Gary conference 2014

What a great conference!!! We learned, we bonded, we networked, we did business.  WOW! If you missed it, you really missed out. Copies of some of the presentations and a link to pictures are available below. Thank you to our Conference Committee, Exhibitors, Sponsors and Presenters/Educators. You all did a great job.


A highlight of the Conference is the Building of the Year Awards. Entries were independently judged by Ron Albert of RHA Architects and Jim Lichty of Archetype Design Group. Hance Construction's "Steel House" was declared the 2015 MBCEA Building of the Year. Hance Construction worked closely with Larson and Paul Architects to create a unique hybrid building system of five units combined in 1 residential building.


Metal was selected to economically provide the open spaces while imparting an industrial feel for the building. The structural system was crafted to provide an economical open airy space while the members became components of the architect's design of an industrial look.   The unique Butler Hybrid Structural System provided the perfect framework and aesthetics. The system combined mill shape steel, three plate frames and cold rolled secondary members as a substrate for the structural insulated panels (SIPs). Before the SIPs were installed, the roof purlins were covered with tongue and groove pine planks to create a striking interior finish of wood meets metal. The SIPs were installed with eight-inch thick insulation on the roof and walls of the home, over top of the Butler frame, providing ultimate thermal efficiency. The job was finished with an ATAS Dutch Standing Seam Roof to the main steel house, and reroofing one other building on the property.






What a beautiful example of what you can do with steel. But, I must say this year's entries were all impressive. The judges certainly had their work cut out for them. Winners of individual categories are listed below.



Winner of Merit

Winner of Excellence



dcb Construction Company for Aerocolorado        


Barnes Buildings & Management Group for the Pingree School, New Athletic Facility

Barnes Buildings & Management Group for Xaverian Brother's High School

Innovative Thermal Barriers


Patterson-Horth for Portland General Electric; Port Westward Unit 2; Engine Hall


Thomas Phoenix International for Bent Glass

Burk Erectors for Inergy


Heath Steel for Denver Curling Center

dcb Construction Company for Earthtreks Climbing Center



MMS Northeast for Dollar General Store


Ames General Contractor for Animal Shelter Addition

Hance Construction for Steel House


Hance Construction for Halls Warehouse

Patterson-Horth for Kentucky Utilities Ghent Power Station; CCR Transport Project; Gypsum Storage Building




Congratulations to all! You and your projects are all exceptional examples of skill and talent in our organization.


The Conference ended as it always does with a dynamic discussion at the Round Table. This session featured a panel of experts and an open mic format of questions. The panel was comprised of Tom Frahm, Butler Manufacturing; Mike Reynolds, Systems Contractors; Sandi McCracken, IAS; Ron Reed, Architectural Testing, Inc.; Eric Kay Thomas, Phoenix International; Erin Sullivan, Chief Buildings; Steve Moore, MMS; and Bill Beals, Therm-All. Tim Seyler, S&S Structures moderated and yours truly contributed as well. Questions ranged from site conditions to contract negotiations. Members asked for and received helpful tips and strategies for success. Topics discussed create a framework of ideas for MBCEA training and educational plans for the coming year and next year's Conference. Stay tuned for more information. 


Coming up next for the MBCEA is the continued roll-out of AC478, new Chapter development and lots more opportunities to share best practice from our network. 






Gary T. Smith

President, MBCEA


PS We use Constant Contact to publish this newsletter. They recently posted a great article on their blog called 5 Common Hiring Mistakes. It is worth a quick read for anyone gearing up for new projects.

Conference Links



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Accreditation – MBCEA

Accreditation – IAS

SCI – Evaluations

Bay- Achieving R Values

Silvercote-Code Changes

PIP – Code Changes

Transpired Solar Collectors

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