The Metal Construction Association Unveils New Website and Premiers MCA Metal University

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has launched a new website, www.metalconstruction.org, which premiers MCA Metal University, a comprehensive online resource for architects, contractors, code officials, manufacturers and building owners looking to increase their knowledge of metal building materials.The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has launched a new website, www.metalconstruction.org, which premiers MCA Metal University, a comprehensive online resource for architects, contractors, code officials, manufacturers and building owners looking to increase their knowledge of metal building materials.

The new MCA website features advanced search tools, a contemporary design and access to more than 110 expert resources developed by a team of top manufacturers and technical minds in the industry.  Resources include white papers, technical resources, guides, continuing education courses for AIA credit, environmental product declarations, videos, certifications and more. The vast majority of resources are free of charge.

“We are excited to introduce the new website and MCA Metal University,” said Jeff Henry, MCA’s executive director. “We aim to be the go-to source for all things in metal construction.”  

Other features of the MCA website are enhanced search tools for finding case studies, metal building photos and a “find a supplier” tool. The case studies section features hundreds of industry articles searchable by market, product type, location, and more. The events section gives users updates and registration access for the winter and summer meetings, METALCON, and industry events. The expanded photo gallery features high-quality examples of completed metal building projects and lets users perform granular searches based on market, location, and metal type. The suppliers section allows users to quickly locate reputable member companies in their area based on project type, supplier role, and material.

“MCA has long put a premium on its market development program and focused technical agenda. With the new website and MCA Metal University, MCA is reinforcing its commitment to its members and the metal construction industry,” said Henry.

For more information, visit www.metalconstruction.org.

MCA Releases White Paper Addressing Roofing Best Practices

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has published a new white paper, “Roofing Best Practices: FORTIFIED HOME PORGRAM,” available at metalconstruction.org/tech-resources. It outlines an educational program that has been developed to provide guidance as well as a model for certification for enhanced wind performance for roofing applications. 

The FORTIFIED program has been developed by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS). The program’s objective was for roofing materials to have greater resistance to severe weather conditions and prevent roofing failure from wind uplift and excessive wind loading. The paper also details how the study differentiates from current IBC and IRC requirements regarding metal roofing construction and retrofit.

The FORTIFIED program is the result of several existing roof tests as well as field experience dealing with this type of wind loading. The performance levels are generally more than what is required by local codes.

“This is important work,” said Jeff Henry, MCA’s executive director, “We are always seeking higher safety standards, and this study shows a clear path to safer roofing installation.”

The white paper is free for download on the MCA website in the resources section. 

For more information, visit https://metalconstruction.org.

MCA Welcomes Four New Member Companies

Metal Construction Association (MCA) is proud to introduce its newest members. The association will be collaborating with these new member companies as it continues to educate people on the importance of metal in the building envelope. The four newest members are:

Metal Panel Systems – This manufacturer of custom-formed commercial and residential metal roofing and architectural panels has been in business for nearly three decades. Located in West Chester, Ohio, the company specializes in architectural standing seam systems and accessories including fasteners.

TrueCore – Headquartered in Laurens, S.C., this division of Nucor produces insulated metal panels for the cold storage and industrial markets in North America. Among the sectors they service are agricultural, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and warehousing.

Metalhouse, LLC – Based in Orlando, Fla, Metalhouse is a privately-owned supplier of iron and steel products including steel making raw materials, steel wire rods, steel beams, channels, and merchant pipes.

Falk Production LLC – FALK Panel supplies insulated metal panels for exterior and interior walls and roofs, metal profiles and required accessories. The company is located in Walker, Mich.

MCA members represent a broad array of companies including metal roof, wall panel, shingles and coatings manufacturers, coil coaters and metal producers, distributors, equipment and accessories manufacturers, energy insulation system manufacturers, MCM fabricators and contractors.                                                                            

“Metal Panel Systems joined MCA to surround our company with the industry’s best talent and to gain access to experts who have experience in what we do every day,” says Ben Mackie, Operations Director at Metal Panel Systems. “We hope to come away with new friendships, as well as connections and unlimited technical resources.”

