Category Archives: sustainability

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Photo Credit: Ronstan Tensile Architecture

Green is the new black in building facades. Builders are turning to steel and metal cables and grids to create vertical gardens and green facades. According to ArchDaily‘s recent article, “Using the vertical plane to maintain plants in an urban setting is a coherent and common-sense solution, especially when there is little possibility of bringing green to the level of the people on the streets.”

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2020 State of the Industry

Metal Construction News has released their “2020 State of the Industry.” This year’s report highlights views from five industry professionals who examine how the industry will move forward into the next decade. They look at the uncertainty that is creeping into the market, and not just on the economics side, increasing sophistication of projects, improved technologies and more demanding clients which are forcing everyone in the industry to rethink and reevaluate their processes.

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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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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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EXPO 2020 DUBAI

One of the more highly anticipated projects for the New Year is Expo 2020 Dubai. Organized every five years, this will be the first to be held in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region and will opinion October 20, 2020 (10/20/20). The world expo lasts six months and is created as a global destination for millions of people to share ideas, showcase innovation, encourage collaboration and celebrate human ingenuity. ArchDaily reports, “The United Arab Emirates and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, selected the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” and is organized around ideas of sustainability, mobility and opportunity.

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An aerial view of Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay; Photo Credit: Redshift by Autodesk

The future of urbanization is green! Redshift by Autodesk recently featured an in-depth look into “Six Ways Cities are Turning Urban Cities into Nature Havens.” Some cities are now bringing nature back into their urban cores and finding great benefits to this practice. While this “blog” is typically about “metal,” highlighting trends in urbanization and understanding the impact it will have on the design and construction industry carries some weight.

Redshift highlights six individual articles that dive into the following topics: “Bringing Nature Back to the Urban Core,” “The City Within a Garden,” “Biophilia: Turning Conventional Architecture Inside-Out,””How Do You Bring Wildlife Back to the City?, “Herbal Remedy: Making Space for Nature in Cities,” and “Stanford Researchers Propose a Way to Build Nature Into Cities for Better Mental Health.”

As cited in an article by Next City, Instead of the historically done, “land clearing,” many cities are now focusing on “urban renaturing—an attempt to reinstate balance and sustainability to the city’s relationship with nature.” Cities are doing this by protecting and enhancing ecosystems and biodiversity and providing people with ways to immerse themselves in nature. For example, Singapore started a major tree-planting initiative that turned into a multifaceted, citywide renaturing effort. A tree canopy now covers 50% of the city, including corridors that link parks and natural areas.

A skyway curves through Singapore’s “supertrees,” in the 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay. The giant metal structures house vertical gardens and capture solar power and rainwater; they range from 80 to 160 feet in height. Photo Credit: Next City

An international team of researchers from Stanford University and the University of Washington are working to bring the mental-health benefits of nature back to city dwellers. They are helping city planners, architects, developers, and others anticipate the mental-health impacts of conserving nature and incorporating it in urban areas. The Stanford News reported, “Spending time in nature can improve mental health, but people are increasingly removed from it. A new model proposes a way of bringing those benefits to more people by incorporating nature into urban design.” The article goes on to say, “By 2050, close to two-thirds of the global population will live in cities. For people in urban areas, modern living often involves more time spent indoors, on screens and removed from nature. At the same time, worldwide, an estimated 450 million people are dealing with a mental or neurological disorder, and many of them live in cities.”

Urban rewilding projects are tempting nature back into our cities, from creating city butterfly meadows to building unlikely homes for deadly birds of prey.

For more on this topic and ways to reverse the effects of the “concrete jungle,” continue reading the article HERE.

MMM – Dubai’s Museum of the Future

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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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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 – Sustainable Hospital Design Hopes to Save Lives

The Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo Cancer Treatment and Research Center (CTIC) in Bogotá. Courtesy of Construcciones Planificadas.

Magnificent Metal Monday travels to Columbia, South America to highlight how this once war-torn and one of the most violent places on Earth, is now focused on saving lives. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the country so Colombian real estate development and construction company, Construcciones Planificadas, decided to lead the fight against the disease by sponsoring and building a new, state-of-the-art and sustainable cancer facility in Bogotá.

