Category Archives: steel fabricator

Steel City or City of Bridges?

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Both!  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has long been known as the “Steel City” for its more than 300 steel-related businesses, but with its 446 bridges connecting the city together, it’s also known as the “City of Bridges.”

METALCON 2019 is proud to announce that it will be heading to Pittsburgh next October 16-18, 2019!  A show all about metal meeting in a city known for its steel history and its metal bridges?  Seems all together fitting! Continue reading

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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

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Summer is in full swing and with it comes summer travel with camping being a long-standing favorite. Magnificent Monday brings you a new twist to traditional camping. A new “glamping resort” has opened in South Korea offering tourists a luxury camping experience on a cypress-covered mountain near the South Korean city of Suncheon.  The 16 brightly colored pods are oriented to enjoy views over the Suncheon Ecological Bay, which is located south of Seoul on the southern coast.

The Suncheon resort is managed by SJCCglamping, a subsidiary of the Korean company POSCO, one of the largest steel manufacturers in the world.  In partnership with the contractor, Mind Glampers, the tents were developed over a three-year period. Atelier Chang developed a new, patented technology to achieve both the comfort and lightness which the space and design concept demanded. This technology uses double layers of fabric with insulation between layers to keep the glamping units sustainable and viable in a climate where annual temperatures can range from as low as minus 5 degrees to as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit. With proper maintenance, the units are expected to have a lifespan of at least 10-15 years.

Inside, the 50-square-metre floorplan has space for two beds in a mezzanine arrangement, as well as an open-plan lounge and kitchen, and a bathroom.  The community facility makes use of the same steel and fabric construction techniques, and has a zig-zagged facade of white steel louvres that open onto a terrace facing down the mountainside.

ArchDaily reports, “The light-weight steel frames, covered with an insulated tent-like fabric, create highly resilient structures which are capable of withstanding the region’s significant annual differences in climatic conditions. The resort includes three principal types of glamping unit: ‘Mountain’, ‘Cutent’ and ‘Firefly’, each of which has a distinctive plan and colour scheme.  The restaurant/community facility forms the focal point of the resort. The restaurant and viewing terrace are screened by an elegant geometric arrangement of white steel louvres, mitigating solar ingress.”

Atelier Chang uniquely designed units – Cutent, Mountain and Firefly

Other features include:
• Light steel frames covered with a weather and fire resistant fabric made by French manufacturer Serge Ferrari and tensioned at the base of the frame to fit the shape of an individual unit
• Glazing elements are constructed from double layers of polycarbonate (for privacy), although glass can be used if required
• Plumbing and electricity infrastructure is connected to the mains supply although the structures can use natural resources (rain water harvesting and PVs)
• Foundations consist of concrete pillars with steel columns supporting the decking to which the structures are bolted

https://www.dezeen.com/2018/06/22/sjcc-glamping-resort-south-korean-architecture/

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cropped-twit-01.pngMETALCON 2018 REGISTRATION IS OPEN!  

Join us October 10-12 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Reserve your place at METALCON’S TOTAL EXPERIENCE today!  Experience the redesigned METALCON this year with everything in one place!  We know that “time is money” so the goal is to maximize efficiency along with your return on investment by minimizing the time you spend trying to find everything.  ALL exhibits …. ALL education …. ALL keynote addresses … plus the extras you have come to love including the Metal Roofing Championship Games, The Deck, Innovation Stations Scanning Scavenger Hunt, and Oktoberfest … will ALL be located in one place on the trade show floor.  AND … for one price!

METALCON’s Total Experience will feature one inclusive cost of $95 for all three days. Experience the exhibit hall, keynote and general sessions, learning centers, Metal Roofing Games and more for one price!  REGISTER TODAY!

While you are registering, we encourage you to “Invite a Friend” to join you at METALCON.  Click on the link and send your friend or colleague all the information they need to register.

Special programs are also being offered at METALCON 2018 including Metal Roof Installation Certification Training, Best Practices for Installing and Bidding on Insulated Metal Panels, Roll Forming for the Metal Construction Industry Part I and II, MBCEA’s Controlled Decking Zone (Train the Trainer), and Soldering Techniques.  These can be selected in the registration process and if selected, include the Total Experience package.

We look forward to seeing you in Charlotte in October!

