Category Archives: steel manufacturers

Magnificent Metal Monday – 2023 Forge Prize Finalists

The American Institute of Steel Construction’s (AISC) annual Forge Prize competition celebrates emerging architects who create visionary designs that embrace steel as the primary structural component while exploring ways to increase project speed. AISC recently announced the three finalists, who will each take home $5,000 from the first round, will now have the opportunity to work with a steel fabricator before presenting their final concepts to the judges during a live YouTube event in late March. The winner will take home a $10,000 grand prize and be invited to present before an audience of the industry’s best minds at NASCC: The Steel Conference in April.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Steel Fabrication Pushed to New Heights with Canadian Museum Renovation Project

Photo credit: Elliott Lewis Photography

Designed by Studio Libeskind, the extension to the Royal Ontario Museum, located in downtown Toronto, truly represents the versatility of how the use of metal can bring art and design to life. Now almost five years now since the extension opened, the ROM is considered the largest Museum in Canada and attracts more than a million visitors a year. It’s new name “Michael Lee-Chin Crystal,” is derived from the building’s five intersecting metal-clad volumes, reminiscent of crystals were inspired by the crystalline forms in the Museum’s mineralogy galleries.

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2022 MBMA Annual Report and Results of 1st Annual Student Design Competition

Our friends with the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) have released their 2022 annual report, “From Form to Function.” It focuses on the growing popularity of metal building systems and how the organization and its members are serving the needs of this vital industry. DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE.

MBMA Chair Tom Boal says, “2022 has seen tremendous growth in the industry despite ongoing supply chain, labor and pricing challenges. With the need for metal building systems growing, MBMA continues to lead the industry through advocacy, working with building officials and steel suppliers, and providing educational resources.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday – A Round Up of the Most Anticipated Projects of 2023 by ArchDaily

As the new year begins, we travel around the world to look at some exciting projects planned to open this year as compiled by ArchDaily, ranging in scale and program, from international airports to sculptural arts galleries or museum expansions. With a mix of cultural and commercial programs, the designs are located across five continents, with many under construction for multiple years. While all of the projects listed are incredible on so many levels, we’ve highlighted few stand-outs as to their use of metal to accomplish the unique design goals of the project.

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Final Week to Make Your Voice Heard | State of the Construction Industry Survey

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METALCON and Shield Wall Media have joined forces to conduct this “State of the Construction Industry” survey. By collecting, evaluating and disseminating valuable industry data, we can all make better business decisions, chart a course towards a more prosperous future, and gain some clarity in an uncertain world. Let’s work together to grow our industry by gathering and sharing market data on the segments of the construction industry we serve.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Park Union Pedestrian Bridge a “Work of Wonder”

Recognized by Architectural Digest as a 2022 Work of Wonder, this winning project also won first place in the 2022 MCA Design Awards for the Single-Skin Metal Wall Panel category, as announced at METALCON in October. Spanning 250 feet over an active railyard, the Park Union Pedestrian Bridge in Colorado Springs, Colorado, connects visitors to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum with America the Beautiful Park. According to the MCA Design Award judges, “This pedestrian, bike, and wheelchair-friendly bridge looks like a sculpture, truly an outstanding level of craftsmanship.”

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MCA 2023 Winter Meeting Details and Registration

The Metal Construction Association‘s annual Winter Meeting will take place January 22-25, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency in Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa in Clearwater, FL. The MCA Winter Meeting is open to members and non-members and the event will cover an array of topics pertinent to the use of metal in the building envelope, plus several opportunities to network with industry leaders. Registration is NOW OPEN.

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We Want to Hear from You! State of the Construction Industry Survey

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METALCON and Shield Wall Media have joined forces to conduct this “State of the Construction Industry” survey. By collecting, evaluating and disseminating valuable industry data, we can all make better business decisions, chart a course towards a more prosperous future, and gain some clarity in an uncertain world. Let’s work together to grow our industry by gathering and sharing market data on the segments of the construction industry we serve.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Louis Vuitton Miami Design District Retail Store

Photo Credit: MG McGrath

Winning first place in the custom ornamental category in the MCA Design Awards for Excellence in Metal Architecture, the Metal Construction Association recognized member company, MG McGrath, last month at METALCON ’22. MG McGrath fabricated and installed an impressive 5,000 square feet of plate paneling in a Simply White Kynar finish for the store’s facade.

