Among the 15 tallest metal and non-metal statues in the world (Source: The Atlantic), “Lady Liberty” was dedicated in 1886 and quickly became an icon of freedom for the United States. With its metal framework built by Gustave Eiffel, the Statue of Liberty is a colossal copper statue designed in a neoclassical style by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Sitting on Liberty Island in the New York Harbor within New York City, she has been a beacon of light and hope and seen as a symbol of welcome to immigrants arriving by sea. Regardless of political beliefs, last week’s election was historic and undeniably a celebration of America and our freedom to vote. According to the Washington Post, voter turnout is on pace to break century-old records, projected to surpass the 65.7% turnout in the 1908 election.Continue reading
Amazon’s Spheres blend form and function
As featured in Building Design + Construction, Amazon’s “crown jewels” are being touted as an “architectural marvel.” Seven years in the making, The Spheres are located on Amazon’s $4 billion Seattle campus, and are a trio of conjoined glass domes complete with terraces, waterfall and river features, and a treehouse conference area.Continue reading
Green is the new black in building facades. Builders are turning to steel and metal cables and grids to create vertical gardens and green facades. According to ArchDaily‘s recent article, “Using the vertical plane to maintain plants in an urban setting is a coherent and common-sense solution, especially when there is little possibility of bringing green to the level of the people on the streets.”Continue reading
In honor of President’s Day, MMM examines the monument that honors the first President of the United States. Upon its completion in 1884, the Washington Monument was the tallest building in the world. Designed by Robert Mills and eventually completed by Thomas Casey and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it honors and memorializes George Washington at the center of the nation’s capital.
On the List of Coolest Offices …
… the Association for Iron & Steel (AIST), located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, recently completed a major renovation of their office and made the list of “cool offices” as rated by the Pittsburgh Business Times. Given its steel constituents and being headquartered in “the Steel City,” it’s clearly no wonder that AIST used steel as its primary material for the renovation! Pittsburgh has fondly been known as “the Steel City” for over a century, named for its more than 300 steel-related businesses. Continue reading
Ceres, CA – Swenson Shear, a leading supplier of innovative tools for the metal roofing industry – including SnapTable all-in-one tools than can notch, shear and hem snap lock and standing seam panel profiles – announces that customers now have the ability to arrange financing for equipment purchases on the company’s website. Continue reading
You heard us right, housing is OPEN! We’ve opened it earlier this year so that you can take advantage of the early bird pricing on the official hotels Continue reading
Did you realize that registration is now open for METALCON? Well, today is your lucky day if you didn’t realize it. Most of you know that this is the world’s leading metal construction trade show and the most important people in the industry will be there, so to take advantage of the early bird discounts click on REGISTER NOW!
Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. I’m on vacation this week but there is no vacation from all of you. Today we travel to Continue reading
Easily one of our readers favorite posts every week is Magnificent Metal Mondays. Today we travel down under to Australia to see the glorious Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is the world’s largest steel arch bridge with the top of the bridge standing 440 feet above Sydney Harbour. The bridge opened in March of 1932 and took approximately 8 years to build. A real interesting fact about the bridge is that the steel expands and/or contracts depending on whether it is hot or cold. This ultimately causes the bridge to not be completely stationary and can rise or fall up to 7.1 inch.
Following up from yesterday I felt like the post on the World Cup Trophy could have used a bit more so I decided to do a little research. I found this video on YouTube which discussed the Chemistry of the World Cup Trophy. Take a look at the video, I found it very interesting along with our host’s haircut.
I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and celebrated a German World Cup Championship yesterday. Since Germany won I think it would be fun to do something a bit different today on Magnificent Metal Mondays. If you haven’t guessed it yet then we will be talking about Continue reading
Here is a good Throwback Thursday moment that we dug up from the archives. We have a video of “The Best of METALCON 2011.” Check the video out and see if you can find yourself in the video. To see the video Continue reading
Here is another great video on construction careers most likely directed at students who may not want to go to college. Watch and forward it on, and remember we do work in a great industry!!
Check this photo out, think BMW, yes the car, and a metal slab. You can read all about what happened by clicking here.
Today’s first news worthy item I read about is happening in Pilsen, IL as we speak. It seems that residents in that community are protesting the building of a metal shredding and recycling facility because Continue reading
Continuing on with another introductory piece of information for all of our new readers, I have found a fantastic Continue reading
About a month ago I posted something about 3D printing for the metal construction industry and it looks like these mad scientists are back at it again. Looks as if they are starting to print Continue reading
I know about a month or two ago I was on a big kick on metal theft and I stopped blogging about it. So since I was feeling bit nostalgic here is a video from a theft last month. I am amazed these people are still getting away with things like this.
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
So earlier this week I had posted a video about welder’ careers and then I ran into this video today. While some of this is not construction related you have to believe that these welding professionals can quickly adapt to any type of industry and job. Take a look at how they started and what they currently do by watching this video. Best line of the video is, “if you want to build something bad enough you have to learn to weld.”
Yes going to try to do another one today and in the spirit of July 4th let’s talk about our friend “ME.” Me was born back in 2013 and has grown up quickly to travel the world. Take a look at the photos through the years Continue reading
Shape metal alloys or called SMA’s are something I had never heard of. This subject matter may not even apply to many of us in the metal construction industry but I think it certainly does. The science behind Continue reading