METALCON Returns to Baltimore

METALCON 2016, the metal construction industry’s international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions, returns to Baltimore for its 26th annual tradeshow and conference.

Designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators and suppliers from more than 50 countries attend this event each year. Industry experts from 275 companies exhibit the latest products and technology while sharing their knowledge with attendees. Industry specialists present key topics in the show’s highly-rated, education program.

METALCON 2016 is scheduled for Oct. 26-28, 2016 and takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21201.

Safety Week Seeks to Raise Awareness at Job Sites

More than 50 national and global construction firms have joined forces for the annual Safety Week, a construction industry-wide education and awareness event. Safety Week 2016 will be held May 2-6 to align with what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other federal agencies have set as the National Safety Stand-Down focusing on fall prevention on the job.

Safety Week is an opportunity for people and companies—even competitors—to work together and rally around a common cause. During Safety Week, construction companies will take the opportunity to thank their employees for the commitment to safety and work to educate, inspire and share best practices. Many companies will conduct on-site safety awareness activities.

“Ask anyone in construction and they will tell you that safety is the No. 1 priority—it crosses competitive boundaries and ties us all together,” says Ross Myers, CEO, Allan Myers and Safety Week co-chair.

“That is the reason we’ve chosen Safety Ties as our theme this year, because the commitment to safety is strongest when it’s woven into the culture of our work and is a visible part of our everyday routines and processes. For workers on a job site, this starts with the individual. Every day, each person needs to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of those around them.”

To symbolize Safety Ties, participating companies will launch social media campaigns around photos of bootlaces as a visible homage to Safety Week.

Three major U.S. construction sites will host ceremonial events during which the laces and a “ribbon tying” will be used as powerful emblems of safety.

Job sites include:

  • The New NY Bridge (replacing the Tappan Zee), Tarrytown, N.Y. – featuring eight general traffic lanes, cashless tolling, and a shared-use path for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • The Crenshaw/LAX Transit project, Los Angeles – an 8.5-mile light-rail line, with eight stations, serving the Crenshaw District, Inglewood, Westchester and surrounding area.
  • The 35Express Project, Dallas, Texas – a $1.4 billion expansion of Interstate 35E between U.S. Highway 380 in Denton County and I-­635 in Dallas County extending approximately 30 miles, through nine cities and two counties to relieve traffic congestion. AGL Constructors, a joint venture between Archer Western Contractors LLC, Granite Construction Inc. and the Lane Construction Corp., in partnership with the design team of Parsons and HDR Inc., manages construction of the 35Express Project for the Texas Department of Transportation. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2017.

At these events, guest speakers and project executives will speak about the status of their projects and the importance of and unifying nature of safety.

“A culture of safety starts at the CEO’s office and I applaud all the corporate executives who focus on safety as their essential product,” says LA Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “The end users of these great transportation projects understand that by caring for the safety of workers, we also care about the quality and safety of the entire system.”

Additionally, Safety Week activations will be held at many other job sites across the country.

BlueWater to Showcase Solar-powered Warning Light at IRE

A provider of modular guardrail systems and passive fall protection systems, BlueWater Manufacturing Inc., a Safety Products Group company, will be exhibiting at the 2016 International Roofing Expo (IRE), taking place Feb. 17-19, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

The International Roofing Expo is an annual trade show and educational conference where all segments of the roofing construction and maintenance industry come together for three days of face-to-face interaction, product review, education and networking.

BlueWater will be one of 1,100 booths exhibiting products, services and equipment for the roofing industry, including gutters, coatings/adhesives, built up, fasteners, machinery, metal, modified bitumen, roof pavers, renewable energy, walkways/ballast, shingles, slate, solar, spray polyurethane foam, tile, ventilation, waterproofing and more.

BlueWater will showcase its LumiGuard Solar-Powered Warning Light at IRE for the first time and promises to be an innovative and easy-to-install roofing safety product. The LumiGuard is a solar-powered warning light that can be easily installed onto current rooftop railings, gates, hatches, skylights and surrounding mechanicals.

