Category Archives: structural steel

Magnificent Metal Monday – 2023 Forge Prize Finalists

The American Institute of Steel Construction’s (AISC) annual Forge Prize competition celebrates emerging architects who create visionary designs that embrace steel as the primary structural component while exploring ways to increase project speed. AISC recently announced the three finalists, who will each take home $5,000 from the first round, will now have the opportunity to work with a steel fabricator before presenting their final concepts to the judges during a live YouTube event in late March. The winner will take home a $10,000 grand prize and be invited to present before an audience of the industry’s best minds at NASCC: The Steel Conference in April.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Steel Fabrication Pushed to New Heights with Canadian Museum Renovation Project

Photo credit: Elliott Lewis Photography

Designed by Studio Libeskind, the extension to the Royal Ontario Museum, located in downtown Toronto, truly represents the versatility of how the use of metal can bring art and design to life. Now almost five years now since the extension opened, the ROM is considered the largest Museum in Canada and attracts more than a million visitors a year. It’s new name “Michael Lee-Chin Crystal,” is derived from the building’s five intersecting metal-clad volumes, reminiscent of crystals were inspired by the crystalline forms in the Museum’s mineralogy galleries.

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2022 MBMA Annual Report and Results of 1st Annual Student Design Competition

Our friends with the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) have released their 2022 annual report, “From Form to Function.” It focuses on the growing popularity of metal building systems and how the organization and its members are serving the needs of this vital industry. DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE.

MBMA Chair Tom Boal says, “2022 has seen tremendous growth in the industry despite ongoing supply chain, labor and pricing challenges. With the need for metal building systems growing, MBMA continues to lead the industry through advocacy, working with building officials and steel suppliers, and providing educational resources.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday – A Round Up of the Most Anticipated Projects of 2023 by ArchDaily

As the new year begins, we travel around the world to look at some exciting projects planned to open this year as compiled by ArchDaily, ranging in scale and program, from international airports to sculptural arts galleries or museum expansions. With a mix of cultural and commercial programs, the designs are located across five continents, with many under construction for multiple years. While all of the projects listed are incredible on so many levels, we’ve highlighted few stand-outs as to their use of metal to accomplish the unique design goals of the project.

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Outlook for Construction in 2023

According to Construction Dive, “The industry will continue to face labor shortages, high materials costs and other headwinds, but infrastructure will be a bright spot.” Top construction economists say much like in 2022, signals are mixed. In a recent article, they took a look at five key indicators and what they suggest for contractors in the year ahead.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Park Union Pedestrian Bridge a “Work of Wonder”

Recognized by Architectural Digest as a 2022 Work of Wonder, this winning project also won first place in the 2022 MCA Design Awards for the Single-Skin Metal Wall Panel category, as announced at METALCON in October. Spanning 250 feet over an active railyard, the Park Union Pedestrian Bridge in Colorado Springs, Colorado, connects visitors to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum with America the Beautiful Park. According to the MCA Design Award judges, “This pedestrian, bike, and wheelchair-friendly bridge looks like a sculpture, truly an outstanding level of craftsmanship.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Louis Vuitton Miami Design District Retail Store

Photo Credit: MG McGrath

Winning first place in the custom ornamental category in the MCA Design Awards for Excellence in Metal Architecture, the Metal Construction Association recognized member company, MG McGrath, last month at METALCON ’22. MG McGrath fabricated and installed an impressive 5,000 square feet of plate paneling in a Simply White Kynar finish for the store’s facade.

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Industry Experts Discuss “State of the Industry” at Last Month’s METALCON ’22

Last month at METALCON, Paul Deffenbaugh, editorial director of Metal Construction News, moderated a state of the industry panel featuring Tony Bouquot, general manager of the Metal Builders Manufacturers Association (MBMA); Jennifer Heimburger, president of the Metal Builders Contractors & Erectors Association (MBCEA); Chuck Howard, long-time industry veteran and president of Metal Roof Consultants; and Alan Scott, FAIA, registered architect and sustainability practitioner with Intertek. They discussed supply chain issues, rising costs, the labor shortage and workforce development.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Reigning Architecture in Britain

With the recent passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, United Kingdom’s longest-reigning monarch, we take a look at the impact of her reign over the architectural style of buildings in London over the past 70 years. ArchDaily’s “The Architectural Legacy of Queen Elizabeth’s 70 Year Reign,” reflects upon her legacy in terms of culture, technology, and architecture.

St. Paul’s Cathedral; Photo Credit: Wikipedia

When she first came to the throne in 1952, according to The Guardian, the tallest building in Britain was St Paul’s Cathedral. Today, London’s skyline is marked by glass and steel office towers, many measuring over 500 feet in height, marking an end to low-rise buildings being one of the city’s trademarks. 

