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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.”Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
“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.Continue reading
As announced by Metal Construction News, “The 2020 Metal Construction Hall of Fame class includes four leaders who have devoted their lives to the betterment of the industry and made impacts we can all feel. From establishing an accreditation program to promoting metal roofing, they have made their presence known.”Continue reading
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.Continue reading
What’s happening in the steel industry and how will it affect your metal construction bids and contracts?
This burning question and more will be answered today during METALCONLive! Register now for your virtual seat and join us at 1:00 PM for this robust conversation.Continue reading
Over the weekend, history was made when the United States returned to launching American astronauts from American soil. The SpaceX Crew Dragon aboard the Falcon 9 rocket docked successfully with the International Space Station 19 hours after the successful launch (NASA). But this time it was different — they were lifted off in a commercial spacecraft aboard a commercial rocket.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.
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.
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.
“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.Continue reading
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.”
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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.
Digital engagement here to stay
Most anticipate “new normal” to resume in 60 days
Crisis will create new business opportunities
It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since METALCONLive! first launched. We can’t thank you enough for your support and participation. 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. Joining them for this lively discussion were special guests Heidi J. Ellsworth, partner with RoofersCoﬀeeShop® and owner of HJE Consulting and Scott Hutchings, sales director of U.S. Construction with SFS.Continue reading
WHEN: Wednesday, April 22 at 11.00 a.m. MT/1.00 p.m. EST
WHAT: Metal Roofs – Wind Uplift(ing) or NOT?
AIA Accredited Earn: 1 LU/HSW CEU Credit Presenters: Architectural & National Accounts Director, Shelly Higgins
Discover the science of wind uplift and how it is changing. Understand how the changes are impacting codes and roof material choices. Learn about testing and specification techniques for metal roof options and accessories to improve wind uplift resistance, providing a safer building at a lower cost. This course will also address wind uplift in severe weather conditions and how to increase wind uplift resistance to protect both the buildings and its inhabitants. You’ll see examples of hurricane-stricken areas and what builders are doing to minimize damage. Finally, you’ll learn about the associated changes in code. Register Now.
WHEN: THURSDAY, APRIL 22 AT 1:00 PM EST (jueves, el 23 de abril 2020 1.00 p.m. EST)
WHAT: Las Mejores Practicas para Instalar Paneles Solares sobre Techos Metálicos
Descripción del Curso: Con la alta demanda de energías renovables en estos tiempos, propietarios de edificios y residencias, comienzan a utilizar la energía solar como un generador esencial. Elegir la superficie correcta sobre dónde instalar los paneles solares, es muy importante para el proceso del diseño, el impacto económico inicial y al largo plazo. Este curso es acerca de los beneficios de instalar paneles solares sobre techos metálicos, los distintos tipos de sistemas de montajes, la distribución de los paneles, pruebas de rendimiento para fijaciones y sus comparaciones en costos. Register Now.
Previous S-5! webinars can be found on their website and can still be viewed. We hope you will take advantage of these great educational opportunities. If you have any questions for the folks at S-5!, please contact them at email@example.com.
Key Take-Aways: Continued Optimism, Scenario Planning, and Focus on Training and Safety in the Workplace
Picking right up from last week’s event, 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, welcomed everyone to this week’s FREE online “no-BS discussion” of challenges and workarounds happening in real time. Rob and Frank were joined by special guests Art Hance, president of the MBCEA and owner/president of Hance Construction, Inc. and Heidi J. Ellsworth, partner with RoofersCoﬀeeShop® and owner of HJE Consulting.Continue reading
FREE Flexible Metal Nose Bridge for Making Face Masks
Isaiah Industries, a METALCON exhibitor, has gone viral with their offering of FREE flexible metal nose bridges for making face masks. At no charge, they will send you rust-free flexible metal strips that can be sewn into most hand-made mask designs. The strips range in width from 0.25 – 0.40” and are 3” wide. *Note For Volume Orders: To speed things up, they may ask you about providing the metal in coil form which you can then cut into 3” lengths using common household scissors. To order, click HERE.
Essential Construction Tracker Tool
Architect Magazine has made a Coronavirus Construction Limits: State-by-State Tracker available on their website that they are updating regularly. The dashboard tracks how states with a stay-at-home mandate classify Construction and Building Material Suppliers. Given how much the restrictions vary, check out this important tool to see how your state is being impacted.
