Category Archives: design and build

TODAY — Join us at 1:00 pm as Industry Expert Bob Zabcik Discusses EPD’s and LCA’s on METALCON Live!


“Are you using sustainable products?” If your clients and partners aren’t already asking you this question, it’s just a matter of time before they are. While it’s relatively easy to find some type of Environmental Product Definition (EPD) online for most building products, how do you know if they really make your building greener? As it relates to the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of metal products, who is the authority, and how do you communicate the benefits of metal to your clients and partners? Join the webinar today at 1:00 PM and earn 1 FREE AIA LU!

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Industry Expert Bob Zabcik Featured on Next Week’s METALCON Live!

METALCON Live! and the MCA Present … EPD’s and LCA’s: We Have Them, Now What?


“Are you using sustainable products?” If your clients and partners aren’t already asking you this question, it’s just a matter of time before they are. While it’s relatively easy to find some type of Environmental Product Definition (EPD) online for most building products, how do you know if they really make your building greener? As it relates to the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of metal products, who is the authority, and how do you communicate the benefits of metal to your clients and partners?

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Metal for Wind Mitigation

McElroy Metal Provides Hurricane-Safe Solution For Municipal Complex’s Roof

One of the myths “demystified” in last week’s METALCON Live! “Metal Building Systems 101” was that metal was not an ideal choice for buildings subjected to harsh climate conditions. In addition to our industry experts explaining why this was not true, an example was highlighted in the recent issue of DesignandBuildwithMetal. The newly completed Municipal Complex located in the Town of Surf City, North Carolina, selected metal roofing because it was able to meet the high-wind requirements of the coast. The article explained “durability as the main consideration for selecting McElroy Metal’s Maxima standing seam metal roofing.”

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Soak up Some Sun and Education at MCA’s Winter Meeting

Join your peers and industry experts while being surrounded by the beauty and warmth of the Sonoran Desert at the upcoming MCA Winter Meeting, January 24-26, 2022, at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. Along with networking time, the meeting is an opportunity to participate in marketing and technical initiatives related to metal in construction. Members and non-members are welcome to attend and registration includes access to educational sessions, keynote address, welcome reception, awards reception and dinner.


MCA is monitoring the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and will implement all precautions mandated by Arizona and Maricopa County COVID Guidelines and the current CDC recommendations.

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Metal Building Myths Debunked

METALCON Live! kicked off its 2022 series yesterday by “bringing it back to the basics.” In their presentation, “Metal Building Systems 101,” industry experts Lee Shoemaker, director of research and engineering for the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), and Steve Reiners, technical director with Behlen Building Systems, walked the audience through a thorough overview of metal buildings and debunked several myths including why metal buildings are ideal for design flexibility, creativity, and sustainability.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Microhome Community Helps to End Homelessness is a Top Story of 2021

Photo Credit: Leonid Furmansky; Community First! Village in Austin, Texas

One of Architect Magazine’s top stories of 2021 included “Small Houses, Big Impact,” by Madeleine D’Angelo, about two microhome developments in Texas build to combat homelessness with attention on having a sense of community in the design. Metal takes center stage in the design and construction of the majority of the microhomes.

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METALCON Congratulates Industry Veteran and ATAS President Dick Bus

As announced by ATAS International and featured in DesignandBuildwithMetal earlier this month, Dick Bus, President of ATAS International, has received an Icon Honors award. The awards, presented on November 4, recognized Greater Lehigh Valley business leaders for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership both within and outside of their chosen fields. The awards not only celebrate the recipients’ leadership skills, but also their dedication to their community.

