Annual MBCEA Conference

51st Annual MBCEA Conference is Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 disease outbreak, MBCEA will be unable to hold the 2020 Annual Conference.  In the days since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, local authorities throughout the US have declared various states of emergency and imposed restrictions for meetings and travel.

We know you share our dismay with this news. Please be patient as we figure out new ways of coming together while maintaining appropriate social distance.  Our team is investigating options to coordinate an online presence of webinars, lectures, presentations, and even virtual roundtables, both over the planned meeting days of MBCEA 2020 as well as throughout the year to maintain some degree of interaction that is so valuable to our community. I am sure we all will need outlets and resources like this to sustain us in the months ahead, while we look forward to coming together next year in Nashville for Conference 2021.

Registration Fees
The MBCEA recognizes that we are all adversely affected by this pandemic. Our Executive Committee has agreed to provide you with options regarding your refund. 100% of your registration fee may be refunded in full, transferred to registration for MBCEA’s 52nd Annual Conference in 2021, or donated to MBCEA to offset our losses associated with this event.  Please email Sasha at with your preference:  refund now, transfer to next year’s conference, or donation. Refunds will be processed through PayPal as received. If a check is requested, please give 30-60 days for processing.

Hotel and Travel Arrangements
Please note that if your hotel reservation was made through our room block (or MBMA’s) it will automatically be cancelled by the hotel. If you made other hotel arrangements, you should contact them directly. As flights/rental cars, etc. were not handled by MBCEA, you should contact these providers directly. The hotel and most airlines are offering full refunds.

If you are connected with a member-initiated meeting, workshop, exhibitor, or sponsor, we will send you a separate communication about how to handle your specific situation.

For more information, please visit the FAQ document on our conference page or email This is a difficult time for all of us on many fronts.  Stay safe; and we look forward to seeing you next year in person in Nashville.


Art Hance
MBCEA President

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Stay tuned as we work on ways to recognize The Building of the Year Award winners this year! Our contractors and erectors’ dedication to quality and safety, the interesting features, complexity and green building elements all come into play when judging the incredible projects they complete.


Please note that the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center will be automatically cancelling your reservation if you booked through our block or through MBMA’s. If you do not receive an email confirming this by 4/15, you should contact the hotel directly at 888-840-3143.

Metal building contractors, erectors, suppliers and manufacturers gathered at the 50th Annual MBCEA Conference May 1-3, 2019, at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort, South Carolina, to learn from the experts, network with key industry people, visit with old friends, hear about the latest products, and discuss leading issues with peers.  Some highlights were Keynote Speaker, Gene Marks, the MBCEA Building of the Year Awards, the Metal Construction Hall of Fame Awards and a new joint MBCEA/MBMA Roundtable. Our third year co-locating with the MBMA Spring Meeting was another success and the consensus is we’ll keep doing it! MBCEA members may log into the Members Area to view the conference presentations.

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Special thank you to all our sponsors!

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The 46th Annual Conference  was held in San Diego, CA at the Bahia Resort Hotel, April 30 – May 2, 2015. View the Conference Program for more information.

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