Category Archives: design & build

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Each year, Metal Construction News (MCN) publishes a survey of the industry, looking at the results of the previous year and speculating on the upcoming year. Your views will impact how metal building product manufacturers think about metal building products and your purchasing. Take the survey today! (PS – enter your e-mail address at the end of the survey to be entered into a drawing for a $100 American Express Gift Card!)

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Magnificent Metal Monday Honors MLK

Homage to King, Artist: Xavier Medina-Campeny. Photo credit: Freedompark.org.

Cut and rolled from plate steel, this dramatic sculpture is a profile of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with his arm outstretched,  welcoming visitors to the King National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia. It was created by Spanish sculptor Xavier Medina-Campeny and was commissioned by Atlanta’s Cultural Legacy Initiative in 1996, which brought major permanent public works of art to Atlanta from Barcelona – the 1992 Summer Olympic City – as an Olympic cultural exchange. The sculpture is integrated with the bicycle and pedestrian path project linking downtown Atlanta to Freedom Parkway, close to MLK’s birthplace and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park.

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Looking Back at the Best of 2019

Opus; Photo Credit: Zaha Hadid Architects

Before we move too far into the New Year, let’s take one more look back at 2019. Last month, <a href="https://www.archdaily.com/tag/adtopic-2019-year-review?ad_name=flyout&ad_medium=categories?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ArchDaily%20List&utm_campaign=monthly&utm_term=<ArchDaily published their “<a href="https://www.archdaily.com/tag/adtopic-2019-year-review?ad_name=flyout&ad_medium=categories?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ArchDaily%20List&utm_campaign=monthly&utm_term=<2019 in Review” article, which included 15 various “best of” comprehensive features. Everything from The Best Architecture Projects of 2019 According to Time Magazine, to What 2019 Meant for 3D Printing in Architecture, the Best Articles of 2019 to The Most Inspiring Architecture Photographs of 2019 (my personal favorite). Other notables included Best Houses of 2019, a compilation of the most visited residential projects published on their website, and 2019’s Biggest Developments in Landscape Architecture, which showcases how landscape architecture is shaping public life in the built environment. 

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Who doesn’t love a good potato chip? MMM travels to Barnstable, MA, this week to highlight the fresh look that the Cape Cod Potato Chip facility recently did to their nearly 40-year-old facility. With its growing popularity, Cape Cod Potato Chips has seen its annual number of visitors expand to more than 250,000 and wanted a look as unique as the taste of its kettle cooked chips. To do so, they turned to McElroy Metal to do an exterior renovation with ribbed metal wall panels.

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MMM – Most Anticipated Architectural Projects for 2020

For Magnificent Metal Monday, let’s look ahead into the New Year with ArchDaily’s Top 20 Most Anticipated Projects for 2020. Designed across a wide range of scales, they represent a mix of interconnected landscapes, museums, and the world’s newest skyscrapers located across five continents, with many under construction for multiple years. Three of these projects are new skyscrapers joining the skylines of three major US cities including Chicago, San Francisco and New York.

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EXPO 2020 DUBAI

One of the more highly anticipated projects for the New Year is Expo 2020 Dubai. Organized every five years, this will be the first to be held in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region and will opinion October 20, 2020 (10/20/20). The world expo lasts six months and is created as a global destination for millions of people to share ideas, showcase innovation, encourage collaboration and celebrate human ingenuity. ArchDaily reports, “The United Arab Emirates and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, selected the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” and is organized around ideas of sustainability, mobility and opportunity.

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Magnificent Metal Monday (Holiday Edition)

The overriding theme this week is “light.” The Winter Solstice ushers in the “rebirth of the sun” and now brings more light to each day. Hanukkah is referred to as the “Festival of Lights.” And the Christmas star represents the first star of Bethlehem that shone on the night Jesus was born. So it’s only fitting that Magnificent Metal Monday (MMM) takes us to the Holy Land of Israel to highlight a new “Light Sculpture Plaza” in a town called Modi’in. Located just about halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, this plaza opened earlier this year and is the recipient of one of the 2019 World Landscape Architect (WLA) Awards.

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Perforated Panels, Bright Colors, Cantilevers oh my! More Metal Design Trends for the New Year

Central Library in Austin, Texas used perforated anodized aluminum as a central façade design element; Credit: Metal Architecture.

Paul Deffenbaugh, Editorial Director of Metal Construction News, shares his views on the the latest in metal design trends. Mr. Deffenbaugh sits on the judging panels of several design awards and listens as they discuss the merits and qualities of some of the most exciting architectural designs in the world. He says, “Over the last couple of years, we have identified a handful of design trends in the metal construction industry.” They include: use of perforated materials inside and out, use of bright colors, use of cantilevered planes, increase in customization, and how fabricators and installers are becoming linchpins in the construction team.

