According to the Metal Construction Association, “Fire Safety is an important responsibility of the building designer and owner. Even if individual elements of a wall assembly are not combustable, the assembly must be tested. NFPA-285 is an important test that measures for vertical and lateral flame spread of the geometry and layers in a wall panel.” Don’t miss this FREE opportunity to learn more about the exterior wall assembly fire performance code with industry expert, Steve Gaynor, co-founder of RAiNA and Principal of PIVOTH.
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Magnificent Metal Monday – Fire Resistance Ratings
This Wednesday, June 7th, Steve Gaynor of RAiNA and PIVOTH, will share important information about the exterior wall assembly fire performance code during our next METALCON Live! webinar. In addition to understanding the exterior wall assembly, knowledge about construction types is vital for firefighters and anyone in the construction industry. Thanks to BigRentz, here’s a look at the five building construction types and their respective fire resistance ratings.Continue reading
A Peek into METALCON 2023’s Education Program
With only 5 months to go before the metal construction industry convenes in Las Vegas for METALCON 2023, the education program is shaping up to be one of the best in the show’s history. From Keynote addresses to Super Sessions, to 35+ FREE sessions in learning centers strategically located on the show floor, you will learn from some of the best the industry has to offer including Ken Simonson, Chief Economist with The Associated General Contractors of America, Steven Gaynor, Principal Consultant for PIVOTH and co-founder of RAiNA and Justin Ganschow, Business Development Manager with Caterpillar Safety Services, Caterpillar Inc.
Here’s a sneak peek into METALCON 2023’s Education Program:Continue reading
Grooming the Next Gen! MCA and METALCON’s Future Leaders Program
Thank you Building Enclosure for featuring the Future Leaders Program! Now in its second year, the Metal Construction Association (MCA) and METALCON have been collaborating to offer several opportunities for the next generation. Any industry is only as good as its people. Sustaining success requires experienced industry veterans as well as the ability to attract, educate and develop a younger and more diverse workforce to eventually move into leadership roles within their companies and industry. Like a lot of industries, the metal construction industry is facing the challenge of retiring leaders with not enough replacements waiting in line to fill that void. Innovative ideas from future leaders have to be a valuable asset when making a difference in the continuing growth of the metal construction industry.Continue reading
In 2 Weeks – METALCON Live! and RAINA Present – “NFPA 285 & Other Fire Considerations”
NFPA 285 IS THE CRITICAL TEST FOR EXTERIOR WALL ASSEMBLIES.
According to the Metal Construction Association, “Fire Safety is an important responsibility of the building designer and owner. Even if individual elements of a wall assembly are not combustable, the assembly must be tested. NFPA-285 is an important test that measures for vertical and lateral flame spread of the geometry and layers in a wall panel.” In two weeks, you won’t want to miss this FREE opportunity to learn more about the exterior wall assembly fire performance code with industry expert, Steve Gaynor, co-founder of RAiNA and Principal of PIVOTH.Continue reading
Metal Construction News’ 2023 Top Metal Builders Report
MCN’s 2023 Top Metal Builders report is a tale of “yin and yang” showing a clear “return to growth” yet still showing labor shortage to be the biggest challenge among top metal builders. According to the results this year, the list of top metal builders shows a growing industry with the largest contractors and erectors reporting significant growth in the average tonnage and square footage of the metal buildings they constructed between 2021 and 2022.
Note that MCN breaks out the list of 20 top erectors from the list of 100 top contractors, so that they don’t end up counting work on the same building twice, once for the contractor furnishing the metal building system and again for the erector putting up the steel. Knowing that some companies furnish and erect, but also are contracted to only erect a building, making them both contractors and erectors. Rather than separate those numbers out in the same entity, MCN identifies those companies as contractors.Continue reading
METALCON Live! TODAY at 1:00 pm EST – Important Air Leakage Testing Information and a Net Zero Passive House
In a few hours, join METALCON and the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) as they discuss the importance of air barriers on a building, now being recognized as more than simply saving energy. Industry expert, Adam Ugliuzza, ABAA Director of Sustainable Building Partners and Region Manager for Intertek Building Science Group in York, PA, will review why an air tight building is a key to moisture management in the building envelope, proper operation of mechanical equipment, reduction in dust, odors such as second hand cigarette smoke and cooking smells. He will also cover how it plays an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and moving the industry to a Net Zero Passive House building.
