and yours) in the metal construction industry. REGISTER NOW.

Join 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. This week Frank and Rob welcome special guests, Danny Kerr, Managing Partner, Breakthrough Academy and Adam Mazella, Executive Vice President of Sheffield Metals.

Recaps of previous weeks can be found by clicking on these links: Week 1Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4.

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Frank’s “38 Questions to Ask -and Answer- When Designing Your Reopening Plan.”