“Our team is excited to offer this new and innovative product to the marketplace. LumiGuard adds a new dimension to roof safety during nighttime hours that just hasn’t existed until now,” says BlueWater’s vice president of Operations, Greg Kenton. “LumiGuard is easy to use and install for the end-user, and we’re proud to unveil it at IRE.”

For more information about BlueWater Manufacturing Inc. visit the company at booth No. 2407 at the 2016 International Roofing Expo, Feb. 17-19, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

RCMA Announces Topics and Speakers for the International Roof Coatings Conference

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) has recently confirmed 11 topics for its third biennial International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC) July 18-21, 2016 in Philadelphia.

The 2016 IRCC will feature the following speakers and topics selected by the RCMA IRCC Working Group:

  • “Advanced Elastomeric Cool Roof Coatings for Highly Weatherable Stay-Clean Coatings”
    Rick Miner, Arkema Coating Resins

  • “Development of the Roof Coatings Product Category Rule (PCR)”
    Benjamin Borns and Doug Mazeffa, KST Coatings

  • “Hybrid Silyated Polyurethane Prepolymer Designed for High Performance Roof Coatings”
    Misty Huang, Momentive Performance Materials

  • “Life Cycle Cost Analysis Using Roof Coatings, a Study in Sustainable Roofing”
    William A. Kirn, Roof Technology Management Inc.

  • “Reducing Peak Electrical Demand with Reflective Roofs”
    Jim Hoff, TEGNOS Research Inc. and Andre Desjarlais, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

  • “Roof Preservation or Roof Restoration with Coatings: Thin or Thick Film?”
    Joe Rokowski, Insulating Coatings Corp.

  • “Simulating Three Years of Roofing Material Weathering in a Mere Three Days”
    Carolyn Richter, Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC)

  • “The Costs and Benefits of Sustainable Roofing on Affordable Housing”
    Keith Glassbrook, Capital E / Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA)

  • “The New Green Scene Challenge: Material Health and Ingredient Disclosure”
    Lorraine Ross, Intech Consulting Inc.

  • “Understanding and Improving Ponded Water Performance”
    Victoria Demarest, The Dow Chemical Co.

  • “Your First Step to Success – Substrate Preparation”
    Jim Arnold, Kemper System America

The conference will begin on Monday, July 18 and will continue through noon on Wednesday, July 20. Following the IRCC programming, the RCMA Summer Meeting, open to RCMA members and non-members, will continue through the morning of Thursday, July 21. Discounted “early bird” registration will open in early April 2016.

A list of RCMA IRCC conference partners is available on the RCMA website at the following link. Please contact RCMA Staff Associate Jared Rothstein to be added to the distribution lists to receive conference and registration updates.

Sprayfoam 2016 Convention and Expo Keynote Speaker Announced

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical resource to the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, announced that motor mastermind and host of Discovery Channel’s Fast N’ Loud Richard Rawlings has been secured as the keynote speaker for the Sprayfoam 2016 Convention and Expo. To be held Feb. 8-11 in Orlando, the official national convention of the Spray Polyurethane Foam industry will feature four days of educational sessions, a 35,000-square-foot exhibit hall, awards, professional certification programs, annual golf tournament, and many other special events and features.

As co-host of Fast N’ Loud, Richard Rawlings searches Texas and the surrounding states for forgotten and derelict classic cars to purchase and restore at his famous Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas. Rawlings developed a passion for cars at an early age buying his first, a green 1974 Mercury Comet, when he was just 14. He has held several jobs—firefighter, police officer and paramedic—all before the age of 21, and eventually started his own business, building a printing and advertising company from the ground up. He later sold this company to fund his current Gas Monkey Garage venture—a world-renowned hot rod shop producing and shipping cars for people worldwide, a restaurant business and even a tequila brand. A veteran of transcontinental road rallies, Rawlings won the Gumball 3000 and Bullron—twice. He is the current world record holder in the Cannonball Run.

Richard Rawlings will deliver the Sprayfoam 2016 official keynote on Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. “We really are excited about Richard speaking with our group,” says Kurt Riesenberg, executive director of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance. “Quite simply the guy has one of the coolest jobs going. He’s hustled his whole life and built these great businesses, deals with all the same challenges of any small business and he does it with a camera in his face all year. He’s an inspiring business story and a fascinating character that I believe will connect with our group in ways that will surprise them.”

