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Architect Renzo Piano’s orb-shaped, glass-domed theater building, which with a transformed May Co. building will form the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

“And the Oscar goes to” … if you tuned into last night’s award’s ceremony, you may have seen Tom Hanks giving a preview of the $388-million dollar Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, scheduled to open in December 2020. Designed by Pritzker-Prize winning architect Renzo Piano with Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Gensler, the new museum will be situated on the famed “Miracle Mile,” and will preserve and breathe new life into the former 1939 May Company department store, now re-named the Saban Building.

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Credit: Rainier Square/NBBJ

Construction of the 850-foot-tall, $570 million-to-$600 million Rainier Square Tower in Seattle is turning out to be a proving ground for innovation.

According to Construction Dive, “Aluminum components are being 3D printed with the resulting v-shaped nodes and connected squares of curtain wall forming a dramatic slope from the fourth to 40th floors. Aside from the impressive aesthetic, this method of production can also more easily accommodate last-minute changes.”

The article goes on to explain, “Structural engineer Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA) started out planning to use a reinforced concrete core for the building, said firm CEO Ron Klemencic, and about halfway into the project, it was clear that the tower would be too expensive and was going to take too long to build, making it economically unfeasible for the building’s owner, developer Wright Runstad & Co.” So after tabling the project for over a year, they needed an idea that would “jumpstart the project without busting the budget.”

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While others may be skiing on snow-capped mountains this winter, residents of Copenhagen may be skiing on the roof of a building! Making the “top ten list of innovative buildings of 2019” by New Atlas, CopenHill (aka Amager Bakke), by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), is a waste-to-energy power plant AND a ski slope that opened last year in Copenhagen, Denmark. Eleven years in the making, the building showcases the architectural firm’s trademark ingenuity and out-of-the-box thinking.

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Looking Back at the Best of 2019

Opus; Photo Credit: Zaha Hadid Architects

Before we move too far into the New Year, let’s take one more look back at 2019. Last month, <a href="https://www.archdaily.com/tag/adtopic-2019-year-review?ad_name=flyout&ad_medium=categories?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ArchDaily%20List&utm_campaign=monthly&utm_term=<ArchDaily published their “<a href="https://www.archdaily.com/tag/adtopic-2019-year-review?ad_name=flyout&ad_medium=categories?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ArchDaily%20List&utm_campaign=monthly&utm_term=<2019 in Review” article, which included 15 various “best of” comprehensive features. Everything from The Best Architecture Projects of 2019 According to Time Magazine, to What 2019 Meant for 3D Printing in Architecture, the Best Articles of 2019 to The Most Inspiring Architecture Photographs of 2019 (my personal favorite). Other notables included Best Houses of 2019, a compilation of the most visited residential projects published on their website, and 2019’s Biggest Developments in Landscape Architecture, which showcases how landscape architecture is shaping public life in the built environment. 

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MMM – Most Anticipated Architectural Projects for 2020

For Magnificent Metal Monday, let’s look ahead into the New Year with ArchDaily’s Top 20 Most Anticipated Projects for 2020. Designed across a wide range of scales, they represent a mix of interconnected landscapes, museums, and the world’s newest skyscrapers located across five continents, with many under construction for multiple years. Three of these projects are new skyscrapers joining the skylines of three major US cities including Chicago, San Francisco and New York.

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Industry News Round-Up

Here’s a round up of some top industry stories from this week:

CONSTRUCTION DIVE MODULAR BUILDER OF THE YEAR: SKENDER.

Chicago-based Skender, a traditional construction firm for 64 years that’s now primarily known as a modular builder, says it’s on the cusp of a proposition that is as efficient a business model as the industry can imagine. From Construction Dive’s point of view, Skender offers the most promising

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MMM – A Museum with a Twist

Magnificent Metal Monday takes us over to the land of Northern Lights, Fjords and Reindeers. Appearing in ArchDaily‘s list of Top 2019 Projects, “The Twist” opened this Fall as an inhabitable bridge torqued at its center, forming a new journey and art piece within the Kistefos Sculpture Park in Jevnaker, Norway.”