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Industry News Round-Up

Here’s a round up of some top industry stories from this week:

CONSTRUCTION DIVE MODULAR BUILDER OF THE YEAR: SKENDER.

Chicago-based Skender, a traditional construction firm for 64 years that’s now primarily known as a modular builder, says it’s on the cusp of a proposition that is as efficient a business model as the industry can imagine. From Construction Dive’s point of view, Skender offers the most promising

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MMM – A Museum with a Twist

Magnificent Metal Monday takes us over to the land of Northern Lights, Fjords and Reindeers. Appearing in ArchDaily‘s list of Top 2019 Projects, “The Twist” opened this Fall as an inhabitable bridge torqued at its center, forming a new journey and art piece within the Kistefos Sculpture Park in Jevnaker, Norway.”

According to CNN, “The Twist is a hybrid spanning several traditional categories: It’s a museum, it’s a bridge, it’s an inhabitable sculpture,” says Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner & Creative Director, BIG. Kistefos Sculpture Park is located at the site of a former wood pulp mill and has been a staple of the Norwegian cultural scene for the past two decades.

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MCN Announces Winners of the 2019 Building and Roofing Awards

The Grand Award winner in the 2019 Metal Construction News Building & Roofing Awards is the Clear Lake Recreation & Wellness Center at The University of Houston, Clear Lake, Texas.

After several months of submissions and judging, Metal Construction News has announced the winners of their 2019 Metal Construction News Building & Roofing Awards.

  • Grand Award: Clear Lake Recreation & Wellness Center, The University of Houston, Clear Lake, Texas
  • Metal Buildings: Drivers Club, Redmond, Wash.
  • Judges Award: Calgary Central Library, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • New Metal Roofs: Viking Lakes Canopy, Eagan, Minn.
  • Retrofit Metal Roofs: Steeple Square, Dubuque, Iowa
  • Judges Award: Facebook MPK21 Building, Menlo Park, Calif.
  • New Metal Walls: 108 Chambers, New York City
  • Retrofit Metal Walls: Pier 17, New York City
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Magnificent Metal Monday – The Shed in NYC

The Shed’s Bloomberg Building as seen from the High Line, February 2019. Photo: Brett Beyer. Project Design Credit: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lead Architect, and Rockwell Group, Collaborating Architect.

Magnificent Metal Monday (MMM) takes us to the “Big Apple” this Monday (only fitting on this “post-holiday Monday given that it’s home to the annual Thanksgiving Macy’s parade!). The Shed, a new Center for the Arts, is located in New York City’s Hudson Yards and was designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group. Time Magazine rated it one of the Best Architecture Projects of 2019, as reported recently by ArchDaily.

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MMM – Football and Vegas

Current status of new $1.9B Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas; Photo Credit: Construction Dive

We highlight Vegas again in this week’s Magnificent Metal Monday (MMM). While Musk’s underground tram (METALCON Blog Issue Nov 18) may not be finished in time for METALCON 2020, the new $1.9B Allegiant stadium will be! Construction Dive takes an inside look into the status of the project, on track to be completed by summer 2020.

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Camp Adventures Forest Tower in Denmark. EFFEKT Architects / Camp Adventure

Earlier this year, a 150-foot spiral observation deck opened in Denmark and is being touted as an “architectural masterpiece.” Made of a naturally weathered corten steel and locally sourced oak, the structure was designed to blend in with its natural surroundings, but its giant, twisting frame is certainly a sight to behold for those who happen upon it. Time Magazine has named it to its 2019 list of top 100 places to visit in the world!

Located less than one hour’s drive south of Copenhagen, Camp Adventures Forest Tower is a hulking, nearly 150-foot tall spiral tower nestled in the Gisselfeld Klosters Forest. It offers visitors a 360-degree view over the trees, hills, lakes and meadows that make up the natural landscape. The tower and boardwalk opened to the public at the end of March and welcomed more than 2,500 visitors on its first day.

For more on the tower’s architecture and how it was constructed, click HERE.

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An aerial view of Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay; Photo Credit: Redshift by Autodesk

The future of urbanization is green! Redshift by Autodesk recently featured an in-depth look into “Six Ways Cities are Turning Urban Cities into Nature Havens.” Some cities are now bringing nature back into their urban cores and finding great benefits to this practice. While this “blog” is typically about “metal,” highlighting trends in urbanization and understanding the impact it will have on the design and construction industry carries some weight.

Redshift highlights six individual articles that dive into the following topics: “Bringing Nature Back to the Urban Core,” “The City Within a Garden,” “Biophilia: Turning Conventional Architecture Inside-Out,””How Do You Bring Wildlife Back to the City?, “Herbal Remedy: Making Space for Nature in Cities,” and “Stanford Researchers Propose a Way to Build Nature Into Cities for Better Mental Health.”

