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Reader Submissions - Articles, news and press releases related to steel & metal buildings


When Suburban Bank and Trust (SBT), headquartered in Elmhurst, IL, bought a small building for a new branch location the primary challenge was to give it an identity more fitting with the SBT style. The structure was built in the 1970s and needed more than just a new face...

Articles by Reader Submission:

PRESS RELEASE: Creating a Premier Healthcare Experience for Women
Creating a Premier Healthcare Experience for Women

PRESS RELEASE: The Future of Metal Construction Shines at MCA's Summer Meeting
The Future of Metal Construction Shines at MCA's Summer Meeting

PRESS RELEASE: Metal Roofs May Actually Be Safer During Lightning Storms
Metal Roofs May Actually Be Safer During Lightning Storms

PRESS RELEASE: MCA Hosts Summer Meeting June 19-20
MCA Hosts Summer Meeting June 19-20

EuroStone Sustainable Acoustic Tiles Have New Distribution Network with Flex-Ability Concepts
EuroStone Sustainable Acoustic Tiles Have New Distribution Network with Flex-Ability Concepts

PRESS RELEASE: MCA Provides Online Metal Roofing Installation Certification
MCA Provides Online Metal Roofing Installation Certification

PRESS RELEASE: New Reps Join the Flex-Ability Concepts Team, Bringing Construction Expertise
New Reps Join the Flex-Ability Concepts Team, Bringing Construction Expertise

PRESS RELEASE: Office Renovation Makes an Outdated Space More Marketable
Office Renovation Makes an Outdated Space More Marketable

PRESS RELEASE: MCA Publishes Best Practices Guide for Standing Seam Roof Clips
MCA Publishes Best Practices Guide for Standing Seam Roof Clips

PRESS RELEASE: MCA Publishes Two Updated MCM Specifications Guides for Download
MCA Publishes Two Updated MCM Specifications Guides for Download

PRESS RELEASE: A Trademark Installation at the Orlando City Soccer Stadium
A Trademark Installation at the Orlando City Soccer Stadium

PRESS RELEASE: New Case Studies Available on MCA Website
New Case Studies Available on MCA Website

PRESS RELEASE: 2018 MCA Metalcon National Metal Roofing Championship Games Registration Now Open
2018 MCA Metalcon National Metal Roofing Championship Games Registration Now Open

PRESS RELEASE: Nine Companies Become New Members of MCA
Nine Companies Become New Members of MCA

PRESS RELEASE: Facial and Eye Recognition Device for People with ALS
Facial and Eye Recognition Device for People with ALS Born Out of Collaboration and Drive

PRESS RELEASE: Scott Moffatt Honored by MCA with Patrick R. Bush Volunteer Service Award
Scott Moffatt Honored by MCA with Patrick R. Bush Volunteer Service Award

PRESS RELEASE: New Insulated Metal Panels Selection Guide Available for Architects & Specifiers
NEW INSULATED METAL PANELS SELECTION GUIDE AVAILABLE FOR ARCHITECTS AND SPECIFIERS

PRESS RELEASE: Zinc Enhances the Learning Environment at an Urban Library
Zinc Enhances the Learning Environment at an Urban Library

PRESS RELEASE: MCA Honors Eight Outstanding Building Designs
MCA Honors Eight Outstanding Building Designs: 2017 Chairman's Award Winners Unveiled

PRESS RELEASE: Curves and Natural Materials Wrap a New Headquarters for a Warm, Soft Design
Curves and Natural Materials Wrap a New Headquarters for a Warm, Soft Design

United Steel Supply Acquires Paramount Coils, Inc. and Alpine Building Materials, LLC
United Steel Supply Acquires Paramount Coils, Inc. and Alpine Building Materials, LLC

PRESS RELEASE: MCA Announces 2017 Triumph Awards Winners
MCA Announces 2017 Triumph Awards Winners
The Year's Metal Construction Industry Superstars

PRESS RELEASE: MCA Announces Winners of the Metal Roofing National Championship Games
MCA Announces Winners of the Metal Roofing National Championship Games

PRESS RELEASE: Acadiana Style Church Brings Needed Community Gathering Space to Louisiana Parish
Acadiana Style Church Brings Needed Community Gathering Space to Louisiana Parish

PRESS RELEASE: An Artful Zinc Form is Created for a School of the Arts
An Artful Zinc Form is Created for a School of the Arts

