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MBMA Introduces Online Continuing Education Course: “Creative Design Alternatives Using Metal Building Systems”

Date:December 11, 2019
Contact:Tony Bouquot, General Manager

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) released its latest continuing education course titled “Creative Design Alternatives Using Metal Building Systems.” This new course, produced in partnership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Architectural Record magazine, is now available through Architectural Record’s Continuing Education Center website and also via a mobile device app. The course provides one Learning Unit credit for AIA members.

“Our latest continuing education course provides a look at the unique design diversity of metal building systems for low-rise, nonresidential facilities,” notes MBMA General Manager Tony Bouquot. “Many building professionals have a perception about the design flexibility of metal buildings that doesn’t fit with the reality, and we hope this course broadens their viewpoint.”

This course is geared toward building and construction professionals and explores the wide array of design possibilities that metal building systems offer. The style, materials and detailing of these flexible, attractive facilities are all variable and present many opportunities for designers. Learning objectives include the participant’s ability to:

  • Identify and recognize the characteristics of high-performance metal building systems as compared to traditional construction.
  • Investigate the design potential to create low-rise, nonresidential buildings of all types that use metal building packages or metal building components integrated with traditional construction.
  • Assess the inherent efficiencies in design and construction by using a metal building.
  • Design buildings of all types using a metal building system or components that break the perception of limitations for their use.


Founded in 1956, MBMA serves manufacturers and suppliers as it works to promote the metal building systems industry. For over 60 years, its membership has supplied high-quality buildings for use in commercial, retail, office, industrial, institutional and other end uses. The association provides a wealth of useful information on its website,, for anyone who works with or is interested in metal building systems. Resources include technical materials, research reports, videos and design guides. The MBMA blog provides the most current research and new ideas to propel the industry.