The question is — How do I know my building is airtight? The answer is — Whole building airtightness testing. Register NOW to learn about this testing.Continue reading
METALCON Live! THIS Wednesday, 5/17 – Important Air Leakage Testing Information and a Net Zero Passive House
Join METALCON and the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) as they discuss the importance of air barriers on a building, now being recognized as more than simply saving energy. Industry expert, Adam Ugliuzza, ABAA Director of Sustainable Building Partners and Region Manager for Intertek Building Science Group in York, PA, will review why an air tight building is a key to moisture management in the building envelope, proper operation of mechanical equipment, reduction in dust, odors such as second hand cigarette smoke and cooking smells. He will also cover how it plays an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and moving the industry to a Net Zero Passive House building.
The question is — How do I know my building is airtight? The answer is — Whole building airtightness testing. Register NOW to learn about this testing.Continue reading
Magnificent Metal Monday – Repurposed Steel Frame Used for Award Winning Office Project
Located in the redeveloped Hayden Tract neighborhood in Culver City, California, this three-floor office building offers about 25,000 sf of office and amenity spaces, as well as a variety of sustainable and energy-efficient components. Situated in a former industrial zone that has become a technology and corporate hub, Del Amo Construction has completed the adaptive reuse of 3516 Schaefer St and has been given the top Gold award in the commercial office category by the Los Angeles Business Journal.Continue reading
Magnificent Metal Monday – MRA’s Best Residential Metal Roofing Contest Q1 Winner
As announced by DesignandBuildwithMetal, the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has named a beautiful copper metal re-roofing project, installed by Istueta Roofing and manufactured by Metal Master Shop, as the winner of its Best Metal Roofing Project competition for the first quarter of 2023.Continue reading
METALCON Live! and FMA Present “Roll Forming Safety” TODAY, May 3 at 1:00 PM EST
Join us in 4 hours and get your continuing education credit with this FREE webinar.
Whether you’re a fabricator with multiple machines or a contractor using a portable hand brake on the job site, maintaining a safe work environment is your top priority. With labor shortages as challenging as ever, how do you get your employees to eat, breathe and sleep safety while still meeting your production deadlines? Industry leaders from two companies with exemplary safety records, voestalpine Roll Forming, and AMS Controls, will lead the discussion on roll forming safety in today’s METALCON Live! presented by METALCON Live! and The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International® (FMA).Continue reading
Magnificent Metal Monday – Cuba’s Corrugated Metal
If you have ever traveled to the Caribbean, especially to some of the more impoverished islands, it is common to see homes resembling “sheds” versus sturdier structures. It’s not often I get “personal,” but having just returned from Cuba, I thought I would take a deeper “dive” into the history of corrugated iron, given its prevalence in island construction.
While most of my time was spent exploring Cuba’s underwater life, I got a glimpse of “life on land” while traveling from Camaguey to the port village of Jucaro (about a 3 hour drive). Mostly a rural area, it was easy to see the wide use of corrugated metal for the roofs and sometimes the siding.Continue reading
TODAY at 1:00 PM EST — METALCON Live! and the MCA Present: The Art of Metal Wall Panels
TODAY at 1:00 pm EST, METALCON Live! and the Metal Construction Association are proud to have metal manufacturing professionals from Petersen present “The Art of Metal Wall Panels.” Tony Sauve and his colleagues will examine the key starting points for designers in selecting, designing, and detailing metal wall panels – both corrugated and concealed attachment systems. The course will also examine the field examples of these wall panel systems, “dos and don’ts” of these specific applications, and how they affect environmental efficiency, project sustainability, and product performance.
Celebrating MCA’s 40 Years – “Life with MCA Over the Years” by Six Industry Veterans
The Metal Construction Association (MCA) kicked off their 40th anniversary at its Winter Meeting held in January in Clearwater, Florida, and will continue to celebrate throughout the year. MCA’s 40th Anniversary is covered in depth in this month’s issue of Metal Construction News including a look back at the association’s history, a look forward at their newest program “Future Leaders,” a list of service award winners, current MCA Members, and featured here, interviews with six industry veterans to see how “Life with MCA Over the Years” has been.Continue reading
Magnificent Metal Monday – Aluminum “Main Act” in “Amorphous” Design of New Theatre in China
Dezeen reports, “Chinese studio Open Architecture has revealed the visuals for the new Yichang Grand Theatre in China, which will have an amorphous form intended to evoke flowing water.”