PRESS RELEASE: Adding a Sense of Importance for the Renovated Durham City Hall
Adding a Sense of Importance for the Renovated Durham City Hall

PRESS RELEASE: ViperStud Progresses to the Next Generation
ViperStud Progresses to the Next Generation

PRESS RELEASE: New Website Provides Kingspan Visitors with the Enhanced Online Experience
New Website Provides Kingspan Visitors with the Enhanced Online Experience

PRESS RELEASE: GREENGUARD Gold Certification Sets Kingspan Apart
GREENGUARD Gold Certification Sets Kingspan Apart

Last Chance to Enter Metal Roofing Championship Games - Deadline is September 30
Last Chance to Enter Metal Roofing Championship Games - Deadline is September 30 - The Total Cash Awards Purse Has Grown to $8,500

Five Companies Become New Members of MCA, adding to its 92 metal construction serving members.
Five Companies Become New Members of MCA

MCA Metal Roofing Championship Games Event Schedule Finalized for Oct. 18-20
MCA Metal Roofing Championship Games Event Schedule Finalized

MCA Offers Metal Construction Association Certified Label
MCA OFFERS "METAL CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION CERTIFIED" LABEL
For paint & coatings companies, roofing product manufacturers, coil processors, and roll formers

The MCA is providing a Metal Roofing Certification Program for metal roofing products
MCA OFFERS "MCA CERTIFIED" LABEL For paint & coatings companies, roofing product manufacturers, coil processors, and roll formers

Transitioning an Expanded LEED Gold Community College Space with Metal Panels
Transitioning an Expanded LEED Gold Community College Space with Metal Panels

Kingspan Insulated Panels North American Business Announces New President
Kingspan Insulated Panels North America Announces New President

Five new members have joined MCA's ranks of more than 75 member companies.
The Metal Construction Association Welcomes Five New Member Companies

Florida Ice Center with Superior Insulation Values and Stable Interior Temperatures
Creating a Florida Ice Center with Superior Insulation Values and Stable Interior Temperatures

The MCA will host its annual summer meeting June 12-14 at Chicago Marriott O'Hare Hotel in Chicago
MCA HOSTS SUMMER MEETING JUNE 12-14 Meeting Special: 50% discount on first-year dues for new MCA members

A Sand-Like Texture Finish & Shadow Series Panels Create Terra Cotta Look - Aluvium Finish
A Sand-Like Texture Finish and Shadow Series Panels Create a Terra Cotta Look

The 2017 Aces of Las Vegas Metal Construction Association METALCON Metal Roofing Championship
The "2017 Aces of Las Vegas" MCA METALCON Metal Roofing Championship

Accessories Add Beauty, Strength, Safety and Functionality to Commercial Buildings
TIME TO ACCESSORIZE: Accessories Add Beauty, Strength, Safety and Functionality to Commercial Buildings

Kingspan North America generated or purchased over 9 Gigawatts of renewable energy last year.
Kingspan Celebrates Beating Net Zero Energy Targets

Dri-Design Panels create a Landmark Library for the Downtown Seattle Community
A Landmark Library for the Downtown Seattle Community

Bowling Entertainment Center Invites Customers with Sophisticated Curved Art Form
Bowling Entertainment Center Invites Customers with Sophisticated Curved Art Form

MCA Announces Triumph Awards Winners for 2016, honoring metal construction industry champions.
MCA ANNOUNCES TRIUMPH AWARDS WINNERS The Best of The Metal Construction Industry

Metal panels are the ideal choice when technology is the driving force of a building's purpose...
An Industrial Feel for Community College Science Center

MCA Honors Eight Outstanding Building Projects
MCA Honors Eight Outstanding Building Projects
2016 Chairman’s Award Winners Announced

An Office Renovation with a Dimensional Flutter Wall using Dri-Design Tapered Series Panels
An Office Renovation with a Dimensional Flutter Wall

RESULTS ARE IN: 2016 MCA Metal Roofing Championship Games
RESULTS ARE IN: 2016 MCA Metal Roofing Championship Games


MetalBuilding.com - Staff Articles


The Great MB Update of 2017!
Work began in earnest in mid-June to update and upgrade things here at MetalBuilding.com. Keep an eye out here and we'll let you know what's happening.

MB Updates:


Red McConnohie - Inventor RoofHugger.com

Converting conventional flat roofs to metal sloped roofs & metal over existing ribbed roofs. Roof technology has run the gamut from caves through palm fronds, thatched, sod, shingle, tile, built up tar and gravel and now metal alloys.

