Category Archives: structural steel

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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Magnificent Metal Monday – Magic of Metal Cladding

Metal made the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health located in Las Vegas one of the most remarkable metal construction projects in recent history, draped and wrapped with a “mountainous metal-clad skin, faced in shingled panels and punctured with a grid of windows,” states Architect Magazine. The amazing building was designed by none other than Frank Gehry, who has truly “reinvented the art of metal cladding.” Now 92, Gehry has work spanning decades, perhaps most known for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Sky Pool Held up by Invisible Steel Frame

Photos: Simon Kennedy courtesy HAL Architects

Suspended 115 feet in the air, the world’s first floating pool opened in London on May 15. Architecture Digest reports, “The 82-foot-long heated oasis, which stretches across two flat roofs of the five-star hotel-like Embassy Gardens’ prominent Legacy buildings, is perhaps the world’s largest single piece of load-bearing acrylic.” What’s holding up the central section – an invisible steel frame!

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Resurgence of Airports

With so many people returning to travel, airports are back in the news. ArchDaily published a recent article highlighting “10 Awe-Inspiring Airports Across the World.” The author, Eric Baldwin, states, “Often serving as a city’s first impression, airports combine landscapes, ecologies, air rights, and infrastructure to connect people and place. As new technologies and advancements transform aviation, so too has airport architecture evolved to meet modern travel demands.”

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METALFOCUS Safety Program Now Available On Demand

“This course provided me with a better understanding of the safety related intricacies in metal building construction.” – Steve Wykoff, TKS Contracting

At METALCON, we’re on a mission to provide the latest ideas and expert advice to help all kinds of metal businesses be more efficient and more profitable. Our recently completed inaugural METALFOCUS Safety Training program is a valuable tool for you and your company. Program participant Brian Gray with Architectural Building Systems says, “It’s a great refresher. I can continue to pass this information down to the 50-100 employees we have on our crew.”

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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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Magnificent Metal Monday – AISC 2021 IDEAS2 Winners

The American Institute of Steel Construction recognize 10 projects that exemplify the potential of steel construction

MERIT AWARD WINNER (Less than $15 million): McDonald’s Net Zero Quick Service Restaurant Rebuild, Kissimmee, Fla. Steel Fabricator: P&A Welding and Machine, Inc., Mulberry, Fla. (AISC Member), Structural Engineer: CPH, Inc., Sanford, Fla., Architects: CPH, Inc., Sanford, Fla.; Ross Barney Architects, Chicago, General Contractor: Southland Construction, Inc., Apopka, Fla.; Photo Credit: Architect Magazine

As posted by Architect Magazine, the following is an April 12 press release from the American Institute of Steel Construction announcing the winners of its 2021 IDEAS2 Awards.

Ten innovative projects throughout the U.S. have won 2021 IDEAS2 Awards, the steel industry’s top design honor. Sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) Award program recognizes projects that illustrate the exciting possibilities of building with structural steel. “These projects showcase the versatility of structural steel,” said AISC President Charles J. Carter, SE, PE, PhD, “and they all demonstrate a remarkable amount of innovation and creativity. Congratulations to the team behind each project for a job very well done!”

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METALFOCUS® Safety Training Continues TODAY at 4pm EST with Incident Reporting and Investigation – REGISTER NOW

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METALFOCUS® is a series of 10 one-hour safety training virtual courses to address situations unique to metal construction job sites. REGISTER NOW for the remaining two courses AND watch past ones ON DEMAND. Here is what you can expect from today’s course on incident reporting and investigation:

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METALFOCUS® Safety Training Continues TODAY at 4pm EST with Job Safety Analysis (JSA) – REGISTER NOW

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METALFOCUS® is a series of 10 one-hour safety training virtual courses to address situations unique to metal construction job sites. REGISTER NOW for the remaining courses AND watch past ones ON DEMAND. Here is what you can expect from today’s course on project safety training:

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Mill Steel Company Announced as METALCON Platinum Sponsor

Mill Steel is no stranger to METALCON. They have been with the show for over a decade in one capacity or another either as an exhibitor or sponsor. On behalf of the METALCON team, we are thrilled to announce them as a Platinum sponsor for this years event alongside CIDAN Machinery Group. METALCON is scheduled to return as an “IN PERSON” event in Tampa, Florida, Wednesday, October 6 – Friday, October 8, with pre-show workshops beginning on Tuesday, October 5. Registration is now open!