According to the article, “Through the decades, Modernism marked the postwar period in England, with its variation, Brutalism, being the prevailing architectural style for new housing estates in Britain throughout the 1970s. The 1980s brought a slow down of Britain’s investment in public and social buildings, thus the influence of the state upon the architectural agenda also diminished … the statement architecture of private capital came to influence the image of UK’s development. Glass and steel towers now define the appearance not only in London, but in many of the UK’s major cities. New monuments like Norman Foster’s The Gherkin or Renzo Piano’s The Shard have little to no connection to England’s architectural traditions but instead aim to create a globally recognizable image and stimulate local economic growth. There is no linear stylistic development, but representative buildings have taken cues from the High-Tech movement in the 1990s, as exemplified by Lloyd’s building in London, Post-Modernism, in the case of Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery, designed by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, or Deconstructivism, as in Daniel Libeskind’s Imperial War Museum North.”

London skyline overlooking the Thames from The Globe Theatre; Photo Credit: Nancy Reilly

While overseeing the architectural landscape of the city was not the monarch’s primary obligation, it will be hard for architectural communities and historians to overlook Queen Elizabeth II’s impact and legacy over the past 70 years. The article states, “Whereas the Queen’s forbears sealed their legacies by commissioning cities, palaces, and cathedrals, the Queen has been discreet in expressing interest in directly influencing the built environment. It might be a little early to assess it. Still, maybe in the future, with the added benefit of hindsight, we might appreciate Elizabeth II’s era as one of progress, innovation, and constantly improving quotidian comforts.”

Source: ArchDaily


For a deeper dive into the relationship of architecture and metal and its impact on cities and communities, we invite you to join us next month for The Architect’s Experience at METALCON, a “show-within-a-show” produced in partnership with AECDaily, offering design professionals an intimate look at how metal can help you solve your toughest architectural, structural, environmental, and building performance challenges. METALCON ’22 takes place October 12-14 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The program features founding principal of Building Science Corporation, Dr. Joe Lstiburek, who will delve into the world of energy flow with his keynote address, “There’s No Such Thing as a Free Thermodynamic Lunch – How Changing Energy Flow Changes Everything.” In addition, get a special architects-only guided tour of the show floor, exclusive networking opportunities with key manufacturers of metal products, and the opportunity to earn up to 19 AIA LU’s including 12 HSWs with 25+ expert-led education sessions curated for design professionals.

METALCON is produced by PSMJ | Resources, Inc. and sponsored by the Metal Construction Association.

METALCONLive! Offers Insight into AISI S250 Standard – TOMORROW AT 1:00 PM — REGISTER TODAY!

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It doesn’t get bigger than this! Learn directly from the man responsible for the development and publication of the AISI S250 standard during this FREE webinar happening tomorrow, September 7, at 1:00 pm. Join Jonathan Humble, regional director of construction codes and standards for the American Iron and Steel Institute, as he introduces and clarifies AISI S250, North American Standard for Thermal Transmittance of Building Envelopes with Cold-Formed Steel Framing.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Petersen Automotive Museum Showcase of Metal’s Versatility

Image courtesy of Raimund Koch; credit KPF.

As METALCON prepares to “roar” into Indianapolis, known for the greatest spectacle in motor racing, MMM takes a look at the transformed Petersen Museum, inspired by the form of a car. A true showcase of the versatility of metal in design, the renewed image for the museum captures the art, experience, culture and heritage of the automobile. Located on Museum Row on Los Angeles’ famed Miracle Mile, the remodeled museum building was designed by architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), and is intended to convey speed and motion. The “Hot Rod red” building has an overlay of 308 steel ribbon sections and features three floors of themed galleries displaying automotive art and artifacts, as well as more than 100 vehicles, 23 motorcycles, a few scooters and a bobsled.

Honored with the Museum/Collection of the year award in the 2020 Historic Motoring Awards as well as the 2017 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, the museum was originally found in 1994, remodeled and reopened in December 2015 after its $125 million renovation.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – MBCEA Building of the Year

Congratulations to the Arbogast Performing Arts Center in Troy, Ohio, for being selected as the recipient of the 2022 Building of the Year as announced by the Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA) at their annual meeting.

MBCEA’s 2022 Building of the Year, the Arbogast Performing Arts Center in Troy, OH

According to DesignandBuildwithMetal, “Foundation Steel, LLC located in Swanton, OH, served as the building erector on the 41,000-square-foot community arts center. BlueScope Construction, Kansas City, MO served as the broker and Brentwood Builders Inc., Cedarville, OH, as the construction manager. The building was manufactured by Butler Manufacturing of Kansas City, MO.