Articles by Red McConnohie / RoofHugger.com:

The inventor of the Roof Hugger and a leader in the Steel Building Industry, D.V. Red McConnohie
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of D.V. “Red” McConnohie, the inventor of the Roof Hugger and a leader in the Steel Building Industry.

Retro - Fitting Over Existing Roofs
Converting Conventional Flat Roof to Metal Sloped Roofs and Metal Over Existing Ribbed Metal Sloped Roofs

To Answer Your Questions
Sept. 5, 2000 to John Wyatt, BNP.

New Patent Issued for Air-Cooled Residential Metal Roof Application
John Cooper of California, devised an answer to the power starved State of California that reduces homeowners heating and cooling costs.

Roof Retro-Fit Case Study
Roof Retro-Fit Case Study

2 Billion $$$ A Year?
2 Billion $$$ a year? Is this enough to deserve your undivided attention?

The new buzzword being bandied about in our trade like low carb menus in fast food emporiums.
"GREEN BUILDINGS" The new "buzzword" being bandied about in our trade like "low carb" menus in fast food emporiums.

Statewide Roofer FINDS over a Million!
In these times of dwindling new construction in a nervous economy, a company needs to find new sources and new ways of keeping it's bottom line profit intact.

Red McConnohie shares his vision of today and the future - Thanksgiving - Plus!
Thanks for my many wonderful friends!!! And, we can all be thankful for the privilege of our life in the twentieth century.

Selecting Your Contractor, Erector or Manufacturer, Part 2
DON'T SWEAT THE DETAILS. WHY? Because experts and building code officials have set standards over the past hundred years that MUST be met by any and all legitimate suppliers of structures and components.

NOAH - A Comical Short Story.
It is the year 2002 and Noah lives in the United States…

How to Select a Contractor, Erector and Manufacturer.
A popular question in which Red uses his 42 years of Pre-Engineered Steel Structure experience to provide an answer.

Have you tried the 'new roofing market'?
Some 18 months ago we were called upon for a quote on Roof Huggers for a retro-fit application designed and spec'd. by Law Engineering Co. of Tampa, Florida on an 80,000 square foot structure.

Red McConnohie presents a metal building Short Story - Knowing is Half the Battle.
One that struck me on our building of a 25,000 s.f. commisary. The erection foreman called me and said the "frames aren't fitting right--they sort of lean to one side"…

SEEING RED - Red MC-1 that is…
A new column for MetalBuilding.com by an invited guest to tell the tales and the foibles of 42 years in the dynamic growth industry of Pre-Engineered Steel Construction!

Metal Re-Roof Over Existing Metal Roofs RETRO-FITTING
The past requirement for replacing an old, worn out roof by tearing off the old material and "starting over" is no longer a necessity in a vast majority of metal re-roof jobs.


MetalMag - The magazine for the metal construction professional

There is a big focus today on energy and going green. We all hear about things like energy savings, cool roofing and recyclability. You can see it everywhere--from your local grocery store, to large manufacturing companies.

Articles by MetalMag:

RETAIL: The Whole Picture
Metal Shines on an Organic Grocery Store

FIELD TECHNIQUE: Trending Toward Efficiency
The On-Site Rollforming Evolution

A Remodeled Home is Encased in Metal with 1,100 square feet additionally space added
A Remodeled Home is Encased in Metal

FIELD TECHNIQUES: The Solar Equation
Available Solar Technology + ROI = Results

Capitalizing on the Green Economy
Incentives Abound for Sustainable Construction and Retrofit

FIELD TECHNIQUE: Winds of Change
Methods for Verifying Wind Resistance Continue to Evolve

RESIDENTIAL: A Modern Treehouse
Modernist Home in the Woods Reflects Nature

Government Construction Outlook
Eyes turn to stimulus act to bolster construction spending

BUILDING GREEN: Sweet Arrangement
A manufacturing facility's switch to solar power provides a fruitful energy harvest

FIELD TECHNIQUE: Re-Covering With Metal
Codes and industry recommendations provide guidance to roofing professionals.

FIELD TECHNIQUE: No Maintain, No Gain
Proper maintenance is vital to the long-term performance of metal-clad buildings.

