Category Archives: Metal is Green

2023 State of the Metal Construction Industry LIVE Tomorrow at 1:00 PM – RESERVE YOUR SEAT

In less than 24 hours, join us for the first METALCONLive! of the year!

Get answers to these burning questions about the year ahead —

  • Will the packed production schedules continue?
  • Are supply chain challenges finally fading?
  • What design trends will your clients be demanding and which ones are destined to be yesterday’s news?

Reserve your “seat” now for tomorrow’s METALCONLive! at 1pm EST. Our panel of experts representing every corner of the metal construction industry will share their observations, thoughts, and opinions on where we are now and where we’ll be this time next year.

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Industry Experts Will Peer into the 2023 Crystal Ball

In just one week, join us for the first METALCONLive! of the year, next Wednesday, 1/18, LIVE at 1pm EST for “The 2023 State of the Metal Construction Industry” presented by METALCONLive! and Metal Construction News. REGISTER NOW!

Do you want answers to these burning questions about the year ahead?

  • Will the packed production schedules continue?
  • Are supply chain challenges finally fading?
  • What design trends will your clients be demanding and which ones are destined to be yesterday’s news?

If you answered yes to any of them, then reserve your “seat” today for next week’s METALCONLive! on January 18 at 1pm EST. Our panel of experts representing every corner of the metal construction industry will share their observations, thoughts, and opinions on where we are now and where we’ll be this time next year.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – MCN 2022 Project Excellence Awards

As announced earlier this month by Metal Construction News, the Grand Award winner in their 2022 Project Excellence Awards is none other than a parking structure! Chosen for its innovative use of metal, the top honor goes to the City of Hope Northeast Parking Structure, Duarte, Calif. Calling it “the most innovative use of metal we’ve seen of all the entries,” the MCN Award Judges selected it saying this project “took something that was so mundane and turned it into a civic presence.” A clear testament to the versatility of metal in the design and building process.

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Self Storage Boom Means Greater Demand for Metal Buildings

Photo courtesy of Metl-Span

In a recent article, Building Design + Construction reports, “Nearly 60% of the country’s top 100 metros are building storage units at a higher rate than the national average.” In September, Metal Construction News featured the trend saying, “Over the last five years, there has been 255.5 million square feet of storage space built, equivalent to 16% of the total inventory. With one in three Americans using self storage units, the self storage industry is quite robust.” And with the vast majority of these storage buildings being made from steel, the metal industry has also seen steady growth in its demand for pre-engineered structures, insulated metal panels and automated technology for unmanned storage projects.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – MRA Best Residential Metal Roofing 3rd Quarter Honors Two Projects

Since the start of its Best Residential Metal Roofing Project competition began, the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has selected a winner and a runner-up winner for the third quarter of 2022. Top honor goes to a new home construction project located in Kennewick, Washington, completed by C&C Roofing out of Hermiston, Oregon, featuring a beautiful mechanical seamed metal roof in a rich dark gray color that is the crowning touch on a stately 7,000 square-foot home.

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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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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 – MCA Design Winner Spotlight on Rose Hill Project

Photo Courtesy of CetraRuddy Architecture, Esto/David Sundberg, Rockefeller Group

Last month at METALCON in Indianapolis, the Metal Construction Association announced the winners of their MCA 2022 Design Awards, a new awards program serves to recognize MCA member companies for their contributions to making an architect’s designs come alive with metal in construction. Taking first place in the Insulated Metal Panels category, MCA Members Kingspan and 3A Composites were recognized for their work on Rose Hill, a 45-story residential building located in the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan (area that lies North and West of Madison Square Park in NYC). What makes this building truly unique is the elegant and intricate filigree with post-era detailing, accomplished only by the use of metal.

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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:


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MCN’s 2022 Project Excellence Awards Now Accepting Entries

The 2022 Metal Construction News Project Excellence Awards are celebrating their 36th year. Formerly known as the Building and Roofing Awards, this year they have added a special category for metal craftsmanship and are making the judging criteria more comprehensive to reflect the great work done in the field. The deadline is September 16 so don’t miss the chance to enter your project.

