Category Archives: design and build professionals

Magnificent Metal Monday – METALCONLive! Makes Its Return

“Construction, Metal Construction and Design: Trends and Outlook”

When: Wednesday, October 7 at 1:00 PM EST

Where: Live and On-Demand!

Cost: FREE

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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.

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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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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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‘Metal Tapestry is Key Feature in Frank Gehry’s New Eisenhower Memorial’ – METALCON’s Magnificent Metal Monday

Metal tapestry at night at Eisenhower Memorial Commission; Credit: Architect Magazine.

Metal Tapestry is Key Feature in Frank Gehry’s New Eisenhower Memorial

According to Architect Magazine, the memorial, designed by Frank Gehry, FAIA, and executed in partnership with AECOM is scheduled to open on Septemeber 17. Its key feature is a metal tapestry 60 feet tall and 450 feet wide—almost three quarters of an acre of woven stainless steel, held aloft by piers the height of an eight-story building. The screen replicates a freehand sketch by Gehry himself of Pointe du Hoc, a D-Day landing site in Normandy. The tapestry is nearly transparent in daytime: The gridded façade of the 1961 Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building, designed by the firms Faulkner, Kingsbury and Stenhouse and Chatelain, Gauger and Nolan, is visible behind it. But when the sun goes down, the memorial comes alive by a special lighting scheme done by the New York firm L’Observatoire International that make the outlines of Gehry’s sketch glow brightly on the tapestry.

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Promoting Diversity in Workforce Development

Photo Credit: Let’s Build Construction Camp for Girls

In celebration of National Roofing Week, we are proud to bring you an amazing story about a collaborative effort being done in Pennsylvania to promote diversity in work force development. ATAS International, one of METALCON’s long-standing exhibitors, was once again involved in their local “Let’s Build Construction Camp for Girls” last month. This year, the “advanced camp” group designed and constructed a shed from the ground up, as part of a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser, including the installation of an ATAS metal roof. Now in its fourth year, this annual event serves as a way for the design and construction community in the Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania area to promote work force development for the industry as a whole. Continue reading for the ATAS’ press release on the initiative.

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2020 MCN Building and Roofing Awards – Submit Entry

The Metal Construction News Building and Roofing Awards, celebrating their 33rd year, have continually showcased the innovation and excitement of the metal construction industry.

Projects that were completed after Jan. 1, 2019 are eligible in the following categories:

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

For more information, download the entry form here. Submit entry by September 18, 2020.

For a list of the 2019 winners, click HERE. Metal Construction News is the proud sponsor of the METALCON Official Show Guide. Due to ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, METALCON 2020 has been postponed until 2021 and will take place October 6-8 in Tampa, Florida. For the full update on the show, click HERE.

Celebrate National Roofing Week this week by submitting an entry today!

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.

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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Sales of New Homes Built Set Record in June

As featured in the recent issues of DesignandBuildwithMetal.com, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reports that sales of newly built, single-family homes rose to their highest level since the Great Recession, up 13.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 776,000 units in June, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The June rate is 6.9 percent higher than the June 2019 pace. Chuck Fowke, chairman of the NAHB, says these numbers could be “a sign that the housing market is leading the economy during the coronavirus outbreak.”

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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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Backyard Offices are the Newest “Prefab” Trend

The pandemic crisis forced thousands around the world to leave their offices and work from home. Needless to say, this has not been an easy adjustment given the distractions found at home — kids, pets, rowdy roommates, limited space and more. There is a SOLUTION – a prefabricated backyard office or “studio shed!” These are amazing! Keep reading to learn more.

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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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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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Magnificent Metal Monday – Metal Product Resources

ONLINE PRODUCT MARKETPLACES

With the impact of the pandemic still being felt, it is more important than ever to connect with design professionals, manufacturers, and suppliers that can be trusted to deliver top-quality metal construction products and services. Three online product “marketplaces” that can assist you include METALCON’s NEW Product Marketplace, DesignandBuildWithMetal.com’s Product Showcase, and The Metal Directory and Resource Guide brought to you by Metal Construction News.

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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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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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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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