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January 23, 2019

Architectural Contractors Start 2019 with Custom Projects, Solid Outlook

The new year is already off to a good start for some SMACNA architectural contractors, including Carlson Sheet Metal, Central Industrial Sheet Metal Works, and MG McGrath.

December 19, 2018

Architectural Sheet Metal Contractors Forum: Good Communication is Key

Daniel Gibbons, principal with the national engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, covered the benefits of proper communication from building envelope design through installation.

November 29, 2018

Architecture Billings Growth Slows

Architecture firm billings growth slowed in October but remained positive for the 13th consecutive month, according to The American Institute of Architects (AIA).

October 10, 2018

The Robotics Revolution

The first time Kansas City-based A. Zahner Company used robotics on one of its architectural metal work projects came nearly 10 years ago. The design of a high-end condominium building in New York included 300 stainless steel panels that measured two feet deep by four feet tall by 16 feet long.

October 10, 2018

Fabricating Angled Panels for Missouri Innovation Campus

When the University of Central Missouri partnered with local schools to build the new Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC), they wanted to create a distinctive building design that encompassed “innovation” to showcase the new educational program.

September 10, 2018

St. Louis Contractor Takes ACM Panel Fabrication into Own Hands

ASMS’s decision to make their own panels and Local 36’s support reflects a national SMART union trend to expand ACM and MCM paneling fabrication by sheet metal contractors.

August 2, 2018

Putting Safety First at the Milwaukee Bucks Arena

MG McGrath Inc. recently completed the most visible, and stunning, elements of the new $524 million Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, fabricating and installing a total of 317,000 square feet of metal panels on the unique exterior of the new Milwaukee landmark.

August 2, 2018

CMF Inc. Takes on “Unmatched Challenge” of Stunning New Apple Headquarters

“Challenging” is a major understatement for the award-winning architectural work performed by SMACNA architectural contractor CMF Inc. of Orange, California, on Apple Inc.’s innovative $5 billion new Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, California.

July 26, 2018

Virtual Design and Construction: Visualizing and Designing a Better Building

Streamlining the process of designing building projects, virtual design and construction not only provides a greater sense of collaboration and common purpose among collaborators, it builds trust, improves communication, and simplifies information-sharing between stakeholders.

July 18, 2018

Architectural: New ITI Strike Force Wall Paneling Training Makes Major Projects Possible

The International Training Institute’s Strike Force training delivers tailored instruction to increase craftspersons skill levels on the double.

June 7, 2018

Architecture Firms Report Solid Growth for Seven Straight Months

Architecture firm billings rose for the seventh consecutive month, with the pace of growth in April increasing modestly from March, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) May Architecture Billings Index (ABI).

May 31, 2018

Sports Stadiums Help Lead the Way to Greener Architecture

In recent years, sports stadiums have become showcases for green design. An added benefit of environmentally friendly arenas is they are cheaper to operate.

May 31, 2018

Contractor in the News: MG McGrath Honored for Speed Art Museum Work

The Metal Construction Association recently presented the Chairman’s Award to SMACNA member MG McGrath, Maplewood, Minnesota, for their sleek wall panel work on the renovation to the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.

April 30, 2018

Architectural Record: Creating a Vision of the Bible in Bronze

Even a company that specializes in artistic projects can tackle a demanding project that challenges the company to take it to a higher level of skill, artistry, and complexity.

April 2, 2018

Architectural Record – CASS sets up their A-game for Detroit Red Wings Arena

Some projects bring a sense of personal achievement that goes beyond the satisfaction of a job well done. Providing sheet metal elements for the new Detroit Red Wings stadium, now Little Caesar’s Arena, was just such a project for Glenn Parvin, president of SMACNA member Custom Architectural Sheet Metal Specialists (CASS) in Detroit, and for members of Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 80 who worked on the job.