Women in Construction Week Highlights Push for More Diversity in the Workplace

In a traditionally male-dominated field, the numbers are starting to show a changing trend. Women represent only 9 percent of the construction jobs within the industry, according to the United States Department of Labor. But by next year that number is expected to double to more than 25 percent. WIC (Women in Construction) Week,  sponsored by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), provides an occasion for firms to raise awareness of the growing impact women have on the industry, as well as the myriad of opportunities available to them, either in the field or in the office. Read on for a round up of some of the stories highlighting Women in Construction Week around the country and how local groups are building greater awareness:

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Aqua Tower, Chicago, designed by Jeanne Gang;
Photo: Getty Images/Arcaid/UIG

In celebration of the start of Women In Construction Week (WIC), we highlight “7 Bold Buildings Designed by Women,” as brought to us by Architectural Digest last year. These magnificent buildings bring some of the brightest female architects into light. Despite inequalities with their male counterparts in the architectural field, many women have not just survived in the male-dominated industry but have thrived. AD rounds up seven of the boldest, most culturally significant buildings around the world designed by women.

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MCA Presents Distinguished Service Awards

As announced in this week’s issue of DesignandBuildwithMetal.com, “The Metal Construction Association (MCA) proudly presented its annual Patrick R. Bush Volunteer Service Award to Jonathan Rider, and Larry A. Swaney Award to Mark James. Both Rider and James have been long-standing and significant contributors to the METALCON show. The prestigious awards were given during MCA’s winter meeting January 15th in Key Largo.

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Photo courtesy of Construction Dive, December 21, 2018

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home of METALCON 2019, may be seeing a $700 million city enhancement project come to fruition in the near future. According to Construction Dive, local developer Millcraft Investments provided more information last week about the Esplanade, its planned $700 million, 15-acre mixed-use development along the Ohio River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Metal Roofing in the Spotlight

DesignandBuildwithMetal.com has issued their inaugural Metal Roofing Edition. This issue features some of the most outstanding metal roofing projects showcased on their website over the past 12 months, along with a number of supporting articles dealing with related technologies and ancillary products. The cover features a fire station in Florida that doubles as a hurricane command center. The building showcases metal roofing from Petersen, illustrating both the aesthetic qualities and performance attributes that have made metal the first choice for such projects.

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Image courtesy of BulbHead.com

Happy President’s Day!

5 Fun Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Presidents’ Day! (thank you BulbHead.com)

President’s Day isn’t really President’s Day

The federal holiday, always celebrated on the third week of February, was created to honor our first president, George Washington. Although the federally-recognized holiday honors Washington, Presidents’ Day has become the familiar name for the holiday thanks to several presidents’ birthdays taking place in February.

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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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Three Sister Bridges beautifully captured by Dave DiCello@davedicello

With METALCON 2019 heading to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in October, we couldn’t be more excited to feature some of the city’s rich history in the steel industry, starting with its bridges. With more than 440 bridges to choose from, we turn to VisitPITTSBURGH and a Pittsburgh Magazine article for their favorite five. Did you know that Pittsburgh has more bridges than Venice, Italy?

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A Year in Review …

It’s been one year as your METALCON “blogger” bringing you, our readership, a wide range of interesting topics and stories. Looking back over the year, here are the top five that seemed to spark more interest with you yielding the highest views:

Coming in at #5 … Magnificent Metal Monday posted on August 13, 2018, featured the cool refurbished office by the Association of Iron and Steel, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which happens to be the site of METALCON 2019!

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200 Clarendon Street (formerly the John Hancock Tower), Boston; Photo credit: Wikipedia

Yes folks, last night was not a dream. The New England Patriots soared to their 6th Super Bowl victory last night and have now tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the highest number of Super Bowl victories. To pay homage to this amazing feat, we head to their home city of Boston where the tallest building in New England “soars” above the skyline. Located in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, 200 Clarendon Street, is one of Boston’s most significant landmarks. The iconic all-glass tower offers 360-degree panoramic views of the Back Bay, Charles River, Cambridge, the Public Gardens, Boston Harbor and the surrounding areas.