The 70,000 square-meter theatre will be located at the Pinghu Peninsula in Hubei Province, at a site where the Yangtze River meets the Huangbai River tributary.
To achieve these design goals, curved, matte anodized aluminum tubes will be used on the building’s outer surface.Continue reading
Metal Architecture Design Awards – Deadline to Submit is TODAY!
“Show off your “Metal!” Over the years, the MA Design Awards have become the defining award program for the metal construction industry, with some of the most exciting projects seen in the architecture landscape. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your project featured in the 2023 Metal Architecture Design Awards. The deadline to submit is today, April 14.Continue reading
METALCON Live! and The MCA Presents: The Art of Metal Wall Panels | Wednesday, 4/19 at 1:00 PM EST
Join METALCON Live! and metal manufacturing professionals from Petersen as they examine the key starting points for designers in selecting, designing, and detailing metal wall panels – both corrugated and concealed attachment systems. This course will also examine the field examples of these wall panel systems, “dos and don’ts” of these specific applications, and how they affect environmental efficiency, project sustainability, and product performance.
“How Hot is Metal Roofing Growth” – MetalCast with Renee Ramey of the Metal Roofing Alliance
Last month Heidi J. Ellsworth, owner of RoofersCoffeeShop™ and MetalCoffeeShop™, sat down with the “leading lady of metal,” Renee Ramey, executive director of the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), to talk about the growth of residential metal roofing and the driving factors of this growth.Continue reading
Magnificent Metal Monday – Innovative New Door Frames by Schweiss
A leader in hydraulic doors and header frames for over 40 years, Schweiss continues to innovate. Recently featured in DesignandBuildwithMetal, their latest is erecting a new manufacturing facility to serve as a showcase for the company’s new “free-standing” header frames. The 90 by 94-foot metal building will have an inside clearance of 20 feet and will feature three hydraulic doors that illustrate the company’s free-standing header frames integrated into the hydraulic doors, allowing the doors to support themselves with no reliance on the building structure itself. Owner Mike Schweiss says, “The building and free-standing hydraulic door design will be a real exhibit that displays the new stand-alone hydraulic door. There’s nothing on the market like it.”Continue reading
April is National Welding Month – Tune in Tonight to AWS’ Weld Wednesday
The metal construction industry is the sum of many parts, an integral one being welding. Since 1996, the American Welding Society has designated the month of April as National Welding Month to bring awareness to the welding industry and its available career paths. This year’s theme, “Be Part of The Future of Welding,” celebrates the industry’s vast and diverse welding community. With welding and other skilled trades continuing to see labor shortages, it is more important than ever to bring awareness to the importance of this industry.Continue reading
Magnificent Metal Monday – “Take Me Out to the Ballgame …”
“Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks …” For many, this past weekend meant the opening of baseball parks around the country for the official start of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. “America’s favorite pastime” is more than just the sport, it’s the experience of being in and “part of” the stadium. Thanks to an article from Steel Specialties, Inc, here’s a look at the “steel foundation” of some of America’s most beloved baseball stadiums, and what goes into building one of these beauties, the oldest being Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox since its opening in 1912.Continue reading
Magnificent Metal Monday – Broad Street Self-Storage Case Study
According to Storeganize, “The self storage industry, currently valued at $54 billion, is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.53% between 2022 and 2027 to hit a whopping $83.6 billion at the end of the forecast period, with the North American market is projected to contribute the largest chunk of this figure.” Given this projected demand, how will communities maintain their aesthetics as green space or older buildings give way to these typically nondescript, linear, modular looking buildings? Take a look at this MCA Case Study where metal roofing and wall panels achieve a desired aesthetic for a visible self-storage facility in a southern Californian town.Continue reading
MCN 42nd Annual Contractor Survey Results Show Optimism is Prevailing Factor
Published earlier this month, the results from MCN’s 42 Annual Contractor Survey show “2022 was a year of steady work but not much growth.” Editorial Director, Paul Deffenbaugh comments, “If you wanted to sum up the overall attitude among respondents, you would use this phrase: ‘hold the course, and hope for better.'” Across all the project types surveyed — metal building systems, metal roofing, metal wall panels, and light-gauge steel framing — the survey takers who report they do those kinds of projects remained relatively flat in 2022 compared to 2021.