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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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New Infrastructure Bill Includes Buy America Guidance for Iron and Steel

Steel manufacturing trade groups lauded the news that the new Infrastructure Bill includes a provision stating all iron and steel used in projects outlined in the bill must be produced in the United States. Metal Center News reported this week, “The guidance further requires all manufactured products in the project must be produced domestically. The product itself must be manufactured here, and the components of the product must represent 55 percent or more of the total cost of the product. All construction materials must also be manufactured in the U.S.”

According to a White House memo, projects funded by the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package must only use iron and steel produced in the U.S starting May 14. The requirement includes all manufacturing processes for the metals, from initial melting stage thru application of coatings. The announcement also includes a process to waive those requirements if domestic materials are not reasonably available or would raise the cost of the project by more than 25%. (Source: Construction Dive)

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SAFETY FIRST! Back by Popular Demand – METALFOCUS® Safety Training Program

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

Back by popular demand, the inaugural METALFOCUS® Safety Program is available ONLINE for you to use as a valuable training tool for you and your employees. Safety is a priority for every metal business but how do you prove it to your employees, your customers and your insurance company? How do you ensure your entire team is aware of the latest metal safety rules, tools, trends and techniques to avoid costly or potentially fatal accidents? This series of 10 one-hour virtual courses goes beyond traditional OSHA-10 safety training to address situations that are unique to metal job-sites.

All 10 METALFOCUS training courses are now available for you or your staff to access On-Demand. Each course earns you 1 AIA HSW LU and certificate. Earn 10 AIA HSW LU Credits by taking the full program!

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Magnificent Metal Monday – One of a Kind “VAB”

Vehicle Assembly Building; Photo Credit: NASA

While this forum is typically told in a “third-party voice,” every once in a while, I share from a personal experience. Last week, I had the unique and awe-inspiring opportunity to visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center located on Merritt Island in Florida. While the use of metal and steel is abundant throughout the entire center, I was particular struck by the Vehicle Assembly Building, or VAB — the iconic facility which serves as the central hub of NASA’s premier multi-user spaceport, capable of hosting several different kinds of rockets and spacecraft at the same time — and constructed from over 98,000 tons of steel!

The VAB’s frame is constructed from 98,590 tons of steel. It stands atop a support base of 4,225 steel pilings driven 164 feet into bedrock.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Steel Mill Site Repurposed for Winter Olympics Venue

Big Air Shougang is lit up at Shougang Park (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Last month NPR reported, “Pre-2000s Beijing included an entire district dedicated to Shougang, or Capital Steelworks, with its smelting furnaces emerging through the industrial smog like a steampunk vision.” While steel is still an important industry for China, the pollution and noise was too much for a large city like Beijing so Shougang was officially closed in 2010. Instead of demolishing it, China chose to clean it up, renovate it and repurpose the mill site. It is now the setting for Big Air Shougang, arguably the most unique venue of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

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Magnificent Metal Monday Honors MLK

Today we honor Martin Luther King Jr. In our “world of metal,” we explore the monuments and sculptures made of different mediums that can be visited around the United States that play homage to this prolific leader. As compiled by AARP, top ten unique MLK Memorials include:

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Stadium 974

A new standard for the future development of world events

Stadium 974; Photo Credit: Fenwick Iribarren Architects

November 2022 will bring the most prestigious sporting tournament to Doha, Qatar, and all eyes will be on Stadium 974, the innovative 40,000-seat venue and first fully demountable tournament venue in FIFA World Cup™ history. Its design is inspired by Qatar’s worldwide trade and seafaring with “974” being the region’s international dialing code, as well as the exact number of shipping containers used in construction.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Museum of Tomorrow

As announced last month in METALCON’s inaugural Metal in Architecture design and construction project photo competition, the Gotca Group received the award in the “interior” category for their work done on the Museum of Tomorrow.

Opened in 2015 as a new icon of the modernization of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro’s harbor, the Museum of Tomorrow was born in the Praça Mauá as a science museum meant to explore, imagine, and conceive all the possibilities for constructing the future. The Museum of Tomorrow, or Museu do Amanhã to locals, serves as an innovative cultural space addressing the future of the planet was designed by renowned Spanish architect, engineer and artist Santiago Calatrava.

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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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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

REGISTER NOW FOR METALFOCUS® AND EARN 1 AIA HSW LU CREDIT

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

REGISTER NOW FOR METALFOCUS® AND EARN 1 AIA HSW LU CREDIT

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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