Category Archives: design and build

Magnificent Metal Monday

screen-shot-2018-03-23-at-12-39-36-pmThis new construction project in the North Woods of Wisconsin features a standing seam metal roof comprised of zinc panels. Photos: RHEINZINK/ Roofingmagazine.com.

Zinc?  Why yes, zinc!  By having the awesome responsibility of blogging for the METALCON community, perusing the metal building and construction trades is a daily activity.  Stories about zinc roofing projects seem to be appearing with regularity so it raised a bit of curiosity.  Zinc has been around since the dark ages … well, maybe not that long, but zinc has a rich global history and is known for its long lifespan. Continue reading

Big Win for Solar Energy

pexels-photo-421888.jpegBreaking News!  This week California became the first state to mandate solar panels on new home construction.  As reported by the Wall Street Journal, “The California Energy Commission voted unanimously to approve a mandate that residential buildings up to three stories high, including single-family homes and condos, be built with solar installations starting in 2020.”  Final approval will be made by the Building Standards Commission later this year.   Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Monday

adelanto1Innovation happens when two metal manufacturing companies team up!  When McElroy Metal wanted to add solar panels to its California manufacturing plant, they called on fellow METALCON exhibitor, S-5! to assist.  Although their California plant didn’t necessarily need a new roof, after seeing the success they had from installing solar panels to their facility in Peachtree City, GA, McElroy decided it was worth the investment.  After almost five years, the energy generated at the McElroy Peachtree City facility surpassed the plant’s energy consumption, saving the company thousands of dollars.  McElroy expects to offset their California plant’s electrical usage and show a return on investment in approximately three years. Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Monday

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3D printed home by ICON

What if you could download and print a home in 24 hours at half the cost?  ICON, an Austin, Texas based 3-D printer construction startup company is doing just that!  Mentioned briefly in our previous blog post, ICON has partnered with New Story and  People Helping People of El Salvador, two charitable organizations focused on helping some of the world’s poorest people in replacing the sprawling slums with 3D printed homes.  ICON has successfully printed its first home and is poised to built an entire community at $4,000 per home with an estimated 12-24 hours to print each home.  Executive Director for People Helping People, Lisselot Tronconis, says, “the appeal of 3D printing isn’t aesthetics, but that it can cut the cost, time and labor required to build homes.” Continue reading

3D Printing is Scaling Up

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We continue to explore how 3D printing has the potential to “remodel the construction industry.”  As featured in Monday’s blog post, Amsterdam is poised to install the first 3D printed bridge made entirely from steel in 2019.  Structures built with 3D printing are popping up in locations such as Dubai, China, Italy, Russia and El Salvador.  It is also a subject that is appearing with more regularity in construction and technology trades and in mainstream news sources.  As reported by the Wall Street Journal just this month, “3-D printing is scaling up. All over the world, an impressive diversity of people and organizations, ranging from startups and hobbyists to construction and engineering firms, are successfully prototyping 3-D-printed buildings.” Continue reading

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Future technology is about to mix with 17th century old architecture as Amsterdam is preparing to add a 3D-printed steel bridge to its 1,200 bridges throughout its canals.

Dutch 3D-printing start-up MX3D has finalized their design plans to install the world’s first 3D-printed fully functional stainless steel bridge over a historic canal in Amsterdam next year. Continue reading

Las Vegas Stadium – A Step Closer to Reality

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Las Vegas is one step closer to making their new state-of-the-art Stadium a reality, according to Construction Dive.  The Clark County Board of County Commissioners voted to approve the sale of $750 million in general obligation bonds to help pay for construction of the nearly $2 billion stadium.  The National Football League team, the Raiders, who are currently based in Oakland, CA, are looking to start their 30-year lease with the 2020 season at the new 65,000-seat stadium that will be built across the freeway from the Las Vegas Strip.  Continue reading

Magnificent Metal “Madness”

basketball-dunk-blue-game-163452.jpegMarch Madness was full of surprises this year including some awesome “Cinderella” stories (even my alma mater made a surprising appearance in the Sweet 16!).  In the end, #3 ranked Michigan State and #1 ranked Villanova will face off tonight to be crowned National Champion.  If you “gambled” with your bracket, you may be sitting pretty tonight but chances are, your bracket busted early on like the masses.  March also brought a different type of “gambling” to the world stage of “trade wars,” creating the metal and steel industry’s own “march madness.” Continue reading

To Tariff or Not to Tariff?

