Category Archives: women in construction

Magnificent Metal Monday – US Infrastructure Update

Photo Credit: Mario Tama via Getty Images

Construction Dive reported last week, “The U.S. is one step closer to a massive, much-needed infrastructure spending package.” The Senate voted last Wednesday to advance a bipartisan bill, which includes $550 billion in new federal funding for infrastructure. The bill will now enter a process of debates and amendments. Should the bill pass, it would inject funding into transportation, utilities and broadband spending. Senators voted to advance the package 67-32, with 17 Republicans joining all 48 Senate Democrats — and two Independents who caucus with the Democrats — in favor of advancing it.

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METALCONLive – TODAY AT 1PM – How to Avoid Condensation by Roofing Industry Expert

Here’s what’s coming up next on METALCON Live! — Your FREE business-boosting resource for NEW solutions, NEW strategies and NEW ways to grow your business.

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[REGISTER TODAY] Stay Ahead of the Curve in Metal Construction by Attending MCA’s Virtual Summer Meeting – Starts TOMORROW

MCA’s Virtual Summer Meeting will provide you an opportunity to gain insight in industry trends, and forecasts that will help you make educated decisions for metal in construction. Over 3 days, you’ll learn, connect, and advance your expertise about metal in construction. REGISTER TODAY! Don’t miss industry experts including Joanna Blaney, Meghan McDermott, Jim Bush, Judy Geller, Keith Prather, and Paul Giovannoni speak on important industry topics.

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Mark your Calendar for MCA’s 2021 Virtual Summer Meeting, June 14-16

MCA’s Virtual Summer Meeting will provide you an opportunity to gain insight in industry trends, and forecasts that will help you make educated decisions for metal in construction. Over 3 days, you’ll learn, connect, and advance your expertise about metal in construction. REGISTER TODAY!

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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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Look into the Crystal Ball TODAY at 1:00 PM – Join us for the next METALCONLive!

Learn the jaw-dropping economic and market changes for metal construction and design decision-makers from industry experts. Added Bonus: Receive a FREE copy of the A/E/C Quarterly Marketing Report!

When: TODAY, May 5, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST

Where: Live! on Zoom and available on demand

This webinar earns you 1 FREE AIA LU / CEU AND A FREE COPY of PSMJ’s latest A/E/C Quarterly Marketing Forecast Report (value of $247!)

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Magnificent Metal Monday – A FREE A/E/C Quarterly Marketing Report

What are the jaw-dropping economic and market changes for metal construction and design decision-makers just over the horizon? Watch METALCONLive! THIS Wednesday to find out and receive a FREE A/E/C Quarterly Marketing Report!

When: THIS Wednesday May 5, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST

Where: Live! on Zoom and available on demand

This webinar earns you 1 FREE AIA LU / CEU AND A FREE COPY of PSMJ’s latest A/E/C Quarterly Marketing Forecast Report (value of $247!)

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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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Magnificent Metal Monday – 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates Named

As announced this month by Architect Magazine, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal have been named the recipients of the 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize. The duo, now the 49th and 50th Pritzker laureates, have completed more than 30 projects throughout Europe and West Africa. According to the jury, “The founders of the Paris-based firm Lacaton & Vassal create designs that ‘refuse any opposition between architectural quality, environmental responsibility, and the quest for an ethical society,'”

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Roofing Day 2021 Held Virtually in DC This Week

From NRCA, posted by the RoofersCoffeeShop

March 25, 2021 at 10:00 A.M.

Roofing industry stakeholders from throughout the U.S. participated virtually in Roofing Day in D.C. 2021 March 23-24.

Led by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and partner organizations, the annual event is an unprecedented effort to share the industry’s message with members of Congress. Traditionally held as a fly-in event in Washington, D.C., Roofing Day in D.C. 2021 was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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4 HOURS UNTIL … METALCONLive! and MCA Presents: FASTENER SELECTION and INSTALLATION GUIDELINES

This webinar qualifies for 1 AIA LU and its FREE! REGISTER NOW!

WHAT: LIVE Webinar on Fastener Selection & Installation Guidelines

WHEN: TODAY, MARCH 24 AT 1:00 PM EST

WHO: You! Fasteners are essential to any metal construction job! Learn the correct selection and installation guidelines.

HOW: Simply REGISTER and log on at 1:00 PM EST

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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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Women in Construction Week Continued – METALCONLive! Tackles Importance of Diversity in the Workplace

“Recruiting into Metal Roofing” General Session held at METALCON 2019

“Success and diversity go hand in hand … and it looks like increased productivity, better morale, retention, and faster problem solving.”