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Header_nieuwhavenhuis_avondThe new Port House in Antwerp, Belgium, which opened in 2016, repurposed, renovated and extended a derelict fire station into a new headquarters for the port – and brought together the port’s staff that previously worked in separate buildings around the city.  Renowned architect, Zaha Hadid’s design of the Antwerp Port Authority’s head office puts the Port of Antwerp on the architectural world map. The structure is an amazing story of steel and glass working together to make a future-proof, sustainable architectural phenomenon.  Built between 2009 – 2016, the building will also be known as Zaha Hadid’s final project as she died unexpectedly soon after its completion. Continue reading

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On a recent trip to New Jersey, I had the distinct pleasure of crossing the Hudson River on the NEW $3.98 billion Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge!  The new bridge replaces the former Tappan Zee Bridge, which was built between 1952 and 1955 and served as one of New York’s primary crossings north of the city.  This new lasting icon is 3.1 miles long and is the largest single design-build contracts for a transportation project in the United States. Located less than 20 miles north of New York City, the cable-stayed span crosses one of the widest parts of the river and will be the largest bridge in New York State history.

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World Cup … and Stadium Fever!

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Luzhniki Stadium – location of the first and final games of this year’s World Cup

The World Cup is the globe’s biggest sporting event, with 3.4 billion people expected to watch the month-long, quadrennial tournament. Russia is hosting the event and has spent an estimated 10 billion dollars in both building new arenas, and refurbishing their existing facilities. The 2018 tournament will host 65 matches across 11 cities in 12 of the most modern stadiums in the world.  The tournament kicks off today with the first match between Russia and Saudi Arabia being played in Russia’s largest stadium, the Luzhniki Stadium, located in Moscow, with a capacity of 80,000 spectators.   Continue reading

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The Hoover Sportsplex in Hoover, AL was named MBCEA’s 2018 Building of the Year.  Photo credit: DesignandBuildwithMetal.com.

At its 49thAnnual Conference held last month in San Antonio, TX, the Metal Building Contractors & Erectors Association (MBCEA) named the Hoover Sportsplex in Hoover, AL, 2018 Building of the Year in its annual Building of the Year Awards competition. Continue reading

Steel Tariffs – Ongoing Negotiations

On May 1, the Trump administration extended negotiations on steel and aluminium tariffs for 30 days with Canada, the EU and Mexico, and reached a deal in principle with Argentina, Brazil and Australia.  With the extension now over, US companies buying EU steel will now have to pay a 25% tax, while aluminum has a 10% tariff after the Trump Administration cited national security interests.  The EU has decided to launch counter-tariffs on US products, including bourbon whiskey, jeans, Harley Davidson motorcycles and steel, starting from the end of June. And while the United Kingdom is currently included in the EU tariffs deal, they hope to negotiate an exemption once Brexit is finalized. Continue reading

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screen-shot-2018-03-23-at-12-39-36-pmThis new construction project in the North Woods of Wisconsin features a standing seam metal roof comprised of zinc panels. Photos: RHEINZINK/ Roofingmagazine.com.

Zinc?  Why yes, zinc!  By having the awesome responsibility of blogging for the METALCON community, perusing the metal building and construction trades is a daily activity.  Stories about zinc roofing projects seem to be appearing with regularity so it raised a bit of curiosity.  Zinc has been around since the dark ages … well, maybe not that long, but zinc has a rich global history and is known for its long lifespan. Continue reading

3D Printing is Scaling Up

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We continue to explore how 3D printing has the potential to “remodel the construction industry.”  As featured in Monday’s blog post, Amsterdam is poised to install the first 3D printed bridge made entirely from steel in 2019.  Structures built with 3D printing are popping up in locations such as Dubai, China, Italy, Russia and El Salvador.  It is also a subject that is appearing with more regularity in construction and technology trades and in mainstream news sources.  As reported by the Wall Street Journal just this month, “3-D printing is scaling up. All over the world, an impressive diversity of people and organizations, ranging from startups and hobbyists to construction and engineering firms, are successfully prototyping 3-D-printed buildings.” Continue reading

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Future technology is about to mix with 17th century old architecture as Amsterdam is preparing to add a 3D-printed steel bridge to its 1,200 bridges throughout its canals.

