Category Archives: METALCON


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In exactly nine months, METALCON ’22 will roar into Indianapolis and we can’t wait to accelerate the use of metal in the city known for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indy 500. Calling all presenters who want to educate, engage, inspire and present material in ways that will enhance the METALCON attendees’ experience. Topics must be targeted to address real-world, metal-related opportunities and challenges toward a specific audience segment of the metal construction community (such as management, architects, contractors, installers, etc.). Please no “commercial presentations” or “sales pitches.”

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Soak up Some Sun and Education at MCA’s Winter Meeting

Join your peers and industry experts while being surrounded by the beauty and warmth of the Sonoran Desert at the upcoming MCA Winter Meeting, January 24-26, 2022, at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. Along with networking time, the meeting is an opportunity to participate in marketing and technical initiatives related to metal in construction. Members and non-members are welcome to attend and registration includes access to educational sessions, keynote address, welcome reception, awards reception and dinner.


MCA is monitoring the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and will implement all precautions mandated by Arizona and Maricopa County COVID Guidelines and the current CDC recommendations.

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Metal Building Myths Debunked

METALCON Live! kicked off its 2022 series yesterday by “bringing it back to the basics.” In their presentation, “Metal Building Systems 101,” industry experts Lee Shoemaker, director of research and engineering for the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), and Steve Reiners, technical director with Behlen Building Systems, walked the audience through a thorough overview of metal buildings and debunked several myths including why metal buildings are ideal for design flexibility, creativity, and sustainability.

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


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


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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METALCON Congratulates Industry Veteran and ATAS President Dick Bus

As announced by ATAS International and featured in DesignandBuildwithMetal earlier this month, Dick Bus, President of ATAS International, has received an Icon Honors award. The awards, presented on November 4, recognized Greater Lehigh Valley business leaders for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership both within and outside of their chosen fields. The awards not only celebrate the recipients’ leadership skills, but also their dedication to their community.

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MCN Hall of Fame 2021

Before 2021 comes to a close, METALCON would like to acknowledge and congratulate the 2021 Metal Construction Hall of Fame inductees announced over the summer by Metal Construction News.

These five honorees have made significant contributions to the metal construction industry, often through volunteer work and often at some risk to their own careers. Starting new companies and associations can backfire, but these inductees successfully navigated those paths to give their expertise to an industry that was grateful to receive it. Congratulations to the following inductees:

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Join us TODAY at 1:00 PM for Solar Expert Webinar on METALCON Live! – REGISTER FOR FREE

This course qualifies for 1 AIA LU.

Join Dan Javan of Suntuity TODAY at 1PM for an eye-opening hour as he shares information on solar in the United States and how “Net Zero” construction will become an even bigger aspect of future construction projects.

During his ten years as CEO of Suntuity, Dan Javan has become an authority on all things solar. In this informative presentation, Dan will provide a brief history of solar in the United States, including the origins of early growth. He will also summarize current government mandates and incentives at both the federal and local levels and offer his thoughts on the current popularity of solar and its forecast for future growth. Dan will discuss why metal roofs are an ideal platform for solar integration and share best practices on leveraging solar as an additional profit center. Finally, as “Net Zero” construction continues to gain momentum, Dan will examine the emergence of the category, the role metal roofs play in “Net Zero” construction and the future considerations for everyone in the construction industry.

Magnificent Metal Monday – Solar and Net Zero

Our next METALCONLive! is happening THIS Wednesday and puts solar and net zero construction in the spotlight. Entrepreneur turned solar expert, Dan Javan, CEO of Suntuity, will speak on the growth of solar and the emergence of net zero construction. While Suntuity has been busy making solar more accessible to the masses, they now have another accomplishment – building their first “Net Zero” structure, a unique, one-of-a-kind home running solely on renewable energy sources. Their “Net Zero Home Project” will operate as a completely self-sustaining LEED Platinum certified home that meets ENERGY STAR® and Department of Energy requirements.

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Get to know the Metal Construction Association

For nearly 40 years, the Metal Construction Association (MCA) has focused on one key strategy – to promote the use of metal in the building envelope through marketing, education, and action on public policies that affect metal’s use. It is a volunteer-led organization with much of the work achieved through strong leadership by its board of directors and member-driven MCA councils and committees. In addition to the annual METALCON event, full membership meetings are held twice each year with the next one coming up next month in the beauty and warmth of the Sonoran Desert in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Next Week: FREE Webinar on the Growth of Solar and the Emergence of Net Zero Construction

Join Suntuity CEO, Dan Javan, next Wednesday, December 8th at 1:00 PM for an eye opening hour as he shares information on solar in the United States and how Net Zero construction will become an even bigger aspect of future construction projects.


