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Ice Ice Baby – Pittsburgh Fever!

PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA; Photo courtesy of The KMA Group

It’s a sports lovers week! First the NCAA Basketball Championship Game and now onto the Stanley Cup ice hockey playoffs. Why would we cover this for our METALCON readers you ask? If you haven’t already heard, METALCON 2019 is headed to Pittsburgh in October for the first time in its 28 year show history. There are a lot of factors that go into the decision of where the show will take place year over year. Given Pittsburgh’s illustrious history in the steel industry, along with the ongoing development of its downtown and convention district, selecting it for the 2019 show was an easy decision.

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The world’s tallest spiral staircase opened last month in Atlanta, Georgia! No April Fool’s Day joke here – it’s true! World-renowned and late Atlanta-based architect John Portman Jr. scores again for his ingenuity with the opening of his Coda Building located in Midtown Atlanta near the Georgia Tech University’s campus. This is the first of three new John Portman and Associates-designed office towers set to open. Although he didn’t get to see it finished before he passed away last year, Portman at least knew that his vision for Coda, a futuristic hub for entrepreneurs at Georgia Tech, his alma mater, would become a reality.

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Sustainable Steel – Roadmap into the Future

FF Journal’s March issue brings us an in-depth look at how structural steel is at the core of eco-friendly building projects. The structural steel market is poised to play a significant role in adopting a new project delivery model. The article examines how changing the traditional steel supply chain model would help advance the industry into a more efficient and greener one.

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Best of the Best of 2018

Grand Award winner in the 2018 Metal Construction News Building & Roofing Awards; photo courtesy of pod architecture + design, Rabbit Hole Distilling, and Prodigy Construction

You know it’s nearing the end of another year when “best of” lists for everything from music to toys to movies to fashion begin popping up everywhere.  The construction and roofing industry is no exception.  Here’s a round-up of some of the industry’s “best of the best” from 2018:

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It’s a Bird!  It’s a Plane!  No …. It’s a Drone!

CNBC recently reported how drone photography has carved a niche in the construction industry.  Drone use is skyrocketing in construction work, at a rate even higher than agriculture and manufacturing, data shows. Construction drone usage has increased by 239 percent year over year, compared to 198 percent in mining and 172 percent in agriculture, according to a May report on commercial drone trends by DroneDeploy, which provides mapping solutions for drone users. Continue reading

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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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3D printed home by ICON

What if you could download and print a home in 24 hours at half the cost?  ICON, an Austin, Texas based 3-D printer construction startup company is doing just that!  Mentioned briefly in our previous blog post, ICON has partnered with New Story and  People Helping People of El Salvador, two charitable organizations focused on helping some of the world’s poorest people in replacing the sprawling slums with 3D printed homes.  ICON has successfully printed its first home and is poised to built an entire community at $4,000 per home with an estimated 12-24 hours to print each home.  Executive Director for People Helping People, Lisselot Tronconis, says, “the appeal of 3D printing isn’t aesthetics, but that it can cut the cost, time and labor required to build homes.” 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

Celebrating Women!

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Today is an important day around the world: It’s International Women’s Day! In some countries, it is a National Holiday and the goal is to reflect and pay homage to the contributions of women around the world. This week also marks “Women in Construction Week 2018” (March 5 – 11).  Construction Dive interviewed several women leaders who are helping shape the future of the construction industry. These women — and many others — are taking active steps to include a variety of thoughts and experiences that can help propel the industry forward.   Continue reading

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

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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

Iconic Yale Field House Is Reroofed With Petersen Metal Panels

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DesignandBuildwithMetal.com – The venerable Coxe Cage field house at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. remains an integral part of the school’s track and field history thanks to the building’s new metal roof supplied by Petersen Aluminum. Although the old cinder track and dirt floor were replaced with modern surfaces in 1982, Continue reading

METALCON Blog Readers

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We have great news for our blog readers. You can now sign-up for METALCON with a special promotion code. No, we are not kidding, you’ve invested time in reading

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With the college football season right around the corner we thought it would be great to feature one of the most picturesque stadiums in the country. Today, we travel to Berkeley, California  Continue reading

METALCON App Sponsored by Firestone is Available for Download

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Exciting day here at METALCON, our application for the 2014 event is available for download from the Apple and Android store. So if you want to check out METALCON on the run you can do so now with the application. For the direct links Continue reading

Knowledge is Power with Special Programs

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We’ve been barking about education and why it is so important for the industry the last few weeks. We also want to let you know that there are some “Special Programs” available at METALCON this coming October and you can  Continue reading

World’s Leading Authority to Present in the Learning Zones at METALCON

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PSMJ Resources Inc. will be presenting three important subject matters to attendees at METALCON October 1-3, 2014 at $0 cost to attendees who are registered. Learning at a trade show has never been easier than through our Learning Zones. PSMJ is the world’s leading authority, publisher, Continue reading

Steel Falls Nine Floors Onto Workers

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Grant Prior – Construction  Enquirer – Two workers were left with broken bones but escaped with their lives after being struck by a length of steel that fell from nine floors above them.  Continue reading

Mention #METALCONDenver in your Social Media Posts

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So a few weeks back we had released the official hashtag for METALCON and we told you it would be #METALCONDenver. We would like for all of you to use the hashtag in order to promote the event across  Continue reading

METALCON Webinar

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Continuing the new METALCON Webinar Series we bring you details on what the Colorado Coalition has in store for you in Denver. You’ll also learn about the new education programs and format offered at METALCON this year. Get a head start in planning your activities at METALCON, don’t miss your chance to win an exclusive conference admission by attending the webinar. Join us on the 27th of August at 12:00 PM Eastern Standard time. REGISTER HERE!

Do you want to Grow your Business?

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For the past few weeks we have been talking quite a bit about the Learning Zones and the great presentations you will have access to on the show floor, but have you considered the Continue reading

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Today we travel to Montana, yes Montana! I am quite sure we have yet to travel to this large, picturesque state. We specifically are going to take a look Continue reading

Corporate Social Responsibility – What is your company doing?

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Interesting topic for a Friday right? Well, it can certainly be controversial as well as gratifying, depending of course if you and your company are doing your part Continue reading

Throwback Thursdays

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In honor of Throwback Thursdays we are going to revisit METALCON Atlanta 2011. While these may not actually be real people it still qualifies  Continue reading

Construction Education Blast-Off

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For the first time ever attendees will have access to two areas on the show floor for education at no extra charge. The new, innovative Learning Zone’s in booths 2117 and 341 give you the chance to manage your time accordingly with 15 minute sessions. REGISTER TODAY!

PSMJ Resources Inc. to Present in the Learning Zones at METALCON

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PSMJ Resources Inc. will be presenting some interesting topics at METALCON October 1-3 in the Learning Zones. This is your chance to get some great information from the world’s leading Continue reading

Isaiah Industries – Exhibitor Feature

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Today’s exhibitor feature is our Diamond Sponsor, Isaiah Industries, and you can view their e-booth by clicking here. You can also visit their homepage by clicking here. Swing by their booth, 711, while at METALCON to enter their passport contest.