MCA member companies benefit from participation in association activities and connections among suppliers and industry leaders in research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. The association works to increase the use of metal materials in construction by educating the building and design communities about the benefits of metal.

“We’re excited to work with all of our new members and show them all of the benefits MCA offers,” says MCA’s Executive Director Jeff Henry, MBA CAE. “We look forward to building meaningful relationships that help our members network with fellow industry leaders and  expand their businesses.”

For more information, visit www.metalconstruction.org.

MCA Releases Three New White Papers

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has published three technical resources on its website, metalconstruction.org. The three white papers, two new and one updated, each cover important design and safety aspects of metal construction: metal roofing, metal walls, and metal fasteners. The three new resources available for free download are:

Best Practices: Metal Building Sealant Types and Application Guidelines: This new paper provides information about the most common sealant types used in metal roofing and the important best practice guidelines for each. The benefits and limitations of each sealant is discussed, so building professionals can make informed decisions and recommendations regarding the correct product for a specific application.  

Is My Exterior Wall Material Truly Noncombustible? This new paper clarifies safety standards in the International Building Code (IBC) regarding metal walls and ASTM E136, the test for material combustibility. The paper discusses topics such as what products or materials will burn, what criteria causes a product or its assembly to be deemed “non-combustible”, and cladding flame spread performance. 

Fastener Compatibility with Profiled Metal Roof and Wall Panels: This updated paper discusses the differences between primary and secondary fasteners and the importance of fasteners in securing the components to a structure. Also included is a Recommended Fastener Guide to clarify the selection of fasteners used with metal roofing and wall panels. Fastener durability, compatibility, and load resistance is also explored.

These white papers are free for download on the MCA website in the resources section.

For more information, visit https://metalconstruction.org.

MCA Publishes Three Updated Environmental Product Declarations

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has released three updated Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). The subjects of the updated papers are Metal Composite Materials (MCM), Insulated Metal Panels (IMP), and Roll Formed Aluminum and Steel Cladding.

These three documents provide key data on the manufacturing and use of these products and discuss the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and environmental impacts associated from the use of metal cladding in construction.

EPD for Metal Composite Material Panels

This EPD discusses MCM product definition, the basic material and its origin, product manufacture and processing, in-use conditions, life cycle assessment results, and testing results and verifications. Information on a significant number of performance standards in the area of fire, system performance, and finishes are detailed.

EPD for Insulated Metal Panels

This paper provides LCA-based information about the environmental aspects of IMPs. It describes the history, manufacture, and use of IMP panels and systems and investigates product lifespan from raw material supply, manufacturing, application, maintenance, performance standards, energy use, water use, demolition, and waste recovery or recycling.

EPD for Roll Formed Aluminum and Steel Cladding for Roofs and Walls

This EPD details the manufacture process of role forming metal materials into a finished product. The forming process, which can be accomplished either in line or in the field, is also discussed, as well as the products’ environmental aspects and impact.

“These updated documents, developed under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), provide an invaluable resource for architects to assess the environmental impacts associated with these products and systems and meet LEED requirements,” says MCA Executive Director Jeff Henry.

For more information, visit www.metalconstruction.org.

S-5! Wins Metal Construction Association Chairman’s Award in Residential Category

S-5! Metal Roof Innovations announced it has been awarded the Metal Construction Association (MCA) Chairman’s Awardfor metal construction projects of 2019 in the residential category.

Each year the MCA recognizes outstanding metal construction projects in North America. The chairman’s award goes to exceptional buildings involving MCA member companies. The criteria include overall appearance, significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal and the role of metal in achieving project objectives.  