During his keynote, Rawlings will likely speak about his businesses, challenges, opportunities, taking risks and pursuing one’s dreams with the discipline and persistence that is required for success. Rawlings will utilize any remaining time to answer audience questions about his life, the show, his business or even the building of hot rods.

“As a successful American entrepreneur, expert motor enthusiast and TV personality, Richard Rawlings is a huge draw for the attendees of Sprayfoam 2016,” says Denny Vanderwater, chairman of the SPFA and president of Sadler Coating Systems in Eagle Grove, Iowa. “We are expecting him to pack the house and for this to be our biggest convention to date.”

Sprayfoam 2016 will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando. With an expected attendance surpassing 1,200 individuals active in all aspects of the Spray Polyurethane Foam value chain and the public, the Sprayfoam 2016 event agenda will feature: a sold-out exhibit hall showcasing booth displays from more than 90 industry organizations, manufacturers, contractors, equipment providers, and many others; the full suite of SPFA Professional Certification Program classes and testing; a multi-day educational program, including more than 30 breakout industry expert panel sessions; the 11th Annual Industry Excellence Awards and Ceremony, highlighting true innovation and excellence in the nation’s best SPF projects; SPFA Annual Member Awards, honoring members who have demonstrated significant dedication to the betterment of the organization and the industry at-large; the Annual Golf Tournament; the Women’s Leadership in Spray Foam Networking Reception; VIP events; member and contractor-only events, and an entertainment-filled Close-Out Event Reception and Networking Party.

The SPFA will offer Professional Certification Program testing onsite at Sprayfoam 2016 on Feb. 8 and 9. Testing will be administered to individuals active in the installation of SPF in roofing and insulation, as well as to contractor and supplier companies, with the ability to gain professional accreditation on-site. Testing is offered as part of the internationally recognized, only-one-of-its-kind program built to advocate best practices and safety in the installation of SPF. The standards-driven program is ISO 17024 compliant and was developed by committees of industry stakeholders, in collaboration with OSHA, NIOSH and the EPA.

“It is becoming clear that certification is of paramount importance as our industry increases in sophistication,” says Vandewater. “With customers increasingly likely to request credentials when vetting installers, contractors and suppliers, the importance in having those credentials is also increasing. We will offer testing onsite at Sprayfoam 2016 to accommodate this growing demand.”

Premier sponsors of Sprayfoam 2016 include CertainTeed, Gaco Western, Graco, Honeywell, Lapolla, NCFI Polyurethanes, Spray Foam Polymers, and Sprayfoam.com. Premier Media Sponsors include Sprayfoam Professional (the official publication of the Sprayfoam 2016 event), Walls & Ceilings, Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing/Walls & Ceilings Architect, and Roofing Contractor magazines.

RCMA Began Speakers Bureau with Presentation for CRSMCA District Meeting

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) kicked off its Speakers Bureau program with a presentation by Joseph Sorrentino, Uniflex/Sherwin Williams, for the Carolinas Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association’s (CRSMCA) district meeting. The CRSMCA district meeting took place in Concord, N.C., at the Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord. RCMA’s Reflective Roof Coatings: Cool Stories presentation helped CRSMCA to hone its meeting focus on the key benefits and environmental importance of reflective roof coatings used on low-slope roof systems.

“Presenting for CRSMCA brought back fond memories, as I began my roofing career with CRSMCA in 1977,” says Sorrentino. “This was a great opportunity to educate an audience of roofing contractors, distributors and manufacturing representatives on the benefits of reflective roof coatings.”

RCMA is an approved continuing education provider with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), RCI Inc. and the U.S. Green Building Council (GBCI). By attending RCMA’s Reflective Roof Coatings: Cool Stories course, attendees qualify to earn 1 AIA General Learning Unit hour (1 LU hour) as part of AIA’s continuing education system, 1 RCI continuing education hour (CEH), or 1 GBCI continuing education hour (1 GBCI CE hour).

METALCON Helps Veterans in Local Community

The metal construction industry’s international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions gives back to the local community during its 25th annual METALCON tradeshow and conference taking place Oct. 14-16 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla.