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TODAY at 1PM — METALCON Live! Presents … Introduction to the New CRRC Wall Rating Program


Join Audrey McGarrell of the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) TODAY, Wednesday, August 24 at 1:00 pm as she explains a brand new wall rating system. This presentation will provide information about the CRRC’S new rating program for exterior wall products, including details about the requirements for participation, testing, weathering, and rating of products. You will learn current information about the various U.S. codes, standards, and programs that require or promote the use of solar-reflective wall materials and how CRRC product ratings help consumers identify eligible products. EARN 1 FREE AIA LU.

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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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METALCON LIVE! PRESENTS: The New Technologies of Metal


METALCON Live! is thrilled to welcome back Heidi J. Ellsworth, president of MetalCoffeeShop (MCS) and RoofersCoffeeShop (RCS) along with special guest, Mark MacDonald of Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings. Join them next Wednesday, August 10th, as they share the advancements in emerging technologies for the metal construction industry. They will discuss how the metal market can utilize new technologies to create job compression along with increased sales and networking opportunities for metal contractors. They will also cover details about the recently launched Sherwin-Williams MetalVue program, the technologies within the program, and how it is being shared through the newly launched MetalCoffeeShop.

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TODAY AT 1:00 PM EST – METALCONLive! and MCA Presents: It’s All in the (Air) Flow

FREE WEBINAR ALERT! REGISTER NOW AND JOIN US IN 1 HOUR! Join Sam Gray and “The Code Man” Bill Beals TODAY at 1:00 PM as they dive into a critical topic for most builders — air flow in metal buildings.


Discover the benefits of ventilation to maximize comfort and gain an understanding of national and regional codes. Bill will explore and explain the current codes in metal buildings relevant to ventilation and air flow. Considered a “must attend” for anyone in the metal building industry, learn best practices, products, and systems for all things ventilation. Reserve an hour of your time next week and receive an immediate return on your investment – for free!

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METALCONLive! and MCA Presents: It’s All in the (Air) Flow



Join Sam Gray and “The Code Man” Bill Beals next Wednesday, July 13 at 1:00 PM, as they delve into a critical topic for most builders — air flow in metal buildings. Discover the benefits of ventilation to maximize comfort and gain an understanding of national and regional codes. Bill will explore and explain the current codes in metal buildings relevant to ventilation and air flow. Considered a “must attend” for anyone in the metal building industry, learn best practices, products, and systems for all things ventilation. Reserve an hour of your time next week and receive an immediate return on your investment – for free!

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Perforated Panels Complete Building Exterior

CENTRIA® perforated panels complete Whole Foods Market project in Midtown Tampa

As announced by CENTRIA® last week, their recently completed project in Midtown Tampa celebrates “the future of urban living.” Midtown Tampa, Tampa Bay’s hottest new social hub, features a contemporary and energetic vibe, bringing the best of living, working, shopping, dining, entertainment, health and hospitality together in this new area. A new 48,000 square-foot Whole Foods Market, complete with 7,000 square feet of CENTRIA’s EcoScreen, perforated 0.040-inch painted aluminum panels in Sherwin-Williams’ 6748 Green, fits right in with this hip, modern, contemporary look.

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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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Innovative and Sustainable Metal Designs Recognized in ATAS’ 2021 Projects of the Year

ATAS International, a leading innovative manufacturer of metal walls, metal roof systems, accessories, and more, announced the winners of their 2021 Project of the Year competition. 

Each award recognized projects in which ATAS products have been incorporated into the design and construction of the building. Six project categories included: commercial roofs, commercial walls, residential roofs, residential walls, sustainable, and accents. First, second, and third place winners in each category were chosen by an independent panel of judges, comprised of ATAS advisory board members.

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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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Magnificent Metal Monday – Spring Cleaning

Metal Roof Care Tips for Homeowners by the Metal Roofing Alliance

“Metal roofs are well-known for being trouble-free and easy to maintain. A simple cleaning can keep your roof in tiptop condition, looking great and performing well for many decades to come,” said Renee Ramey, executive director of the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA). A good spring cleaning for the exterior of your home is a great way to uplevel the curb appeal and prepare for the coming summer season.

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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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MCN 41st Annual Contractor Survey Results

Across the board, metal construction projects increased in number and size from 2020 to 2021.

