MBMA Celebrates 2019 Metal Construction Hall of Fame Inductees

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) is pleased to announce that five industry leaders with MBMA ties have been introduced as part of the 2019 Metal Construction Hall of Fame class. Charles “Chuck” Praeger, retired assistant general manager for MBMA, has been inducted as a Friend of the Industry. Jack Sturdivant of Whirlwind Steel, Robert Carr, formerly of Robertson CECO/NCI, Bill Lowery of All Weather Insulated Panels and Dale Nelson of Roof Hugger, LLC have also been introduced as Hall of Fame members in the Manufacturer/Supplier category.

“The Metal Building Manufacturers Association would like to congratulate all of the members of this year’s Hall of Fame class. We are particularly proud of those with MBMA ties, including one of my predecessors, Chuck Praeger. Chuck worked in the industry for 47 years and led our association for 19 years until his retirement in 2014,” notes Tony Bouquot, current MBMA general manager. “His leadership was instrumental in shaping the industry and bringing together manufacturers, suppliers, code officials and the design community to help lead us to where we are today.”

“Chuck was vital in instituting the AC 472 accreditation program for metal building manufacturers,” adds W. Lee Shoemaker, Ph.D., PE, director of research and engineering for MBMA and Thomas Associates and a member of the Metal Construction Hall of Fame, class of 2017. “This transformative program elevated metal building manufacturers by creating a standard of excellence that recognizes accredited manufacturers. His work for the industry will be long remembered.”

As day-to-day manager of MBMA for 19 years, Chuck Praeger spent countless hours working with committees comprised of the industry’s biggest leaders, who also happened to be direct competitors. He helped these leaders work together for the greater good of the entire industry through cooperative educational, research and promotional programs, cultivating a spirit of innovation and building a sense of community throughout the MBMA membership. In addition to the AC 472 accreditation program, Chuck helped MBMA institute a thriving Associate member program, which now numbers over 70 participants. He also was responsible for creating MBMA’s Energy Committee and the Sustainability Committee. Other work includes: writing dozens of articles promoting the metal building systems industry across a variety of publications and websites; serving as chairman of the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition; planning and executing seminars for code and standards awareness; instituting a manufacturer and supplier safety program for MBMA members; overseeing joint university and association research projects; and developing strategic planning exercises that have helped to shape the industry. Combined, all of these efforts helped to bring metal buildings into the 21st century and broadened market share growth and acceptance of the industry.

Jack Sturdivant is CEO and chairman of the board of directors for Whirlwind Steel, located in Houston, TX. Upon the death of his father in 1972, Jack took over as president and CEO and led the company for 40 years. He retired from his role as president in 2012, when his son Ty Sturdivant took the reins.

Robert Carr is a longtime metal building industry leader. He was vice president of technical services for NCI Building Systems, Inc., headquartered in Houston, TX, from 2006 through 2017. Prior to that he worked for Robertson CECO II Corporation of Oklahoma City, OK, from 1992 until 2002 as vice president of technical services/CIO and director of engineering systems development.

Bill Lowery is president of All Weather Insulated Panels, located in Vacaville, CA. Bill founded the company in 2004 to meet the challenges of today’s stringent environmental and structural building regulations. Before that, he served as president for API, a national manufacturer of composite insulated panels.

Dale Nelson is a co-founder and president of Roof Hugger, LLC, headquartered in Lutz, FL. Dale helped found the company in 1991 and he has led Roof Hugger, an innovator in metal roofing retrofit solutions, since then.

For more information, visit www.mbma.com.

MBMA Elects Board of Directors at Annual Meeting

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) has elected the 2017 Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. The 2017 Board members are:
 
Brad Curtis, chairman, Tyler Building Systems
Bill Coleman, vice chairman, NCI Building Systems
Tom Gilligan, ex-officio, Butler Manufacturing
Steve Campbell, CBC Building Systems
Ron Fox, Nucor Building Systems
Chuck Haslebacher, Varco Pruden Buildings
Fred Koetting, Schulte Building Systems
Craig Oberg, CO Building Systems
Tim Kessel, Bay Insulation Co.
Kathleen Tell, Tell Manufacturing
 
“I am pleased to continue as chairman of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association,” says Brad Curtis of Tyler Building Systems, located in Tyler, Texas. “The new year will mark our 61st year in providing research, education and leadership to the metal building systems industry, an achievement realized through the dedication and accomplishments of our members.”
 
