Industry News (Apr-May 2008)

At its 2008 annual meeting in Marco Island, Fla., the Metal Construction Association recognized winners of its 2007 President’s Awards, an annual designation given to top projects involving MCA members. The awards honor innovation and encourage creativity while showing how MCA members’ products help achieve all types of designs.

Each year winners are selected from projects submitted by MCA. Board members chose winners in five categories: overall excellence, commercial-industrial, municipal-institutional, residential, and roofing. MCA President’s Awards are made to representatives of MCA member companies as well as architects, contractors and fabricators involved in each project.

Projects receiving the respective MCA 2007 President’s Awards were: Marina Condos, Madison, Wis., overall excellence; Teton Science Schools, Jackson, Wyo., roofing; Gregory Residence, Woodland Falls, N.Y., residential; Dallas Executive Airport, Dallas, commercial-industrial; and Stockton Arena, Stockton, Calif., municipal-institutional.
Roofing winners

IN-MCA-MBCI.jpg— The new 800-acre Jackson, Wyo., campus of the Teton Science Schools (above), a non-profit organization internationally recognized for educating students of all ages about nature, sports the winning roof design. The project was planned to have a low impact on the area and on the environment, so metal was the natural choice for the roof and parts of the exterior walls based on life-cycle costs, low maintenance and appearance.

SuperLok standing seam panels from Houston-based MBCI were chosen as the sole roofing material for this massive project. More than 73,000 square feet of panels were formed from 22-gauge Galvalume with a fluoropolymer paint finish with a Zactique II treatment to give it a weathered appearance. The campus sits on the edge of a national forest, so the high level of fire protection provided by the metal roofing was very important. For added protection, metal wall panels by AEP Span and fireproof HardiPlank siding were used on the walls. The same AEP Span metal panels were also used on low slope porch roofs.

The metal panel installer was Salt River Roofing, Afton, Wyo. The general contractor was Zaist Construction Management, Teton Village, Wyo. Architects of this winning project were MITHUN of Seattle, Wash., and Hawtin Jorgensen Architects of Jackson, Wyo.

IN-MCA-ATAS.jpg— An interesting metal roof adds new appeal to the Gregory residence (top) in Highland Falls, N.Y., an historic village on the banks of the Hudson River near West Point Military Academy. The roof is made from more than 1,100 square feet of Castle Top, diamond shaped shingles from ATAS International Inc., Allentown, Pa.

The 16-by-16-inch squares made of .032-inch aluminum are applied in alternating colors of classic bronze and medium bronze and have a Kynar 500 coating. Metal roofing installer was Double RA Construction Corp., Rye Brook, N.Y. General contractor on the project was Tim Brennan General Contractor, Cold Spring, N.Y.

— MCA also recognized Del Boring, P.E., for his service to the metal construction industry and to the association by awarding him the Larry A. Swaney Award at its annual meeting.
Boring retired in December 2007 as vice president of construction market development for the Washington, D.C.-based American Iron and Steel Institute. He joined AISI in 1976 as regional director of construction codes and standards. 

— MCA also chose new members and re-elected existing members for its board of directors during the annual meeting.
Newly elected to the MCA were: Ted Miller, The Miller Clapperton Partnership Inc., Austell, Ga., who also serves as chairman of the MCM Fabricators Council; Lisa Repovs, Samco Machinery Ltd., Toronto, who chairs the Metal Forming Equipment Council; Mark Wendelburg, Ultra Seam Association, Houston, who also is vice-chair of the Metal Rollforming Council; and Joe Wilson, Metro Roof Products, Oceanside, Calif., a long-time member of the Technical Committee.

—  Sid Peterson, vice president of sales and marketing for Alcoa Architectural Products, and Carrie Miller, marketing manager for Whirlwind Steel Buildings, Inc., have been elected chairperson and vice chairperson, respectively, of The Metal Initiative, the educational arm of the metal roofing and wall industry.

Commercial building shows signs of slowing
Commercial starts in the United States grew in 2007 by 11.2 percent, but the year ended with curtailment of building activity in the last three months, according to Reed Construction Data.

Retail and office construction both experienced strong gains in December, increasing 37 percent and 29 percent, respectively, over the previous month. Industrial building starts grew by 10 percent, mostly due to new hospitals. Financing holdups during October and November may have delayed starts and boosted December’s numbers, Reed analysts said.

The final quarter of 2007 recorded a 17.6 percent drop in construction activity compared to the previous three months. This decline was attributed to more than the usual winter slowdown.

Looking forward, Reed Construction predicts starts of commercial buildings in 2008 will be restrained by higher financing costs, tighter credit standards and a slowdown in the economy.

NRCA forms new organization
With the understanding the built environment faces long-term, irreversible market trends that demand a focus on environmental stewardship, the National Roofing Contractors Association has established the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing, a separate organization to promote the development and use of environmentally responsible, high-performance roof systems.

Bill Good, NRCA’s executive vice president, believes as the green building movement takes hold, the important role of the roofing industry in providing durability, energy efficiencies and environmental stewardship is not only significant, but potentially transformational.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the center’s core purpose is to establish a forum that will draw together the entire roofing industry into the common cause of promoting and increasing the knowledge base of environmentally friendly roof systems.

For more information, contact Craig Silvertooth, the center’s executive director, at 866-928-2347.

— NRCA released The NRCA Building Codes Manual, Third Edition, designed to assist roofing professionals in using model building codes and understanding the roofing-related provisions they contain.

The manual provides detailed analyses of building code requirements for specific roof system types contained in the International Code Council’s International Building Code, 2006 Edition; ICC’s International Residential Building Code, 2006 Edition; and the 2006 edition of the National Fire Protection Agency’s NFPA 5000: Building Construction and Safety Code. The manual also lists roofing-related standards referenced in the model building codes, as well as contact information for building code-related organizations and government agencies having building code adoption authority in all 50 states and 54 U.S. cities.

The NRCA Building Codes Manual, 2006 Edition costs $95 for NRCA members and $175 for nonmembers. For more information about the manual or to order a copy, call NRCA’s customer service department at 866-275-6722, e-mail info@nrca.net or access shop.nrca.net.

CSI announces formation of the BPMA
The Construction Specifications Institute announced the formation of the Building Product Manufacturers Alliance, a new group aimed at bringing together leading manufacturers to share knowledge that will reshape and enhance the future of the building industry.

BPMA will help its members improve their products and services and strengthen their outreach to the entire building industry by providing a forum to discuss common issues and challenges and to share best practices.

“Today’s construction market increasingly calls for high-performance buildings, environmentally friendly materials and practices, and technologically advanced components,” says CSI executive director and CEO Walter Marlowe. “BPMA will help building product manufacturers across all product categories meet the needs of the changing marketplace.”

BPMA’s inaugural meeting was scheduled for March 3-5, 2008, at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Global Learning Center, in Atlanta. For more information, Contact Richard Voreis, consultant to CSI, at 214-361-2130.

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