Tiffany “Tiff” Hutcheson, sales and customer service manager with Brightsmith Coaters (sister company of ATAS), offered this key takeaway during a METALCONLive! webinar held last year titled, “Can you Afford NOT to have Diversity in Your Workforce?” The webinar was moderated by RoofersCoffeeShop owner and founder of National Women in Roofing, Heidi Ellsworth, along with an expert panel of female industry leaders including Tiff, Sonya Malvick, international president of the Association of Women in Metal (AWMI) and outside territory sales manager with Olympic Steel, and Minnie Robles, product representative with ATAS International. While the participants emphasized how important it was to have broad-scoped diversity in your business plans, they expounded on the opportunities for women in the construction industry. In celebration of Women in Construction (WIC) Week, we look back at some of the key takeaways from that important webinar. If you missed it, take advantage of watching it anytime ON DEMAND. Read on for key takeaways …

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Women in Construction Week

As Women in Construction Week continues, we look at ConstructionDive‘s “Construction Champions:” The industry’s top female leaders

After asking readers for details about the female leaders who are making a significant impact in construction, support and admiration poured in from colleagues, friends and family members, ConstructionDive received nearly 800 nominations highlighting exceptional women from across the country who are changing construction for the better. Out of the submissions, 59 women were highlighted in the article as shining examples of how female-driven intuition, dedication and intelligence are shaping the industry.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Women in Construction Week

METALCON honors the magnificent women in our industry as this week marks Women in Construction Week (WIC) 2021! The focus is to highlight women as a viable component of the construction industry. WIC Week also provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities.

NAWIC members can expect a wide variety of WIC Week events this year, however most of the events will be held virtually due to ongoing COVID-19 safety restrictions.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – MCA’s Virtual Winter Meeting is Next Week

Learn more about the use of metal in building construction at the Virtual MCA Winter Meeting February 2-4, 2021

The format is new, but the essential industry insights for the use of metal now and in the future are the same. This is the must-attend event of the season – right from your home computer! 

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Construction Safety Training Saves Money and Lives

NEW Safety Training Program starting February 18 presented by METALCON

Is it worth your company’s time and money to invest in preventative safety training? The answer is a resounding YES!

According to the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), “The charts and summaries in the 2020 Safety Performance Report present the clearest picture yet of the remarkable impact that leading indicator use has on a company’s safety performance: fewer disrupted or lost lives and a safer, more productive jobsite regardless of the size of the company. In fact, companies that engage in leading indicator use are, statistically, considerably safer than their peers. The ABC created the report in 2015 to address the issue of not having sound data to prove the correlation between the use of measures companies can take to keep workers safe on jobsites and the number of incidents that occur.

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METALCON Top 10 Stories of 2020

On behalf of the METALCON team, thank YOU, our metal construction community, for your support this year. Thanks to you we saw a 30% increase in our METALCON Blog readership! And despite having to postpone our in-person event, your support and participation for our new virtual programming has been nothing short of amazing! Since the launch of METALCONLive! in April, we have held 12 virtual events and have interacted with over 2,500 participants.

Looking back over the year, we shared hundreds of blog posts (143 to be exact!) in an attempt to keep you up-to-date with relevant industry information. Here’s a round-up of the top 10 “most-viewed” of 2020:

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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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METALCON Furthers its Commitment as the Industry’s Source for Ongoing Education with New Initiatives

AS RELEASED TO THE TRADE MEDIA –

METALCON, the metal construction industry’s largest international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions, announces a variety of new initiatives that provide ongoing educational opportunities and essential training for industry professionals.  “We’ve been working diligently to create meaningful programs for the metal construction industry during this time of uncertainty,” says Judy Geller, Vice President of Tradeshows at METALCON. “We’ve lined up some of the best in the industry to connect with you virtually and to deliver exceptional programming year-round – and until we meet again in person – for a world-class event next year in Tampa!”

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METALCONLive! TODAY at 1pm EST – Diversity in the Workplace | Sponsored by Roofers Coffee Shop

REGISTER TODAY FOR YOUR FREE VIRTUAL SEAT – TODAY, NOVEMBER 4 AT 1:00 PM EST

What? METALCONLive! Presents: Can You Afford NOT to Have Diversity in Your Workforce?

WHERE? Live on ZOOM using your computer, tablet or smart phone

WHEN: TODAY at 1 PM EST

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Safety Redesign for Women in Construction Industry

Image courtesy of Skanska USA and Building Design + Construction.