As cited in an article by Next City, Instead of the historically done, “land clearing,” many cities are now focusing on “urban renaturing—an attempt to reinstate balance and sustainability to the city’s relationship with nature.” Cities are doing this by protecting and enhancing ecosystems and biodiversity and providing people with ways to immerse themselves in nature. For example, Singapore started a major tree-planting initiative that turned into a multifaceted, citywide renaturing effort. A tree canopy now covers 50% of the city, including corridors that link parks and natural areas.

A skyway curves through Singapore’s “supertrees,” in the 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay. The giant metal structures house vertical gardens and capture solar power and rainwater; they range from 80 to 160 feet in height. Photo Credit: Next City

An international team of researchers from Stanford University and the University of Washington are working to bring the mental-health benefits of nature back to city dwellers. They are helping city planners, architects, developers, and others anticipate the mental-health impacts of conserving nature and incorporating it in urban areas. The Stanford News reported, “Spending time in nature can improve mental health, but people are increasingly removed from it. A new model proposes a way of bringing those benefits to more people by incorporating nature into urban design.” The article goes on to say, “By 2050, close to two-thirds of the global population will live in cities. For people in urban areas, modern living often involves more time spent indoors, on screens and removed from nature. At the same time, worldwide, an estimated 450 million people are dealing with a mental or neurological disorder, and many of them live in cities.”

Urban rewilding projects are tempting nature back into our cities, from creating city butterfly meadows to building unlikely homes for deadly birds of prey.

For more on this topic and ways to reverse the effects of the “concrete jungle,” continue reading the article HERE.

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Watch a preview of the $100 million expansion planned for the Georgia Aquarium.

What has 1,100 tons of reinforcing steel (the same weight as 55 whale sharks) and 206 tons of structural steel (about 8,240 emperor penguins)? The new $100 million expansion at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, that’s what! The largest aquarium in the western hemisphere is staged to grow even bigger with the expansion expected to be completed in fall 2020.

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Watch METALCON LIVE – Day 3 Highlights

METALCON 2019 truly shined in the “Steel City” as it wrapped up its 29th year! With only three hours on the final day, attendees made their final visits with exhibitors and made time for the show’s newest feature, CONTECH.

CONTECH was buzzing with attendees checking out the latest in construction technology. Premier sponsor, United States Steel, gave a presentation at 11:00 am on their “Construction Portfolio,” and Solution Huddle presented on the “Fundamentals of Modernizing your Customer Experience” at 11:30 am.

As the show wrapped up, two additional prizes were raffled off including original artwork by photographer J.P. Diroll (inspiration for this year’s show graphics) and the grand prize drawing for a trip to Las Vegas including 3-night accommodation at the Westgate Resort and Casino, limo airport transfer, show tickets and a $400 food and beverage credit. Congratulations to ALL of the winners throughout the show and thanks to all who gave this year to METALCON’s annual fundraising campaign. With your generous support, we presented a check in the amount of $8000 to the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania.

Mark your calendars for METALCON’s 30th Anniversary in Las Vegas, October 21-23, 2020!

On a more personal note, this show marked the last for vice president of trade shows, Claire Kilcoyne, who announced her retirement after 35 years of dedicated service to the metal construction industry. Her keen leadership and ability to build long-lasting relationships has been key to her many successes. Click HERE for the full press release on Claire’s retirement. On behalf of your METALCON team, we will miss you … but know you won’t be far away!

Be sure to stay tuned to our METALCON Blog and METALCONnection monthly e-newsletter for industry news, updates and other interesting stories.

Pittsburgh – A Place you Will Remember

METALCON 2019 will meet in Pittsburgh, “the Steel City,” for the first time in its 29 show history this week! Once known as the gritty, albeit even “dirty” city … now known for its picturesque, foodie, techie, artsy, progressive and sporty vibe! I rarely get personal in these blog posts but having been to Pittsburgh several times within this past decade, I can tell you it’s all true and I cannot wait to see our METALCON attendees enjoy the city!

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Did someone say Crystal Ball? IMPACT 2030 will be featured at METALCON 2019

As a leading industry voice, PSMJ Founder and CEO Frank A. Stasiowski examines the state of our industry today and reveals the disrupters that will radically alter it by 2030. Just as a far-off earthquake can cause a Tsunami, forces and trends building now will shake the traditional design industry. In his best-selling book, IMPACT 2030, Frank outlines how demographics, globalization, government expansion, and technology advances can benefit firms that plan ahead — and be devastating for those that don’t prepare.