Dutch 3D-printing start-up MX3D has finalized their design plans to install the world’s first 3D-printed fully functional stainless steel bridge over a historic canal in Amsterdam next year. Continue reading

Magnificent Metal “Madness”

basketball-dunk-blue-game-163452.jpegMarch Madness was full of surprises this year including some awesome “Cinderella” stories (even my alma mater made a surprising appearance in the Sweet 16!).  In the end, #3 ranked Michigan State and #1 ranked Villanova will face off tonight to be crowned National Champion.  If you “gambled” with your bracket, you may be sitting pretty tonight but chances are, your bracket busted early on like the masses.  March also brought a different type of “gambling” to the world stage of “trade wars,” creating the metal and steel industry’s own “march madness.” Continue reading

Charlotte’s “Royal Welcome” for METALCON

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METALCON 2018 will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina October 10-12.  This will be METALCON’s first appearance in the city nicknamed the “Queen City” in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz who had become the Queen of England several years before the city’s inception. While Charlotte is not considered one of the United States’ “major” metropolitan cities … take note, THIS is a city on the rise.  By attending METALCON this year, you will have the chance to explore why this is a city worth seeing.

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To Tariff or Not to Tariff?

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If you have been paying attention to the news, you will know that the current Administration’s proposed new tariffs on steel and aluminum could have major implications to the metal construction industry.  When the news broke a couple of weeks ago, it made headlines and rattled the industry.  Cheers could be heard from U.S. steelmakers while jeers could be heard from companies that rely on importing steel, not to mention the U.S. allies who immediately rejected the proposed tariff.  Over the past couple of weeks, initial concerns about the excise tariffs on aluminum and steel have somewhat relaxed after the administration softened its stance by offering exemptions, first for Canada & Mexico and then for additional allies including the European Union, South Korea, and Australia. This lowered the elation felt by U.S. steel and aluminum makers which showed in the market when US Steel dropped by 11%. Continue reading

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MMM is “on the road” today, traveling in the Big Apple.  Is there any place better to marvel at metal and steel architecture than New York City?  Ever since I was a little girl coming into the “grand metropolis,” I have always been amazed and in awe of how much is built on a relatively small land mass, a total contrast to the rural New Jersey lakeside community I was raised in.  From the iconic buildings including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Flatiron Building to the new and modern One World Trade Center (or Freedom Tower and now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere), and The Oculus (World Trade Center Transport Hub), New York is truly a patchwork or steel, metal and concrete. Continue reading

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Located about a minute walk from the Charlotte Convention Center, the NASCAR Hall of Fame opened its doors to the public in May 2010. Charlotte, dubbed “NASCAR Valley,”  has been intertwined with the day-to-day dealings of NASCAR from the beginnings of stock-car racing. Designed by the esteemed architectural firm known for their award-winning designs, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, used steel and glass throughout in their design of the building.   Continue reading

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World Trade Center Transportation Hub (The Oculus), New York City; Photo credit:  Hufton+Crow; http://www.arch2o.com

Magnificent Metal Monday takes us on a tour around the United States today as we congratulate 12 building projects that have earned recognition in the 2018 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2). Conducted annually by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the IDEAS2 award is the highest honor bestowed on building projects by the U.S. structural steel industry and recognizes excellence and innovation in the use of structural steel on building projects across the country. The winning projects will be recognized at the 2018 NASCC: The Steel Conference in April.   Continue reading

“Steel”ing the show at the Olympics

Before the XXIII Olympic Winter Games come to a close on Sunday, we would be remiss to highlight the construction a host city must take on to adequately accommodate the Olympic and Paralympic games.  For the past 2 weeks athletes have competed in 13 competition venues, six of which were new.  Additionally, South Korea had to construct a high-speed rail line to connect Pyeongchang to Seoul. Once a region covered with potato fields, 7 years later and over $12 billion dollars spent, a premier winter destination has been born.  Or at least South Korea is hoping so.

