Category Archives: Metals

Magnificent Metal Monday – 2022 Metal of Honor Awards

Last month, Metal Roofing Magazine announced the 2022 Metal of Honor Award winners. Now in their 18th year of the program, the awards were created to allow metal roofing installers an opportunity to honor companies who help them most by providing quality products and excellent service. METALCON is proud to welcome nearly 60% of these winning companies to METALCON ’22, scheduled for October 12-14 in Indianapolis. By attending, you can see their products and learn first-hand what makes these companies winning suppliers.

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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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MCN Announces Annual Top Metal Builders

For metal building contractors and erectors, 2021 was a roller coaster ride with steel prices in total flux rising to all time highs and decreasing to all time lows. Paul Deffenbaugh, editorial director of Metal Construction News (MCN), comments, ” Price, availability and demand for construction materials all fluctuated widely in 2021, but despite that, the top metal builders report increases in the average tonnage and square footage. In fact, by all measures, 2021 was a very strong year for the metal building industry when looking at the largest contractors.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday – What’s on the Inside?

METAL BUILDING INSULATION | Credit: Therm-All

With so much focus on the metal used on the exterior of a building, “what’s on the inside” is equally as important, especially as it relates to energy efficiency, fire safety, and more. Therm-All has been at the forefront of innovative metal building insulation solutions since 1981, offering a full line of custom fiberglass and rigid insulation systems, reflective insulation, door and window systems, vapor retarders, OSHA-compliant safety systems, metal building accessories, insulation retrofit and more. A proud member of NIA, MBMA, and MBCEA, METALCON is thrilled to welcome Therm-All back as an exhibitor at METALCON 2022, scheduled for October 12-14 in Indianapolis (Booth #1741).

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Coil Coatings

Returning METALCON sponsor and exhibitor, Sherwin-Williams has a passion for creating impactful coil and extrusion projects. With over 50,000 colors offered, Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings can color match almost any look you dream up. (Source: Building Design + Construction, Nov 2021).

T-Mobile Arena, which opened in April 2016, features nine rustic Fluropon® Classic II colors that reflect the appearance of the Las Vegas desert (Photo credit: BD+C)

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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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METALCON Live! TODAY at 1:00 PM – Join MBCEA Member to Review Temporary Bracing Guidelines

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Join us today at 1:00 pm as we continue the “Best of METALCON series” with Temporary Bracing Guidelines, presented by Keith Wentworth, vice president of Dutton & Garfield Inc., a full service construction company serving the New England community for over 50 years and a member of the Metal Building Contractors & Erectors Association (MBCEA). Assemblers, builders and manufacturers will learn critical steps to ensure the stability and safety of a structure.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Celebrating Women

Rigidized® Metals Corporation Brings Powerful Message to Life

Photo credit: Rigidized® Metals Corporation

As NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) is about to kick off their 24th annual WIC Week™, or Women in Construction Week™, today’s Magnificent Metal Monday features a new art installation representing and honoring the strength and power of women and girls in the Buffalo, New York region. Titled “Do Not Mistake our Softness for Weakness,” the project is comprised of 6 unique structure created by local artist Shasti O’Leary-Soudant and fabricated by Rigidized® Metals. The vividly colored structures were created by using Rigidized® Metals’ pattern 60LTH and powder coated in a variety of colors. It is located just outside the Burchfield Penney Art Center (BPAC) at SUNY Buffalo State and commemorates the centennial of the art center.

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METALCON Live! to Highlight Importance of Bracing Sequencing for Metal Building

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Join us this coming Wednesday, March 2 as we continue the “Best of METALCON series” with Temporary Bracing Guidelines, presented by Keith Wentworth, Vice President with Dutton & Garfield Inc., a full service construction company serving the New England community for over 50 years and a member of the Metal Building Contractors & Erectors Association (MBCEA). Assemblers, builders and manufacturers will learn critical steps to ensure the stability and safety of a structure.

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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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MRA Announces 2021 Q4 Winner and Kicks off 2022 Best Metal Roofing Project

Best Residential Metal Roofing Project Winner for 2021 Q4 is Early 1900 Renovated Home (Photo credit: MRA)

MRA announced the final winner of its Best Residential Metal Roofing Project for 2021 as a beautiful home renovation project in Portland, Oregon, that achieved a stunning combination of impressive performance and aesthetics. The inspiration behind the home’s beautiful metal roof was a desire by the homeowner to completely rebuild and renovate their 1910 home in a way that maintained its original clean lines while incorporated best performing building materials.