S-5! was recognized at the MCA annual Winter Meeting Awards Dinner in Palm Springs, California, for its metal roof attachment solutions utilized in the Keller Court Commons project in Petaluma, Californiaa tight-knit ”pocket neighborhood” of eight houses with a central grassy courtyard and a small common building. 

Keller Court Commons Developer Jim Soules worked together with Principal, Chris Lynch of MAD Architecture to design a neighborhood that draws on the historic agricultural influences of its surrounding area―delivering a low-maintenance, sustainable community demonstrated in the standing seam metal roofing, corrugated metal wall panels, solar arrays and brilliant color palette.

Since sustainability was a major consideration and metal building components are a significant contributor to the durability, maintenance requirements and sustainability of the community, they chose metal roofing. MAD Architecture selected S-5! attachment solutions to attach the solar panels to the standing seams, including its S-5-N clampswhich featurean angled setscrew and an innovative clamp insert to ensure a superior fit whether placed on older profiles or new and wider nail strip profiles. 

“We chose S-5!’s attachment solutions for the Keller Court Commons project because we liked the idea of eliminating multiple penetrations through the roof to install the PV racks, and we knew S-5!’s zero-penetration clamps, designed to last the life of the roof, would not violate the roof integrity,” said Lynch.  “We are very happy with the results and expect to use S-5! attachment technology again on future projects.” 

The Keller Court Commons project team includes: land developer: Soules Co.; architect: MAD Architecture; general contractor/metal panel installer: Jacobs Classic Construction; metal roof installer: Crandall Roofing; solar panel installer: Suntegrity Solar; solar panels: Enphase Energy Inc.; accessory supplier, roof clamps: S-5! Metal Roof Innovations; and metal roof/wall panel manufacturer: Metal Sales Manufacturing.

Award recipients were chosen from projects submitted by MCA members and presented in the following six categories: Overall Excellence and Commercial/Industrial, Education: Colleges & Universities, Institutional, Municipal, Roofing and Residential. This year’s panel of judges included architects: James Theimer, principal architect, Trilogy Architecture; Mark Roddy, lecturer in the department of design, California State University; and Erik Mehlman, partner and design lead at BuildSense | Architecture + Construction.

Accepting on behalf of the S-5! team was CEO and FounderRob Haddock. Haddock, a well-known metal roof consultant, author, speaker and inventor of the non-invasive clamps for fastening accessories to standing seam metal roofs has worked in various aspects of metal roofing for almost five decades. 

“It is an honor to be recognized for our attachment technology utilized on every metal roof in this innovative community and a privilege to be part of a project that values the long-term sustainability of metal building components in construction,” said Haddock.  

For more information, visit www.S-5.com

PPG Honored With Three Chairman’s Awards From Metal Construction Association

PPG announced that it received three 2018 Chairman’s Awards – including the top honor – from the Metal Construction Association (MCA) during the organization’s winter meeting in Key Largo, Florida. PPG was the only coatings manufacturer recognized with awards.

PPG received the highest honor for the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech, which earned the Chairman’s Award for Overall Excellence. Located on New York City’s Roosevelt Island, the building features a metal-panel rainscreen finished with iridescent PPG Duranar VARI-COOL coatings. The rainscreen serves as a protective insulating barrier as well as a color-shifting wall of art for the 160,000-square-foot structure.

Fabricated by A. Zahner Company of Kansas City, Missouri, using the company’s proprietary louvered ZIRA system, the rainscreen features more than 335,000 perforated circular tabs, with each programmed to function as an individual pixel. Together with PPG Duranar VARI-Cool coatings, the tabs enable the rainscreen to depict the New York City skyline and the gorges of Ithaca, New York, which is home to Cornell University’s main campus.

MCA member Precoat Metals of St. Louis, Missouri, coated the metal along with W&W Glass and Island Exterior Fabricators of New York. Morphosis Architects of New York was the building’s designer. 

In the Education – Colleges and Universities category, PPG was recognized as the coating manufacturer for the Austin Community College Campus Center in Leander, Texas. Pittsburgh-based Centria, an MCA member, produced and coated the panels.  