According to Dan Walker, associate general manager of MBMA, “2016 will be remembered as a productive year, filled with new initiatives and resources to enhance the reputation of metal buildings in the low-rise, non-residential commercial construction market. In 2017, MBMA will continue its efforts to further strengthen the industry.”
 
MBMA members contribute hours of service each year to help make metal building systems the choice for low-rise commercial buildings. MBMA’s established committees lead this effort and ensure quality and excellence in a variety of areas, including technical, energy, fire protection, safety and sustainability. MBMA is also a partner with the International Accreditation Service (IAS) on the industry’s AC472 quality assurance program.  

MBMA Releases 2016 Annual Report

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) has released its 2016 Annual Report. This resource highlights the technical research, sustainability innovations, industry advocacy, safety preparations and educational programs the association has undertaken over the past year. The report provides relevant information for anyone who works with metal building systems, or who is involved in the low-rise commercial building market. It can be downloaded here.
 
“This last year was filled with growth and opportunities for our association and we are proud of all that has been accomplished,” says Brad Curtis, MBMA chair. “We have made strides in the areas of structural research, education, sustainability and fire protection. The tools we develop in these areas help designers to use metal building systems in new and exciting ways. These tools are what differentiate metal buildings as a durable building construction approach that produces economy, speed to market and single-source control.”
 
“For more than 60 years, MBMA has raised the bar for the metal building systems industry,” says Dan Walker, MBMA’s associate general manager. “MBMA members and various committees spearhead research, create innovative tools and resources, and improve industry practices and standards.”
 
The 2016 Annual Report details recent accomplishments made by MBMA, some of which include:

  • developing college capstone courses on metal building design
  • producing several new technical manuals
  • influencing code changes
  • creating educational webinars, videos and podcasts
  • completing three industry-wide Environmental Product Declarations
  • adding a new membership category to include architects and engineers

 
Also, in 2016, MBMA played a role in instituting a new Founders category in the Metal Construction Hall of Fame, which pays tribute to early industry trailblazers.
 
“The leadership that our association provides is bar none. MBMA’s members work alongside other industry experts and organizations to improve the safety, quality and durability of low-rise construction for future generations,” Walker adds.
 
MBMA’s membership represents more than $2 billion in annual shipments and accounts for nearly half of the total non-residential, low-rise construction market in the United States.
 
MBMA also provides engineering leadership through the many research programs it sponsors annually, often in coordination with universities and engineering schools throughout North America. This research is used to improve the performance, efficiency and quality of metal building systems—and serves to elevate the technology used to produce them.

MBMA Welcomes New Membership

The membership ranks of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) are continuing to expand. MBMA recently welcomed Panasonic Corp. of North America (Panasonic) as its 60th Associate member, and Package Steel Systems Inc. as a Building Systems member.
 
Panasonic will be represented by Jon Downey, who serves as the company’s housing and construction market development manager. Package Steel Systems will be represented by Bob Fisette, who serves as the company’s president.
 
“Our members are vital to MBMA’s continued success and influence in the building and construction industry,” says Dan Walker, PE, associate general manager of MBMA. “Each company’s unique contributions help us to advance the acceptance of metal building systems as the building solution within the low-rise commercial construction market.”
 
Based in Newark, N.J., Panasonic Corporation of North America manufactures consumer and industrial products, including building insulation solutions and products for metal roofs and gutters. The company is a subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corp., founded in 1918.
 
Package Steel Systems is located in Sutton, Mass. The metal building manufacturer serves customers in the Northeastern region of the U.S.
 
The MBMA is comprised of metal building system manufacturers and their suppliers who fabricate or manufacture materials for the industry, as well as architecture and engineering firms and service providers.

MBMA Releases Continuing Education Series

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), in cooperation with Architectural Record magazine, has released a continuing education series titled, “The Benefits of Metal Building Systems from a Whole Building Perspective.” Specifically targeting architects and building professionals, the course discusses the benefits of using metal building systems by highlighting their flexibility, economical and sustainability attributes.
 
Participants will receive one AIA LU/HSW credit for completing the online course. The course is available through Architectural Record’s Continuing Education Center website.

“Metal building systems are a part of today’s architecture because they can be used for many applications. The process of creating a successful structure starts with understanding the various elements and options available, including energy, sustainability and acoustical considerations,” says Dan Walker, PE, MBMA’s associate general manager. “This course was designed around a whole-building approach to educate industry professionals about the benefits of utilizing modern metal building solutions for almost any low-rise application.”
 
