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METALCON International is right around the corner, taking place October 1-3 in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center. As the trade show for the metal construction industry, METALCON aims to showcase the many ways in which metal can be used in construction projects. One way the show does this is through educational courses. Attendees can learn about cold-formed steel framing to metal roofing, from effective design strategies to designing resilient buildings. METALCON is a great opportunity to learn more about the benefits of using metal in your designs, and really experiencing all that metal can bring to a project. I hope you take this opportunity to attend, and if you're there, please stop by our booth to say hello.

Education takes a special focus this month, as we take a look at a number of colleges and universities throughout the issue. From Building Profile to Market Feature to Top Honors, we are showcasing a number of education projects from around the nation.

We start our look at educational projects with Architect's Voice, where Don Bush, AIA, LEED AP, principal at Atlanta-based Lord, Aeck & Sargent looks at how metal has played a role in some of their big projects, including the Mark Jefferson Science Building at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich.

In this month's Building Profile, Senior Editor Mark Robins explores the use of metal in the Utah Science Technology and Research building at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. The 118,000-square-foot, LEED Gold certified, state-of-the-art center features a variety of metal panels from Umicore Building Products USA Inc., Raleigh, N.C., and AEP Span, Fontana, Calif. This high-tech research facility where research groups study advanced nutrition and infectious diseases is also very energy efficient.

Following a look at college and university projects in Market Feature, we wrap up the issue with a look at the new Gateway Community College in New Haven, Conn. Designed by Perkins+Will, New York City, the school's sustainable features take center stage. Designed to give students and visitors an inside look to how a building works, the school is home to the college's new Center for a Sustainable Future program.

And with the start of the new school year, college and professional football are also a topic of discussion in the sports world. Earlier this month, the U.S. Green Building Council announced a partnership with the Green Sports Alliance in an effort to advance the development and promotion of green building initiatives in professional and collegiate sports. The partnership allows both groups to continue pushing the green sports movement by exploring LEED certification of sports stadiums across the country.

There's a lot of exciting things going on in the world of education. Whether it is learning more about metal to push the envelope of design, or using metal to create sustainable buildings on college campuses, we can all afford to learn more when it comes to green building.

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