Pre-COVID-19, the number of women in the construction industry finally began to move in the upward direction sitting at around 9.9%. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, between 2017 and 2018 alone the number of women working in construction trades increased by 17.6%. The percentage of women classified as construction managers also rose from 5.9% in 2003 to 7.7% in 2018. So how does the industry continue to diversify and retain women in the industry? As reported by Building Design + Construction last year, Skanska USA is working toward meeting certain needs by women in the workplace, such as PPE equipment (personal protective equipment).

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Diversity in the Workplace – Be Part of the Conversation brought to you by Roofers Coffee Shop

REGISTER TODAY FOR YOUR FREE VIRTUAL SEAT – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 AT 1:00 PM EST

Study after study has concluded that there is a clear link between workplace diversity, increased productivity, and the bottom line. In fact, according to a study by Forbes, companies with a diverse workforce produce 19% more in earnings than their less diverse counterparts. You need talented workers now more than ever. So why, at a time when the skilled labor shortage is hitting the construction particularly hard, do woman make up just 9% of the US construction industry workforce? You simply can’t afford NOT to diversify your workforce!

Join us next Wednesday, November 4 when Heidi Ellsworth, partner of RoofersCoffeeShop®, founder of National Women in Roofing (NWIR) and of Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3) and past METALCON speaker, will moderate this important subject that profoundly impacts our industry; the challenges, benefits, rewards, and strategies associated with recruiting and retaining top talent in today’s market.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Key Takeaways from METALCONLive! on Metal Roofing Recover Systems

Last week on METALCONLive!, the Metal Construction Association presented leading authority on metal roofing recover systems, Charlie Smith with McElroy Metal, who gave a detailed presentation on the benefits of using metal to recover an existing sloped roof. You can stream the presentation on-demand by clicking on the above image. Some key takeaways from the presentation include the growing advantages of using metal for roof recover work, the future of using a “T” shape panel and if doing a retrofit, and knowing your clip offset before starting a project.

Charlie opened the presentation with the simple, yet important, question, “Why metal?” He answered his own question by saying, “Simple, it has the longest life expectancy of approximately 40-60 years.”

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METALCON Live! Returns with a look at “Construction, Metal Construction and Design: Trends and Outlook”

METALCONLive! made a robust return this week with a peek into the “future.” Normally we would be gathering for the annual, in-person event this month — METALCONLive! makes it possible to be together “virtually.”  As Director Judy Geller said in her opening remarks, “We can’t have our live event as usual, but that doesn’t mean we have abandoned our mission of bringing together buyers, sellers, manufacturers and suppliers of metal for use in design and construction.”

Moderator, Frank Stasiowski, FAIA and METALCON Co-Founder in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, along with a “blue-ribbon” panel of experts, tackled the issues surrounding market changes for the construction and metal construction industry, and what to expect heading into next year. 

Panelists included Tony Bouquot, General Manager, Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), Paul Giovannoni, Managing Director, FMI Corporation, and Alan Scott, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Senior Consultant, Building Science Solutions at Intertek. Unfortunately Dr. Sarah Skidmore, Leadership Development Consultant and Executive Coach with Skidmore Consulting, had to cancel due to illness. We wish her well and hope to welcome her on a future MCLive! program.

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Want a Peek into the Future? Register for METALCONLive!

What are the jaw-dropping economic and market changes for metal construction and design decision-makers just over the horizon? How MUST your business fundamentally change to grasp these once-in-a-business-cycle opportunities – and sidestep the strategic blunders that await the unprepared? Tomorrow’s METALCONLive! will help you see into the future (for free!!).

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METALCONLive! Returns in One Week – REGISTER FOR FREE

“Construction, Metal Construction and Design: Trends and Outlook”

When: Wednesday, October 7 at 1:00 PM EST

Where: Live and On-Demand!

Cost: FREE

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AISC IDEAS² 2020 Winners and Submit for 2021

Sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the annual  Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS²) Award program recognizes projects that illustrate the exciting possibilities of building with structural steel.

This year’s winner’s included the following outstanding projects:

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Magnificent Metal Monday – METALCONLive! Makes Its Return

“Construction, Metal Construction and Design: Trends and Outlook”

When: Wednesday, October 7 at 1:00 PM EST

Where: Live and On-Demand!

Cost: FREE

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Stay Connected with Virtual Fall Events

As industry events continue to change, cancel or postpone, our friends with Metal Construction News are keeping everyone up-to-date. You can find a running list of events on their WEBSITE. While some have postponed to next year (METALCON included) or canceled, many events are now offering a VIRTUAL platform. While they don’t replace face-to-face, these virtual meetings can still provide an excellent way to connect with industry leaders and peers and continue to learn how to better position your business. Here is the list for the upcoming events happening this fall, between now and the end of November.

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