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MCA Releases New White Paper Series on Metal Roofing and PV Solar Systems

White papers are part of MCA’s Metal University Online Learning

Last month, the Metal Construction Association (MCA) released a three-part white paper series on Metal Roofing & PV Solar Systems Parts 1, 2 & 3. Part one had been published earlier this year; parts two and three were recently added to expand on the original paper and supply additional technical guidance for optimal installation and mounting of photovoltaic (PV) solar systems on metal roofing.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Standing Seam Metal Roof Ideal for Solar

Solar Ready Metal Roofing Project Wins First Place in ATAS International’s 2020 competition for Commercial Roofs Category

Each year, ATAS International, Inc., holds an annual “Project of the Year” competition to recognize projects, large or small, that feature ATAS metal panels. Given last week’s METALCON Live! focus on the solar industry, check out this first-place award winner for the commercial roofs category in ATAS International’s 2020 competition announced in June of this year. The state-of-the-art Riverview Branch Library in Riverview, Florida, features Field-Lok standing seam metal roof panels, manufactured by ATAS in Dove Grey .040 aluminum. The panels, with a 2” seam height and 15-¼” panel width, were mechanically seamed, followed by the installation of photovoltaic panels. The 2” Field-Lok panel is a double-locked structural panel that can meet severe load requirements.

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Join us TODAY at 1:00 PM for Solar Expert Webinar on METALCON Live! – REGISTER FOR FREE

This course qualifies for 1 AIA LU.

Join Dan Javan of Suntuity TODAY at 1PM for an eye-opening hour as he shares information on solar in the United States and how “Net Zero” construction will become an even bigger aspect of future construction projects.

During his ten years as CEO of Suntuity, Dan Javan has become an authority on all things solar. In this informative presentation, Dan will provide a brief history of solar in the United States, including the origins of early growth. He will also summarize current government mandates and incentives at both the federal and local levels and offer his thoughts on the current popularity of solar and its forecast for future growth. Dan will discuss why metal roofs are an ideal platform for solar integration and share best practices on leveraging solar as an additional profit center. Finally, as “Net Zero” construction continues to gain momentum, Dan will examine the emergence of the category, the role metal roofs play in “Net Zero” construction and the future considerations for everyone in the construction industry.

Magnificent Metal Monday – Solar and Net Zero

Our next METALCONLive! is happening THIS Wednesday and puts solar and net zero construction in the spotlight. Entrepreneur turned solar expert, Dan Javan, CEO of Suntuity, will speak on the growth of solar and the emergence of net zero construction. While Suntuity has been busy making solar more accessible to the masses, they now have another accomplishment – building their first “Net Zero” structure, a unique, one-of-a-kind home running solely on renewable energy sources. Their “Net Zero Home Project” will operate as a completely self-sustaining LEED Platinum certified home that meets ENERGY STAR® and Department of Energy requirements.

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Get to know the Metal Construction Association

For nearly 40 years, the Metal Construction Association (MCA) has focused on one key strategy – to promote the use of metal in the building envelope through marketing, education, and action on public policies that affect metal’s use. It is a volunteer-led organization with much of the work achieved through strong leadership by its board of directors and member-driven MCA councils and committees. In addition to the annual METALCON event, full membership meetings are held twice each year with the next one coming up next month in the beauty and warmth of the Sonoran Desert in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Next Week: FREE Webinar on the Growth of Solar and the Emergence of Net Zero Construction

Join Suntuity CEO, Dan Javan, next Wednesday, December 8th at 1:00 PM for an eye opening hour as he shares information on solar in the United States and how Net Zero construction will become an even bigger aspect of future construction projects.


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MBCEA Announces New President

METALCON would like to congratulate Jennifer Heimburger of Heimburger Construction Inc. as the next president of the Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA). The MBCEA National Board ratified the election of officers and new board members during its annual meeting held October 7, 2021, in Tampa, FL during the METALCON trade show. Jennifer is currently serving as vice president of MBCEA.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Shanghai Astronomy Museum is “Out of This World”

With the recent full moon, lunar eclipse and the upcoming rocket launch scheduled for this week, MMM takes a look at the world’s largest astronomy museum that opened its doors earlier this year in Shanghai. Architectural Digest says, “Any museum can get a telescope and point it to the stars, but few can bring the wonders of the galaxy down to Earth. The new Shanghai Astronomy Museum is potentially the world’s most majestic museum devoted to the skies.” The museum’s designer, Thomas J. Wong, a design partner at Ennead Architects, explains how the elliptical, silvery structure “embodies some of the fundamental laws of astrophysics.” READ MORE to learn how metal played a integral role in achieving the design goals.

