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Looking Ahead

A new year brings a time of reflection, to look back on the year that's past, and to look forward to the year ahead. And, as we do each year at this time, we take time to reflect upon the past year and take a look at where the metal construction industry is headed. This year we've started to see the economy make a slow comeback, and many architectural and construction firms are regularly busy with projects.

For this year's State of the Industry, we look toward six industry experts in different areas to offer up insights for what we are going to face this coming year. The article is broken up into shorter sections aimed at specific topics--mergers and acquisitions, labor, marketing, codes and regulations, steel prices and employment.

Also this month, we take a look at how metal building systems have changed in recent years. The drive toward energy efficiency and complex energy codes are forcing metal building manufacturers to adapt. As the economy continues to change, metal buildings are becoming smarter and more efficient, and this is being shown through projects that are more complex and aesthetically pleasing. Click here to learn more.

One change you'll notice this year is the name change of Thomas Taylor's column. Formerly known as LEEDing the Way, the column is now being called Constructive Insights, as Taylor branches out from just discussing LEED-related issues, to talking about the types of issues facing architects. Hope you enjoy the change.

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year's.


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