FIELD TECHNIQUE: Combating Corrosion
Identifying Metal-Roofing Fasteners For Use In ACQ-Treated Lumber

FIELD TECHNIQUE: Second Line of Defense
Synthetic Roof Underlayments Stand Out As Secondary Water Barriers

FIELD TECHNIQUE: Roof In The Wind
Metal Roof Systems Can Weather The Storm

1-story exterior of the refurbished Mercy Medical Hope Crisis Center in Freeport, New York
Metal Wall and Roof Panels Transform A Crisis Center Into a Community of Hope

FIELD TECHNIQUE: Watch The Washer
How to Identify a Quality Washer and Why It Matters

FIELD TECHNIQUE: Reflectivity and Emissivity
It's Important to Understand How Metal Roofs Impact Energy Efficiency

Raising the Steaks
Japanese Steakhouse Dazzles Diners With Metal

FIELD TECHNIQUE: Take It From The Top
Considerations for Metal Roof Systems.

FIELD TECHNIQUES: SLIDING SNOW
Are your customers' buildings prepared?

Focus on Efficiency
Building With Steel Can Save Time and Money

Cool Metal Roofing
It's A Wise Choice Amidst Strong Winds of Change

FIELD TECHNIQUES: UVC Energy
Keeping HVAC Systems and Buildings Healthy with UVC Technology

FIELD TECHNIQUE: Roosting on Rooftops
Protecting HVAC Systems from Bird Droppings and the Spread of Disease

FIELD TECHNIQUES: A Good Source
MCA's Metal-Forming Equipment Council Makes Manufacturing Better

FIELD TECHNIQUES: 40 Billion Reasons
Marrying Metal Roof Systems with Thin-Film Photovoltaic Cells

FIELD TECHNIQUES: Creating Savings With Solar
Examining the Benefits of Transpired Solar Collectors

FIELD TECHNIQUES: A Complex Phenomenon
Dynamic wind-uplift performance of composite metal roof assemblies.

Hurricane Hunters
RICOWI reports about prefab roof performance during Charley and Ivan

Metal and the Military
A look at pre-engineered, prefabricated metal construction in Southwest Asia

Cost Segregation Studies
Creating rapid prefab depreciation results

FIELD TECHNIQUE: Reroofing Decisions
Options homeowners need to consider.

FIELD TECHNIQUE: A Tested Edge
Choosing performance tested roof edge systems

FIELD TECHNIQUES - A Closer Look
Reviewing NFBA's Post-Frame Construction Tolerances Document (Part 2 of 2)

FIELD TECHNIQUES - Why Didn't I Think Of That?
Retrofit framing structures over new flat roofs.

FIELD TECHNIQUES - Behind The Scenes
Details about developing NFBA's post-frame construction tolerances document.

FIELD TECHNIQUES - Learning New Rules
California Builders Address New State Energy Code

FIELD TECHNIQUES - The Power of Copper
Copper has apparent antimicrobial properties in HVAC systems.

FIELD TECHNIQUES - 10 Big Ones
Mistakes contractors make on construction projects.

FIELD TECHNIQUES - Retrofit Roof Solutions
Fixing Problem R-Panel Metal Roof Systems

FIELD TECHNIQUES - Painted Metal Roofing: The Importance of Proper Touch-Up

FIELD TECHNIQUES - What To Ask - For Roofs That Last
Helping building owners make educated roofing selections.

FIELD TECHNIQUES - Quantifying Environmental Impacts
Life-Cycle Assessment of Hot-Dip Galvanizing Compared with Paint

FIELD TIP - 5 Steps for Ensuring a Weathertight Roof
The metal roofing industry is making great strides in developing installation methods that provide for weathertight, durable, low maintenance systems that will endure for decades.

FIELD TIP - Are You Sure Your Onsite Roll Forming Equipment Is Certified?
Typically, an onsite roll former purchased by a contractor comes with a UL Certificate obtained by the manufacturer.

Metal Roofing from A (Aluminum) to Z (Zinc) - Part V
Profiles and Profiling Equipment

FIELD TIP - How To Survive and Prosper In The Erection Business
When asked by the publisher to write this column, I decided to deal with the legal aspects of the business in order to benefit experienced and newer erection companies, as well as general contractors. In the process I will refer to some techniques as they relate to liabilities.

Legal Insurance: A New Way To Hire An Attorney
Sometimes you know you need an attorney. If you're party to a lawsuit, forming a business, or charged with a criminal offense, chances are you'll seek out a legal professional to represent you.

Fall Protection In The Steel Erection Industry
This is the story of Brian Snipes, an ironworker from Colorado who I met at a major project for Intel this year.