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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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MCA Releases New White Paper Series on Metal Roofing and PV Solar Systems

White papers are part of MCA’s Metal University Online Learning

Last month, the Metal Construction Association (MCA) released a three-part white paper series on Metal Roofing & PV Solar Systems Parts 1, 2 & 3. Part one had been published earlier this year; parts two and three were recently added to expand on the original paper and supply additional technical guidance for optimal installation and mounting of photovoltaic (PV) solar systems on metal roofing.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Two BOTYs Boast Metal Panels

Both CENTRIA and Metl-Span have announced the winners of their respective 2021 Building of the Year contests, each for their unique use of metal panels. Throughout the year, both companies have held Building of the Month contests showcasing projects located throughout the United States. CENTRIA selected the River Oaks Baptist School located in Houston, Texas and Metl-Span named the BMO Tower in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Happy Halloween

Haunted Buildings with Metal Roofs!

Happy Halloween! After scouring the internet for something metal related to post for Halloween, it was fun to come across this blog posted by our friends at the Metal Construction Association “circa” 2013! Check out this list of their five favorite haunted buildings WITH metal roofs … P l u s an additional entry this blogger couldn’t resist including at the end …

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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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Magnificent Metal Monday – IMP Spotlight

“Metal Goes to the Movies” as seen in Architect Magazine

State-of-the-art, eight-screen movie theater in Elizabeth City, N.C.; Ceco Building Systems

The unique combination of energy efficiency provided by the insulated wall panels’ superior R-values and the versatile design options of various colors, orientations, and depths led to the selection of insulated metal wall panels for this new $10 million, state-of-the-art 31,820-square-foot movie complex.

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TODAY at 1:00 pm on METALCON Live! To Code and Beyond … Learn the Ins and Outs of Products that Meet Code Requirements

WEBINAR TODAY AT 1:00 PM EST – REGISTER HERE

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Buildings of today must satisfy a supreme standard – achieve high performance, resiliency and energy efficiency. With increasing demands on a structure, this session will help you learn the ins and outs of IMPs, and which products or systems can best fulfill the required air and water control functions of a high-performance building enclosure, while meeting fire codes and offering aesthetic flexibility. Join us today at 1:00 pm EST as Amanda (Mandi) Karns, Facade Program Manager for Kingspan Insulated Panels, shares her nearly two decades of knowledge on product and sales engineering solutions.

Mandi is also currently the Chair of the IMP Alliance Technical Committee of the Metal Construction Association (MCA). The IMP Alliance will be on hand at METALCON 2021, debuting the IMP Pavilion creating a rare opportunity for attendees to see six major brands that produce 85% to 90% of all IMP’S shipped in the US and Canada, all in one location.

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Next Week on METALCON Live! To Code and Beyond …

REGISTER TODAY AND EARN 1 FREE AIA LU!

Buildings of today must satisfy a supreme standard – achieve high performance, resiliency and energy efficiency. With increasing demands on a structure, this session will help you learn the ins and outs of IMPs, and which products or systems can best fulfill the required air and water control functions of a high-performance building enclosure, while meeting fire codes and offering aesthetic flexibility.

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Send us your METAL! Deadline Extended to September 1 for Metal in Architecture Project Contest

Attention architects, designers, contractors, manufacturers and owners … Submit your high-quality photos of your best, coolest, most interesting and inspiring projects that feature metal in the interior or exterior design!

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY HERE

$1,000 CASH PRIZE TO THE MOST CREATIVE METAL PROJECT!

INTRODUCING THE METAL IN ARCHITECTURE GALLERY!

For the first time ever, METALCON is hosting a stunning exhibit of the best metal project photos from around the globe, displayed in the Metal in Architecture Gallery located on the exhibit floor. Not only is this a perfect forum to showcase your company’s best metal project, it’s an opportunity to receive a sweet reward for your hard work.

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Metal Project Photo Contest at METALCON – Grand Prize Now $1000! Final Days to Submit your Entry!

Attention architects, designers, contractors, manufacturers and owners … METALCON invites you to submit high-quality photos of your best, coolest, most interesting and inspiring projects that feature metal in the interior or exterior design!

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY HERE

Selected entries will be displayed in the Metal in Architecture Gallery at METALCON 2021 scheduled for October 6-8 in Tampa, Florida.

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NEW METALCON Photo Contest – Grand Prize will Win $500 Cash Prize

Attention architects, designers, contractors, manufacturers and owners … We invite you to submit high-quality photos of your best, coolest, most interesting and inspiring projects that feature metal in the interior or exterior design!

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY HERE

METALCON’s new Metal in Architecture Gallery and contest will accept project photos through August 13. For the new contest, professionals involved in metal in construction are invited to submit high-quality photos of inspiring projects that feature metal in a building’s interior or exterior design. The best entries will be displayed in the Metal in Architecture Gallery at METALCON, and the METALCON Advisory Council will choose one winner in each of the four categories below and one grand prize winner.

ENTRY CATEGORIES:

  • Roofs
  • Walls
  • Interiors
  • Ornamental/Architectural Features

The best entries will be displayed in the Metal in Architecture Gallery at METALCON 2021 scheduled for October 6-8 in Tampa, Florida.

