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A new year is upon us, and as is tradition, we take this time to look forward to the year ahead. Last month, I talked about some of the forecasts and reports for what 2015 will bring in terms of the architecture and construction industry. Since then, predictions have continued to be released from different organizations. In this month's special feature, Metal Architecture talks to three industry experts to get their views on where the metal construction industry is headed this year. Hank Harris, president and CEO of FMI Corp., Raleigh, N.C.; Brad Robeson, president of Houston-based NCI Buildings Group; and Daniel Nicely, managing director, USA and Mexico for Umicore Building Products USA Inc., Raleigh, discuss current market conditions and offer predictions on how the metal construction industry will be affected this year. They also discuss expected segment growth, energy costs, wages and more.

In this month's Building Profile, Senior Editor Mark Robins explores how metal panels helped transform the new Bow Lake Recycling and Transfer Station in Tukwila, Wash., which handles 2,400 tons of solid waste per day. Metal roofi ng and wall panels were chosen for being able to ensure a long life span while withstanding heavy use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, metal permitted an innovative inside-out design approach that placed structural and mechanical components on the building's exterior.

Also in this month's issue, we profile Erik Van Mehlman, AIA, CGP, partner and design lead at BuildSense Architecture + Construction, Durham, N.C. A proponent of design-build, Mehlman thinks people are going back to the notion of a master builder, where the same people who design a project build the project. This teamwork approach has helped his firm transform American building and foster delightful, healthy and sustainable living.

Thanks for joining us each month, and here's to having a happy and healthy 2015.



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