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If you have been paying attention to the news, you will know that the current Administration’s proposed new tariffs on steel and aluminum could have major implications to the metal construction industry.  When the news broke a couple of weeks ago, it made headlines and rattled the industry.  Cheers could be heard from U.S. steelmakers while jeers could be heard from companies that rely on importing steel, not to mention the U.S. allies who immediately rejected the proposed tariff.  Over the past couple of weeks, initial concerns about the excise tariffs on aluminum and steel have somewhat relaxed after the administration softened its stance by offering exemptions, first for Canada & Mexico and then for additional allies including the European Union, South Korea, and Australia. This lowered the elation felt by U.S. steel and aluminum makers which showed in the market when US Steel dropped by 11%. Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Monday

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MMM is “on the road” today, traveling in the Big Apple.  Is there any place better to marvel at metal and steel architecture than New York City?  Ever since I was a little girl coming into the “grand metropolis,” I have always been amazed and in awe of how much is built on a relatively small land mass, a total contrast to the rural New Jersey lakeside community I was raised in.  From the iconic buildings including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Flatiron Building to the new and modern One World Trade Center (or Freedom Tower and now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere), and The Oculus (World Trade Center Transport Hub), New York is truly a patchwork or steel, metal and concrete. Continue reading

METALCON 2018 – Housing and Roofing Games Update

OFFICIAL METALCON HOUSING WILL OPEN MAY 1

ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!  Please watch out for imposter housing companies who are already soliciting your business to book a hotel room for METALCON.  Do not be fooled by these “fake” housing companies.  Globetrotter International is METALCON’s ONLY OFFICIAL housing company.  METALCON hotel reservations will officially open on May 1.  We ask that you please wait until then and book within the room blocks held for the trade show.  It matters and is important for the success of the show!

DREAMING OF BEING A ROOFING GAMES CHAMPION?  PRE-REGISTER TODAY! 

Be a part of the 5TH Annual National Metal Roofing Championship Games competition to be held this October at METALCON in Charlotte, NC.  The MCA Metal Roofing Games Task Force is now taking contestant registrations.  Ten teams of two participants each are needed for the competition.  Teams should consist of players from the same company and who are planning to attend METALCON all 3 days of the event.

Similar to last year, there will be five challenges each on Wednesday and Thursday, October 10 and 11. The team that scores the highest collective points each day will be required to return on Friday October 12th for a run-off competition.  The winning team on Friday will be recognized as the 2018 MCA METALCON Metal Roofing National Champion and receive a Grand Cash Prize of $2,000.  Last year, $8,500 cash was awarded over the 3-day competition.  Returning this year will be the 2017 National Champions, Matt Cox and Justin Hopta of Thomas Phoenix International.  Who wants to try their luck against the returning champs?  All MCA member companies are encouraged to recruit their customers to participate in the competition.

 

 

Celebrating Women!

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Today is an important day around the world: It’s International Women’s Day! In some countries, it is a National Holiday and the goal is to reflect and pay homage to the contributions of women around the world. This week also marks “Women in Construction Week 2018” (March 5 – 11).  Construction Dive interviewed several women leaders who are helping shape the future of the construction industry. These women — and many others — are taking active steps to include a variety of thoughts and experiences that can help propel the industry forward.   Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Monday

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Is red the new black?  Top roofing trends for 2018 are “standing out from the crowd.”  With more color options available than any other roofing type, metal roofing color trends are setting the tone for the latest in homeowner style preferences.  According to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), “predictions for the most popular shades this year include bright reds, brilliant whites and moody deep blues. Multi-tones and raw organic hues such as copper, titanium and bright stainless steel also are attracting homeowners for their one-of-a-kind appeal.”  Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Mondays

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Another Monday and another magnificent metal feature. On today’s journey we travel to Denver, Colorado. You may recall METALCON touched down in Denver in 2014. Continue reading

Is Metal Roofing Right for Your home?

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If your home needs a new roof, you might be comparing the pros and cons of different roofing materials. After all, there are plenty of choices out there; from slate to asphalt, clay and metal, it can feel a bit overwhelming trying to find the ideal roof design for your home. Continue reading

Bradbury Receives Leveler and Laser Flat Trak® CL Testimonial

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Dickie Jones, Plant Operations Manager at Centria in Frankfort, KY, USA, had this to say about their Bradbury e-Drive® leveler with the Flat Trak® CL monitoring system:

“Our Auto Selective Hydraulic leveler from Bradbury is an awesome machine! By running in automatic mode and letting the leveler adjust itself, we achieve an in-house material flatness within ½ an I-Unit or less instead of the usual five to ten I-Units from outside sources. The steel and aluminum sheets from this machine are so flat you can’t physically find material issues. We now have zero problems feeding a production machine that requires sheet flatness to be within .004.”