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Protecting Metal Building Materials during Winter

Deicing now uses chemicals that can be harmful to metal building materials. Image:Wikimedia.

Seeing this recent “polar vortex” create record breaking frigid temperatures, here is a relevant article about protecting metal building materials from corrosion caused by severe weather. Metal Construction News’ recent article, “Tarping Loads During Winter Months,” explores the changing needs of transporting metal building materials during harsh winter conditions.

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123 East Cermak Hotels, Chicago, IL; photo courtesy of DesignandBuildwithMetal.com

The “Windy City” is home to the first tri-branded hotel thanks to Hilton Worldwide Hotels. The new $39 million, 22-story 123 East Cermak Hotels combines a Hampton Inn, a Hilton Garden Inn and a Home2suites in one building. It is directly connected to McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America, and features 466 guest rooms, an indoor pool, four restaurants and 7,000 feet of meeting space.

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Metal Industry Awards – Vote Today!


Cast your vote!

With it being award season for film, music and more, why should the metal industry be any exception?

Metal Construction News is running several contests and would like you to cast your vote!

Metal Construction Hall of Fame

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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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ArchDaily presents the most anticipated architectural projects of 2019. Some that made the list include two long awaited projects in Taipei include a new Performing Arts Center and a new Pop Music Centre. Closer to home, the “Vessel,” a 15-story tall sculpture comprised of 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs, and The Shed, a new cultural venue, are scheduled to open sometime this year at the New York City Hudson Yards.

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Let it Snow!

As winter weather officially sets in and reports of snow and ice storms appear in the news on a more regular basis, thanks to our friends at MCA, you will be well prepared. MCA has released a technical bulletin concerning snow retention and the proper design and use of snow retention devices when a metal roof is involved called Qualifying Snow Retention Systems for Metal Roofing.

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Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium host of Super Bowl LIII. Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

With the first round of NFL playoffs behind us, we are one week closer to Atlanta hosting the LIII Super Bowl. So for Magnificent Metal Monday we take a closer look at the Atlanta’s newest iconic gem, the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Home to the NFL Atlanta Falcons and the MLS National Champions Atlanta United FC, the stadium opened its doors in August 2017. It is nothing short of being one of the most highly regarded stadiums built in the last decade.

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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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Happy New Year!

As we say farewell to the final day of 2018, we reflect on an eventful year with many changes yet one constant – our relationships with family, friends and colleagues. We hope you made some good memories in 2018, weathered the storms that challenged you, and enter the New Year with hope and promise.

From all of your friends at METALCON – Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

We look forward to seeing you all at METALCON 2019 as we head to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 16-18, 2019!

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Sydney, Australia; photo by: Jeremy Ng, Getty

In honor of it being Christmas Eve, today’s “MMM” hopes to spread a little holiday cheer to our METALCON Blog readers who are located in all four corners of the world.

From Finland’s Santa Claus Village to Australia’s Bondi Beach party, see how other countries celebrate Christmas. Here are 14 Christmas’ around the world to put on your travel “bucket list,” courtesy of the Travel Channel.

And check out the 10 most amazing Christmas trees found around the United States by decoist.com. From well known places like Rockefeller Center in New York City to lesser known places like the Coeur d’Alene Resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho which now touts having “The World’s Tallest Living Christmas Tree.”

Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center, New York City; photo courtesy of decoist.com.

However you celebrate (or perhaps already celebrating!), Happy Holidays from your METALCON friends.

Shortest Day of the Year

Welcome to Winter Solstice 2018! You may be asking … what does this have to do with the “metal industry?” Really nothing at all, but sometimes in life it’s good to simply pause or “stand still.” The word, solstice, translates roughly to “sun stands still,” so in honor of the shortest day of the year, we pause from the norm.

There are some fascinating facts about the winter solstice. This year is especially auspicious in that the full moon will rise one day after the winter solstice. Apparently the two won’t be back to back like this until 2094!

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Citic Tower in Beijing; photo courtesy:  The Skyscraper Center

The 528-meter (1,732 ft) Citic Tower in Beijing was the tallest building completed anywhere in the world this year. It has 108 floors above ground and ranks as the fourth-tallest building in China as well as the eighth-tallest worldwide. CITIC Tower will be the flagship building of Beijing’s comprehensively planned central business district core measuring close to 75 acres.  