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Industry Experts Discuss “State of the Industry” at Last Month’s METALCON ’22

Last month at METALCON, Paul Deffenbaugh, editorial director of Metal Construction News, moderated a state of the industry panel featuring Tony Bouquot, general manager of the Metal Builders Manufacturers Association (MBMA); Jennifer Heimburger, president of the Metal Builders Contractors & Erectors Association (MBCEA); Chuck Howard, long-time industry veteran and president of Metal Roof Consultants; and Alan Scott, FAIA, registered architect and sustainability practitioner with Intertek. They discussed supply chain issues, rising costs, the labor shortage and workforce development.

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Magnificent Metal Monday — Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines … Only 2 Days till METALCON ’22

Super-Charge Your Metal Knowledge at METALCON ’22 — Learn from Metal Hall of Famers

With METALCON ’22 roaring into Indianapolis this week, it’s time to make your final plans to maximize your time at the most influential metal construction and design event in the world. While meeting with exhibitors is an essential part of the event, so can learning from experts to super-charge your knowledge. Here is your “ultimate road-map” to navigating the show floor, where EVERYTHING happens ON THE SHOW FLOOR … AND … included in your Total Experience registration (see FLOOR PLAN). REGISTER HERE!

METALCON is thrilled to welcome four MCN Hall of Famers as presenters this year including:

CONTINUE FOR YOUR “ULTIMATE ROAD-MAP” TO EXHIBITS AND EDUCATION …

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METALCONLive! Offers Insight into AISI S250 Standard – TOMORROW AT 1:00 PM — REGISTER TODAY!

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It doesn’t get bigger than this! Learn directly from the man responsible for the development and publication of the AISI S250 standard during this FREE webinar happening tomorrow, September 7, at 1:00 pm. Join Jonathan Humble, regional director of construction codes and standards for the American Iron and Steel Institute, as he introduces and clarifies AISI S250, North American Standard for Thermal Transmittance of Building Envelopes with Cold-Formed Steel Framing.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – MCN 2021 Grand Award Winner

The Grand Award winner in the 2021 Metal Construction News Project Excellence Awards and the New Metal Roofs category winner was the New York City-based Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library Rooftop Terrace. The project is noteworthy for its “wizard’s hat-shaped roof” that gracefully disguises the rooftop mechanical equipment above the public terrace. The judges selected it calling it a “brilliant solution for urban design building detail,” citing its roof that was “not typically expected on a historic building.”

Photo: John Bartelstone, courtesy of New York Public Library / MCN
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New Sherwin-Williams’ MetalVue Program to be Featured in METALCON Live! Webinar Tomorrow – REGISTER TODAY!

Already a $3.3 billion industry in North America, the metal roofing market is expected to grow 4.3% through 2026. To help manufacturers and contractors sell more residential and commercial metal roofs, Sherwin-Williams has launched their new MetalVue program. As the industry leader in metal roof coatings, they are dedicated to growing the metal roofing industry and the share of business for their partners faster than the current rate of growth. To achieve this, MetalVue is designed to be a complete network of metal roofing expertise to connect you to training, software and an online community.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Petersen Automotive Museum Showcase of Metal’s Versatility

Image courtesy of Raimund Koch; credit KPF.

As METALCON prepares to “roar” into Indianapolis, known for the greatest spectacle in motor racing, MMM takes a look at the transformed Petersen Museum, inspired by the form of a car. A true showcase of the versatility of metal in design, the renewed image for the museum captures the art, experience, culture and heritage of the automobile. Located on Museum Row on Los Angeles’ famed Miracle Mile, the remodeled museum building was designed by architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), and is intended to convey speed and motion. The “Hot Rod red” building has an overlay of 308 steel ribbon sections and features three floors of themed galleries displaying automotive art and artifacts, as well as more than 100 vehicles, 23 motorcycles, a few scooters and a bobsled.