Photo Credit: Metal Construction News

Published on March 1, the MCN 41st Annual Contractor Survey sees a robust market environment in the metal construction industry, comparable to the overall construction market. Metal builders, roofers, wall panel contractors and light-gauge steel contractors all report that 2021 was better than 2020 and they anticipate 2022 being even better. According to survey respondents, MCN reports that metal building construction increased 12.9% in 2021, seeing a metal roofing 9.3% increase, metal wall panels 2.5% increase and light-gauge steel framing up 9.5% for exteriors and 3% for interiors.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – 2022 Pritzker Architecture Prize Winner

Congratulations to Diébédo Francis Kéré for being awarded the 2022 Pritzker Prize, regarded internationally as architecture’s highest honor. Kéré made history by being the first African and Black architect to win the prize since it began being awarded in 1979 and is being recognized for his “commitment to social justice and engagement, and intelligent use of local materials to connect and respond to the natural climate, he works in marginalized countries laden with constraints and adversity, where architecture and infrastructure are absent.” (Source: Architizer)

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Magnificent Metal Monday

When METALCON gathers this October 12-14 in Indianapolis, we will extend a warm welcome to first-time exhibitor, EXCEPTIONAL Metals, a division of Duro-Last® Inc., offering a full line of commercial metal roofing, wall panels, and accessories. Each year, EXCEPTIONAL Metals recognizes the hard work and remarkable customer service that their contractors put into each of their projects by awarding one outstanding project with a Metal Roofing Award. Featured here is their 2020 Award Recipient, the Charlton Service Plaza, located in Charlton, Massachusetts, which utilized their 24 gauge LokSeam® standing seam metal panels to re-roof the plaza.

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MCN 2022 State of the Industry

The pandemic holds on but the industry is emerging and battling new challenges

For over a decade now, Metal Construction News has issued an annual “State of the Industry” report by compiling updates from key industry contributors representing various disciplines of metal construction. MCN Editorial Director, Paul Deffenbaugh, shares his outlook for this year, “The coronavirus pandemic upended the world and the construction industry, and two years after the onset, we are still dealing with it. For the construction industry, that means supply chain issues, increased material and labor costs and a continued labor shortage.”

This year’s report includes seven unique articles covering subjects including economic drivers and their impact on construction, insurance premiums, solar market growth and the relationship with metal roofing, inflation predictions, current challenges for contractors, labor/ workforce demands, and the ways the construction industry can work together to face the unique challenges. Read on for links to each article.

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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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Magnificent Metal Monday – Louisville Library

ArchDaily reports, “The exterior was inspired by the act of discovery, with symbolic metal curtains that are peeled away to reveal greater knowledge within. Over 120,000 books and media offerings are available in this building that aspires to be a vessel for daylight. The building’s massing and clerestory glazing deliberately subdivide, stretch, and carve the envelope to provide an optimal amount of daylight throughout the facility.”

Matthew Kruntorád, AIA, LEED AP, principal at MSR Design, and architect for the project, says metal made this library possible and contributed to giving it an adaptable, column-free and daylight-filled interior. “It allows the delicate proportions of the exterior columns and thin plaza canopies.”

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MCN 2022 Contests are Underway

Metal Construction News is seeking nominations for their annual Hall of Fame, Top Metal Builders, and Project Excellence Awards. Keep reading for details and submission links.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Anodized Aluminum Accents St. Louis Skyline

Selected for its vibrant metallic look, three-dimensional visual effect, long lasting and low maintenance, and sustainable qualities, anodized aluminum provided the perfect texture and finish to the new “100 Above The Park” landmark residential tower located near the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

According to a recent feature article in DesignandBuildwithMetal, “The aluminum surfaces really stand out, at about a 10 degree angle, in tiers of 4-story-high leaves that suggest a golden crown. Architecture writers heralded the confident symbolism of this first St. Louis project of the hot and prolific Chicago architectural firm Studio Gang as ‘the giant crystalline headdress’ appropriately located at 100 Kings Highway. The name ‘100 Above the Park’ describes the design concept: by tilting the curtain wall system towards the greenery of Forest Park below, the apartment complex was specifically designed to connect people in the interior to the surrounding environment.”

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