Product Decisions

Every building designed and built brings a lot of decisions along the way. From the size, shape and location to the layout, type of products and building materials, owners, architects, designers and specifiers have a lot of decisions to make every day.

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Metal, fiberglass company expands

Bouncy houses are good for so many occasions. Birthday parties, family picnics, block parties, perforated metal companies' open houses, the list goes on. To celebrate its new digs, about 100 of McNICHOLS Co.'s employees, their families, customers and community members gathered in a large meeting room next to staff offices in Elk Grove Village, Ill., alongside O'Hare International Airport, on April 26.

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Collaborative Design

The architecture profession is a collaborative one. Not often do you find an architect who designs  a building all on his or her own anymore. From the owner to the structural engineer, the landscape designer to the lighting designer, everyone has a role they play in the creation of a building or project.

 

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Anticipation

Attending trade shows, conferences and industry meetings are par for the course for an editor. For me, I get the opportunity to sit in on seminars as well as meet with manufacturers and readers over the course of a few days.

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Geometric Reconfigurations

Public art structure celebrates the immigrant experience

By Marcy Marro, Editor

If you happen to be near the Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in Boston, on Sunday morning, April 2, you will have the opportunity to watch the sixth annual reconfiguration of the abstract structure. Made of steel and aluminum, the split rhomboid dodecahedron will be lifted and pulled apart by a crane in two halves and reshaped into a new and different sculptural shape.

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The Cotton Gin: A Deeper Look

By Marcy Marro, Editor

Hutton Cotton Gin

This month's Top Honors column features the Cotton Gin at the CO-OP District in Hutto, Texas. The project is a wonderful example of how a city took buildings that spoke to its past, and updated and modernized them in a way that provides a beacon for its future. 

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We’re Looking for Creative Uses of Metal

Do you use metal in an unusual and wonderful way? We want to hear about it. In a new feature in Metal Architecture called Creative Metal, we're showcasing project details that use metal building materials in applications you don't see every day.

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Specifications Survey

By Marcy Marro, Editor

Each year, Metal Architecture conducts a survey of architects to learn more about the metal products they are specifying. The survey asks about what was specified in the previous year, and what architects expect to specify in the current year. This year's survey shows that after a positive 2016, 2017 is also looking to have increased specifications on metal products. 

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Exemplary Projects

By Marcy Marro, Editor

The discussions by architects on the merit of one project over another never cease to amaze me. From the attention to detail to the personal likes and dislikes of the architects charged with selecting the winning projects in an awards program, the insight gained by even just sitting in and listening is always quite interesting. And even being involved in a number of awards calls over the years, every one is dramatically different in both the conversation between the judges and the final projects selected.

 

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NMAAHC: A Deeper Look

By Marcy Marro, Editor 

In my interview with Hal Davis, FAIA, senior vice president at SmithGroupJJR, Washington, D.C., one of the four architecture firms involved in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), featured in this month's Building Profile, he shared so much more information than I could fit into my article. So, I went back over some of the points he mentioned, and thought I'd share some additional insights into the 19th museum on the National Mall. 

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Do building product manufacturers do enough to support architects?

By Marcy Marro, Editor

 

Are building product manufacturers doing everything they can to support architects using their products? According to a new study byThe American Institute of Architects (AIA), maybe not.

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A Positive Outlook

By Marcy Marro, Editor

 

With a new president about to take office, 2017 is full of both uncertainty and predictions of a strong year.  And as we head into a new year, it's time to look toward the future with the help of industry experts, who weigh in on what they predict 2017 will bring.

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