AWARD PROCESS:

A panel of judges comprised of the METALCON Advisory Council will determine one winner in each of the four categories with one GRAND Prize Winner. All winners will be announced at METALCON and the grand-prize winner will be awarded a $500 cash prize.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY:

  • Project photo’s must be in color and high-resolution, download the specs sheet for more information.  
  • Entries will be judged based on the project architecture, not photo composition.
  • Submissions of both building interiors and exteriors will be accepted.
  • Photos of projects must be in color
  • Photos selected for inclusion in the METALCON Metal in Architecture Gallery will be automatically entered to win! 
  • Entrants may submit multiple projects.  Each project requires its own entry form and photo.
  • Entrants grant reproduction rights and permissions METALCON to use any and all photos submitted for the gallery and for marketing and promotional purposes.
  • METALCON reserves the right to eliminate photos from the contest deemed inappropriate or whose subject matter does not qualify as Metal in Architecture.

Submissions including photo and entry form must be received by AUGUST 13, 2021


METALCON 2021 will feature a brand new experience … a “show within a show” exclusively for architects, designers, specifiers and engineers eager to breathe new life into projects, wow clients, and solve a wide variety of design, structural, environmental, cost and performance challenges, all through the use of metal.

METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources Inc. and Sponsored by the Metal Construction Association.

MCA IMP Alliance Brings Rare Opportunity to METALCON

The Metal Construction Association’s Insulated Metal Panel (IMP) Alliance comprises of leading manufacturers, material suppliers, and resellers who are dedicated to growing and increasing the use of IMP’s in the construction marketplace. Appearing for the FIRST TIME at METALCON 2021, the MCA IMP Alliance will bring together six independent brands of leading insulated metal wall and roof panels in one pavilion. This will be a rare opportunity to see six major brands that produce 85-90% of all IMPs shipped in the US and Canada — together, in one place, at METALCON. Contrary to a commonly held falsehood, IMPs can be successfully used for much more than just exterior walls on buildings; they are also gaining in popularity for their use on roofs.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – MCA Case Study Spotlight

Photo Credit: MCA

Pier in St. Petersburg, Florida (near METALCON 2021!)

Just over the bridge and a a few minutes away from the Tampa Convention Center, the site of METALCON 2021, lies the newly renovated St. Petersburg Pier, a case study featured by the Metal Construction Association. This $80 million project was designed by the architectural team of ROGERS PARTNERS and ASD|SKY and constructed by design and engineer specialists, MG MCGRATH. Specializing in the fabrication of metal plates, composite materials, and other wall panel systems, McGrath opted for CENTRIA® ROOF PANELS for the project. Tara Williams, project architect with ASD|SKY explains, “We were looking for a high-performance panel system, specifically aluminum, since we were building within a saltwater environment. Additionally, the panel needed to be lightweight, as the design included large expansive cantilevers.”

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National Roofing Week 2021 – June 6-12

Each year, National Roofing Week increases awareness about the significance of roofs to every home and business and shares the good deeds of the industry. NRCA encourages members to participate in National Roofing Week by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.

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METALCON Now Accepting Top Products Award Nominations

With METALCON’s anticipated return to an in-person event in October, a new Top Products Award program is underway. Get bragging rights at this year’s show along with special product recognition in your booth. Get your nomination in today!

METALCON 2021 Exhibitors are invited to nominate their top metal products in a variety of 15 categories (see below). To be eligible:

  • A product must have been introduced to the market no sooner than January 1, 2019.
  • The product’s manufacturer MUST be a 2021 METALCON exhibiting company.
  • Exhibitors are eligible to submit products in more than one category but not more than one product per category.
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And the Crystal Ball Says …. Trends in Metal Construction and Design: 2021 and Beyond

EPISODE AIRED ON WEDNESDAY 5/5 — WATCH ON DEMAND!

This week’s METALCONLive! featured industry economists who presented recent findings from this past year to identify the trends and help members of the metal construction industry navigate through the rest of the year and beyond. PSMJ Senior Principal David Burstein and Ken Simonson, chief economist with The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), both presented comprehensive and encouraging data all pointing in the direction of a robust year in metal construction, while still highlighting some challenges that lie ahead.

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Look into the Crystal Ball TODAY at 1:00 PM – Join us for the next METALCONLive!

Learn the jaw-dropping economic and market changes for metal construction and design decision-makers from industry experts. Added Bonus: Receive a FREE copy of the A/E/C Quarterly Marketing Report!

When: TODAY, May 5, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST

Where: Live! on Zoom and available on demand

This webinar earns you 1 FREE AIA LU / CEU AND A FREE COPY of PSMJ’s latest A/E/C Quarterly Marketing Forecast Report (value of $247!)

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