Regardless, Paul says, “One of the hallmarks of the construction industry and contractors in particular is their abiding optimism.” While numbers were relatively flat between 2021 and 2022, the same survey respondents report optimism toward 2023. With the exception of metal building systems, respondents anticipate being more involved in specific projects, especially with metal roofing and metal wall panels, than they had been in 2022.Continue reading
Magnificent Metal Monday – Metal Featured in AIA 2023 Housing Award Winner
Among the winners of this year’s AIA 2023 Housing Awards is Canyon Drive by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA]. Congratulations to METALCON exhibitor, ATAS International, for their metal work on this project. As seen in Architect Magazine, “The American Institute of Architects has revealed the winners of its 2023 Housing Awards, honoring 10 projects emblematic of ‘the best in housing design for new construction, renovations and restorations,‘ according to an AIA press release.Continue reading
2023 Top Metal Builders – Deadline to Submit Tomorrow
Each year, Metal Construction News publishes its list of Top Metal Builders by identifying the largest metal building contractors and erectors as measured by square footage and tonnage. This year’s list will be published in the May issue of MCN and it is a great way to raise the profile of your company and help differentiate you from your competitors. The deadline to enter is TOMORROW, Friday, March 17 so take a few minutes to complete a simple survey and enter your company for consideration.
Go online and complete the form or download the form to submit by email.
VIEW the 2022 Top Metal Builders.
Metal Construction News is a publication partner of METALCON and sponsors the official show guide.
FREE WEBINAR TOMORROW – METALCONLive! and the FMA Present “Roll Forming Basics”
Join us tomorrow, March 8, at 1:00 pm EST for a live presentation with leading roll forming expert, Paul Tiefenthal, as he covers the basics of the roll forming industry. Roll forming isn’t a single process carried out on a single type of system, but a family of processes performed on a variety of systems. Learning about roll forming is a matter of learning about roll forming lines, the processes they perform, and the roles and capabilities of auxiliary equipment including seam welders, and more. Discover all this and more details about what makes roll forming an indepth process.
Magnificent Metal Monday – Women for Women
In celebration of this week’s International Women’s Day and Women in Construction Week, Magnificent Metal Monday travels to Kayonza, Rwanda, to highlight an architectural project designed by acclaimed female-owned Sharon Davis Design and constructed to help empower women. Now reaching a decade, the Sharon Davis Design firm collaborated with the humanitarian organization Women for Women International in 2013 to create the Women’s Opportunity Center (WOC) in order to energize the small community’s subsistence-agriculture economy through female empowerment.Continue reading
METALCONLive! and the FMA Present — Roll Forming Basics — Next Wednesday, March 8
Join us next Wednesday, March 8, as leading roll forming expert, Paul Tiefenthal, leads us in an important presentation on the basics of the roll forming industry. Roll forming isn’t a single process carried out on a single type of system, but a family of processes performed on a variety of systems. Learning about roll forming is a matter of learning about roll forming lines, the processes they perform, and the roles and capabilities of auxiliary equipment including seam welders, and more. Discover all this and more details about what makes roll forming an indepth process.
Metal Construction Hall of Fame Call for Nominations
Metal Construction News‘ call for nominees for this year’s Metal Construction Hall of Fame is underway. Founded in 2012, this annual award honors those individuals who have made significant contributions to the success, innovation and growth of the metal construction industry.
The deadline to nominate is March 10, 2023.
Click here to nominate a person to the Metal Construction Hall of FameContinue reading
METALCON Future Leaders Program Seeks Nominations for Advisory Council
The Future Leaders of METALCON is a new program for rising stars, up-and-comers, management trainees, apprentices and others, roughly age 40 and under, ready to take their career to the next level. This new program is a critical step to focus and steer the metal construction industry toward the future. Last year, METALCON and the Metal Construction Association (MCA) saw the successful launch of the Future Leaders Program, virtually and then in person at METALCON in Indianapolis. Last month, the second Future Leader’s Program was held at MCA’s Winter Meeting, and featured a panel of industry experts moderated by Heidi Ellsworth, CEO of RoofersCoffeeShop, followed by a reception (link to watch program below).Continue reading