PPG was also heralded as the coating manufacturer for the IBEW Local 134 Headquarters/Union Hall in Chicago, which earned the Chairman’s Award in the Commercial/Industrial category. The project’s wall panels were supplied by 3A Composites in Mooresville, North Carolina, and fabricated by Sobotec in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Both companies are MCA members. 

“The Chairman’s Awards reinforce PPG’s legacy of leadership and innovation in the architectural metal coatings industry,” said Rodolfo Ramirez, PPG director of sales and strategic segments for North America, industrial coatings. “All three of these projects highlight our ability to work with architects, specifiers, designers and applicators to create innovative metal coatings solutions for their projects. These awards are among the most coveted in our industry, and I am proud that PPG was the only coatings manufacturer recognized during this year’s ceremony.”

Introduced in 1967 as of one of the industry’s first high-performance polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coatings for metal building components, PPG Duranar coatings have provided color and protection for many of the world’s most recognized landmarks for more than 50 years.

PPG has continually refined the technology to meet evolving aesthetic, performance and sustainability demands of architects and building owners. PPG Duranar VARI-Cool coatings, which are featured on the Bloomberg Center, are a recent example. These coatings combine pearlescent color-changing pigments with proprietary PPG ULTRA-COOL® infrared coatings technology to deflect heat away from buildings to keep them cooler.

The annual Chairman’s Awards recognize exceptional building projects involving MCA members. The awards are based on overall appearance, the significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal and the role of metal in achieving project objectives.

For more information, visit www.ppgmetalcoatings.com and www.ppg.com.

MCA Adopts NASCAR Theme for Fifth Annual Roofing Games at METALCON

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) announces this year’s Fifth Annual Championship Roofing Games will be held at METALCON October 10-12, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Adopting a NASCAR theme, the event this year is named “The MCA Rev ’Em Up Championship Roofing Games.” The MCA invites METALCON attendees to come on down to the Charlotte Metal Speedway to see the non-stop action at Booth 118 in the exhibit hall.

Ten teams of two participants will compete in all. Contestants will test their metal roofing skills by competing in five challenges, which will be held on each of the first two days of the event. Each day, five pre-registered teams with two contestants each will compete for cash awards. On Friday, the third day, the teams from Wednesday and Thursday with the most collective points will compete for the Grand Cash Award and title of “MCA METALCON 2018 National Metal Roofing Champion.” In 2017, $8,500 cash was awarded over the three-day competition and the same amount will be awarded this year. The 2017 Championship Team was Matt Cox and Justin Hopta of Thomas Phoenix International out of Eastampton, New Jersey taking home an additional $2,000 Cash Award with the MCA National Championship Title. They will be returning this year to Charlotte.

The competition includes five challenges; the Retrofit Panel Installation Challenge, Screw Gun Challenge, Hug-A-Roof Challenge, Standing Seam Challenge and Let It Snow Challenge.

Primary material and equipment sponsors this year include: Drexel Metals, Logan Stampings Inc., Roof Hugger, MBCI, S-5!, New Tech Machinery, Triangle Fastener Corporation and Petersen Pac-Clad.

Several other MCA Member Companies support this event with their generous cash donations. Donations are used for the Cash Awards that are presented to the Teams that win each of the challenges, each day’s collective points winner and the Grand Cash Prize for the Championship Title. Donations have been provided by the following MCA Member Companies:

  • Accurate Perforating Co.
  • AKZO Nobel Coatings, Inc.
  • ATAS International, Inc.
  • Cidan Machinery, Inc.
  • D.I. Roof Seamers
  • Designandbuildwithmetal.com
  • Drexel Metals, Inc.
  • Excel Stampings & Mfg., Inc.
  • GSSI Sealants, Inc.
  • Logan Stampings, Inc.
  • McElroy Metal, Inc.
  • Modern Trade Communications
  • Petersen Aluminum Corp.
  • Roofing Magazine
  • S-5!
  • SFS Intec, Inc.
  • Sheffield Metals International
  • The Bradbury Co., Inc.
  • Sherwin Williams
  • For more information visit www.metalconstruction.org.