The continuing education series includes an overview of the AC472 quality assurance program developed by the International Accreditation Service (IAS); the use of Athena Impact Estimator software to perform a whole-building, cradle-to-grave life-cycle analysis; and framing systems illustrations. Learning outcomes include the participant’s ability to:

  • describe the advantages of metal building systems
  • examine the benefits of writing specifications that require the IAS AC472 quality assurance program
  • identify metal building structural components and their corresponding applications
  • explain how the Athena Impact Estimator can be used to determine the sustainable benefits of metal building designs
  • analyze current metal building design options and construction processes in terms of quality, versatility, sustainability and constructability

MBMA Releases Guide for Inspecting Metal Building Systems

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) has released its new Guide for Inspecting Metal Building Systems, a resource intended for use by individuals who are responsible for contracting, performing, and reporting the inspection tasks related to the construction of a metal building project.
 
This guide is available for online purchase, in print or PDF format, at www.techstreet.com/mbma. The audience consists of general contractors and erectors, design professionals, building officials, owner’s representatives, and others who are involved in project delivery.
 
Input for the guide was provided by MBMA members as well as representatives from the Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association. The result is a publication designed to help eliminate misunderstandings and lead to shorter punch lists, efficient project delivery, and quality construction of metal buildings.
 
Depending on the project and jurisdiction, building code and contractually required inspections may be necessary, as well as other inspections such as owner acceptance and insurance evaluations. The scope of the guide focuses on inspecting newly constructed metal building systems, including primary framing, secondary framing, and metal roof and wall cladding. It also overviews standards on materials common to the building envelope, such as windows, doors, skylights, and insulation materials. 
 
Dustin Cole, PE, serves on MBMA’s Technical Committee and chaired the task group that developed the MBMA handbook. He presented information on this publication at the 2016 METALCON convention. He discussed the different qualities of metal buildings, focusing on the function of components that comprise metal building systems and inspection requirements found in the building code.
 
“As metal building projects and building codes continue to grow more complex, inspection becomes more necessary and expected. Knowing what is required and what to look for when performing an inspection helps reduce delays and decreases costs,” says Dan Walker, PE, associate general manager of MBMA. “The Metal Building Manufacturer Association’s Guide for Inspecting Metal Building Systems will benefit anyone who is responsible for evaluating new or existing metal building construction.”
 
The guide can be purchased at this website for $60 for non-members and $36 for MBMA members.

Metal Construction Association is Accepting Triumph Award Nominations

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) is accepting nominations for its Triumph Awards, a way to honor the people and companies that champion the metal construction industry each year.

The annual MCA Triumph Awards honors individuals and organizations throughout the metal construction industry, from academia to entrepreneurs, from marketing to research. The nomination form can found on the Triumph Awards webpage on the MCA website. An individual, business or organization can make nominations. Nominations will be accepted in six categories.

Industry Champion of the Year Award: An individual from any position within the metal construction industry that has championed the industry and has had an overall impact on advancing the industry. The nominee could be from academia, code driven, marketing driven, or any area that has benefited the overall industry.

Industry Young Movers and Shakers Awards: For those under 35 who are up and coming in the industry and should be recognized as someone to watch. Multiple winners are possible.

Industry Media Executive / Journalist of the Year Award: Recognizing someone from the media who has made an impact on our industry through media and journalism.

Industry Sales Person of the Year Award: Recognizing a sales professional who has impacted on their company.

Entrepreneur of the Year: Recognizing an individual who was the original founder of a company in our industry (contractor to manufacturer to building system) who has who has built a successful company.

Corporate Citizen of the Year: A company that has shown commitment to bettering the world outside of their normal business through their involvement and dedication to a cause or charity.

Nominations are open to the public and will be judged by a 10-person committee. The judging committee will consist of members from a variety of groups including members from the Metal Construction Association (MCA), Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA), National Frame Building Association (NFBA) as well as at-large volunteers.

The awards will be presented at a marquee event designed to celebrate honorees at METALCON, October 26, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The idea for the commendation was initiated by Keith Lipps, vice president of Marketing and Sales from MCA member company, S-5!. “So many people do great things everyday at various levels in their career using many different skill sets, and it’s their achievements that make this industry thrive,” said Lipps. “We want to celebrate these contributions with a premier award because it’s everyone working together that makes us strong.”

