News Archive Articles

This page contains past articles from various industry publications that reference the MBMA or were written by a staff member. If you would like additional information about any of the news listed below please contact MBMA by clicking here.


Building Branding: How the Right Building Can Work For You: The November, 2011 issue of Recreation Management magazine has a feature article by Charles Praeger, Assistant General Manager of MBMA.

LEED and Metal Architecture: The November, 2011 issue of Metal Architecture magazine has a  LEED discussion with several architects, including Jay D. Johnson, LEED AP and the MBMA Director of Architectural Services

March, 2011: NFPA: Protecting Metal - Fire Resistance and Metal Buildings. This article by Nestor Iwankiw, PE, SE, PhD, a senior engineer with Hughes Associates, Inc. and Daniel Walker, PE, staff engineer at MBMA, was published by the National Fire Protection Assocation (NFPA) online. It reviews new developments in fire protection for metal buildings and the recently released Fire Resistance Design Guide.

2010 MBMA Annual Report: Building Toward the Future. Metal Construction News has published the 2010 MBMA Annual Report.

MetalMag: Fire Protection in Metal Buildings: MBMA Staff Engineer Dan Walker, PE, authors an article in the January, 2010 edition of MetalMag about fire protection for metal buildings.

Metal Construction News Special Section on the MBMA: The August, 2009 edition of Metal Construction News has a special section that highlights the MBMA and its contributions to the metal building systems industry.

Metal Building Developer Article, May/June 2009 :Charles Praeger has an article in the May/June, 2009 edition of Metal Building Developer about metal building systems as cost effective office solutions.

Building Operating Management MBMA Special Section, May, 2009: Building Operating Management Magazine publishes a special seciton highlighting the MBMA in the May, 2009 edition.

Building Design+Construction: Steel Adds Value
December 01, 2008 - Building Design+Construction Magazine has an AIA accredited continuing education unit on steel buildings and steel construction. The unit features quotes from Charles Praeger, images of MBMA member buildings and information on the new accreditation process.

AS+HF: Metal Buildings: Green and Good Looking, by Charles Praeger
November 30, 2008 - American School & Hospital Facility Magazine publishes an article written by Charles Praeger which highlights the ability of metal buildings to provide both green and good looking buildings for medical facilities and schools

Metal Construction News: Educating owners on the benefits of metal
November 01, 2008 - Charles Praeger authors a feature in Metal Construction News about educating owners and potential builders of new buildings about metal buildings and their sustainable features. The article focuses on the sustainable and energy saving aspects of metal buildings, from the high recycled content in steel to cool metal roofs and the ability to save energy costs with metal

BOM Publishes Section on Green Metal Building
September 01, 2008 - Building Operating Management magazine published a special report in its September, 2008 edition about metal buildings and sustainability.

Church Executive: Get More with Metal
August 01, 2008 - Churches can get more for less with metal construction systems is the name of this article by Charles Praeger in Church Executive Magazine. The article looks at metal buildings for church and religious facilites and shows how congregations can get the most for their money with a metal building system.

Welding Issues for Seismic Design, by W. Lee Shoemaker in Structural Engineer
April 01, 2008 - Structural Engineer Magazine: Welding requirements for buildings designed to resist seismically-induced energy have undergone a variety of changes in the past dozen years. With the publication of several specifications in 2005, some stability has now emerged

Architectural Products Magazine
April 01, 2008 - In an interview with several Metal Building experts including MBMA's W. Lee Shoemaker, Architectural Products Magazine looks at metal roofing

Heavy Metal Can Lighten Your Church’s Construction Burden
August 01, 2007 - Charles Praeger Church Executive Magazine Steel buildings offer churches an economical, durable and aesthetically pleasing option.

Safe, Strong Systems: Metal Building Systems for Recreation Design
May 01, 2007 - Charles Praeger Recreation Management Magazine Metal building systems have long been a standard for the recreation industry, and today’s metal buildings offer more options and benefits than ever before. Whether a new facility, renovation or addition, steel can offer a building owner a safe, structurally solid, energy-efficient facility at a reasonable price.

Versatility of Metal Building Systems Spurs Growth
January 15, 2007 - Charles Praeger Hospitality Construction Magazine With so many different building types, from large hotels to small restaurants, the hospitality industry has a wide array of building needs. Metal building systems are often used today for one and two story properties because they provide attributes such as durability, speed of construction, flexibility, attractive appearance, energy efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Metal Buildings and Zoning Issues, by Charles Praeger
December 01, 2006 - Rural Building Magazine; December, 2006 For owners, builders and developers, metal building systems are often a logical choice for new construction. Churches, schools, municipal buildings, businesses, and others continue to construct their new facilities with metal. Some of the benefits include cost, versatility, adaptability, and ease of construction. Not all zoning boards and planning agencies understand the benefits of metal. Because of this, it is often necessary to work with and educate those in positions of authority as to how metal can benefit their community and best service its needs.

Tilt Walls and Metal Building Systems, by Charles Praeger
July 01, 2006 - Construction News Magazine; July, 2006 Two of the most popular building types today are tilt wall buildings and metal building systems. It is sometimes assumed that these two are mutually exclusive building methods, but that is certainly not the case. There are many buildings that use both tilt walls and metal building systems. And with the two construction types becoming increasingly popular, their integration is leading to significant savings in construction time and materials.

Energy Codes – Their Impact on Metal Buildings Has Arrived By W. Lee Shoemaker, P.E., Ph.D.
March 31, 2006 - This article will enlighten you on several recent developments in energy codes and their enforcement. It discusses energy codes as it applies to the total building envelope and cool metal roofing.

Seismic Design and Performance of Metal Buildings By W. Lee Shoemaker, P.E., Ph.D.
March 31, 2006 - This article describes the performance of metal building systems in earthquakes, which has been excellent over the years because they are strong, flexible and light in weight. The low mass and high ductility of a metal building provides some of the intrinsic qualities that enhance their resistance to seismic action.

What Builders Should Know about California’s New Energy Code (Title 24)
March 31, 2006 - Contractors and builders will have to deal with the new changes California’s Energy Code (Title 24) that went into effect on October 1, 2005. These will have a significant impact on metal buildings.

Strong as Steel: Understanding the Appeal of Metal Buildings, by Charles Praeger
January 01, 2006 - Church Business Magazine; January, 2006 The construction of new church facilities is approaching record pace. According to the most recent US Department of Commerce Survey, annual church building expenses reached $8.3 billion in 2002. This figure grew from $1.7 billion in 1982 and is expected to increase even more in coming years. Because building a new facility is so expensive – and because church leaders have so many demands for their financial resources already and want to practice good stewardship – getting the most for their money is crucial.

Look Out! Energy Savings Overhead! By Charles Praeger
January 01, 2006 -; January, 2006 Energy-efficient metal roofing is especially attractive to church building committees because it helps keep energy costs down, translating to lower utility bills.

Snug-Tightened Bolt Guidelines Bring Nice Twist to Construction Savings
December 10, 2003 - Research on the viability of snug-tightened bolts, conducted over the past 15 years by the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), Research Council on Structural Connections (RCSC) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), has resulted in time savings and simplified inspections for contractors and erectors.



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