    Landmark Venue Renovated with PPG Coating Wins MCA Chairman’s Award

    PPG announced that the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, which features PPG DURABRITE coating, has won a Chairman’s Award for design excellence from the Metal Construction Association (MCA).

    Built in 1972 and once home to the NHL’s New York Islanders and the NBA’s New York Nets, the 416,000 square-foot arena is newly wrapped in a futuristic metal shell composed of 4,700 individually folded and routed brushed aluminum fins enhanced by PPG Durabrite clear fluoropolymer coating.

    Based on high-performance fluoroethylene vinyl ether (FEVE) resins, PPG Durabrite coating is a direct-to-metal product specially formulated to extend and enrich the beauty of architectural metals by protecting them with a resilient, transparent clearcoat.

    The aluminum fins were fabricated by Sobotec Ltd. of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, using 225,000 square feet of 4-millimeter ALUCOBOND PLUS aluminum composite material from 3A Composite USA in Davidson, North Carolina.

    The fins are anchored to the structure’s original concrete exterior via a custom-engineered structural attachment system by Sobotec. Using that system, Crown Corr, Inc., of Gary, Indiana, fitted the Alucobond fins into pre-fabricated metal frames and attached them to the building, which was painted black to emphasize the muted glow of the brushed aluminum.

    MCA judge Mark Dewalt said he appreciated the unique approach ShoP Architects and developer Forest City Ratner took to revive the building, which likely would have been torn down if not for the firms’ innovative design solution.

    “I thought it was a pretty interesting recladding – [a metal] screen wrapped around the existing building,” he explained. “It’s very dynamic, creating a lot of movement. It’s like a giant slinky.”

    The annual Chairman’s Awards recognize exceptional building projects involving MCA members. The awards are based on overall appearance, the significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal and the role of metal in achieving project objectives.

    For more information, visit www.ppgmetalcoatings.com.

    METALCON 2017 Wraps Up Successful Show in Las Vegas

    METALCON 2017 was held in Las Vegas Oct. 18-20, and according to show management, exhibitors at the largest international event for the metal construction industry networked with more than 5,000 attendees, including designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators and suppliers from more than 50 countries.

    “This is one of the unique venues in the world where we have access to our entire value chain,” said Mark MacDonald of Valspar. “We see everyone from coil coaters all the way down to building product suppliers, regional roll formers and even roofing contractors. It gives us an opportunity to network with our current customers, talk about new business opportunities, as well as meet our future customers. There really isn’t another venue quite like this, and we are happy to be here.”

    “It’s been an incredible attendee show,” said Scott Cosens of Samco Machinery, manufacturers of custom metal roll-forming equipment. “We have never seen this type of volume of people. We were running out of paper on our leads. All I can tell you is, if you are not coming to METALCON, you are missing out, and what’s even more amazing, I am finding that still again, all of these suppliers and providers are coming from all over the world, not just the U.S. and Canada. We are never not going to be here. We have been here for well over two decades, and we are already back for next year.”

    A newcomer to METALCON this year was DuPont Tyvek Protec, a synthetic roofing underlayment product. “We couldn’t be more excited to be here,” said Roofing Segment Leader Susan Homan. “Honestly, after the first day, our expectations have been exceeded. The quality of the crowd here is really great. We have had really great engagement with contractors and other professionals alike, so we are really glad to be at METALCON.”

    Another new exhibitor was Stubai, an Austrian manufacturer of roofing and metalworking tools. “We decided to come to METALCON because we can meet our final customers who actually work with our tools,” said Sites Manager Lukas Braun. “It is interesting for us to get to know how they use the products, but we can also get in touch with decision makers, new retailers, and existing retailers. For us, the U.S. is a very big country so it is more convenient for us to meet all of our customers here.”

