2024 MBMA Student Design Competition is Now Open

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) 2024 Student Design Competition is now open for entries. This year’s contest asks architecture students to create an innovative metal building design for a new campus recreation center and sports complex that will serve the student population. More than $30,000 in prizes will be awarded to entrants in graduate and undergraduate divisions. Individual students or teams interested in this opportunity can register at www.mbmaeducation.org with submissions due by January 6, 2025.

MBMA Publishes Roof Framing Design Guide

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) has just released a comprehensive 2nd edition of its Roof Framing Design Guide for Metal Building Systems. This free publication provides engineers with practical guidance on the design of cold-formed steel purlin roof framing systems and is available at https://www.mbma.com/Design_Resources.html. It was developed by Dr. Michael Seek of Old Dominion University under the guidance of the MBMA and the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Education Committee.

MBMA Announces 2023 Safety Award Winners

Each year the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) honors member companies that demonstrate exceptional performance in maintaining workplace safety. These awards are given to Building Systems members as well as Associate members for their performance during the previous calendar year. Safety awards for the 2023 year were presented during the 2024 MBMA Spring Meeting held April 24 – 26 in San Diego, California.

The Hardesty Center Showcases the Best of Dance and Metal Buildings

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) has created a library of free, downloadable resources for architectural students and their professors at MBMAeducation.org/resources/. The newest addition is a 16-page folio that explores the design and construction of The Hardesty Center for Dance Education in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

MBMA Welcomes Four New Members

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) is pleased to welcome four new associate members to its ranks: Innovative Clean Energy LLC, the International Accreditation Service (IAS), Robert Sage Careers LLC, and SWD Urethane.

MBMA Announces 2023 Student Design Competition Award Winners

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) is pleased to announce the winners of its third annual Student Design Competition. On February 27, 2024, the association granted $28,500 in awards to six winners and to their faculty sponsors in an online ceremony. Additionally, two Honorable Mention awards were presented.

MBMA Announces 2024 Architecture Faculty Workshop

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) will again be hosting its annual Architecture Faculty Workshop for college and university professors nationwide. This year’s event takes place April 10 in Charlotte, North Carolina and includes a tour of a local metal building manufacturing facility. Registration for the program is now underway at https://forms.gle/qoNEQgAiGjw3ewgF7 and there is no fee for architecture educators to attend

Dr. James M. Fisher is MBMA’s 2024 Ellifritt Award Winner

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) presented Dr. James Fisher with the 2024 Dr. Duane S. Ellifritt Research Award. Named after MBMA’s original director of research and engineering, this honor is given to a researcher annually for contributions to the advancement of metal building systems. Dr. Fisher accepted the award at the 2024 MBMA Research Symposium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Architecture Students Get a Kick Out of Austin FC Training Center

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) creates free, downloadable resources for architectural students and their professors at MBMAeducation.org/resources/. The newest resource is an 18-page folio that explores the design and construction of Austin FC soccer club’s St. David’s Performance Center in Austin, Texas.

MBMA Releases CEU Course: ‘Evaluating Metal Building Systems using COMcheckTM’

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) released its latest continuing education course titled “Evaluating Metal Building Systems using COMcheck™.” 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.