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MBCEA Announces New President

METALCON would like to congratulate Jennifer Heimburger of Heimburger Construction Inc. as the next president of the Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA). The MBCEA National Board ratified the election of officers and new board members during its annual meeting held October 7, 2021, in Tampa, FL during the METALCON trade show. Jennifer is currently serving as vice president of MBCEA.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Shanghai Astronomy Museum is “Out of This World”

With the recent full moon, lunar eclipse and the upcoming rocket launch scheduled for this week, MMM takes a look at the world’s largest astronomy museum that opened its doors earlier this year in Shanghai. Architectural Digest says, “Any museum can get a telescope and point it to the stars, but few can bring the wonders of the galaxy down to Earth. The new Shanghai Astronomy Museum is potentially the world’s most majestic museum devoted to the skies.” The museum’s designer, Thomas J. Wong, a design partner at Ennead Architects, explains how the elliptical, silvery structure “embodies some of the fundamental laws of astrophysics.” READ MORE to learn how metal played a integral role in achieving the design goals.

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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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Magnificent Metal Monday – METALCON 2021 Highlights

If you missed METALCON 2021 or if you attended, click on the video link above to watch a full recap with this two and a half-minute highlights reel. Also, “hot off the press,” check out the November issue of METALCONnection, METALCON’s monthly newsletter, for post-show highlights. You can also check out our “newsroom” on the METALCON website for the recent press release, “Getting the Band Back Together” for additional show information. Despite the challenges to produce an event in the current climate, METALCON Show Director Judy Geller says, “It was a fantastic show with a lot of energy, and people were happy to be back.” This year’s show included more than 200 leading companies exhibiting the latest metal construction industry products and technology with over 2500 attendees. From veteran exhibitors to first-timers, the overall consensus was how important it was to be able to see pDeople face-to-face and to shake hands again.

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Metal Architecture Design Awards 2021

As announced by Metal Architecture in July, the MA Design Awards are celebrating a decade and have become the defining award program for the metal construction industry, with some of the most exciting projects seen in the architecture landscape. The 2021 Metal Architecture Design Awards represent a variety of great projects in the metal construction industry and showcase exciting uses of metal that take design to the top of the class.

METALCON would like to highlight two projects that were also winning projects in our recent Metal in Architecture Design & Photo Contest: The Bézier Curve House and the David M. Rubenstein Forum; as announced at METALCON 2021 last month in Tampa.

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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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Magnificent Metal Monday – Museum of Tomorrow

As announced last month in METALCON’s inaugural Metal in Architecture design and construction project photo competition, the Gotca Group received the award in the “interior” category for their work done on the Museum of Tomorrow.

Opened in 2015 as a new icon of the modernization of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro’s harbor, the Museum of Tomorrow was born in the Praça Mauá as a science museum meant to explore, imagine, and conceive all the possibilities for constructing the future. The Museum of Tomorrow, or Museu do Amanhã to locals, serves as an innovative cultural space addressing the future of the planet was designed by renowned Spanish architect, engineer and artist Santiago Calatrava.

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METALCON Gives Back to Feeding Tampa Bay

Last month, METALCON continued its long-standing tradition of giving back to its host city by proudly presenting a check in the total of $5,000 to Feeding Tampa Bay. Pictured here is Judy Geller, METALCON show director, with Jeannette Rodriguez, development officer, during the check presentation at the show. (Photo Credit: McBoat Photography)

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Bézier Curve + Zinc = Winning Roof

Photo: Greg Van Riel / Metal Architecture

Another winner in METALCON’s inaugural Metal in Architecture Design photo contest for the “Roofing” category was awarded to Rheinzink for their Bézier Curve House/A-House located in North York, Ontario, Canada.