    Geoff Stone with MetalForming Inc., a provider of high-tech sheet metal component manufacturing machines, has attended all 27 METALCON shows. “This was an absolutely terrific show,” said Stone. “The marketplace is in great condition. There’s lots of folks spending money. I think we probably did somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 or $4 million dollars’ worth of business as a result. As usual, METALCON is our most important show, and we’ve really enjoyed being here.”

    Lee Ann Slattery, sales support manager for ATAS International Inc., manufacturers of metal panels, has also attended METALCON for many years. “This year, especially, seems to be a very busy show for us,” said Slattery. “We’ve had a lot of attendees come by our booth, a lot of questions being asked and a lot of different types of people attending. We have talked to contractors, building owners, international folks and facility mangers, so it really has drawn a wide variety of people, and that’s one of the reasons we like doing this show.”

    Ken Buchinger of MBCI, manufacturers of metal roofing and wall panels, has been in the industry for more than 40 years and has attended every METALCON. “I have seen this industry grow over the years,” said Buchinger. “I have also seen it become much more complex from the standpoint of product offerings, product installation and the details on roofs, so installers need good information and training. The Metal Construction Association (MCA) and METALCON provide quite a few training programs to help contractors, both with installation and how to run their businesses.”

    “The show itself is great because you have the opportunity to meet different manufacturers and contractors, learn from each other and learn about ancillary products available to integrate into your offerings,” said Buchinger. “Its’s a great opportunity for contractors, whether you have been one for just a few years or for many years; there is always something to learn at METALCON.”

    “2017 has been an incredible year for METALCON,” said Jonathan Rider, an MCA Board Member and Chief Administrative Officer with D. I. Roof Seamers, manufacturers of roof seaming tools. “This year we broke all kinds of records with attendance and pre-registration, with booth sales and even with on-site sales. It also offered a whole new take on our education track with incredible success and amazing new topics such as drone services for roof inspections, marijuana laws and new litigation affecting the work force. We are going to continue developing the education track in conjunction with the AIA to adapt to the industry’s needs and the way our needs are changing in the field.”

    “This year’s attendees were from all over the world,” said Rider. “We are really branching out as METALCON is becoming truly an international show, and we had a lot of incredible feedback from our exhibitors on how great the international attendance was. In addition, local attendance was fantastic. So many local erectors and builders left their job sites and came out on to the show floor to join us. They were elated with the technology and new innovations offered on the show floor by exhibitors.”

    “2018 promises to be the biggest year in recent history for METALCON,” said Rider. “Charlotte is an amazing city. You can expect a bigger show, more attendees and the newest technology available.”

    This year’s metal roofing games, another sold-out event, awarded a total of $8,500 to its winners. Six teams of two competed in five “competitions,” inspired by this year’s theme “Aces of Las Vegas.” Each competition paid $500 to the winning team. Top awards each day included a Daily Points Award of $750. The winner on Wednesday was Joe Arnold and Paul Kulb of Thomas Phoenix International. On Thursday, Matt Cox and Justin Hopta, also of Thomas Phoenix International, were the winners. On Friday, both teams came together in a face-off where Cox and Hopta were victorious in taking home the MCA METALCON National Metal Roofing Championship and $2,000. Next year’s teams will be able to pre-register for the Charlotte games beginning in February 2018.

    “Las Vegas was the best show for us in years,” said Claire Kilcoyne, METALCON Show Director. “Business is back! The aisles were packed, and exhibitors were thrilled with the traffic, leads and sales. We saw an increase in international attendance, successfully raised $4,000 for the America’s Fund and once again, enjoyed a full house for the MCA Triumph Awards. We are already gearing up for Charlotte, which promises to be another great show.”

    METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources Inc. and sponsored by The Metal Construction Association. For more information, visit www.metalcon.com.