METALCON is partnering with the America’s Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping U.S. armed forces’ veterans, to raise money for military veterans in need of care at Tampa’s Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center.

METALCON is no stranger to the local community. At METALCON 2006 in Tampa, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Paul Russell ‘Russ’ Marek of Satellite Beach, Fla., was awarded a new, ADA-compliant accessible home through METALCON’s annual giving back program. Marek who was severely injured in 2005 while serving in Iraq spent more than a year recuperating at Tampa’s James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, which opened its Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center in 2014—this year’s recipient of METALCON’s giving back program.

The Tampa Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center is one of five facilities in the U.S. designed to provide intensive rehabilitative care to veterans and servicemembers who have experienced severe injuries.

Staff Sgt. Marek suffered serious injuries when his tank was destroyed by enemy fire. His right arm and leg were severed, in addition to parts of his right ear and left hand. He also suffered severe head trauma and burns to more than 20 percent of his body. “To date, Russ has made amazing progress in his recovery and soon is expected to be walking without assistance,” says Russ’ father, Paul Marek Sr.

METALCON Show Director Claire Kilcoyne was incredibly moved by Staff Sgt. Marek’s courage and determination to move forward. Having maintained a strong relationship over the years with Marek and his family, they look forward to joining together at METALCON’S 25th anniversary celebration.

Knowing many more young military heroes exist, Kilcoyne announces METALCON’s giving back program will continue to benefit the America’s Fund throughout each year, assisting military in all branches of the U.S. armed forces.

“Going forward we want to ensure METALCON’s giving back efforts benefit those brave individuals who’ve put their futures on the line to make all of us safer and able to enjoy all of the freedoms we have,” says Kilcoyne. “By affiliating with America’s Fund, we open the door for more recipients and donations on an ongoing basis, not just at our annual event.”

Donations can be made to America’s Fund throughout the year and can be applied to specific programs or veterans upon request.

America’s Fund is a program created to direct urgently needed resources and financial support to injured and critically ill members of the U.S. armed forces and their families. It is a self-funded program of the Semper Fi Fund. Since its inception in 2004, the Semper Fi Fund has provided more than $100 million in support to veterans and their families.

“We are honored to be chosen as the official charity of METALCON; their support will make a difference in the lives of so many service members and their loved ones,” says Karen Guenther, CEO and president, Semper Fi Fund.

Contributions to the America’s Fund can be made on the METALCON website or in the exhibit hall at The Deck, booth 973. Army Staff Sgt. Marek, along with America’s Fund representatives and METALCON management will be available for comment at the booth on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

MCA Celebrates 25th Anniversary of METALCON

As part of the 25th anniversary celebration of METALCON, the Metal Construction Association (MCA) is reinvigorating its presence on the show floor, including a new educational theater and displays at the association’s newly designed booth (#1831), as well as the annual Chairman’s Awards presentation, and expanded Metal Roofing Championship Games.

This year, MCA’s councils, which serve various segments of the metal construction industry, are represented through informative displays and educational sessions held daily in a theater at the booth. The 20-minute sessions will highlight the advancements that MCA and its members are making together to benefit the industry. Sessions include:

  • Benefits of Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) Council – Understand how getting involved with the IMP Council helps members grow their business.
  • Industry Case Studies on Retrofit – Explore the advantages of installing new metal roofs over old roofs, and learn how the Retrofit Council works to grow market share in commercial, industrial and residential renovation construction.
  • Service Life Study – Learn about the groundbreaking study conducted by MCA and the ZAC Association that shows that some metal roofs can last as long as the buildings they cover: typically 60 years or more.
  • Seaming Guide – Hear first-hand from industry leaders about best practices for metal roof seaming, and other initiatives that the Accessories Council has under way
  • Value of MCA Meetings and Membership Benefits – Discover the benefits from MCA membership. The association is offering 50 percent off membership dues for the remainder of 2015. Learn about networking opportunities available with industry leaders at MCA’s Winter and Summer Meetings.
  • Growth and Trends in Metal Construction – Get a sneak-peak at market analytics, typically only available to members, and learn about trends and growth opportunities for metal roof and wall panels.
  • Fastener Selection Guide – Find out how to choose the correct fastener from experts from MCA’s Accessories Council.
  • Benefits of Exhibiting at METALCON – Learn how to take full advantage of all the opportunities available when your company exhibits at METALCON.
  • Metal Roofing Contractor Benefits – Discover how metal roofing contractors can get to the next level through the MCA.
  • Roofing Installation Manual and White Papers – Get the edge by learning new techniques from the installation manual and white papers put together by industry experts from MCA’s Roofing Council.