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METALCONLive! Presents: Fundamentals of Rainscreen Design – REGISTER TODAY

METALCON Live! returns tomorrow at 1:00 pm with the first of our new series, “The Best of METALCON,” with Fundamentals of Rainscreen Design. Join Managing Director of Pivoth Corp and Vice Chairman at Rainscreen Association in North America (RAiNA), Steve Gaynor, for a deeper look at the reasons for using a rainscreen and the performance requirements.

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Metal Architecture Design Awards 2021

As announced by Metal Architecture in July, the MA Design Awards are celebrating a decade and have become the defining award program for the metal construction industry, with some of the most exciting projects seen in the architecture landscape. The 2021 Metal Architecture Design Awards represent a variety of great projects in the metal construction industry and showcase exciting uses of metal that take design to the top of the class.

METALCON would like to highlight two projects that were also winning projects in our recent Metal in Architecture Design & Photo Contest: The Bézier Curve House and the David M. Rubenstein Forum; as announced at METALCON 2021 last month in Tampa.

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Back by Popular Demand – METALCONLive! Presents: Fundamentals of Rainscreen Design

METALCON Live! returns next week with the first of our new series, “The Best of METALCON,” with Fundamentals of Rainscreen Design. Join Managing Director of Pivoth Corp and Vice Chairman at Rainscreen Association in North America (RAiNA), Steve Gaynor, next Wednesday November 17, 2021 at 1PM ET.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Bézier Curve + Zinc = Winning Roof

Photo: Greg Van Riel / Metal Architecture

Another winner in METALCON’s inaugural Metal in Architecture Design photo contest for the “Roofing” category was awarded to Rheinzink for their Bézier Curve House/A-House located in North York, Ontario, Canada.

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NEW Metal Architecture Academy Launched by MCA

On the heels of METALCON 2021 where architects were in the spotlight with the new Architect’s Experience, the Metal Construction Association has announced the launch of their new Metal Architecture Academy, emphasizing the importance of educating the design community on the uses and benefits of metal. As reported by DesignandBuildwithMetal, “The Academy includes eight courses which provide opportunities to learn about metal walls and roofing as sustainable and flexible solutions for today’s architectural challenges, as well as design options that are unique and inspiring.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday – ATAS’ Winning Project

Photo Credit: University of Chicago

Earlier this month, winners of the inaugural Metal in Architecture design and construction project photo competition were announced at METALCON 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Long time exhibitor and METALCON sponsor, ATAS International, Inc., took home the grand prize for the work they did on the recently completed David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago. Along with the special recognition at the show, they were awarded $1,000, which they generously donated back to METALCON’s “give back” charity, Feeding Tampa Bay. Completed in 2020, the Forum is a 90,000 square foot facility designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) and built with a vision for intellectual, institutional and academic exchange.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Winners of Metal in Architecture Awards announced at METALCON

Last week at METALCON 2021, the show floor was all “a buzz” when the winners of the inaugural design and construction project photo competition were announced and recognized. The amazing projects featuring metal in design were showcased in the first ever “Metal in Architecture Gallery” prominently displayed on the METALCON show floor (pictured above). We congratulate the following winners:

Grand Prize Winner and for the category Walls: ATAS International, Project 18: David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago 

Photo Credit: ATAS

Roofs: Rheinzink, Project 24: Bezier Curve House/A-House

Photo credit: Parametric-Architecture

Ornamental/ Architectural Features and Interior: Gotca Group, Project 2: Museum of Tomorrow

Photo Credit: Architect Magazine

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METALCON 2021 – Day 1


Coming to you from on-site at the Tampa Convention Center where the first day of METALCON 2021 began bright and early with eager attendees lining up to register while others took advantage of training workshops. Delivering his keynote address to a packed theater, Captain Keith Colburn, leadership expert and start of the TV series, “The Deadliest Catch” shared his insights on leadership, teamwork, safety and his personal stories of success.

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Important Federal Update on Solar Trade to be featured at METALCON This Week

Join us in Tampa next week, Wednesday, Oct. 6th, at METALCON, for a Federal Update on Solar Trade & Manufacturing by Justin Vandenbroeck, President of the Florida Solar Energy Industry Association (FlaSEIA).

