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METALCON 2014: Denver, Here We Come

Colorado Convention Center WEB
I See What You Mean; Sculptor:  Steve Largent

By: John Ryan, Metal Construction Association

MCA staff is gearing up for METALCON 2014 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, from October 1-3, 2014. Be sure to stop by our booth (#1542) and say hello. We’ll have MCA technical directors Scott Kriner and Andy WIlliams in the booth to answer any technical questions you may have. And the 2014 MCA Chairman’s Award Winners will be announced at the end of the day on October 1st, and will be featured in our booth for the remainder of the show. Click here to view past winners.

We hope to see you there! And be sure to visit these MCA Members at METALCON 2014, or visit MCA’s Product Locator:

MCA Member Booth #
Metal Construction Association 1542
ABC Supply Co Inc 314
Akzo Nobel Coatings Inc 1621
Alcoa Architectural Products 214
Arkema Inc 729
ATAS International Inc 814
Atlas Bolt & Screw Company 1814
Bradbury Co Inc 615
Central States Mfg Inc 2010
CENTRIA 1524
DesignandBuildwithMetal.com 425
DI Roof Seamers 1339
Drexel Metals Inc 821
Dura Coat Products Inc 1400
Englert Inc 806
Fabral 1615
Firestone Building Products 602
Flexospan Inc 1446
Gerard Roofing Technologies 1729
GSSI Sealants Inc 424
Isaiah Industries Inc 711
MBCI 1406
McElroy Metal 621
Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp 1829
METALFORMING Inc 1006
Metl-Span 1417
Northclad Sheet Metal 2104
Petersen Aluminum Corp 1517
PPG Industries Inc 1712
Precoat Metals 1414
RHEINZINK America Inc 1738
Roof Hugger Inc 1739
S-5! 810
Sealtite Building Fasteners 817
SFS Intec Inc 1329
Sheffield Metals International 203
Solvay North America 1915
TAMKO Building Products Inc 1221
Umicore Building Products USA Inc 1821
Valspar Corp 1411
Wismarq Corporation 2014

Is It a Sign or Cool Stadium Façade?

Regions Field, Birmingham, AL

By: Jane Martinsons, Metal Construction Association

Technically speaking, it’s a façade. But either way, this eye-catching western exterior of Regions Field in Birmingham, AL, sends a clear message of civic pride to passersby, locals and visitors alike, who are driving along a nearby elevated highway.

The city has reason to be proud. First, its new minor-league stadium, clad in metal by CENTRIA, was named Ballpark of the Year by Baseballparks.com.  Second, the Birmingham Barons Double-A baseball club just capped off its inaugural season in the new ballpark by winning its division title.

According to an upcoming feature article in Metalmag, available mid November, the towering letters are cut with a unique, inside-out effect. Upper panels were cut to outside parameters; lower panels were cut to the inside parameters. CENTRIA’s EcoScreen® perforated screenwall helps limit sunlight exposure to the interior and creates an interesting aesthetic effect.

Birmingham baseball fans love the façade, of course.

Other design elements of the 245,000-sq-ft, 8,500-seat stadium include CENTRIA single-skin metal panels on a mixed-medium exterior.  Among other features, the metal panels help promote the southern city’s industrial heritage and complement brick, ironwork, and steel buildings in the surrounding area.

Ballpark shot WEB

Know What to Look for When Inspecting MCM Panels

MCM PanelBy: Jane Martinsons, Metal Construction Association

Wondering about a possible defect in the Metal Composite Material (MCM) panels you’re installing, such as a deflection or bow, a surface imperfection, or a problem with the finish or color? While these instances may be rare, a new white paper by the Metal Construction Association  (MCA), available at no charge, can help you determine whether a MCM panel or system is not meeting current code and industry standards.

It’s vital that installers, architects and designers know acceptance criteria for painted metal surfaces. However, “questions concerning visual appearance often arise during the architectural walk-through on a project,” says Andy Williams, MCA’s director of codes and standards. “This white paper highlights many real-life situations so that architects and designers can understand what to expect. More knowledge at the beginning of a project prevents problems from developing later in the process.”

MCA brings together a diverse industry for the purpose of expanding the use of metal in construction through marketing, research, and technology and education. Please join us at MCA’s 2014 Annual Meeting on January 26–28, 2014, at the Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, FL.  For more information on the conference and the 3-page white paper, Visual Acceptance Parameters for Metal Composite Material (MCM) Panels and Panel Systems, visit www.metalconstruction.org.