There’s never been a better time to return to an in-person event and METALCON will be back better than ever. Along with the robust main exhibit hall, several new programs and pavilions are planned to highlight metal-based design solutions, construction technology, solar solutions and off-site and modular construction, creating a dynamic and immersive attendee experience. Click here to learn more!

Mill Steel is one of the premier flat-rolled and coated steel suppliers in North America. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, they operate six steel service center locations across the country. Harry H. Samrick founded the company in 1959 and it is now run by Harry’s son, David S. Samrick (CEO & Chairman) and granddaughter, Pam Heglund (President), alongside fellow partners – Carl Quenneville (SVP & CCO), Joe Poot (SVP Purchasing), Rob Vella (VP Operations), and Marc Rabitoy (CFO). Mill Steel has repeatedly been named one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA). In addition, the MBPA has presented Mill Steel with multiple Elite Awards for its outstanding people-first culture. 

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Steel Mills Currently in Driver’s Seat

Credit: WorldSteel.com; stack of steel tubing 3d rendering

This month, Argus reports, “A year after one of the sharpest production contractions in the US steel industry, domestic flat-rolled mills are reaping the benefits of historically high finished steel prices, tight supply and record scrap margins. US steel production and mill utilization have remained below year-prior levels for nearly all of last year because of Covid-19-related drops in demand, keeping spot and contract steel supply limited amid higher demand.”

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METALFOCUS® Safety Training Continues TODAY at 4pm EST with Project Safety Planning – LAST DAY FOR DISCOUNTED PRICING

NO FOOLIN’ AROUND – TODAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR DISCOUNTED PRICING!

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METALFOCUS® is a series of 10 one-hour safety training virtual courses to address situations unique to metal construction job sites. ⏰ TODAY is the last day for discounted pricing! ⏰ REGISTER NOW for the remaining courses AND watch past ones ON DEMAND. Here is what you can expect from today’s course on project safety training:

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METALFOCUS® Safety Training Continues TODAY with Supervisor Safety Responsibilities – REGISTER NOW

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METALFOCUS®, a series of 10 one-hour safety training virtual courses to address situations unique to metal construction job sites continues today with the 6th course in the series. ⏰ Time is running out for discounted pricing! ⏰ REGISTER through April 1 to take advantage of the remaining courses AND watch past ones ON DEMAND. Here is what you can expect from today’s safety course on supervisor safety responsibilities:

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Fastener Selection and Installation are Essential to Any Job

LEARN FASTENER SELECTION & INSTALLATION GUIDELINES FROM AN INDUSTRY EXPERT THIS WEDNESDAY – FREE WEBINAR! REGISTER TODAY!

Fasteners are an essential piece of any metal building project. From the framing to the metal wall and roof panels, fasteners are necessary to put any metal building together. According to a Metal Construction News article, “With fasteners being such an important aspect of any project, it is also important to make sure that you are using the correct type of fastener for each piece of the building, since when improper screws are used, both the fastener and the panel system can fail.” Without the knowledge of properly selecting and installing fasteners, you may waste critical hours on a job site.

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METALFOCUS® Safety Training Continues TODAY on Crane Ops and Lift Planning

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METALFOCUS®, a series of 10 one-hour safety training virtual courses to address situations unique to metal construction job sites continues today with the fifth course in the series. Discounted pricing is still available through April 1 to take advantage of the remaining course AND watch the past ones ON DEMAND. Here is what you can expect from today’s safety course on crane operations and lift planning:

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Los Angeles Convention Center in Spotlight

Photo Credit: CityWatchLA

After not being used for months on end and also serving as an overflow hospital for COVID-19 patients, the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) took center stage last night as the primary venue for the high profile Grammys event. Although there was no audience present, there was a red carpet, awards and live performances.

Compared to other convention destinations, Los Angeles has lagged behind, especially to its neighbor Anaheim. According to CityWatchLA, “To attract a greater share of the lucrative convention business, the Tourism and Convention Board has been modernizing the Convention Center and promoting hotel development with the goal of adding 4,000 new hotel rooms within walking distance of it by 2020.”

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METALFOCUS® Safety Training Continues TODAY on Rigging Safety Considerations

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METALFOCUS®, a series of 10 one-hour safety training virtual courses to address situations unique to metal construction job sites continues today with the fourth course in the series. Discounted pricing is still available through April 1 to take advantage of the remaining course AND watch the past ones ON DEMAND. Here is what you can expect from today’s safety course on rigging safety:

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METALFOCUS® Safety Program Continues TODAY with Hot Work and HW Permits

METALFOCUS® CONTINUES TODAY 3/4 – REGISTER NOW! EARN 1 AIA HSW LU CREDIT.

