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SMACNA/SMART Architectural Committee update

Apr 4, 2017

The SMACNA Architectural Contractors Council Steering Committee took part in a productive joint meeting with the SMART Architectural Sheet Metal Committee recently in Las Vegas to brainstorm common goals to maximize business opportunities this year.

The joint labor-management committee discussed promoting SMACNA/SMART architectural sheet metal capabilities, expanding architectural sheet metal training programs, and capitalizing on each other’s strengths. The joint committee identified four areas to work on together in architectural sheet metal including expanding training, recruitment, marketing and promotions, and technical topics.

They discussed ways to invigorate the separate architectural sheet metal curriculum and apprenticeship programs by providing outreach, improving the quality and quantity of training, promoting success stories, and offering resources for training.

They also talked about the availability of product-specific training along with related certifications and recommendations to maximize this business opportunity.

The joint committee also discussed preparing a white paper on “wall and wall panel systems—market opportunities.” Possible topics would include rain screen systems, thermal comfort, and water intrusion, among others.

They examined ways to market and promote the architectural sheet metal crafts in the industry with targeted advertisements, revisiting relationships with industry associations to leverage labor and management talent, and to exhibit at select conferences and trade shows.

Both architectural committees are continuing discussions and plan to form joint working groups to proceed on specific initiatives.

For more information about SMACNA’s Architectural Contractors Council visit SMACNA’s Architectural webpage.