Honored with the Museum/Collection of the year award in the 2020 Historic Motoring Awards as well as the 2017 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, the museum was originally found in 1994, remodeled and reopened in December 2015 after its $125 million renovation.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – MBCEA Building of the Year

Congratulations to the Arbogast Performing Arts Center in Troy, Ohio, for being selected as the recipient of the 2022 Building of the Year as announced by the Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA) at their annual meeting.

MBCEA’s 2022 Building of the Year, the Arbogast Performing Arts Center in Troy, OH

According to DesignandBuildwithMetal, “Foundation Steel, LLC located in Swanton, OH, served as the building erector on the 41,000-square-foot community arts center. BlueScope Construction, Kansas City, MO served as the broker and Brentwood Builders Inc., Cedarville, OH, as the construction manager. The building was manufactured by Butler Manufacturing of Kansas City, MO.

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METALCON Live! TODAY at 1:00 PM with ROOFING EXPERT TODD MILLER OF ISAIAH INDUSTRIES

Metal roofing is on the rise in the residential market, now accounting for 13% of the market share, with metal outpacing other materials in terms of growth. Given the rise and projected increases, it is important for contractors and architects to stay current with their product knowledge to ensure future success in residential metal roofing. Catch Todd Miller, president of Isaiah Industries, in today’s “Residential Re-Roofing with Metal, presented by METALCON Live! and the MCA.

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Why Re-Roof with Metal?

TV Personality and Home Advisor Bob Vila says the top reasons to re-roof with metal include:

  • Durability and long-lasting
  • More environmental-friendly and sustainable
  • Energy-efficient
  • Design flexibility

“Growing numbers of people are installing metal roofs in both new construction and roof replacement projects.,” says Vila. In 2015, McGraw-Hill Construction and Analytics estimated that 750,000 of U.S. homeowners chose metal roofing for their residences, a number indicating 11% of the residential market share, second to asphalt shingles.

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SAMCO CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF ROLLFORMING & FABRICATION INNOVATION

A dominant player in the global rollforming market, SAMCO Machinery has been exhibiting at METALCON for nearly 15 years. We sat down recently with Drew Pandit, Director, Sales & Marketing, for an informal chat about reaching their 50 year milestone, their business outlook, and their involvement with METALCON.

Q: Congratulations on SAMCO celebrating its 50th anniversary! That’s a huge milestone. What is SAMCO’s business model and what impact has it had on the metal construction industry?

A: For 50 years Samco Machinery, a North American organization based in Toronto, Canada, continues to be a leading manufacturer of rollforming and material handling solutions to multiple industries. We currently have clients in 35 countries around the globe. Some of the industries we provide solutions for include automotive, metal building and construction, transportation, storage, energy, and consumer products. We are a global exporter that believes in embracing innovation and in engineering solutions for our customers.

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New Infrastructure Bill Includes Buy America Guidance for Iron and Steel

Steel manufacturing trade groups lauded the news that the new Infrastructure Bill includes a provision stating all iron and steel used in projects outlined in the bill must be produced in the United States. Metal Center News reported this week, “The guidance further requires all manufactured products in the project must be produced domestically. The product itself must be manufactured here, and the components of the product must represent 55 percent or more of the total cost of the product. All construction materials must also be manufactured in the U.S.”

According to a White House memo, projects funded by the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package must only use iron and steel produced in the U.S starting May 14. The requirement includes all manufacturing processes for the metals, from initial melting stage thru application of coatings. The announcement also includes a process to waive those requirements if domestic materials are not reasonably available or would raise the cost of the project by more than 25%. (Source: Construction Dive)

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NO JOKING AROUND — METALCON 2022 is Only 6 Months Away!

It may be April Fool’s Day today, but all kidding aside, we are only 6 months away from METALCON 2022 — the only global event focused exclusively on the use of metal in construction and design! If you are a construction professional, an architect, engineer or specifier who uses, plans to use, or wants to expand into metal in construction, this is a “must-attend” event for you. Not only will thousands of metal fabricators, suppliers, distributors and manufactures from around the globe come to showcase the greatest range of metal construction products, services equipment and technology in the world, but METALCON also touts the most comprehensive education program in the industry.

BLOCK OUT YOUR CALENDAR AND JOIN US OCTOBER 12-14 IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA!