These projects and others will be brought to life by new displays, highlighting the many ways that MCA is advocating and supporting the metal building industry. Actual mock-ups illustrating best practices will be on display, as will case studies, white papers and technical bulletins highlighting the latest industry trends.

A schedule of presentations at the booth is as follows:

    Wednesday, Oct. 14

    • 12:30 p.m. Benefits of the IMP Council
    • 1:30 p.m. Industry Case Studies on Retrofit
    • 2:30 p.m. Service Life Study (1 hour presentation)
    • 4 p.m. Seaming Guide
    • 4:45 p.m. Value of MCA Meetings and Member Benefits
    • 5:30 p.m. Chairman’s Awards Presentation

    Thursday, Oct. 15

    • 12:30 p.m. Growth and Trends in Metal Construction
    • 1:30 p.m. Fastener Selection Guide
    • 2:30 p.m. Service Life Study (1-hour presentation)
    • 4 p.m. Benefits of Exhibiting at METALCON
    • 4:45 p.m. Value of MCA Meetings and Member Benefits

    Friday, Oct. 16

    • 10:30 a.m. Metal Roofing Contractor Benefits
    • 11:30 a.m. Roofing Installation Manual and White Papers

MCA will also unveil the 2015 prestigious Chairman’s Awards at METALCON on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 5:30 p.m.

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

The MCA Chairman’s Awards are given in nine categories: commercial/industrial; education, colleges and universities; education, primary and secondary schools; institutional; metal roofing; municipal; and residential. The judges also recognize projects with an award for overall excellence.

Award recipients are determined based on overall appearance, significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal, and the role of metal in achieving project objectives. Photos and descriptions highlighting the winning projects will be on display in the MCA booth after the awards ceremony.

In addition, MCA has added a new challenge to the MCA/METALCON Metal Roofing Championship Games, which will take place in booth #109. This year’s theme is ‘Battle by the Bay’ and will include five different competitions where contractors can compete to win cash prizes in challenges that include the proper use of screw guns and seamers, as well as installing retrofit sub-framing, standing seam roof panels, snow retention and other common rooftop accessories.

The games will be held on each of the three days of the show, during exhibit hall hours, and each of the challenges has a $100 cash prize for the winner or winning team.

METALCON will be held Oct. 14-16, 2015 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla.

NRCA to Host Roofing Industry Regional Summit

In an effort to make events highlighting industry issues and trends more accessible to roofing professionals nationwide, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) will host a Roofing Industry Regional Summit Thursday, Oct. 15, in Pleasanton, Calif.

The half-day educational session will focus on updates from NRCA staff experts on technical, legal and risk management issues that are on the horizon for the roofing industry.

Following the educational session, attendees are invited to participate in a golf outing, an opportunity for roofing professionals to engage with other industry professionals to gather ideas, insights and best practices and to network with experts and peers.

NRCA’s Roofing Industry Regional Summit will be held at the Callippe Preserve Golf Course, 8500 Clubhouse Drive, Pleasanton, CA.

Roof Hugger Hosts Webinar for Metal-over-metal Retrofit Reroofing

Retrofit and reroofing accounts for about 80 percent of all roofing construction projects in the U.S. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), it is estimated that there are currently more than 25 billion square feet of metal roofs in the U.S. that are from 25 to 45 years old, most of them needing replacement.

Join New Tech Machinery and Roof Hugger in a webinar and learn key facts needed to be successful in this market.

Roof Hugger Inc. has been in the retrofit roofing market since 1991. Roof Hugger will be hosting a webinar focusing on metal-over-metal retrofit reroofing and sharing expertise. Questions will be answered during the presentation.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT. Click here to sign up for the webinar.