If you are planning to attend METALCON on October 26-29, hotel bookings are going fast. Already listed as “Sold Out” are rooms at the Sheraton Inner Harbor, Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor and Hilton Baltimore, all nearest the convention center. If you haven’t decided that you are attending, below is what you will miss.
Before the show
Two programs kick-off before METALCON opens. The first is a unique off-site tour on Oct. 25 at Intertek Building & Construction’s testing laboratory in York, Pennsylvania. This is a once-a-year chance to see product testing firsthand and learn more about testing and certification.
The second pre-show program is the Metal Roof Certification Training Program, October 25 and 26. This 8-hour session will have practical, hands-on training based on the Metal Construction Association’s Metal Roof Installation Manual.
General sessions on 3-D Technology
METALCON will feature two unique general sessions that will focus on 3-D technology. Roderick Jackson from Oak Ridge National Laboratory will present “Future Design and Technology Trends in Construction He will show where design, build and energy efforts can take us.
Adam Kushner, founding principal of Kushner Studios will present “Castles in the Sand: 3D Printing in Construction.” He will walk attendees through the application for one of his projects located in Gardiner, New York.
Following the general sessions there will be 45-minute workshop sessions. In addition to technology, topics will include ideas for better management, marketing, products and techniques to improve metal buildings.
Advances in drones and associated benefits for safety and accuracy on construction projects will be covered by Mark Sapp, chief technology officer of HoverStat Technologies in “Safety Above All, Thanks to Drones.”
Tom Dyskiewicz of Crossing Partners LLC and Chris Hewson, National Account Manager for iRoofing, will discuss the future direction of roof technology and its impact on metal roofing businesses in “Roofing Technology for Today and Tomorrow.”
Ray Smith of AppliCad USA Inc., also takes on roofing technology with a session focused on the importance of planning before installing or upgrading software.
Technology and its value in marketing and sales’ lead conversion are explained by Lance Bachmann of 1SEO.com Digital Agency in “Using Digital Marketing to Build Your Future in the Metal Industry.”
Business success is covered in several sessions: “Grab the Future and Lead” with Frank Stasiowski, of PSMJ Resources, Inc., and “Emerging Trends for Contractor Success,” with Dave Berry, a consultant with FMI.
Steve Yates of Optimum Safety Management will lead participants in how to develop a workable safety program in “Building a Safety Culture That Lasts.”
Peter Gudmundsson of RecruitMilitary explains the facts and best practices for accessing the resources of U.S. veterans in “Understanding the Real Veteran Hiring Opportunity.”
Metal construction experts discuss best practices and attributes of metal roofs, windows, wall panels and building inspections. The will include Rob Haddock, Metal Advisory Group, “The Roof: The Greatest Asset (or pain-in-the-asset) to the Building;” Bob Zabcik of NCI, “Choosing Wall Panels for Sustainability and Energy Efficiency;” and Adam Verstraete of Wintech and Rick Kincy of Dominion Building Products, “Window Options for Metal Buildings Are Changing.”
The big picture for all metal building projects is presented in “Metal Building Inspection–Don’t Get Caught Off Guard,” an interactive session with an expert panel led by Dustin Cole of Ruffin Building Systems.
Trade show and Learning Zones
Over 300 exhibiting companies will show off their products at the trade show. Learning Zones also return, offering 15-30 minute complimentary education sessions on the show floor.
For the second year, there will be the presentation of Triumph Awards to honor individuals who have been instrumental in advancing the metal building industry. The inaugural Industry Champion was presented last year to METALCON’s Show Director, Claire Kilcoyne, for spearheading the METALCON show for 25 successful years. This year, the awards will be presented at a special awards dinner.
MCA Metal Roofing Championship Games
Contractors can compete for cash prizes in challenges such as Triangle Fastener Corporation’s “Screw Gun Challenge,” The Roof Hugger Inc. “Hug A Roof Challenge,” The New Tech Machinery & Drexel Metal’s “Standing Seam Challenge,” the D.I. Roof Seamers “Seam It Up Challenge,” and The S-5! “Let it Snow Challenge.”
Charity of choice
Every year, METALCON donates to a nonprofit organization in the host city. This year, donations will go to America’s Fund that provides financial, physical and emotional support to ill or injured veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.