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MBMA's Vision: Educate | Innovate | Elevate

By Tony Bouquot, MBMA General Manager

Through the years, MBMA has not only grown in size, but also in stature. Our organization is highly respected and we’re proud to be invited to speak to groups across the nation.

For example, MBMA’s Lee Shoemaker, Ph.D., PE and I spoke to building code officials at an International Code Council event. Being able to educate and inform code officials is one of the many ways we are influencing the perception of metal buildings. I’ve also had the privilege of sharing knowledge at events hosted by the Metal Building Contractors & Erectors Association, the National Coil Coating Association and the American Iron and Steel Institute, to name a few.

Much of the energy fueling our growth is a result of the perception survey we funded. The survey gathered deeply valuable intel from almost 1,000 design professionals. Their insights have helped us understand the underlying assumptions that help or hinder the metal building marketplace. The survey results are leading us to develop new initiatives.

For example, we founded the MBMA Architect Committee to help us put emphasis on the role of the architect in designing to maximize metal building value. Architects wield much authority over clients’ decisions about the methods and materials used in each project. Through the committee we are able to bring more attention to the architectural community and provide architects with the tools they need to fully understand the attributes and opportunities that metal building systems provide.

We are also grateful that the MBMA members remain committed to funding ongoing research into metal building products, processes and perceptions. The association has multiple research projects underway, representing over a half-million dollars in investment. This research not only contributes to the industry knowledge base but allows us to provide a body of knowledge to benefit the entire metal building industry.

If your firm is not yet an MBMA member, call me and let’s talk. There are so many reasons to get involved and to help evolve this industry.