Recently featured recently in Redshift by Autodesk‘s newsletter, the facility is in the beginning stages of construction and scheduled to open in 2021. The 100,000-square-meter (1,076,391-square-foot) Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo Cancer Treatment and Research Center (CTIC) will initially serve more than 7,000 cancer patients every year with facilities comprising 128 hospital rooms, 30 intensive-care beds, eight radiotherapy bunkers, six operating rooms, 60 chemotherapy chairs, a hematology and bone marrow–transplant clinic, and a 10,000-square-meter (107,639-square-foot) research building.

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MMM – Sustainable Renovation is Trés Magnifique

A rendering of renovations for the CDER building in Champagne, France, featuring a green double facade. Courtesy of OuyOut/SAT Manager.

Magnificent Metal Monday travels to Champagne, France, where ancient history meets modern sustainability. Instead of tearing down and rebuilding, check out this “green renovation of a midcentury monstrosity.” As featured this week in Redshift by Autodesk, Aurélien Leriche, architect manager of Paris-based firm OuyOut, saw an opportunity to propose a green renovation for CDER, a management and accounting association, when they wanted to expand their offices in Épernay, the capital of Champagne.

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MMM Celebrates Earth Day

On this Earth Day, Magnificent Metal Monday (MMM) turns to our friends at Metal Roofing Alliance to see how metal stacks up against other roofing materials in being environmentally friendly. According to MRA, metal is considered the most environmentally friendly and sustainable roofing material available based on its sustainability, energy savings and value. Metal roofs are 100% recyclable and are made with a minimum of 25% recycled material, depending on the type of metal. Metal roofs can also often be installed over an existing roof, eliminating the environmental impact of disposal.

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Recycling Makes the Heart Grow

A recent article in Metropolis Magazine asks, “When a building comes down, where do its materials go?” Recycling five essential materials—steel, concrete, drywall, glass, flooring—turns up different challenges, but architects can be part of the solution. As the environmental crisis worsens, we must ask: Can we reduce our demand on new resources? The article

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What will 2019 look like?

Where’s the crystal ball when you need one? Without crystal balls, tarot cards or other mind-reading methods, we turn to the industry trades to help us “see into the future.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday

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

Big Win for Solar Energy

pexels-photo-421888.jpegBreaking News!  This week California became the first state to mandate solar panels on new home construction.  As reported by the Wall Street Journal, “The California Energy Commission voted unanimously to approve a mandate that residential buildings up to three stories high, including single-family homes and condos, be built with solar installations starting in 2020.”  Final approval will be made by the Building Standards Commission later this year.   Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Monday

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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

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

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

Magnificent Metal Mondays

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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

Solar Power for Homeowners a Failure

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We haven’t talked much about solar roofs on the blog so why not start now. Anyhow, last night while glancing through Facebook, this advertisement popped up in the news feed. It got my attention so much that I had to take a screen shot of  Continue reading

Low Maintenance Home with a Metal Roof

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Tri-Valley Dispatch – Rosie Romero – For years, I’ve talked to homeowners about how to maintain the typical Arizona house. I give out hours and hours of advice on roofing, insulation, air conditioners, painting, termites, cracking stucco walls and more. 
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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

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

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.

Attend METALCON

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Did you realize that registration is now open for METALCON? Well, today is your lucky day if you didn’t realize it. Most of you know that this is the world’s leading metal construction trade show and the most important people in the industry will be there, so to take advantage of the early bird discounts click on REGISTER NOW!

Drexel Metals – Exhibitor Feature

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Our Exhibitor Feature today is Drexel MetalsDrexel Metals provides a full range of superior-quality engineered metal roofing systems, equipment and custom fabrication services for commercial, governmental, industrial, historical and architectural customers worldwide. Check out their online profile by CLICKING HERE.

The Bradbury Co., Inc. – Exhibitor Feature

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To find out more information about The Bradbury Co., Inc. you can click here to go to their website or click here to see their online e-booth profile.

Franklin Manufacturing Inc. – Exhibitor Feature Today

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For today’s exhibitor feature we travel down to the home of the Crimson Tide in Alabama and visit Franklin Manufacturing, Inc. Franklin manufactures a complete line of CNC machines and material handling for pre-engineered structural frame fabrication.  You can view their online profile by clicking here and go to their web page as well by clicking here. Tell them METALCON sent you.

Want to be Cool?

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We’ve posted every day that registration is open and the goal is to reinforce the thinking that you need to register as soon as possible. Think of it this way when you buy your plane tickets to go on vacation   Continue reading

MBCI – Exhibitor Feature

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For today’s exhibitor feature we visit our friends at MBCI. MBCI is the industry leading manufacturer of metal roof wall systems. You can view their profile by clicking here