Scenario Planning and Cash Flow were Key Messages Delivered by METALCON Experts
The “greatest economic boom has come to a screeching halt…” commented Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, Founder and CEO of PSMJ Resources and Co-Founder of METALCON, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, in his opening comments of last week’s first METALCON Live industry event. If you tuned in, however, you’ll know that it was not all doom and gloom; in fact, just the opposite. “Re-Igniting Sales and Operations Amidst a World Health Crisis” did just as it promised – it delivered a “no-BS discussion of current challenges and workarounds.”
Nearly 300 participants from all facets of the metal construction industry tuned in last Wednesday as Frank and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, commenced METALCON’s first of several upcoming METALCON Live events. Not only did they lend their expertise and share practical steps they are taking in their own businesses, Frank and Rob also asked questions via Zoom’s polling feature that provided an opportunity to discover what is happening across the industry in real time.Continue reading
Nearly 300 metal industry professionals tuned in last week to METALCON’s first live “Town Hall” event when 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 an engaging and honest conversation about the current status of the industry amidst the current pandemic crisis. Along with providing practical tactics that companies can do right now, they mixed in live polling questions that added to the overall content.
Tune in THIS Wednesday, April 8 at 1:00 PM EST for the second METALCON Live and another chance to get practical advice from these two industry titans, along with participation from metal construction colleagues from around the world.
YOU can participate in advance by sending topics and/or questions that you would like covered by emailing them to JUDY@METALCON.COM.
Give us 60 minutes and we’ll give you clear no-BS answers and practical steps you can start using immediately!
Please take a few minutes to help our friends at Metal Construction News to complete this Coronavirus Impact Survey. Your responses are important so MCN can keep everyone in the industry up-to-date with relevant information.
Join METALCON Co-Founder and CEO Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations – two industry titans – TODAY, April 1st, at 1 PM (EST) for a FREE, 90-minute, LIVE online no-BS discussion of current challenges and work around’s. Click HERE to register and save your virtual “seat”. All you need is a computer, tablet or smart phone.
Make plans to tune in as our seasoned experts draw upon their decades of experience in the A/E/C and metal construction industries. In 90 minutes, we’ll cover the very latest news of critical importance to you and your business, PLUS:
- What you should be doing NOW to keep your business afloat and well-positioned for the future
- How to keep selling and come out stronger when the dust settles
- How to manage sales operations when everyone (sales, clients and prospects) are working remotely (or is it remotely working?)
- What the stimulus bill means for the construction industry, and when the impact will be felt
- What actions are prudent, which are careless, and which are over-reaction?
- What is on the other side of COVID-19 for our industry?
You will get answers to your specific questions in an extended LIVE Q&A session. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get time-tested and proven advice from worldwide leaders in the business of A/E/C.
This 90-minute discussion is FREE for our friends in the metal construction industry. Feel free to forward this invitation to your friends in the industry!
Can’t make this date and time? Register anyway! All registrants will receive a recording after the discussion has been completed. Once you register, you will receive a link to the live event.
Today’s architects’ have a wealth of building options to choose from, though metal has become a hot commodity for a broad spectrum of projects whether they are full-on metal or hybrid construction. So, why are more designers choosing metal? Because it is sustainable, versatile, durable, energy-efficient, eco-friendly, affordable, beautiful and presents a multitude of exciting solutions.
Because architects play such a critical role in the design and build process, METALCON is thrilled to announce a new program at this year’s show called, “The Architect’s Experience at METALCON.” We are currently working with two leading companies in education and training for architects to deliver a combined education and exhibit floor experience exclusively for architects. Help spread the word to the architect community – invite your architect colleagues to join us at METALCON 2020.Continue reading
Frank Gehry’s New Luma Arles Tower Shines in Use of Mixed Metals
Dezeen.com reports, “Scaly aluminium cladding and projecting glass boxes wrap around Frank Gehry’s Luma Arles tower, which is nearing completion in the south of France in the City of Arles. Pritzker Prize-winning Gehry is an American-Canadian architect best known for the titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum Bilbao that opened in Spain in 1997.Continue reading