METALFOCUS®, a series of 10 one-hour safety training virtual courses to address situations unique to metal construction job sites continues today with the third course in the series. You can still take advantage of discounted pricing and participate in the remaining sessions as well as watching past episodes on demand. Here is what you can expect from today’s safety course:

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Magnificent Metal Monday – MCA’s Chairman’s Awards Winners

Announced at the recent MCA Winter Meeting held virtually February 1-4, METALCON congratulates the 2020 MCA Chairman Award Winners. Awards are presented in eight categories: overall excellence; residential; roofing; education (colleges and universities); education (primary and secondary); institutional; municipal; and commercial. The winners include the following MCA Manufacturers: CENTRIA, Kingspan, East Coast Metal Systems, Metal Sales Manufacturing, Sherwin-Williams, McElroy Metals, Green Knight Metal Roofing, Precoat Metals, US Steel, BAMCO. Continue reading for the list of winners.

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METALFOCUS® Safety Program Continues TODAY with Fall Protection Planning

METALFOCUS® CONTINUES TODAY 2/25 – REGISTER NOW! EARN 1 AIA HSW LU CREDIT.

METALFOCUS®, a series of 10 one-hour safety training virtual courses to address situations unique to metal construction job sites launched last week with the first course, continues today. Participant Christopher Teague with GarVin Construction Inc. shared the following testimonial after taking the first course last week:

“I believe there is a lot of misconception about the 15’ rule and CDZ’s. While all of us here have had lots of fall protection training over the years there seems to be very few instructors that understand the requirements for steel erectors. Plus we run in to a lot of GC’s that override those rules with stricter ones. So, I found this information to be useful and clear up a lot of old habits we have. So this was interesting to me to be reminded again in a meaningful way. Look forward to the upcoming zooms.”

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METAL CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN OUTLOOK

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In last week’s METALCONLive! webinar, “Trends in Metal Construction & Design for Q2 and 2021,” Frank Stasiowski, Co-Founder of METALCON in partnership with the Metal Construction Association along with industry experts Tony Bouquot, General Manager, Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) and Alex Carrick, Chief Economist, ConstructConnect, discussed current market conditions in an effort to help the metal design and building community with strategic decisions for Q2 and 2021. Frank’s “half-full” glass, was often countered by Alex’s “half-empty” with Tony coming somewhere in the middle. The consensus, however, was that it is too early to truly know how the rest of the year will unfold but explained which markers to keep an eye on.

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METALFOCUS® Safety Program Launches Tomorrow – Earn AIA HSW LU Credit

METALFOCUS® STARTS TOMORROW 2/18 – REGISTER TODAY!

At METALCON, we’re committed to helping metal businesses thrive. And that is why we have partnered with Safety Works, Inc. to create the METALFOCUS® Safety Program. Just as METALCON is a leader in the metal design and build industry, SafetyWorks is a leader in providing occupational safety training. They have been delivering professional safety know-how to construction and manufacturing clients since 1999. Their services focus on OSHA-related safety training, safety program management, and consultation services, and delivered with the unique needs of your business in mind. 

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Magnificent Metal Monday – eSports Arenas

Proposed Shanghai International NCC&Esports Center; Photo credit: Building Design+Construction

Last week we featured two new stadiums built for the world of “traditional” sports. How about arenas for eSports? eSports describes the world of competitive, organized video gaming and is one of the fastest growing sectors of the sports and entertainment industry. While eSports is digitally based, the industry increasingly needs a variety of physical spaces to house its in-person events, so a boom period is starting around building competitive gaming infrastructure.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Post Super Bowl Issue

On behalf of the METALCON team, we excitedly congratulate the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS on their Super Bowl victory! METALCON and the beautiful city of Tampa have long enjoyed a relationship over the history of the show and we can’t wait to return THIS year. Let’s help Tampa continue to make history by coming together in October with record attendance for METALCON 2021 scheduled for October 6-8! REGISTER TODAY.

In the spirit of the Super Bowl, 2020 welcomed two new stadiums to the National Football League that continue to raise the bar in the construction and technology world. Allegiant Stadium, the new home for the Las Vegas Raiders, opened in a prime location on The Strip in Las Vegas and SoFi Stadium opened in Los Angeles as the new home for the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Unique Use of Steel in Design

Steel gives way for design to have a “majestic, yet sleek look.”