According to CNN, “The Twist is a hybrid spanning several traditional categories: It’s a museum, it’s a bridge, it’s an inhabitable sculpture,” says Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner & Creative Director, BIG. Kistefos Sculpture Park is located at the site of a former wood pulp mill and has been a staple of the Norwegian cultural scene for the past two decades.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – The Shed in NYC

The Shed’s Bloomberg Building as seen from the High Line, February 2019. Photo: Brett Beyer. Project Design Credit: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lead Architect, and Rockwell Group, Collaborating Architect.

Magnificent Metal Monday (MMM) takes us to the “Big Apple” this Monday (only fitting on this “post-holiday Monday given that it’s home to the annual Thanksgiving Macy’s parade!). The Shed, a new Center for the Arts, is located in New York City’s Hudson Yards and was designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group. Time Magazine rated it one of the Best Architecture Projects of 2019, as reported recently by ArchDaily.

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MMM – Football and Vegas

Current status of new $1.9B Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas; Photo Credit: Construction Dive

We highlight Vegas again in this week’s Magnificent Metal Monday (MMM). While Musk’s underground tram (METALCON Blog Issue Nov 18) may not be finished in time for METALCON 2020, the new $1.9B Allegiant stadium will be! Construction Dive takes an inside look into the status of the project, on track to be completed by summer 2020.

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Camp Adventures Forest Tower in Denmark. EFFEKT Architects / Camp Adventure

Earlier this year, a 150-foot spiral observation deck opened in Denmark and is being touted as an “architectural masterpiece.” Made of a naturally weathered corten steel and locally sourced oak, the structure was designed to blend in with its natural surroundings, but its giant, twisting frame is certainly a sight to behold for those who happen upon it. Time Magazine has named it to its 2019 list of top 100 places to visit in the world!

Located less than one hour’s drive south of Copenhagen, Camp Adventures Forest Tower is a hulking, nearly 150-foot tall spiral tower nestled in the Gisselfeld Klosters Forest. It offers visitors a 360-degree view over the trees, hills, lakes and meadows that make up the natural landscape. The tower and boardwalk opened to the public at the end of March and welcomed more than 2,500 visitors on its first day.

For more on the tower’s architecture and how it was constructed, click HERE.

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Watch a preview of the $100 million expansion planned for the Georgia Aquarium.

What has 1,100 tons of reinforcing steel (the same weight as 55 whale sharks) and 206 tons of structural steel (about 8,240 emperor penguins)? The new $100 million expansion at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, that’s what! The largest aquarium in the western hemisphere is staged to grow even bigger with the expansion expected to be completed in fall 2020.

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Reporting LIVE from METALCON 2019 – DAY I

METALCON LIVE

For the first time in METALCON’s 29 year show history, the largest show in North America dedicated to metal in design and construction is meeting in the “Steel City!” While exhibitors and show management were putting the finishing touches on the show logistics and booths, attendees were registering and taking advantage of special programs such as the popular Metal Roof Installing Training Course.

The excitement built as the registration area got packed with attendees eager for the show to open. Rocky Bleier, former NFL and Pittsburgh Steeler legend as well as Vietnam veteran, took the stage at the PPG Theatre at 11:00 AM to officially open the show. After a moving introduction by a representative from sponsor United States Steel, Bleier was warmly greeted by the crowd. As he wove personal stories into his presentation, he spoke on the many ways you can lead with perseverance, teamwork and hope.

Once the exhibit hall opened, it was non-stop action with attendees networking with exhibitors, learning from industry experts at General Sessions and at the Learning Centers, visiting METALCON’s new CONTECH hub to learn the latest in how technology will move the industry forward, playing the Innovation Scanner Hunt, “giving back” to the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, and enjoying Oktoberfest beverages. At the end of the day, we raffled off four prizes, including a signed NFL Jersey by Rocky Bleier, a signed NHL Pittsburgh Penguin Jersey, two signed NFL footballs by Rocky Bleier along with two signed copies of Bleier’s book. We also had our first $500 cash prize winner for the Innovation Scanner Hunt which was presented by sponsor DesignandBuildwithMetal.com.

Innovation Station Scanner Hunt $500 Cash Prize Winner; sponsored by DesignandBuildwithMetal.com.

Ready to begin Day 2 of METALCON 2019 … Join us!