With one of the world’s largest steelmakers headquartered in South Korea, POSCO World Premium Products (WPP) played an integral role in constructing the venues and the transformation of the region. Continue reading

Sheffield’s steel history helps Olympic skaters shine

 
If you are seeing bleary eyed co-workers lately, we have the Olympics to thank for that.  If you are like me, it’s hard to peel yourself away from the nightly coverage, especially with figure skating getting into full swing.  So what does ice skating and provincial England have in common?  HD Sports, an iconic, international brand located in Sheffield, England, has been helping the Winter Olympic’s finest figure-skaters shine for over 50 years!  Sheffield, England has a long history in the metal world, dating back to the 1600s with it’s production of knives and then in 1740s with the invention of the Sheffield plate, a form of silver plating.  HD Sports dates back more than 300 years to when it first made skating blades for King William III in 1696 and has been making specialty blades ever since.  At the last Winter Olympics, every skater who finished on the podium wore blades created by HD Sports and the company is hoping for the same this year.  From the steel they use to the special technique in crafting the blades, don’t look for the company to reveal their secrets anytime soon.  For a peek into Sheffield’s long history in the steel making business, check out the story on two archaeological sites that have been unearthed.  

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Magnificent Metal Monday takes us to METALCON’s 2018 location, Charlotte, NC.  Located just on the outskirts of the city sits a phenomenal 14-ton sculpture made from massive stainless steel layers that rotate 360 degrees and occasionally align to create a massive head.  Metalmorphosis was conceived by Count Riprand Arco, Founder and Chairman of American Asset Corporation. Count Arco commissioned internationally renowned Czech sculptor, David Cerny, to conceive, craft and execute a one-of-a-kind sculpture. Cerny says, “I was thinking about doing something as a centerpiece. I knew I wanted to employ water from the beginning.” In addition to the water element, Cerny’s design also incorporates a complex infrastructure and choreographed movement on a magnificent scale, creating a beautiful synergy of form and function. A true testament to his technical savvy and his talent as an artist.  Metalmorphosis can be seen at Whitehall Corporate Center, a 200-acre office park located about 15 miles from downtown Charlotte.  And check it out – Metalmorphosis has its very own webcam!

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2011/10/metalmorphosis-mirror-fountain-by-david-cerny/

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Olympic Blades of Steel

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“Blades of Glory” or “Blades of Steel?” The Winter Olympics began in 1924 and have been held in 11 different countries over the past nine decades.  The Winter Olympics are officially underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea and steel is taking center stage.  Athletes from all over the world competing in various different sports all rely on steel to enhance their performance and keep them safe as they compete for the highest honors in their sport. From ice skating to speed and short skating, bobsledding, skeleton, luge, ice hockey, skiing and snowboarding, high performance steel is the common denominator.  As the world comes together to watch the power of victory and the agony of defeat, METALCON wishes TEAM USA and athletes from around the world a safe and exhilarating two weeks of competition.

http://globalblog.posco.com/material-steeling-show-2018-winter-olympics/

Swenson Shear Introduces Equipment Financing Options

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Ceres, CASwenson 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

3D Printing, Construction and the Millennials

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3D printing, construction and the Millennials, yes we’ve grouped all three together for a reason. We’ve touched a bit on how 3D printing will change the construction industry for the better. Yes I said it for the better; I look at it as a huge opportunity for both manufacturers and the people out in the field. Now how does the millennial generation fit into the equation? Continue reading

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Another episode of Magnificent Metal Mondays is upon us and today we travel to Lubbock, Texas. Yes you guessed it The Steel House designed by steel sculptor Robert Bruno. Continue reading

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Another Monday, another Magnificent Metal Monday for you to start your morning off. Today we don’t go very far from our office and travel about 8 or 9 miles to the Boston waterfront. The structure today is the ICA  Continue reading

Book your Hotel for METALCON now

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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

How to be a Creative Genius

January 26 – By Lauren K. Terry – Creativity has become so intertwined with the definition of exceptional leaders that an entire industry has emerged to help leaders find their creative abilities. There is a Center for Creative Leadership, a Creative Leadership Group, a Creative Leadership Program, Continue reading

Growing your Business with Metal

 

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ATLANTA (October 20, 2014) by Jim Austin – The Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility opened in 2002 as a Fulton County focal point to enrich the minds, bodies and spirits of independent senior citizens. Soon after opening, a leaky roof put a damper on senior activities.  Continue reading

Firefighters Complain about Metal Roofs

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A few months back you may recall I had touched on the firefighters and metal roofs subject, well, looks like it isn’t going away. Ultimately, before voicing an opinion we would like for you to read the article so that  Continue reading