Opportunities and challenges continue to define the solar industry in the United States. While demand for solar energy continues to soar, the industry faces increased logistics and materials costs as well as gaps in the domestic solar supply chain. Justin Vandenbroeck, president of FlaSEIA, will present the outlook for solar in the United States along with the State of Florida, and present insights into industry efforts to grow domestic solar manufacturing and current international trade issues.  TO REGISTER, go here! THIS SESSION QUALIFIES FOR .10 ICC CEU AND FOR 1 AIA LU.

About FlaSEIA

FlaSEIA is a trade association representing solar photovoltaic and solar thermal contractors, installers, manufacturers, distributors, consultants, engineers, and designers.


METALCON is the largest international event in the metal construction and design industry. Established in 1991, it’s the only annual tradeshow and conference devoted exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction. Contractors, architects, developers, owners, fabricators, manufacturers and suppliers from more than 50 countries attend each year. Industry experts from 200 leading companies exhibit the latest products, solutions and game-changing technologies, while sharing their knowledge with attendees. METALCON’s success is based on a dynamic exhibit hall, extensive educational programs and interactive learning opportunities. METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources, Inc., and sponsored by the Metal Construction Association. For more information, visit METALCON or register here.


Want to learn how to get an ROI at a trade show? How about understanding the importance of METALCON’s Architect Experience? And you won’t want to miss the panel of experts assembled to discuss “Cladding Safety for Fire Prevention” — METALCONLive! presents these important topics beginning tomorrow at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM EST and Wednesday at 1:00 pm.

Read on to learn more and to register for each.

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What do a Fisherman and an Economist Have in Common?

These accomplished individuals will bring a fascinating combination of motivation, inspiration and education in their keynote addresses at METALCON 2021, October 6 and 7, in beautiful Tampa, Florida! Despite their vastly different backgrounds, “Deadliest Catch” Captain Keith Colburn and Chief Economist Ken Simonson, will share valuable information and advice to help you grow your business and achieve financial success. We are less than 30 days from meeting back IN PERSON at the only global event dedicated to the application of metal in design and construction. Check out the METALCON DIGITAL SHOW GUIDE to start planning and REGISTER TODAY!

Magnificent Metal Monday – IMP Spotlight

“Metal Goes to the Movies” as seen in Architect Magazine

State-of-the-art, eight-screen movie theater in Elizabeth City, N.C.; Ceco Building Systems

The unique combination of energy efficiency provided by the insulated wall panels’ superior R-values and the versatile design options of various colors, orientations, and depths led to the selection of insulated metal wall panels for this new $10 million, state-of-the-art 31,820-square-foot movie complex.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Sky Pool Held up by Invisible Steel Frame

Photos: Simon Kennedy courtesy HAL Architects

Suspended 115 feet in the air, the world’s first floating pool opened in London on May 15. Architecture Digest reports, “The 82-foot-long heated oasis, which stretches across two flat roofs of the five-star hotel-like Embassy Gardens’ prominent Legacy buildings, is perhaps the world’s largest single piece of load-bearing acrylic.” What’s holding up the central section – an invisible steel frame!

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Send us your METAL! Deadline Extended to September 1 for Metal in Architecture Project Contest

Attention architects, designers, contractors, manufacturers and owners … Submit your high-quality photos of your best, coolest, most interesting and inspiring projects that feature metal in the interior or exterior design!




For the first time ever, METALCON is hosting a stunning exhibit of the best metal project photos from around the globe, displayed in the Metal in Architecture Gallery located on the exhibit floor. Not only is this a perfect forum to showcase your company’s best metal project, it’s an opportunity to receive a sweet reward for your hard work.

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METALCON Live! FREE WEBINAR TODAY AT 1PM — Metal Building Industry Setting the Bar with AC478


Industry leaders, Art Hance and Jen Heimburger (bios below), will present and answer questions about the Metal Building Assemblers Inspection Accreditation AC478. They will provide an overview of this important accreditation program that will improve the quality of work in the metal building industry. Both Art and Jen are currently serving in leadership roles with the Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA). This accreditation program is recognized as a measure of quality endorsed by the MBCEA, the North American Iron Workers/IMPACT Labor-Management, the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) and the International Code Council (ICC).

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