“Postcard Pittsburgh: An Urban Renewal of an Underrated American City”

As the expression goes, “timing is everything!” Published this week by ArchDaily.com in partnership with Metropolis, they provide us with an in-depth look at Pittsburgh … home of METALCON 2019! In two weeks, thousands of exhibitors and attendees in the metal construction industry will gather in the “Steel City” for the first time in its 29 year show history. Chosen for its illustrious history in the steel and metal making industry, Pittsburgh was also selected as this year’s show location based on many of the items cited in this article. In their latest volume of Imagining the Modern: Architecture and Urbanism of Pittsburgh Renaissanceeditors Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, and Rami el Samahy explore the reasons behind the Pittsburgh’s revival earning a status of “renaissance“.

Metal Construction Association Announces Formation of MCM Alliance

Photo credit: Metal Construction Association

As reported by DesignandBuildWithMetal.com this week, “The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has created a new group focused on increasing awareness of Metal Composite Material (MCM) for the architectural building envelope. The MCM Alliance supports product performance testing, initiates research, and promotes education and actions to influence public policies for the utilization and growth of MCM in the marketplace.”

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MMM – Dubai’s Museum of the Future

Credit: Killa Design

MMM (Magnificent Metal Monday) has its “eye” on the future. Designed by Killa Design and scheduled to open before the end of the year, the Museum of the Future is a complete deviation from the Dubai skyline filled with skyscrapers. The Museum has a torus shape (a donut shape) – a gleaming silver oval with an open center. As stated in an article published by Redshift by Autodesk, “The building looks almost like an eye keeping watch over this growing city, the largest in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).”

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METALCON 2019 – NEWS UPDATE

The following news was released to the national media this week announcing METALCON’S Keynote Presenters as Pittsburgh sports icons, former Pittsburgh Steeler Rocky Bleier and former Pittsburgh Penguin Bryan Trottier. Presentations are being brought to METALCON by long-time partners’ United States Steel Corporation (U.S. Steel) and PPG, both title sponsors headquartered in Pittsburgh.

CONTECH – What is it?

You’ve been hearing us mention it lately and it’s regularly mentioned in the industry trades, but what is it? Quite simply defined as CON – Construction … TECH – Technology! It is the “wave of the future” and it will be featured up close and in depth at METALCON 2019! This new technology hub on the show floor is being brought to you by United States Steel Corporation.

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MMM – Scotland’s Falkirk Wheel – an Engineering Marvel

The Falkirk Wheel; photo credit: Wikipedia

Magnificent Metal Monday travels “across the pond” today to highlight Scotland’s Falkirk Wheel, the only fully rotating boat lift in the world. According to UK based Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the wheel was built as part of the £85.4m Millennium link project to reunite the Forth and Clyde and Union Canals in Scotland. The canals had previously been linked by a staircase of 11 locks which took nearly a day to pass through. The locks were dismantled in 1933. Before the Falkirk Wheel was constructed, it wasn’t possible to get from the Union Canal to the Forth and Clyde by boat. It now takes about 10 minutes for a boat to be lifted from the Forth and Clyde to the aqueduct 24m above that leads to the Union Canal. The Wheel opened in 2002.

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MMM – U.S. Steel Tower and PPG Place are Engineering Marvels in Pittsburgh

METALCON 2019 will roll into the “Steel City” in five weeks for the first time in its show history and be welcomed by Pittsburgh-based industry giants and this year’s premier sponsors, United States Steel Corporation (U.S. Steel) and PPG. Their names are permanent fixtures in the city and also in the skyline. In an article by Bright Hub Engineering, “Today taller buildings have emerged in the city, yet these two buildings remain popular because of their unique design and engineering material, and the material used for their construction and energy efficient design continues to make them popular among engineers and architects.” Magnificent Metal Monday (MMM) takes a deeper look at both of these buildings.

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MMM – Metal Buildings Part of Every Day Life

While I was picking my daughter up at the gym the other night, it dawned on me that we have spent countless hours in metal buildings over the past 7 years. With approximately 400 hours of practice per year times nearly 7 years plus gym meets, we are talking nearly 3000 hours! Then I began to realize that these metal buildings are everywhere and truly woven into people’s everyday lives. From gymnasiums, churches and schools, to sports arenas, warehouses, airplane hangars, and retail infrastructures (cue: Amazon distribution centers) … so for Magnificent Metal Monday today, let’s explore what makes these metal structures so functional.