Photo Credit: Metal Architecture; Hemant Patil, Pune, Maharashtra, India

As featured in Metal Architecture, the Sailboat Pavilion is an iconic structure at a seaplane terminal in Maharashtra, India, and features a sloped roof with curved beams that soar above ground level. The structure is wrapped with perforated louver screens, giving it the appearance of a sailboat’s full sails. At the roof’s highest point, on the coast-facing side, three columns angle down to the ground and attach to a single point, forming a triangle, which resembles a boat anchor. The dramatic architecture is the vision of Nashik, India-based Rohan Deore Architects. To achieve the soaring composition with its curvilinear form, anchor and sails, the design specified hollow metal sections in the roof and a variety of other distinct details.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Zero Carbon World

METALCONLive! and Metal Architecture will kick off its unique series of webinars THIS Wednesday, January 13 at 1:00 pm EST with “Civitas and the Role of Metal in Meeting a Zero Carbon World.” So what is a zero carbon world and why is it important? Zero carbon means that no carbon emissions are being produced from a product/service e.g. zero-carbon electricity could be provided by a 100% renewable energy supplier. Put simply, “net zero” means we are not adding new emissions to the atmosphere. Emissions will continue, but will be balanced by absorbing an equivalent amount from the atmosphere.

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Metal in Architecture – Civitas Case Study

Civitas; Photo credit: archamania

Metal Architecture at METALCONLive! is kicking off a new series of webinars aimed at showcasing projects that illustrate the beauty, durability, efficiency, and sustainability of metal. The first live session is scheduled for next Wednesday, January 13 at 1:00 EST and will explore Civitas and the role of metal in meeting a zero carbon world by guest speaker and renowned architect, Barry Yoakum. So what is Civitas? According to its creator and owner, Mr. Yoakum explains, “Civitas is poised to become the first certified zero energy/zero carbon single-family home in the Americas. Positioned overlooking the Mississippi River, the project involves its site fully, connecting interior and exterior and private property with community space. It is a case study house that focuses on balancing the challenges of cultural norms, climatic concerns, resiliency, and adaptability.”

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Top Construction Stories of 2020

Photo Credit: ConstructionDive / Flickr; Robert Couse-Baker

Throughout the year, we have turned to various industry news sources in an effort to bring you a wide array of stories and information relevant to the metal design, build and construction industry. As 2020 winds down, here is a “round-up” of top news stories from this year by one of our sources, ConstructionDive. As you can imagine, most of the top stories relate back to COVID, but there are a few others sprinkled in to round out the year. For a look back at some of their top stories, here is their list in order of readership:

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Magnificent Metal Monday

Miami Beach Convention Center; Photo credit: Robin Hill in Building Design + Construction

In this time where face-to-face trade shows, meetings and conventions have come to a screeching halt, perhaps this amazing renovation and expansion of the Miami Beach Convention Center can provide a ray of hope for this temporarily decimated industry sector. Featured in their October issue, Building Design + Construction reported, “The project was built with the future in mind by using steel construction with composite metal decks for raised floors in the case of rising sea levels. The renovation concepts were inspired by modern designs incorporating natural elements of the ocean, beach, and underwater life. Waves, manta rays, and coral reefs were studied as part of the design process. The building envelope is designed with linear forms that create a curvilinear undulation inspired by ocean waves. The facade has hurricane resistant connections meant to withstand even the largest storms. The interior design finishes emulates receding water, sea foam, and patterns relating to various typed of local coral reef. “

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Winners of BD+C’s Building Team Awards

BD+C Platinum Winner Emory University Student Center

As the year begins to wind down, awards and recognitions begin to roll in. Building Design + Construction just announced the winners of their 22nd annual Building Team Awards program, which celebrates excellence in team collaboration and design/construction solutions. Among the 12 winners are one platinum award, five gold awards, three silver awards, two bronze awards, and one honorable mention. While it was not a judged element, it is interesting to see the use of metal in the design and construction of each project.

This year’s sole Platinum honoree goes to LEED Platinum Emory University Student Center, where students were uniquely and intimately involved in the design. Echoing the comments of many of the judges, Anthony Grumbine, AIA, Principal, Harrison Design (and a BD+C “40 Under 40” honoree) saluted Emory and the project team for their “excellent involvement of students,” the high level of sustainable design, and the delicate preservation of Alumni Memorial Union Center.

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