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“Postcard Pittsburgh: An Urban Renewal of an Underrated American City”

As the expression goes, “timing is everything!” Published this week by ArchDaily.com in partnership with Metropolis, they provide us with an in-depth look at Pittsburgh … home of METALCON 2019! In two weeks, thousands of exhibitors and attendees in the metal construction industry will gather in the “Steel City” for the first time in its 29 year show history. Chosen for its illustrious history in the steel and metal making industry, Pittsburgh was also selected as this year’s show location based on many of the items cited in this article. In their latest volume of Imagining the Modern: Architecture and Urbanism of Pittsburgh Renaissanceeditors Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, and Rami el Samahy explore the reasons behind the Pittsburgh’s revival earning a status of “renaissance“.

Metal Construction Association Announces Formation of MCM Alliance

Photo credit: Metal Construction Association

As reported by DesignandBuildWithMetal.com this week, “The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has created a new group focused on increasing awareness of Metal Composite Material (MCM) for the architectural building envelope. The MCM Alliance supports product performance testing, initiates research, and promotes education and actions to influence public policies for the utilization and growth of MCM in the marketplace.”

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IIBEC Member Presents at METALCON 2019 on Thermal Expansion of Metal Roofing

From our friends with IIBEC (International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants) –

REGISTER TODAY for the largest event in North America dedicated to metal in design and construction, taking place in Pittsburgh October 16 -18.

MMM – Dubai’s Museum of the Future

Credit: Killa Design

MMM (Magnificent Metal Monday) has its “eye” on the future. Designed by Killa Design and scheduled to open before the end of the year, the Museum of the Future is a complete deviation from the Dubai skyline filled with skyscrapers. The Museum has a torus shape (a donut shape) – a gleaming silver oval with an open center. As stated in an article published by Redshift by Autodesk, “The building looks almost like an eye keeping watch over this growing city, the largest in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).”

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CONTECH – What is it?

You’ve been hearing us mention it lately and it’s regularly mentioned in the industry trades, but what is it? Quite simply defined as CON – Construction … TECH – Technology! It is the “wave of the future” and it will be featured up close and in depth at METALCON 2019! This new technology hub on the show floor is being brought to you by United States Steel Corporation.

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MMM – Scotland’s Falkirk Wheel – an Engineering Marvel

The Falkirk Wheel; photo credit: Wikipedia

Magnificent Metal Monday travels “across the pond” today to highlight Scotland’s Falkirk Wheel, the only fully rotating boat lift in the world. According to UK based Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the wheel was built as part of the £85.4m Millennium link project to reunite the Forth and Clyde and Union Canals in Scotland. The canals had previously been linked by a staircase of 11 locks which took nearly a day to pass through. The locks were dismantled in 1933. Before the Falkirk Wheel was constructed, it wasn’t possible to get from the Union Canal to the Forth and Clyde by boat. It now takes about 10 minutes for a boat to be lifted from the Forth and Clyde to the aqueduct 24m above that leads to the Union Canal. The Wheel opened in 2002.

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(VIDEO) METALCON Lands on Steel City


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Deadline to Submit Entry for MCN Building and Roofing Awards Next Week

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Metal Panels Popularity on the Rise

Have you noticed how so many of the stories in the industry trades have been about metal panels lately? It’s hard to keep up!  Metal panels are clearly a popular solution in the construction world given their aesthetics, the variety and flexibility of materials and cost effectiveness. Members of MCA’s Insulated Metal Panel Group will be on hand at METALCON 2019 next month on the Exhibit Floor as well as offering their expertise during educational sessions (details below). There are too many stories to include them all, but here are some recent ones.

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MMM – U.S. Steel Tower and PPG Place are Engineering Marvels in Pittsburgh

METALCON 2019 will roll into the “Steel City” in five weeks for the first time in its show history and be welcomed by Pittsburgh-based industry giants and this year’s premier sponsors, United States Steel Corporation (U.S. Steel) and PPG. Their names are permanent fixtures in the city and also in the skyline. In an article by Bright Hub Engineering, “Today taller buildings have emerged in the city, yet these two buildings remain popular because of their unique design and engineering material, and the material used for their construction and energy efficient design continues to make them popular among engineers and architects.” Magnificent Metal Monday (MMM) takes a deeper look at both of these buildings.

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MMM – Metal Buildings Part of Every Day Life

While I was picking my daughter up at the gym the other night, it dawned on me that we have spent countless hours in metal buildings over the past 7 years. With approximately 400 hours of practice per year times nearly 7 years plus gym meets, we are talking nearly 3000 hours! Then I began to realize that these metal buildings are everywhere and truly woven into people’s everyday lives. From gymnasiums, churches and schools, to sports arenas, warehouses, airplane hangars, and retail infrastructures (cue: Amazon distribution centers) … so for Magnificent Metal Monday today, let’s explore what makes these metal structures so functional.

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