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MMM – Firing up the Neurons

The Neuron Pod is a three-legged steel structure that has been designed to mimic a neuron—a nerve cell that processes and transmits information by electrical and chemical signaling. Courtesy of: FF Journal, the Magazine for Today’s Metal Fabricating & Forming Technologies

Magnificent Metal Monday take us to London, England, where a 23-m-long and 10-m-high “Neuron Pod” has opened at the science learning center at Queen Mary University of London’s campus in the area of Whitechapel. The Guardian reports, “Standing like an intergalactic porcupine, covered with long glowing quills that sway gently in the breeze, it is a startling thing to encounter in this unremarkable corner of hospital buildings and curry houses.” The structure was built from 13 pieces of weathering steel that were welded together on site.

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MMM – Singapore’s New Airport Shines

Summer is here and that means traveling through airports. According to Forbes, “This summer U.S. airlines are anticipating that a record 257.4 million will take to the skies between June 1 and August 31, up 3.4% compared to a year ago.” Airport construction projects continue to make headlines, but according to the New York Times, one in particular is shining as the “new jewel.” Singapore’s Changi Airport hopes to be a destination in itself and remove some of the stress that traveling can bring. The 10-story engineering marvel contains a forest, indoor waterfall, and more than 280 stores and restaurants. Magnificent Metal Monday takes a closer look at what it took to create this gem.

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MMM – Supertall TV Tower Nears Completion

Photo Credit: Daily Sabah

Magnificent Metal Monday (MMM) travels to Istanbul, Turkey to check out its newest landmark, the 388-meter high Camlica Tower. According to the Daily Sabah Istanbul, the radio-TV tower on Istanbul’s Asian side nears completion. The construction of the tower, which is hoped will end visual pollution of scattered giant and outdated TV antennae, started in March 2016 on Çamlıca hill overlooking the Bosporus. 

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New Tool to Map High Impact Construction Projects

Construction Dive has launched a new tool to map high-impact construction projects across the United States. Construction is an engine that powers the U.S. economy. Across the country, large-scale projects are shaping communities by enabling industry, improving transit and meeting changing demand for commercial space and housing.

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Steel Projects “Stealing” the Show

Open Courts Sports Complex, Turkey

One of the aspects of writing the METALCON blog includes perusing through industry trades and stumbling on some really cool stories of metal projects happening in the world. While these are certainly more abstract that what the everyday builder in metal construction is working on, these are just too cool not to share. ArchDaily just put out this compilation of 15 architectural projects where steel truly is”steals” the show.

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Steel Tariffs — Hot Topic at METALCON 2019

Although imposed over a year ago, steel tariffs are still making headlines in today’s news. How have they affected your business this past year? Earlier today, Bloomberg News reported that after one year since the tariffs were imposed that it’s had mixed results. They are reporting that while the steel industry saw some growth in job creation, it was at a cost of approximately $900,000 per job to the taxpayer. And while American steel producers of materials like nuts and bolts saw significant gains in sales as a result of increasing their prices, large American steel companies like NUCOR and U.S. Steel saw their overall shares slump in the past year.

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MMM – Top Metal Builders of 2018

Credit: Metal Construction News

Metal Construction News just published their comprehensive report on the Top Metal Builders of 2018 based on steel tonnage usage. Overall they reported 2018 to be a strong year for metal builders based on both tonnage and square footage. Over the last 9 years, the tonnage of steel used annually by the largest metal builders has trended upward except for a slip in 2016 and 2017.

Overall, the reported use of steel jumped from 1,801.4 tons in 2017 to 2,495.8, which is more than a 36 percent increase. The size of the buildings constructed jumped more than 19 percent from 509,475 to 606,551 square feet. According to the report, CDMG, located in Canonsburg, PA, had the largest ranking increase in both tonnage and square footage.

Labor shortage still remains the number one challenge that the industry faced in 2018 and is still facing in 2019.

Courtesy of Metal Construction News

To read the full report, click HERE.

Metal Construction News has been a long-standing METALCON Partner Publication and will be on hand at METALCON 2019 in Pittsburgh, October 16-18, 2019. Make plans today to join us at the only event focused on the use of metal in design and construction. Your Total Experience awaits you.

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 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game tips off tonight with third ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders going up against #1 ranked Virginia Cavaliers. This is Texas Tech’s first appearance in the Championship Game, and could be Virginia’s first win in school history depending on the game’s outcome. After doing a little digging, both schools have some interesting architectural and steel facts!

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A spiral staircase cuts through the “collaboration core.” Photo credit: Curbed Atlanta

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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