Emergency Planning: Are Your Jobsites In Compliance
Emergency planning is a compliance requirement often overlooked or inadequately addressed by most contractors.

FIELD TIP - Things Are HEATING UP with COOL Roofs
A presentation from the NCCA (National Coil Coating Association) Conference in Chicago, October 2001

FIELD TIP - The Temperature of Color - The Rest Of The Story
Reflectance plays a key role in determining an object’s heat build up under the sun in both the visible region of the solar spectrum and in the invisible infrared.

FIELD TIP - New Coating For Cool Metal Roofs
Solutions to these challenges have been worked on for years by government and by members of our industry.

FIELD TIP - Handling and Storing Coil and Cut-to-Length Steel
If not handled and stored properly, prepainted and/or bare steel coil and cut-to-length sheets are subject to premature corrosion failures before installation.

FIELD TIP - Providing Suitable Attic Ventilation
Proper ventilation ensures a cooler attic in warm climates and a dryer attic in cold, wet climates.

Fasteners for Metal in Construction
Manufacturers focus on corrosion, resistance, color matching and technical assistance.

Hiring a Qualified Erector
A competent erector is key to the successful completion of any metal building or roof construction project. The thousands of buildings that perform satisfactorily attest to that fact.

Wall Panels to the Rescue
American, Blue, Cheddar, Feta, Gouda, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Ricotta, and Swiss—the alphabet of cheeses can make your mouth water! While the average American has been known to consume 29 pounds of cheese in a year, few of them consider the process that delivers cheese to their doors.

Meeting the Needs of the General Contractor
One of the main challenges for erectors is building strong relationships with general contractors. The general’s job is to make sure that the project is successful and the owner is satisfied. Thus when it comes to the core structure or exterior of the building, the general contractor needs an erector who is up to the task.

Employer / Subcontractor Relations - Managing Risks and Advancing Safety
For years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted an enforcement approach that creates tension between employers, general contractors and subcontractors. Until OSHA strikes, companies give little thought to such critical issues...

Is Design-Build Good for Metal Contractors?
The last two decades have seen a dramatic shift in how the construction industry approaches project delivery. Design-bid-build was once the norm, now owners in both public and private sectors are evaluating alternative project delivery systems like design-build.

The Importance of As-Installed Insulation R-Values
The technical advances and product innovations in many areas of the construction industry during the past decade are truly incredible. But as a result of this remarkable progress, some segments of the industry are falling behind and need to catch up. One of those lagging areas in metal building construction is the complex, technical process of specifying the thermal envelope for metal building systems.

A Primer on Building Codes for Metal Roofing
Metal roofing solutions have been regulated by a variety of building codes. It's easy to get overwhelmed. Historically, geography-based roofing codes have been developed in response to specific local, regional, or national concerns. The net result has been a complex mix of regulations that make it difficult for even the most conscientious building designer.

Choosing the Right Roof Curb
Because roof curbs have become such a common accessory for standing seam roofs, it is essential that they too perform leak-free for 20 years. This requires building designers and roofing contractors to make some important decisions about the roof curbs they use.

Industry Faces Uncertainty over Perimeter Joint Testing
No code issue in recent history has been more hotly debated than the issue of perimeter joint testing. Manufacturers, engineers, building officials, independent consultants - everyone has an opinion, and not many can find room to agree.

Why you need Employee Drug Testing
According to the Drug-Free Workplace Act, 47% of workplace accidents are drug or alcohol related. If you don't have a substance abuse policy and drug testing/screening program in place, consult your attorney immediately and get one in place as soon as possible. Your business, and your conscience, will be much better off.

Green Building - Detroit Lions
New facility for Detroit Lions is LEED certified and metal savvy

Safety Corner - Safety Issues for Municipal Projects
Municipal projects present rather unique safety concerns for contractors. Here are recommendations for addressing some of the most important issues relevant to these projects.

Field Techniques - Snow Retention Systems
In areas prone to heavy snowfall, building and roof designs should consider how to handle this natural phenomenon. Several factors pour into this process.

How Safety Reduced one Company's Insurance Rates
As members of one of the most dangerous trades, steel erectors deal daily with the treat of injury and death. This has not gone unnoticed by insurance companies, who have consistently charged higher premiums for erectors.

The Business Side of Safety
Many clients have asked me at some point, "how can I lower my cost of insurance?" While my answer is always multi-faceted, I believe the first step is to understand the basics of how insurance works.

 

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