 

The Flat Trak® CL Series measures, displays and makes automated adjustments to the leveler!

This system is accurate, intuitive and easy to operate.  All monitoring is performed before the material is sheared resulting in lower scrap output. Learn more about the Flat Track® CL monitoring system.

If you would like to speak with a Bradbury representative call +1.620.345.6394 or click the button below

 

 

 

 

 

Growing your Business with Metal

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by Jim Austin – The Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility opened in 2002 as a Fulton County focal point to enrich the minds, bodies and spirits of independent senior citizens. Soon after opening, a leaky roof put a damper on senior activities. 

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Magnificent Metal Mondays

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Another episode of Magnificent Metal Mondays is upon us and today we travel to Chicago, IL. Yes you guessed it the Sears Tower, umm I mean the Willis Continue reading

When Buying New Equipment, Ask these Questions

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When you’re in the market to buy new equipment it is important to become an educated consumer.  Your new piece of equipment will likely be the heart of your business and you want to make sure it is within your budget and meets your standards in quality.  Here’s a list of questions Continue reading

Enter the Mentor: The Business Development Process

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BY PSMJ RESOURCES, INC. – Right or wrong, many clients perceive architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms as equally technically competent. Although you may disagree with this perception, it can drive a prospective client’s reality when deciding which firm to work with. Given this challenge, how can a firm differentiate itself from its competitors (beyond the promises of a facility/solution/end product that will meet the client’s needs)?

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Magnificent Metal Mondays

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Back with another edition of Magnificent Metal Mondays after a long holiday weekend. I hope everyone enjoyed their extra day off and with that being said today we travel to the England and France as we explore Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Mondays

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Good morning everyone! That’s right we have another edition of Magnificent Metal Mondays upon us. Today we travel to a place that many of you may have attended yesterday, yes church of course. Today’s feature is the Basilica of San Sebastian that is located in Continue reading

Preventative maintenance on roll formers saves money, time Protect your investment – and business – by making time for maintenance

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By Jaswinder Bhatti, Vice President of Applications Engineering & Global Operations, Samco Machinery 

TORONTO – Every investment is worth protecting. When you invest in machinery or equipment that is the lifeblood of your operation, investing time and money in preventative maintenance should be a top priority. Continue reading

METALCON 2017 Las Vegas Best Show in Years

Newton, Mass., Nov. 15, 2017— Exhibitors at the largest international event for the metal construction industry networked with more than 5,000 attendees at METALCON 2017 in Las Vegas from October 18-20, including designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators and suppliers from more than 50 countries.  Continue reading

12 Reasons Why you Need to be at METALCON Next Week

METALCON 2017 in Las Vegas is about 3 weeks away and we are extremely excited to see many of you again. I want to remind you that if you have any co-workers, colleagues, friends, or industry followers that wish to attend send them Continue reading

Novagard Solutions to Present at METALCON

Performance of Metal Roofing Sealants Based on Polymer Technology

With increased market demands for sustainable, energy efficient and longer lasting roofing materials, metal roofing contractors face challenges in providing customers with products that meet or exceed expectations.  One such challenge is product selection for the long term weather sealing of metal roofs.  Metal roof Continue reading

What’s Happening in Metal Roofing at METALCON

Newton, Mass., Sept. 26, 2017—METALCON, the largest international event in the metal construction industry, announces program highlights for its metal roofing industry attendees.

One of METALCON’s new featured presentations this year is the “Top 10 Things That Get Metal Roof Designers in Trouble” by Brian Gardiner of BMG Enterprises, LLC, and Charlie Smith of McElroy Metal.  Continue reading

12 Must Do’s at METALCON 2017 in Las Vegas

METALCON 2017 in Las Vegas is about 3 weeks away and we are extremely excited to see many of you again. I want to remind you that if you have any co-workers, colleagues, friends, or industry followers that wish to attend send them Continue reading

elZinc America Memorial Will Become The Most Ambitious Equal Justice Project In The Nation

The Equal Justice Initiative is building a national memorial to victims of lynching in Montgomery, Alabama, which is expected to open in 2018. This memorial project relating to America’s history of racial terror and lynching will become the first memorial to lynching victims in the nation. Continue reading