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NEW Metal Architecture Academy Launched by MCA

On the heels of METALCON 2021 where architects were in the spotlight with the new Architect’s Experience, the Metal Construction Association has announced the launch of their new Metal Architecture Academy, emphasizing the importance of educating the design community on the uses and benefits of metal. As reported by DesignandBuildwithMetal, “The Academy includes eight courses which provide opportunities to learn about metal walls and roofing as sustainable and flexible solutions for today’s architectural challenges, as well as design options that are unique and inspiring.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday – ATAS’ Winning Project

Photo Credit: University of Chicago

Earlier this month, winners of the inaugural Metal in Architecture design and construction project photo competition were announced at METALCON 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Long time exhibitor and METALCON sponsor, ATAS International, Inc., took home the grand prize for the work they did on the recently completed David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago. Along with the special recognition at the show, they were awarded $1,000, which they generously donated back to METALCON’s “give back” charity, Feeding Tampa Bay. Completed in 2020, the Forum is a 90,000 square foot facility designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) and built with a vision for intellectual, institutional and academic exchange.

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The People Have Spoken … METALCON People’s Choice Top Three Product Winners Announced

Amidst the buzz and excitement at METALCON this month, show attendees were invited to vote on-site to select the first-ever METALCON People’s Choice Top Three Product winners! Attendees chose from the seven Top Product award winners announced last month (listed below). Of the seven, congratulations to S-5! for their WindClamp2X in the Category of Roofs, RoofersCoffeeShop for their Read, Listen, Watch program in the Category of Technology, and to Bay Insulation Systems for their Bay Runner Insulation System in the Category of Insulation and Weather Barriers. The people have spoken!

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Winners of Metal in Architecture Awards announced at METALCON

Last week at METALCON 2021, the show floor was all “a buzz” when the winners of the inaugural design and construction project photo competition were announced and recognized. The amazing projects featuring metal in design were showcased in the first ever “Metal in Architecture Gallery” prominently displayed on the METALCON show floor (pictured above). We congratulate the following winners:

Grand Prize Winner and for the category Walls: ATAS International, Project 18: David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago 

Photo Credit: ATAS

Roofs: Rheinzink, Project 24: Bezier Curve House/A-House

Photo credit: Parametric-Architecture

Ornamental/ Architectural Features and Interior: Gotca Group, Project 2: Museum of Tomorrow

Photo Credit: Architect Magazine

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METALCON 2021 – Day 2

Video Recap of METALCON Day 2 | October 7, 2021

Yesterday, it was non-stop action at the second day of METALCON with attendees networking with exhibitors, taking advantage of education sessions, playing trivia games at the Solar Education Center, enjoying free beer at Oktoberfest, and more!

METALCON 2021 brought a lot of firsts to the show experience including immersive pavilions in the specialty interest areas of IMPs, Solar, and CONTECH, a Top Products Awards with the selection of the People’s Choice Top 3 on site at the show, The Architect’s Experience, Trivia Games, and the Metal in Architecture Gallery and Design Contest.

Donate to Help Stamp Out Hunger

We are half way to meeting our fundraising goal of $5000 for this year’s METALCON “Give Back!” Please consider donating online or in person at THE DECK at the show. A donation of $20 enters you into a raffle drawing with today’s prize being an extra large YETI cooler (valued at $350!). DONATE ONLINE.

METALCON 2021 – Day 1


Coming to you from on-site at the Tampa Convention Center where the first day of METALCON 2021 began bright and early with eager attendees lining up to register while others took advantage of training workshops. Delivering his keynote address to a packed theater, Captain Keith Colburn, leadership expert and start of the TV series, “The Deadliest Catch” shared his insights on leadership, teamwork, safety and his personal stories of success.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like … METALCON!

The Tampa Convention Center was all a buzz today with the sounds of booths being set up, carpet being laid down, the motors of forklifts, sound checks, printers printing badges, exhibitors excitedly catching up with each other …. METALCON is happening! Back IN PERSON and officially kicking of its 31st show TOMORROW at 10:00 AM with one of two Keynote Addresses by Captain Keith Colburn, leadership expert and star of the television series, “The Deadliest Catch.”

Come and join us at the only global event dedicated exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction and discover in real-time the latest innovations that will help your business become more competitive, inventive, efficient, and profitable. On-site registration opens tomorrow at 7:30 am with training workshops beginning at 8:30 am, Keynote Address at 10:00 am, and the exhibit hall opening from 11-5:00 pm.

Tune in tomorrow when we report live from the show … or better yet, JOIN US!

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