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SAFETY FIRST! Back by Popular Demand – METALFOCUS® Safety Training Program

“This course provided me with a better understanding of the safety related intricacies in metal building construction.” – Steve Wykoff, TKS Contracting

Back by popular demand, the inaugural METALFOCUS® Safety Program is available ONLINE for you to use as a valuable training tool for you and your employees. Safety is a priority for every metal business but how do you prove it to your employees, your customers and your insurance company? How do you ensure your entire team is aware of the latest metal safety rules, tools, trends and techniques to avoid costly or potentially fatal accidents? This series of 10 one-hour virtual courses goes beyond traditional OSHA-10 safety training to address situations that are unique to metal job-sites.

All 10 METALFOCUS training courses are now available for you or your staff to access On-Demand. Each course earns you 1 AIA HSW LU and certificate. Earn 10 AIA HSW LU Credits by taking the full program!

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MBMA 2021 Annual Report Now Available

In January, The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) released its 2021 MBMA Annual Report, “Forging the Future of Metal Building Systems Through Education.” The report offers valuable information for anyone who works with metal building systems, has an interest in metal buildings or is involved in the low-rise commercial building market. It is available for free download here. Alternatively, you can watch a video overview of the report on MBMA’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/mbmamedia

In addition to celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2021, MBMA notes this year’s annual report focuses on the importance of education in metal building design and construction and how MBMA and its members are meeting the challenges of keeping the workforce engaged and informed.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – One of a Kind “VAB”

Vehicle Assembly Building; Photo Credit: NASA

While this forum is typically told in a “third-party voice,” every once in a while, I share from a personal experience. Last week, I had the unique and awe-inspiring opportunity to visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center located on Merritt Island in Florida. While the use of metal and steel is abundant throughout the entire center, I was particular struck by the Vehicle Assembly Building, or VAB — the iconic facility which serves as the central hub of NASA’s premier multi-user spaceport, capable of hosting several different kinds of rockets and spacecraft at the same time — and constructed from over 98,000 tons of steel!

The VAB’s frame is constructed from 98,590 tons of steel. It stands atop a support base of 4,225 steel pilings driven 164 feet into bedrock.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Steel Mill Site Repurposed for Winter Olympics Venue

Big Air Shougang is lit up at Shougang Park (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Last month NPR reported, “Pre-2000s Beijing included an entire district dedicated to Shougang, or Capital Steelworks, with its smelting furnaces emerging through the industrial smog like a steampunk vision.” While steel is still an important industry for China, the pollution and noise was too much for a large city like Beijing so Shougang was officially closed in 2010. Instead of demolishing it, China chose to clean it up, renovate it and repurpose the mill site. It is now the setting for Big Air Shougang, arguably the most unique venue of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

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Happening Tomorrow! “Metal Building 101” Webinar with Industry Expert Lee Shoemaker – REGISTER NOW

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Start your New Year off right with this “not to be missed” FREE webinar being given by one of the most respected experts in the industry. Lee Shoemaker, Metal Construction Hall of Famer and Director of Research and Engineering for MBMA, will kick off the METALCON Live! 2022 series with “Metal Building Systems 101.” Whether you are just starting out in the industry or a veteran, you won’t want to miss the insights and knowledge that Lee has to share.

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Industry Expert Lee Shoemaker Kicks off METALCON Live! 2022 Next Week with Metal Building 101

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Before you ring in the New Year, mark your calendar for this “not to be missed” FREE webinar scheduled for next week, Wednesday, January 5 at 1:00 pm by one of the most respected experts in the industry. Lee Shoemaker, Metal Construction Hall of Famer and Director of Research and Engineering for MBMA, will kick off the METALCON Live! 2022 series with “Metal Building Systems 101.” Whether you are just starting out in the industry or a veteran, you won’t want to miss learning from this expert.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Stadium 974

A new standard for the future development of world events

Stadium 974; Photo Credit: Fenwick Iribarren Architects

November 2022 will bring the most prestigious sporting tournament to Doha, Qatar, and all eyes will be on Stadium 974, the innovative 40,000-seat venue and first fully demountable tournament venue in FIFA World Cup™ history. Its design is inspired by Qatar’s worldwide trade and seafaring with “974” being the region’s international dialing code, as well as the exact number of shipping containers used in construction.

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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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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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