Behlen Building Systems Appoints VP of Business Development and International Marketing

Pat Kern is appointed as vice president of new business development and international marketing.

Pat Kern is appointed as vice president of new business development and international marketing.

Behlen Building Systems has appointed Pat Kern as vice president of new business development and international marketing. In this newly-established position, Kern will lead the commercial sales effort and project coordination for new building system projects in the eastern U.S. region and international sales opportunities.

“This appointment offers our design/build expertise to new customers in an expanded territory,” President and CEO Phil Raimondo says. “Pat brings decades of experience to the position both domestically and in international markets. He understands the entire building process from design, engineering, fabrication and erection. With Kern at the helm of our new market sales and marketing efforts, Behlen can meet the demand for metal building solutions.”

“I’m ready to hit the ground running leading both contractor/builder and international partner sales for Behlen’s eastern U.S. and world-wide international projects,” states Kern. “There is a commitment from the Behlen leadership to expand into new market segments and regions previously not serviced by the Behlen distribution channel. I am confident we can become a stronger player in the steel building systems industry.”

Prior to joining Behlen, Kern served as the VP and general manager at Steel Built Corp. and SBC Building Systems. Throughout the past three decades Kern held positions in virtually all areas of management and business development for metal building companies including SBC Building Systems, American Buildings, and Varco Pruden Buildings. Kern holds a BSIE from General Motors Institute and a MBA from Bowling Green State University.

Mr. Kern is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) and is active in multiple local/regional business associations in western PA and eastern Ohio where the Behlen eastern region and international sales office will be initially located.

MCA Recognizes Eight Building Projects at Awards Show

Selected by a panel of professional architects, eight building projects from across the country have been recognized by the Metal Construction Association (MCA) at the 2017 Chairman’s Awards show.

Announced at the MCA’s winter meeting held in Weston, Fla., the Chairman’s Awards are given to the year’s most exceptional building projects involving MCA member companies. Awards are based on overall appearance, significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal, and the role of metal in achieving project objectives.

The MCA Chairman’s Awards were given in eight categories: overall excellence; residential; metal roofing; education, primary and secondary schools; education, colleges and universities; institutional; municipal; and commercial/industrial.

The 2016 Chairman’s Award winners in each category were:

Recipients for these awards are selected each year from projects submitted by MCA members to “Metal Architecture Magazine’s” annual Design Awards Program. The honorees were chosen by a panel of professional architects, which included Mark Dewalt, AIA, principal, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, Chicago; Mark Horton, FAIA, principal, Mark Horton/Architecture, San Francisco; Brent Schipper, AIA, LEED AP, principal, ASK Studio, Des Moines, Iowa.

North American Copper in Architecture Awards Contest Accepts Contest Submissions

For centuries, copper has been used on buildings not only for its beauty, but its durability, versatility and longevity. Now in its 10th year, the North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) awards program is accepting submissions for innovative and unique copper or copper alloy building projects in the U.S. and Canada. Architects and sheet metal contractors can submit their projects for the 2017 awards campaign through the end of January.   

The Copper Development Association (CDA), in collaboration with the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA) , is proud to recognize projects in the categories of Restoration/Renovation, New Construction and Ornamental Applications. Over the years, award-winning copper projects have come in the form of new and restored government buildings, educational facilities, museums, libraries, firehouses, single-family homes and places of worship.

With 2017 marking the program’s 10th anniversary, the copper industry is seeking the public’s help in selecting the top 10 projects from the last decade. Participate by voting for your favorite copper projects.

To celebrate the milestone, the top 10 copper projects, along with the 2017 award winners, will also be announced in April at the NACIA awards ceremony in Orlando.

For more information about the NACIA awards program, visit the Call for Entries Page. The submission deadline is Jan. 31, 2017.

MCA Recognizes Eight Building Projects at Chairman’s Awards Show

Selected by a panel of professional architects, eight outstanding building projects from across the country were recognized by the Metal Construction Association (MCA) at the 2015 Chairman’s Awards show.

Announced at the METALCON Tradeshow and Conference at the Tampa Convention Center, the Chairman’s Awards are given to the year’s most exceptional building projects involving MCA member companies. Awards are based on overall appearance, significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal, and the role of metal in achieving project objectives.

The MCA Chairman’s Awards were given in eight categories: commercial/industrial; education, colleges and universities; education, primary and secondary schools; institutional; metal roofing; municipal; and residential. The judges also recognize a project for overall excellence.

The 2015 Chairman’s Award winners in each category were:

  • Overall Excellence:
    The Connor Group Central Support Office, Miamisburg, Ohio
    MCA Member Manufacturer: 3A Composites USA
    Architect: Moody Nolan
    Contractor: Messer Construction Co.
    Metal Installer: Celina Glass Co.
    Metal Fabricator: Royalton Architectural Fabrication Inc.

  • Commercial/Industrial:
    Adjustable Forms Inc. Corporate Headquarters, Lombard, Ill.
    MCA Member Manufacturer: Umicore Building Products USA Inc.
    MCA Member Metal Installer: Tuschall Engineering
    Architect: DLR Group
    Contractor: Adjustable Forms Inc.

  • Education – Colleges and Universities:
    Los Angeles Trade Technical College – Mariposa Learning Resource Center, Los Angeles
    MCA Member Distributor: RHEINZINK America Inc.
    Architect: Harley Ellis Devereaux
    Contractor: Suffolk Construction Co. Inc.
    Metal Installer: Tinco Sheet Metal
    Metal Fabricator: MetalTech-USA

  • Education – Primary and Secondary Schools:
    Intrinsic Charter School, Chicago
    MCA Member Manufacturer: Kingspan Insulated Panels
    Architect: Wheeler Kearns Architects
    Contractor: Clune Construction Co.
    Metal Installer: Hill Architectural Systems

  • Institutional:
    University of California San Diego Jacobs Medical Center Central Plant, La Jolla, Calif.
    MCA Member Manufacturer: Alcoa Architectural Products
    MCA Member Metal Fabricator: DAMS Incorporated-D. Architectural Metal Solutions Inc.
    Architect: Cannon Design
    Contractor: Kitchell Contractors Inc.
    Metal Installer: Best Contracting Services Inc.

  • Metal Roofing:
    Pearl Izumi North American Corporate Headquarters, Louisville, Colo.
    MCA Member Distributor: Drexel Metals Inc.
    Architects: ZGF, Arch11 and BuroHappold
    Contractor: Haselden Construction
    Metal Installer: B&M Roofing

  • Municipal:
    Principal Riverwalk Pavilion and Pump House, Des Moines, Iowa
    MCA Member Manufacturer: Umicore Building Products USA Inc.
    Architect: Substance Architecture
    Pavilion Contractor: Covenant Construction Services
    Pump Station Contractor: Larson and Larson Construction
    Pavilion Metal Installer: Midwest Glazing
    Pump Station Metal Installer: Architectural Wall Systems Co.

  • Residential:
    1611 West Division Apartments, Chicago
    MCA Member Manufacturer: Kingspan Insulated Panels
    Architect: Ryan Stojkovich, Wheeler Kearns Architects
    Contractor: Power Construction Co.
    Metal Installer: Hill Architectural Systems

Recipients for these awards are selected each year from projects submitted by MCA members to Metal Architecture Magazine’s annual Design Awards Program. The honorees were chosen by a panel of professional architects, which included Elaine Fitzgerald, AIA, CCS, ArchiTech Consulting Inc., Mount Prospect, Ill.; Michael G. Fitzgerald, AIA, Principal, OKW Architects, Chicago; and Ted Haug, AIA, LEED AP, Legat Architects, Chicago.