Visit www.metalconstruction.org for a nomination form. Nominations must be submitted by September 1, 2016.

MBMA Approves Additional Membership Category

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) has approved an additional membership category that welcomes architecture and engineering firms into its ranks. This decision adds a new element of expertise and leadership to the association’s existing network of professional metal building system manufacturers and suppliers.

“Architects and engineers are specifying metal buildings for all sorts of new uses to satisfy their customer needs, and we value their input into MBMA’s future direction,” says Brad Curtis, chair of MBMA. “Contributions from architecture and engineering experts will provide building fabricators and suppliers with much needed feedback about the products they produce to meet end users’ demands. In turn, member A/E firms will gain access to the knowledge and tools the building manufacturers and their suppliers have developed, in addition to networking with these companies.”

Professional A/E Firm partners will use MBMA’s networking and educational opportunities to leverage the design-build process more effectively to gain an advantage in the marketplace. Networking opportunities include interactions with industry engineers, CEOs, and other key decision-makers. Additional MBMA member benefits include attendance at association meetings, participation on committees, access to information, unique continuing education opportunities, networking and publication discounts.

MBMA’s Associate and A/E members will also receive industry news, updates and cutting-edge industry statistics that are only available through MBMA. These vital reports help professionals analyze the marketplace for better strategic business planning.

MBMA Releases EPDs for Primary Rigid Framing, Secondary Framing and Metal Cladding

In order to meet the increasing demand for unbiased data about the environmental impacts of commercial construction, the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) has released Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for three metal building product categories: primary rigid framing, secondary framing, and metal cladding for roofs and walls.

MBMA partnered with UL Environment (ULE) to develop and certify these EPDs, which summarize the cradle-to-gate environmental impacts of a metal building system. The cradle-to-gate method is used to describe the impact of producing products, from raw material extraction, through processing, fabrication and up to the finished product leaving the manufacturing facility.

EPDs provide specifiers, builders and other industry professionals with transparent third-party documentation of the environmental impacts of products, including global warming potential, ozone depletion, acidification and other factors. The LEED V4 green building rating system encourages the use of EPDs, which are important for earning credits in the program.

MBMA has been studying the sustainable attributes of metal buildings for several years, starting with the collection of the industry’s LCI data, and using it to perform whole-building LCA analysis to compare its products to other forms of construction. Through these studies, MBMA has shown that the structural efficiency of metal building systems is a key contributor to their sustainable performance when compared to conventional construction.

“There is a growing need to simplify and harmonize the decision-making processes for architects and specifiers that must choose building materials for construction,” says Dan Walker, associate general manager of MBMA. “MBMA members are dedicated to educating others about the sustainable performance of metal building systems, and these EPDs will effectively do that for the design community.”

Metal building systems are custom-engineered and fabricated in accordance with strict quality assurance standards, and with almost no scrap generated. Designers are beginning to realize that the structural efficiency of this approach brings tangible benefits, from a sustainability and cost-savings perspective. The completion of these EPDs gives designers the confidence that they are making a wise choice from financial and environmental aspects.

MBMA’s EPDs can now be found on the UL Environment website.

MBMA Adds Seven New Associate Members

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) announced the addition of seven new Associate members.

The new members include Quality Roof Seamers (Olive Branch, Miss.), Birmingham Rail & Locomotive (Birmingham, Ala.), D.I. Roof Seamers (Corinth, Miss.), Global Building Products (Elkhart, Ind.), Metl-Span (Lewisville, Texas), Distribution International (Houston, Texas), and Konecranes (West Allis, Wis.).

The Associate Membership of MBMA has grown to 57 companies since the organization was founded in 1956. This membership class consists of material suppliers and service providers within the construction industry. MBMA’s Building Systems Manufacturer Membership now totals 43 companies, which puts combined membership levels at an all-time high of 100 member companies. Adding to this momentum, MBMA’s Board of Directors recently approved an expansion of the MBMA membership categories to include a class comprised of firms that provide architecture and engineering services.

“Associate members provide invaluable technical and business input which helps keep the industry ahead of the curve,” says Dan Walker, PE, associate general manager of MBMA. “Associate member firms are very active in helping MBMA achieve its mission to grow the industry for everyone involved with metal building design, fabrication and procurement. We are especially excited about the added architecture and engineering firm membership category because these professionals work directly with our members’ products. Their active participation and engagement will provide members with tangible benefits.”