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Best of the Best of 2018

Grand Award winner in the 2018 Metal Construction News Building & Roofing Awards; photo courtesy of pod architecture + design, Rabbit Hole Distilling, and Prodigy Construction

You know it’s nearing the end of another year when “best of” lists for everything from music to toys to movies to fashion begin popping up everywhere.  The construction and roofing industry is no exception.  Here’s a round-up of some of the industry’s “best of the best” from 2018:

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Photo courtesy of Construction Dive

Construction begins on Texas Border Gates

Despite resistance on behalf of many lawmakers to commit to additional funding and also risking a possible government shut down later this month over this issue, construction on the border wall between Texas and Mexico is ongoing.  Construction Dive recently reported, ” U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), along with the Army Corps of Engineers, announced the start of construction at another section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, with the latest contract worth up to $5.7 million.” 

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Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier wins Construction Dive’s 2018 “Project of the Year” Award.

Photo courtesy The Golden Gate Bridge Project

Scope of steel:

The “net” is actually 385,000 square feet of marine-grade stainless steel stretched across 555 tons of steel supports 20 feet out and 20 feet under most of the bridge’s 1.7 mile span.

Who, when, where and how much:

The Shimmick-Danny’s JV, under a more than $142 million contract, is building the entire project during normal operation of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, for completion in 2021.

Outlook:

Proponents are sure that a net or some other physical add-on would help stop the 30 or so people per year who end their lives by jumping off the San Francisco landmark.

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Women Could Play Key Role in Industry Labor Shortage

Labor shortages across various industries are making headlines lately, including the construction industry.  One article in Curbed.com cited “immigration crackdowns, economic after-effects of the recession, and a lack of interest on the part of millennials as some of the reasons why the field may be down by 275,000 workers. That’s affecting housing costs, at a time when the country is already suffering from rising housing prices. National Association of Homebuilders economist Stephen Melman predicts growth of 4-5 percent in housing starts next year, and an increase in construction-labor positions to the tune of 12 percent between 2016 and 2026.”

Could women be the solution to the construction industry’s labor shortage?

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1491594556348Kobe, Japan – A tribute to the loss suffered in 1995’s Great Hanshen Earthquake, which left 6,000 dead and much of Kobe in darkness, the city’s annual Luminaire lights up for two weeks every December as a symbol of hope.

‘Tis the season …. 

Belated Thanksgiving holiday wishes to all of our METALCON readers. With the turkey and trimmings behind us, it is time for the twinkling of holiday lights to appear on homes, in city centers, on office buildings and more. Continue reading

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UnknownAsteroid “Psyche” made of almost all metal; photo courtesy of NASA

For our METALCON community who work with metal on a daily basis, you already live in a “world of metal.”  But could you imagine a “world actually MADE of metal?”  Observations from Earth hint that a 124-mile-wide (200 kilometers) asteroid called Psyche, is 95 percent metal, just like the core of a rocky planet. [NASA’s Mission to Metal Asteroid Psyche (Images)] Continue reading

Steel City or City of Bridges?

slidePhoto provided by JP Diroll Photography

Both!  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has long been known as the “Steel City” for its more than 300 steel-related businesses, but with its 446 bridges connecting the city together, it’s also known as the “City of Bridges.”

METALCON 2019 is proud to announce that it will be heading to Pittsburgh next October 16-18, 2019!  A show all about metal meeting in a city known for its steel history and its metal bridges?  Seems all together fitting! Continue reading

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World’s longest sea-crossing bridge opens between Hong Kong and China

Built to withstand a magnitude 8 earthquake, a super typhoon and strikes by super-sized cargo vessels, this 55-kilometer (34 mile) bridge incorporates 400,000 tons of steel — 4.5 times the amount in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and 60 times more steel than used to build the Eiffel Tower.

Opened last month, the $20-billion bridge connects Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai, marking the completion of the longest sea-crossing bridge ever built, nine years after construction began. Continue reading